Senetas launches $5M capital raise for high-growth subsidiary Votiro
Senetas (ASX:SEN) , an ASX-listed leader in encryption and cybersecurity solutions, has a $5 million capital raise to seize growth opportunities in the cybersecurity sector.
The raise signals a strategic pivot. The company now turns to expanding its market reach and the development of its subsidiary Votiro, a distinctly different cybersecurity venture from its encryption-focused parent company and a key part of Senetas’s portfolio.
Senetas specialises in encryption technologies that act as a fail-safe for data, while Votiro focuses on anti malware content disarm technologies that neutralise any malicious code in documents before they can even reach a user’s inbox.
Votiro’s potential is clear, with an impressive sales pipeline, which more than doubled during the 2023 financial year. The company has added US$10 million to its pipeline in the first half of 2023 alone and is targeting annual recurring revenue of up to US$10 million by year-end.
As of September 2023, Votiro has already achieved a 60% increase in annual recurring revenue since the previous year. Its performance is a testament to the burgeoning demand for more modern and advanced cybersecurity solutions, particularly those that can effectively prevent malware and ransomware attacks.
The company plans to raise up to $3.5 million through a partially underwritten non-renounceable pro rata entitlement offer to eligible Australian and New Zealand shareholders. The offer is priced at $0.014 per share, with shareholders entitled to 1 new share for every 4.86 shares held. In addition, for every 3 new shares subscribed, shareholders will receive 1 option, exercisable at $0.025 per share, valid for 12 months.
Complementing this, Senetas has secured commitments for an additional $1.5 million through a placement to institutional and sophisticated investors. These funds are earmarked for accelerating the development of Votiro’s business and bolstering general working capital, a strategic move for Senetas as it diversifies its portfolio.
This capital raise is partially underwritten, with commitments already in place for $2.05 million of the target amount.
Notably, entities closely associated with the company’s leadership, including Southbank Capital (linked to Senetas chairman, Francis Galbally) and MST Financial Services, are co-underwriters. The directors’ decision to participate in the offer, either through entitlement take-up or sub-underwriting, reflects their confidence in the company’s strategic direction.
Votiro’s anti-malware and ransomware solutions represent a significant opportunity, with a larger addressable market than Senetas’s traditional encryption offerings.
Senetas’ decision to undertake this capital raise is a calculated step to capitalise on recent growth in the cybersecurity sector. For investors and shareholders, this represents a unique opportunity to be part of a pivotal growth phase in a company at the forefront of cybersecurity innovation. The offer is due to close on 15 December 2023.
This article was developed in collaboration with Senetas, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.
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