March 29, 2012
ThromboGenics NV (NYSE Euronext Brussels: THR), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative ophthalmic medicines, announces today that it has raised €77.8 million through a private placement via an accelerated bookbuilding procedure announced on Wednesday
28 March 2012
after the market closed.
The private placement has allowed ThromboGenics to place 3,244,675 new shares with a range of domestic and international investors and qualified institutional buyers in
the United States
at a price of €24 per share, a 3.5% discount on the previous closing price. This represents 9.99% of the current number of outstanding shares and will bring the total number of shares after the issue to 35,691,432. The new shares will be admitted to listing on NYSE Euronext Brussels following their issuance, which is expected to take place on
3 April 2012
The funds will be used by ThromboGenics to:
- execute the U.S. launch and commercialization of ocriplasmin, potentially the first pharmacological treatment for symptomatic Vitreomacular Adhesion (VMA) including macular hole;
- fund the clinical development of ocriplasmin for additional indications on a 50:50 basis with Alcon, its commercialization partner for non U.S. markets;
- strengthen its core ophthalmology franchise by in-licensing development-stage product candidates; and
- for general corporate purposes.
KBC Securities acted as Global Coordinator. KBC Securities, BofA Merrill Lynch and Petercam acted as Joint Bookrunners for the placing.
Dr Patrik De Haes, CEO of ThromboGenics said:
"I would like to welcome new investors who participated in this over-subscribed placement, and thank existing shareholders for their continued support of the Company and our ophthalmic-focused strategy. The additional funds that we have raised will allow us to build a first-class U.S. commercial organization ahead of the anticipated launch of ocriplasmin. The potential of ocriplasmin to provide a new treatment paradigm for patients with symptomatic VMA including macular hole has been validated by our recent agreement with Alcon, giving it the commercial rights to this innovative product outside the U.S. The proceeds should also enable us to become a profitable, ophthalmology company that both creates value for our shareholders and brings drugs with significant benefits to patients."