Zip share price backtracks ahead of share purchase plan closure

The buy now, pay later provider is set to close its share purchase plan at 5pm today.

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Key points

  • Zip shares slip through the day to post a 1.01% decline at $1.47 apiece
  • The company's share purchase plan closes at 5pm today
  • Eligible shareholders have one last chance to scoop up $30,000 worth of new Zip shares

The Zip Co Ltd (ASX: Z1P) share price was trading lower today ahead of the closure of its share purchase plan (SPP).

At Friday’s close of trade, the buy now, pay later (BNPL) provider’s shares were down 1.01%, trading at $1.47.

All the important details regarding the SPP

Investors sent the Zip share price in negative territory through the day as time dwindled to be a part of the company’s SPP.

On 11 March, Zip advised it had opened its $50 million SPP to eligible shareholders. This followed the company’s successful completion of a $148.7 million institutional placement from an array of institutional, sophisticated and professional investors.

The SPP offers retail shareholders the chance to subscribe for up to $30,000 worth of new Zip shares.

Furthermore, the issue price is likely to be a 2% discount on the five-day volume-weighted average price to today.

While this may seem attractive as it is considerably lower than the $1.90 per share taken up in the institutional placement, Zip shares have been on a decline.

Over the month, the company’s shares have fallen 33% in value, trading near March 2020 lows when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Zip previously noted that the proceeds of the placement and SPP would go towards strengthening its balance sheet.

In addition, it is also looking to shore up funds to execute on the potential synergies from the upcoming transaction. This relates to the $491 million all-scrip acquisition of Sezzle Inc (ASX: SZL).

Zip is expected announce the SPP results on Wednesday 6 April.

Settlement and allotment of the new shares will occur on 8 April, with normal trading commencing on Monday 11 April.

About the Zip share price

Despite making strides to grow organically, the Zip share price has fallen more than 80% in the last 12 months, with a 65% drop since the start of 2022.

Zip commands a market capitalisation of around $985.18 million based on today’s share price.

Motley Fool contributor Aaron Teboneras has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns and has recommended ZIPCOLTD FPO. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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