4 Feb 2011

$8.4 million raised from shareholders

6:03 am on 4 February 2011

Shares in Wellington Drive Technologies rose after it raised $8.4 million from shareholders, the full amount that had been sought.

The company's share price has fallen 84% to 1.8 cents since it announced it was seeking the money by issuing new shares in December.

The stock gained 0.3 cents to 2.1c on Thursday.

The maker of energy-efficient motors said its small size, the global spread of its operations, intense competition and its limited cash reserve make left it vulnerable to adverse shocks.

It expects a substantial financial improvement this year and wants the extra funds to order materials in preparation for increased sales.