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AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. Announces Exercise of Option to Purchase Additional Shares

MAYNARD, Mass., April 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. (AQB) (“AquaBounty” or the “Company”), a biotechnology company focused on enhancing productivity in the aquaculture market and a subsidiary of Intrexon Corporation (XON), today announces the closing of the sale of 346,488 shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Option Shares”).  The Option Shares were sold pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement dated April 4, 2019 (the “Underwriting Agreement”), between the Company and the underwriters in the public offering of 2,554,590 shares of the Company’s common stock that closed on April 9, 2019 (the “Offering”).  In the Underwriting Agreement, the Company granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to 383,188 shares of the Company’s common stock at the public offering price of $2.25 per share.  The Option Shares were sold at the public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions, and the gross proceeds to AquaBounty from the sale are approximately $0.78 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions.

H.C. Wainwright & Co. acted as the sole book-running manager for the Offering.

National Securities Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Holdings Corporation (NHLD), acted as co-manager for the Offering.

The Company currently expects to use the net proceeds of the Offering and the sale of the Option Shares to fully fund working capital costs associated with growing its first batches of fish at our Indiana and Rollo Bay farm sites and other general corporate purposes.

A shelf registration statement on Form S-3 relating to the Offering and the sale of the Option Shares was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and was declared effective on April 27, 2018.  A final prospectus supplement describing the terms of the Offering and the sale of the Option Shares was filed with the SEC on April 5, 2019, and is available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.  Copies of the final prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus may be obtained from H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC, 430 Park Avenue 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10022, or by calling (646) 975-6996 or by emailing placements@hcwco.com or at the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov

This press release shall 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 an offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About AquaBounty

AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. is a publicly traded aquaculture company focused on improving productivity and sustainability in commercial aquaculture. The Company’s objective is the application of biotechnology to ensure the availability of high-quality seafood to meet global consumer demand—addressing critical production constraints in the most popular farmed species, including salmon, trout, and tilapia.

The Company’s AquAdvantage fish program is based upon a single, specific molecular modification in fish that results in more rapid growth in early development. With aquaculture facilities located in Prince Edward Island, Canada, and Indiana, USA, AquaBounty is raising its disease-free, antibiotic-free salmon in land-based recirculating aquaculture systems, offering a reduced carbon footprint and no risk of pollution of marine ecosystems as compared to traditional sea-cage farming.

More information about AquaBounty is available at www.aquabounty.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, that involve significant risks and uncertainties about AquaBounty, including but not limited to statements with respect to the use of proceeds of the Offering and the sale of the Option Shares and the potential for harvests of the Company’s fish. AquaBounty may use words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “aim,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “can,” “focus,” “will,” and “may” and similar expressions to identify such forward-looking statements. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are risks relating to, among other things, whether or not AquaBounty will be able to raise additional capital; market and other conditions; AquaBounty’s business and financial condition; and the impact of general economic, industry, or political conditions in the United States or internationally. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks faced by AquaBounty, see disclosures contained in AquaBounty’s public filings with the SEC, including the “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and prospectus for the Offering. You should consider these factors in evaluating the forward-looking statements included in this press release and not place undue reliance on such statements. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and AquaBounty undertakes no obligation to update such statements as a result of new information, except as required by law.

Contact

AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.
Dave Conley, Director of Communications
+1 613 294 3078