Vivoryon Therapeutics AG Launches Rights Offering to Fund its Phase 2b Clinical Development Program in Alzheimer’s Disease with Strong Commitments
HALLE (SAALE), Germany, 08 October 2019 – Vivoryon Therapeutics AG (Euronext Amsterdam: VVY, ISIN: DE0007921835, “Vivoryon” or the “Company”) today announced the launch of a public rights offering (the “Rights Offering”) of 36,904,128 new ordinary bearer shares with no-par value, each with a notional value of EUR 1.00 and full dividend rights from 1 January 2019 (the “Offer Shares”), with subscription rights and oversubscription rights for existing shareholders at a subscription price of EUR 5.61 per Offer Share (the “Subscription Price”), from a capital increase from EUR 12,301,376.00 by up to EUR 36,904,128.00 to up to EUR 49,205,504.00 as resolved by the shareholder meeting on May 29 2019. Details of the Rights Offering are contained in a prospectus and below in Offering Highlights.
The existing shareholders, Mr. Christiansen, Den Danske Forskningsfond and T&W Holding A/S have provided commitments to subscribe to Offer Shares in an aggregate amount of EUR 10m with an additional back-stop of up to EUR 5 million. MorphoSys AG has provided commitments to purchase Offer Shares in an investment amount of approximately EUR 15 million. In addition, certain board and management team members indicated to participate in the Offering. The total of EUR 30 million from pre-commitments cover the minimum gross proceeds of EUR 30 million the Company is aiming for with this Offering. This amount will be used and is expected to be sufficient to fully finance the European Phase 2b clinical study with the Company’s lead product PQ912 for Alzheimer’s Disease, in particular for manufacturing the molecule PQ912 and testing it in approximately 250 patients, and bringing it through to Phase 2b results in 2022. If the gross proceeds exceed EUR 30 million, the additional funds will be used to prepare and initiate the US Phase 2b clinical trial with PQ912. In case the Company can raise EUR 70 million from the Offering, the Company expects that it will also be able to fully fund the US clinical trial up until results expected in H1 2024. Remaining funds, if any, will be used to finance the exploitation of the therapeutic potential of Vivoryon’s QPCT and QPCTL inhibitors in other indications and for general corporate purposes.
“The Vivoryon team has been intensely focused on all preparations to move into the next stage of clinical development, and this capital raise will enable us to better define the novel impact our lead product, PQ912, could have in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and pave the way towards regulatory approval”, commented Dr. Ulrich Dauer, CEO of Vivoryon Therapeutics. “Based on the financial commitments already in place, we look forward to sharing more details about the clinical development plan with current and future investors and appreciate their support in this Offering.”
Below is an indicative timetable providing information with respect to the Offering. The timetable is subject to change, and dates and times may be extended, amended or terminated as described in the prospectus.
|October 9, 2019||Publication of the subscription offer in relation to the
Rights Offering in the Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger)
|October 10, 2019||Start of the Subscription Period at 00:00 CEST|
|October 23, 2019||End of Subscription Period at 23:59 CEST; Commencement of Rump Placement|
|October 24, 2019||Allocation of the Rump Shares: publication of the results of the Offering|
|October 25, 2019||Registration of the implementation of the capital increase|
|October 29, 2019||Book-entry delivery of the Offer Shares; admission to and commencement of trading of the Offer Shares on the regulated market operated by Euronext Amsterdam N.V.|
For more information, please contact:
Vivoryon Therapeutics AG
Dr. Ulrich Dauer, CEO
MC Services AG
Anne Hennecke / Susanne Kutter
Tel: +49 (0) 211 529 252 27
About Vivoryon Therapeutics AG
With 20+ years of unmatched understanding in identifying post-translational modifying enzymes that play critical roles in disease initiation and progression, Vivoryon’s scientific expertise has facilitated the creation of a discovery and development engine for small molecule therapeutics. This platform has demonstrated success by developing a novel therapeutic in type 2 diabetes. In its current programs Vivoryon Therapeutics is advancing its lead product, PQ912, in Alzheimer’s disease and its entire portfolio of QPCT and QPCTL inhibitors in oncology and other indications. (www.vivoryon.com)
This document and the information contained herein are for information purposes only and do not constitute a prospectus or an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of the Company in the United States of America (“United States”) or in any other jurisdiction. This publication may not be released, published or distributed in the United States, Australia, Canada or Japan. The securities of the Company may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The securities of the Company have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act or under the applicable securities laws of Australia, Canada or Japan. There will be no public offer of shares of the Company in the United States.
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The prospectus for the Rights Offering will be made available on the Company’s website (https://www.vivoryon.com/investors-news/) following approval of the prospectus by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (“BaFin”). Copies of the prospectus will be available free of charge during normal business hours at the following address: Vivoryon Therapeutics AG, Weinbergweg 22, 06120 Halle (Saale). The approval of the prospectus by BaFin should not be understood as an endorsement of the securities. It is recommended that potential investors read the prospectus before making an investment decision in order to fully understand the potential risks and rewards associated with the decision to invest in the securities.
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