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BASEL, Switzerland, June 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VectivBio Holding AG (“VectivBio”) (Nasdaq: VECT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company pioneering novel transformational treatments for severe rare conditions, today announced the launch of a follow-on public offering of its ordinary shares. In addition, VectivBio expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the ordinary shares to be sold in the offering on the same terms and conditions. The offering is subject to market and other conditions, and there can be no assurance as to whether or when the offering may be completed. All of the ordinary shares in the offering are to be sold by VectivBio.
Also today, VectivBio entered into an agreement with Forbion Growth Opportunities Fund II Coöperatief U.A., represented by Forbion Growth II Management B.V. ("Forbion") pursuant to which VectivBio has agreed to sell 3,478,260 ordinary shares to Forbion at the price of $5.75 per ordinary share, for gross proceeds of approximately $20 million, in a private placement transaction that is expected to close concurrently with the public offering. The sale of these ordinary shares will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The closing of the private placement transaction is not contingent on any public offering.
VectivBio intends to use the net proceeds from the public offering and concurrent private placement, together with its existing cash and cash equivalents, available for sale and short-term deposits: to fund (i) clinical development and pre-commercialization activities for its lead product candidate and (ii) general corporate purposes, including general and administrative expenses and working capital.
SVB Securities and Piper Sandler are acting as joint book-running managers for the public offering. LifeSci Capital is acting as a co-manager for the public offering.
A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Form F-3 (File No. 333-264653) and declared effective on May 12, 2022. The public offering will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus related to the public offering may be obtained, when available, from: SVB Securities LLC, Attention: Syndicate Department, 53 State Street, 40th Floor, Boston, MA 02109, or by telephone at (800) 8-8-7525, ext. 6105, or by email at email@example.com; Piper Sandler & Co., Attention: Prospectus Department, 800 Nicollet Mall, J12S03, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402, or by telephone at (800) 747-3924, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by accessing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at www.sec.gov.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, 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.
The ordinary shares offered in the concurrent private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.
About VectivBio AG
VectivBio is a global clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on transforming and improving the lives of patients with severe rare conditions. Lead product candidate apraglutide is a next-generation, long-acting synthetic GLP-2 analog being developed for a range of rare gastrointestinal diseases where GLP-2 can play a central role in addressing disease pathophysiology, including short bowel syndrome with intestinal failure (SBS-IF) and Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease (aGVHD).
VectivBio is also advancing its modular, small molecule CoMET platform to address a broad range of previously undruggable Inherited Metabolic Diseases (IMDs). CoMET leverages innovative chemistry, based on a proprietary stabilized pantetheine backbone, to restore fundamental cellular metabolism in pediatric populations with IMDs characterized by a deficit of energy metabolism caused by the depletion of functional Coenzyme A (“CoA”). Candidates from the CoMET platform are initially being evaluated in methylmalonic acidemia (MMA), propionic acidemia (PA), and other organic acidimias.
Forward Looking Statements
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VectivBio SVP, Investor Relations and Strategic Communications