TEL-AVIV, Israel, Dec. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq:RDHL) (TASE:RDHL) (the "Company" or "RedHill"), an emerging Israeli biopharmaceutical company focused primarily on the development and acquisition of late clinical-stage, proprietary formulations and combinations of existing drugs, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with leading healthcare investor OrbiMed Israel Partners Limited Partnership ("OrbiMed"), an affiliate of OrbiMed Advisors LLC, for the sale of RedHill's American Depository Shares ("ADSs") and warrants in a private placement transaction (the "Private Placement") for a total sum of $6.0 million. Proceeds from the financing will be used for general working capital and for research and development related purposes, including the clinical development of RedHill's lead gastrointestinal programs, RHB-104 for Crohn's disease and RHB-105 for H. pylori infection, both currently undergoing Phase III studies in the U.S. The Private Placement is expected to close on or before January 9, 2014, subject to the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions. Upon the closing of the Private Placement, in exchange for gross proceeds of $6.0 million, RedHill will issue OrbiMed a total of 631,580 units, each consisting of one ADS 1 and a warrant to purchase 0.4 of an ADS ("Unit"), at a purchase price of $9.50 per Unit. RedHill will issue to OrbiMed warrants to purchase 252,632 ADSs in the aggregate, which will have a three-year term and be exercisable at a price per ADS of $11. For a detailed description of the terms of the Private Placement, please see the Company's Report on Form 6-K furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on December 30, 2013. The Units, ADSs and warrants offered in the Private Placement and the ADSs issuable upon the exercise of the warrants have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States unless such sale is made pursuant to an effective registration statement filed with the SEC or pursuant to an applicable exemption from SEC registration requirements. The Company has agreed to file a registration statement with the SEC covering the ADSs sold in the Private Placement and the ADSs issuable upon exercise of the warrants sold in the Private Placement.