First Derivatives to raise £3.3 million through share placing

First Derivatives to raise £3.3 million through share placing

Capital markets tech house First Derivatives is to raise £3.3 million through a placing of 1.15 million shares

The company says the placing has been undertaken to satisfy "strong investor demand" and that the proceeds will be used to reduce debt and provide extra working capital.

The Northern Ireland-based vendor last month posted a significant rise in revenues and profits for its financial year and forecast further growth into the coming year. The strong returns came on the back of recent acquisitions, including Cognotec in February and the New York-based Reference Data Factory in October.

In March, First Derivatives also received £1.29 million from Invest Northern Ireland towards a major research and development push

The placing will be undertaken on 11 June and is priced at 295 pence per share, a discount of 0.85% to the company's closing mid market price on 4 June 2010 of 297.5 pence.

Brian Conlon, First Derivatives CEO, comments: "The proceeds will be used to continue the expansion of our geographical reach and in growing our range of Delta software products. The group continues to perform strongly and we expect to announce details of some significant new clients in the coming weeks."

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