EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Sept. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sunshine Heart, Inc. (Nasdaq:SSH) announced today that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of its common stock pursuant to its effective shelf registration statement previously filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Piper Jaffray & Co. and Cowen and Company, LLC are acting as joint book-running managers and Lazard Capital Markets LLC is acting as co-lead manager for the offering. Craig-Hallum Capital Group and Northland Securities, Inc. are acting as co-managers for the offering. In addition, Sunshine Heart expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15 percent of the shares of common stock offered in the public offering solely to cover over-allotments, if any. The offering is subject to customary conditions and there can be no assurance as to whether or when the offering may be completed, or as to the actual size or terms of the offering. Sunshine Heart currently intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, including its ongoing U.S. pivotal trial and post-market EU study, initial commercialization of the C-Pulse Heart Assist System, or C-Pulse System, in the EU, and product development activities. The offering is being made pursuant to a shelf registration statement (File No. 333-187273) (including a prospectus) previously filed with and declared effective by the SEC. Prospective investors should read the prospectus in that registration statement, the final prospectus relating to the offering, and other documents that Sunshine Heart has filed with the SEC for more complete information about Sunshine Heart and the offering. A copy of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to these securities may be obtained by contacting Piper Jaffray & Co., Attention: Prospectus Department, 800 Nicolett Mall, Suite 800, Minneapolis, MN 55402, or by telephone at (800) 747-3924, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by contacting Cowen and Company, LLC (c/o Broadridge Financial Services, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY, 11717, Attn: Prospectus Department, Phone: 631-274-2806, Fax: 631-254-7140). Electronic copies of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus are also available free of charge on the website of the SEC at www.sec.gov . This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.