Former chairman set to bail out AIT Group

The deal would see a combination of US venture capitalists Bessemer Venture Partners, several local private investors and Richard Hicks inject at least £8.5m of new equity finance into the group.

AIT’s short-term future and position as an independent company would be secure provided that another £11m is raised through a rights issue, which would be underwritten by Old Mutual Securities, and bring total funds raised to £19.5m.

The FTSE-listed company would also move its listing to AIM as part of the deal, so as to benefit from tax advantages available to individual investors.

Richard Hicks currently serves as a non-exec director for AIT.

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