Zealand Pharma announces directed issue and private placement for gross proceeds of DKK 1.45 billion
Company announcement – No. 1 / 2024
Zealand Pharma announces directed issue and private placement for gross proceeds of DKK 1.45 billion
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- A directed share issue of a total of 3,761,470 new shares to two reputable institutional shareholders through a private placement for gross proceeds of DKK 1.45 billion
- The net proceeds from the private placement will be used to further strengthen Zealand’s investment in its differentiated assets targeting obesity
Copenhagen, Denmark, 8 January 2024 – Zealand Pharma A/S (“Zealand“) (Nasdaq: ZEAL), (CVR-no. 20 04 50 78), a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of innovative peptide-based medicines, announces private placement and directed issue of 3,761,470 new shares, each of a nominal value of DKK 1 (the “New Shares“), representing approximately 6% of Zealand’s currently registered share capital, to two reputable institutional shareholders, a US-based life sciences investment firm and a global investment management company (the “Private Placement“). Zealand expects to receive gross proceeds from the Private Placement of approximately DKK 1.45 billion (USD 214 million).
Terms of the Private Placement
The Private Placement was made pursuant to applicable exemptions from the obligation to publish a Danish prospectus in Denmark as well as exemptions from the U.S. Securities Act and the securities laws of other applicable jurisdictions. As part of the Private Placement, Zealand will issue a total of 3,761,470 New Shares, each of a nominal value of DKK 1, at a subscription price of DKK 386.45 per New Share. This subscription price represents the volume-weighted average price (VWAP) on 8 January 2024 for Zealand’s shares quoted on Nasdaq Copenhagen. The Private Placement was made without pre-emption rights for Zealand’s existing shareholders.
The New Shares are expected to be registered with the Danish Business Authority on 12 January 2024 and admitted to trading and official listing on Nasdaq Copenhagen A/S, in the ISIN code for the existing shares, DK0060257814, following issuance, expectedly on 15 January 2024.
Carnegie Investment Bank, filial af Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ), Sverige and Jefferies GmbH acted as joint financial advisors for the Private Placement. Plesner Advokatpartnerselskab is acting as legal counsel to Zealand in the Private Placement. Kromann Reumert and Milbank LLP are acting as legal counsel to the joint financial advisors.
The net proceeds from the Private Placement are expected to be used to further strengthen Zealand’s investment in its differentiated assets targeting obesity.
“The additional funding announced today allows us to further strengthen the investment in our obesity portfolio” said Zealand Pharma CFO Henriette Wennicke. “At Zealand, we are focused on maximizing the value of our differentiated peptide-based product candidates targeting obesity and related co-morbidities. This includes advancing our long-acting amylin analog, petrelintide, and our first-in-class dual GLP-1/GLP-2 receptor dual agonist, dapiglutide, through comprehensive Phase 2b trials expected to start in late 2024 and early 2025, respectively.”
Summary of the Private Placement:
- 3,761,470 New Shares were subscribed for in the Private Placement;
- The subscription price for the New Shares is DKK 386.45 per New Share;
- Total gross proceeds from the Private Placement will amount to DKK 1,454 million;
- The New Shares will be issued without pre-emption rights for Zealand’s current shareholders and the New Shares will upon issuance rank pari passu with Zealand’s existing shares and carry the same dividend and other rights. The New Shares must be registered in the name of the holder in Zealand’s register of shareholders;
- Each of the New Shares carries one vote at Zealand’s general meetings. Zealand only has one class of shares;
- Following completion of the Private Placement, the registered share capital of Zealand will amount to DKK 62,512,622 divided into 62,512,622 shares of DKK 1 each; and
- A timetable of expected future principal events can be seen below.
Share capital increase
The Board of Directors of Zealand has exercised its authorization in article 7.1 of Zealand’s articles of association granted by Zealand’s general meeting at the annual general meeting 29 March 2023, to issue the New Shares and increase Zealand’s share capital accordingly.
Expected timetable for the Private Placement:
|Expected 12 January 2024
|Registration of the New Shares with the Danish Business Authority
|Expected 15 January 2024
|Admittance to trading and official listing of the New Shares, in the ISIN code for the existing shares, DK0060257814, on Nasdaq Copenhagen A/S
|Adam Lange (Investors)
|Investor Relations Officer
|Anna Krassowska, PhD (Investors and Media)
|Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
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