NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ventrus Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:VTUS) announced today that it is concurrently offering to sell, subject to market and other conditions, (i) shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering, and (ii) shares of its Series A Convertible Preferred Stock ("Series A") in a separate underwritten public offering. The Series A is non-voting and each share of Series A is convertible into 10 shares of Ventrus common stock, provided that conversion will be prohibited if, as a result, the holder and its affiliates would own more than 9.98% of the total number of Ventrus shares of common stock then outstanding. All of the shares in these offerings are to be sold by Ventrus. Ventrus also intends to grant the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the shares of common stock sold in the common stock public offering to cover over-allotments, if any. William Blair & Company, L.L.C. is acting as the sole underwriter of these offerings. Each of these offerings is being made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement previously filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. Any offer, if at all, will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus forming a part of the effective registration statement, copies of which may be obtained, when available, from William Blair & Company, L.L.C. at 222 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60606, Attention: Prospectus Department, by telephone at (800) 621-0687, or by email at email@example.com. About Ventrus Biosciences Ventrus is a development stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of late-stage prescription drugs for gastrointestinal problems, specifically anal disorders. Our lead product is topical diltiazem (VEN 307) for the treatment of anal fissures, for which the first Phase 3 trial was initiated in November 2010, and reported positive top line results in May 2012. The second Phase 3 trial began enrollment in the fourth quarter of 2012 and is ongoing. Our product candidate portfolio also includes topical phenylephrine (VEN 308) intended to treat fecal incontinence. VEN 307 and VEN 308 are two molecules that were previously approved and marketed for other indications and that have been formulated into our in-licensed proprietary topical treatments for these new gastrointestinal indications.