NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ventrus Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:VTUS) announced today the pricing of concurrent, separate underwritten offerings of (i) 5,800,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $2.50 for each share of common stock, for expected gross proceeds of approximately $14,500,000, and (ii) 220,000 shares of its Series A Non-Voting Convertible Preferred Stock ("Series A") at a price to the public of $25.00 for each share of Series A, for expected gross proceeds of approximately $5,500,000. 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 of common stock and Series A in these offerings are to be sold by Ventrus. The common stock offering and the Series A offering are being conducted as separate public offerings by means of separate prospectus supplements, and neither offering is contingent upon the consummation of the other. Ventrus expects to receive combined gross proceeds of approximately $20,000,000 from these offerings, before deducting the estimated underwriter discount and commissions and expenses. Ventrus also has granted the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the shares of Ventrus common stock sold in the common stock offering to cover over-allotments, if any. These offerings are expected to close on February 4, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions. William Blair & Company, L.L.C. is serving as the sole book-running manager of the public 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., Attention: Prospectus Department, 222 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60606, by telephone at (800) 621-0687, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.