CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AEGR) ("Aegerion"), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of innovative, life-altering therapies for patients with debilitating and often fatal rare diseases, today announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 2,704,739 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $26.64 per share. The net proceeds to Aegerion from this offering are expected to be approximately $67.9 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions. The offering is expected to close on January 16, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions. Jefferies & Company, Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are acting as joint book-running managers in the offering. Leerink Swann LLC, Canaccord Genuity Inc., and Cowen and Company, LLC are acting as co-managers for the offering. Aegerion has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an aggregate of 405,710 additional shares of common stock. Aegerion anticipates using the net proceeds from the offering to fund activities directed at commercial launch of JUXTAPID™ (lomitapide) Capsules in the United States; pursuing approval of its Marketing Authorization Application submission with the European Medicines Agency for lomitapide, and, if it is approved, commercial activities in the European Union; expansion of operations in certain countries to pursue regulatory approval of lomitapide and to conduct sales on a named-patient-sales basis, where permitted; advancement of the clinical development of lomitapide; and business development activities; with any remainder to fund working capital, capital expenditures and for general corporate purposes. The securities described above are being offered by Aegerion pursuant to shelf registration statements previously filed with and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). A preliminary prospectus supplement related to the offering has been filed with the SEC. A final prospectus supplement related to the offering will be filed with the SEC. The preliminary prospectus supplement is available, and the final prospectus supplement will be available, on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. In addition, copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus, and the final prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus, when available, may be obtained from Jefferies & Company, Inc., Equity Syndicate Prospectus Department, 520 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY, 10022, or by telephone at 877-547-6340, or by email at Prospectus_Department@Jefferies.com; or J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717 or by telephone at 1-866-803-9204. This release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.