VIQ Solutions Inc. ("VIQ", "VIQ Solutions" or the "Company") (TSX and Nasdaq: VQS), a global provider of secure, AI-driven, digital voice and video capture technology and transcription services, today announces that the Company has drawn a subsequent advance of US$1 million (the "Subsequent Advance") under the Company’s previously announced senior secured loan (the "Loan") of up to US$15 million with Beedie Investments Ltd. (the "Lender") pursuant to the terms of a credit agreement by and among the Company and the Lender (the "Credit Agreement"). As of the date hereof, US$13 million of the Loan has been advanced to the Company. The Company intends to use the Subsequent Advance primarily for a restructuring plan expected to yield between US$2M and US$2.5M in reduced expenses over the next 12 months.
“As we accelerate the expansion of our global AI generated workflow technologies, much like we announced in 2022, the integration of our acquisitions and migrations of our client base to our technology, drive cost reductions that result in savings to the company,” continued Susan Sumner. “Not only is the migration to aiAssist™ delivering higher productivity, but it also creates significant workflow improvements that drive greater efficiency throughout the entire organization, from production operations to finance, without compromising our client commitments. Every day we are proving that the model we set out to deliver to change this industry is in fact playing out as planned. While COVID-19 and the tumultuous economic conditions of the past two years brought many challenges to the Company, we now see the fruits of the investment and continued development of NetScribe™, powered by aiAssist™.”
Terms of the Credit Agreement and Warrant Issuance
The principal amount outstanding under the Loan bears interest at 12.5% per annum, comprised of cash interest of 9.5% per annum, calculated and paid monthly, and paid-in-kind interest charged at a rate of 3.0% per annum, compounded monthly and added to the outstanding principal amount of the Loan. A standby fee is charged monthly at a rate of 1.5% per annum on the undrawn amount of the standby facility.
In connection with the Subsequent Advance, the Company has issued 497,423 common share purchase warrants (each, a "Warrant") to the Lender. Each Warrant is exercisable to purchase one common share of the Company (each, a "Warrant Share") at an exercise price of CDN$0.45 per Warrant Share. The Warrants expire on July 25, 2030.
The Loan is secured against all of the assets and property of the Company and certain subsidiaries pursuant to a general security agreement.
SenaHill served as exclusive financial advisor for VIQ Solutions in connection with the Loan and Dentons Canada, LLP acted as legal advisor.
A copy of the Credit Agreement is available under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
No securities regulatory authority has either approved or disapproved of the contents of this press release. This press release is for information purposes only and shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
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About VIQ Solutions
VIQ Solutions is a global provider of secure, AI-driven, digital voice and video capture technology and transcription services. VIQ offers a seamless, comprehensive solution suite that delivers intelligent automation, enhanced with human review, to drive transformation in the way content is captured, secured, and repurposed into actionable information. The cyber-secure, AI technology and services platform are implemented in the most rigid security environments including criminal justice, legal, insurance, government, corporate finance, media, and transcription service provider markets, enabling them to improve the quality and accessibility of evidence, to easily identify predictive insights and to achieve digital transformation faster and at a lower cost.
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Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of opinions, assumptions and estimates that, while considered reasonable by the Company as of the date of this news release, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the factors described in greater detail in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company’s annual report for the year ended December 31, 2022 and in the Company’s other materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, available at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov, respectively. These factors are not intended to represent a complete list of the factors that could affect the Company; however, these factors should be considered carefully. There can be no assurance that such estimates and assumptions will prove to be correct. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date of this news release, and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter any forward-looking statements, or the factors or assumptions underlying them, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
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VIQ Solutions Inc.
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