TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / Edesa Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: EDSA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it has entered into definitive securities purchase agreements with certain institutional and accredited investors as well as company insiders in a registered direct offering of an aggregate of 1,355,380 common shares. The price per share for investors other than investors that are officers, directors, employees or consultants of the company is $3.20 and, for each investor that is an officer, director, employee or consultant of the company, $4.11.
In a concurrent private placement, the company agreed to sell to such investors Class A Purchase Warrants to purchase an aggregate of up to 1,016,553 of the company’s common shares, or 0.75 of a common share for each share purchased in the offering, and Class B Purchase Warrants to purchase an aggregate of up to 677,703 of the company’s common shares, or 0.50 of a common share for each share purchased in the offering. The Class A Purchase Warrants will be exercisable at any time on or after the six month anniversary of their date of issuance, at an exercise price of $4.80 per share and will expire on the third anniversary of the date they initially become exercisable. The Class B Purchase Warrants will be exercisable at any time on or after the six month anniversary of their date of issuance, at an exercise price of $4.00 per share and will expire on the four-month anniversary of the date they initially become exercisable.
Brookline Capital Markets, a division of Arcadia Securities, LLC, acted as Edesa’s U.S. financial adviser and placement agent for the offering in the United States. Non-U.S. investors participated in the offering via a concurrent non-brokered placement. The closing of the offering and concurrent private placement is expected to occur on or about January 8, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
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The gross proceeds to Edesa are expected to be approximately $4.36 million. Edesa intends to use the net proceeds from the offering primarily for working capital and for general corporate purposes, including research and development.
The common shares are being offered pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-233567), which was previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and declared effective on September 12, 2019. The warrants to be issued in the concurrent private placement and shares issuable upon exercise of such warrants have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act) or applicable state securities law and are being offered pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act and Regulation D promulgated thereunder.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor may 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.
A prospectus supplement relating to and describing the terms of the offering will be filed with the SEC and will be available on the SEC’s website. The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement, copies of which may be obtained, when available, from Edesa Biotech, Inc. via email at email@example.com or telephone at (805) 488-2800. No Canadian prospectus has been or will be filed in a province or territory of Canada to qualify the securities in connection with the offering.
About Edesa Biotech, Inc.
Edesa Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: EDSA) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on efficiently developing innovative treatments that address significant unmet medical needs. Edesa’s lead product candidate, EB01, is a novel non-steroidal anti-inflammatory molecule (sPLA2 inhibitor) for the treatment of chronic allergic contact dermatitis which has demonstrated statistically significant improvements in multiple clinical studies. A Phase 2b clinical study of EB01 was initiated in October 2019. Edesa also intends to expand the utility of its sPLA2 inhibitor technology across multiple indications and expand its portfolio with assets that can drive long-term growth opportunities. The company is based in Markham, Ontario, Canada, with U.S. offices in Southern California.
Edesa Forward-Looking Statements
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