argenx raises approximately $100 million gross proceeds with NASDAQ IPO
May 17, 2017
Regulated information – inside information
Breda, the Netherlands / Ghent, Belgium – argenx (Euronext Brussels: ARGX, Nasdaq: ARGX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a deep pipeline of differentiated antibody-based therapies for the treatment of severe autoimmune diseases and cancer, announced today the pricing of its initial public offering in the United States (the "Offering") with anticipated gross proceeds totalling approximately $100 million from the sale of 5,865,000 American Depository Shares ("ADSs"), at a price to the public of $17.00 per ADS.
All of the ADSs are being offered by argenx and each of the ADSs offered represents the right to receive one ordinary share.
argenx had earlier increased the Offering from 3.6 million ADSs to 5.0 million ADSs and has finally further increased the Offering to approximately 5.9 million ADSs.
argenx’s ordinary shares are listed on the regulated market of Euronext Brussels. The ADSs are expected to begin trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on May 18, 2017 under the symbol “ARGX”. The Offering is expected to close on May 23, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions. argenx has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 879,750 ADSs, representing 15% of the ADSs sold in the Offering, to cover over allotments, if any. This option can be exercised during the 30 day period commencing May 17, 2017.
Cowen and Company and Piper Jaffray & Co. are acting as joint bookrunning managers for the Offering, and JMP Securities and Wedbush PacGrow are acting as co-managers. Kempen & Co is argenx’s advisor in connection with the Offering.
This Offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the final prospectus for this Offering may be obtained, when available, from Cowen and Company, LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Services, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, Attn: Prospectus Department, by telephone at (631) 274-2806 or by fax at (631) 254-7140 or from Piper Jaffray & Co., Attn: Prospectus Department, 800 Nicollet Mall, J12S03, Minneapolis, MN 55403, or by telephone at (800) 747-3924, or by email at email@example.com.
A registration statement relating to these securities was declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on May 17, 2017.
This press release is for information purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe to any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is not permitted or to any person or entity to whom it is unlawful to make such offer, solicitation or sale. Reference is also made to the restrictions set out in “Important information” below. This press release is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into any state or jurisdiction into which doing so would be unlawful or where a prior registration or approval is required for such purpose.
argenx is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a deep pipeline of differentiated antibody-based therapies for the treatment of severe autoimmune diseases and cancer. We are focused on developing product candidates with the potential to be either first-in-class against novel targets or best-in-class against known, but complex, targets in order to treat diseases with a significant unmet medical need. Our ability to execute on this focus is enabled by our suite of differentiated technologies. Our SIMPLE Antibody™ Platform, based on the powerful llama immune system, allows us to exploit novel and complex targets, and our three antibody engineering technologies are designed to enable us to expand the therapeutic index of our product candidates.
For further information, please contact:
Joke Comijn, Corporate Communications Manager
+32 (0)477 77 29 44
+32 (0)9 310 34 19
Beth DelGiacco (US IR)
Stern Investor Relations
+1 212 362 1200
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