Arqit Quantum (ARQQ) Stock Falls 44% Following Direct Offering Announcement

  • Arqit Quantum (ARQQ) stock is falling on direct offering news.
  • The company is selling shares to institutional investors.
  • It expects to raise $20 million from the offering.
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Arqit Quantum (NASDAQ:ARQQ) stock is taking a beating on Friday after the company announced a direct offering for shares.

The direct offering will have the company selling units to several institutional investors. That includes 10 million shares of ARQQ stock, which also come with warrants to purchase another 7.5 million shares.

The purchase price for these units is $2 apiece and the warrants are exercisable for the same price. For the record, ARQQ stock was trading at $2.53 per share when markets closed on Thursday.

Arqit Quantum expects to raise $20 million from this offering. The company will use the net proceeds from the direct offering to “enhance international customer service capabilities in support of the growth of its recently announced channel partnerships.” The money will also be used for general corporate purposes.

What This Means for ARQQ Stock

A direct offering increases the number of outstanding shares while allowing Arqit Quantum to be selective about which investors’ stakes increase. That may not go over well with normal traders as they see their stakes in the company diluted.

With today’s news comes heavy trading of ARQQ stock. That has some 11 million shares on the move as of this writing. For comparison, the company’s daily average trading volume is about 1.4 million shares.

ARQQ stock is down 43.8% as of Friday morning.

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