argenx announces launch of proposed initial public offering in the United States

May 08, 2017

Regulated information

Breda, the Netherlands / Ghent, Belgium – argenx (Euronext Brussels: 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 that it intends to offer and sell, subject to market and other conditions, 3.6 million American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) representing 3.6 million ordinary shares in an initial public offering in the United States (the "Offering").

The final issuance price per ADS (in USD) sold in the Offering will be determined following the bookbuilding process. Each of the ADSs offered in the Offering represents the right to receive one ordinary share.

argenx’s ordinary shares are currently listed on the regulated market of Euronext Brussels. argenx has made an application to have its ADSs listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol “ARGX”. Application will also be made to admit the ordinary shares issued pursuant to the Offering to trading on the regulated market of Euronext Brussels.

A registration statement relating to and describing the terms of the Offering has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. The ADSs may not be sold, nor may offers to buy be accepted, prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.

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 acting as argenx’s advisor in connection with the Offering.

argenx intends to grant the underwriters of the Offering a 30-day option to purchase additional ordinary shares in the form of ADSs, provided that the number of such additional ADSs shall not exceed 15% of the ADSs sold in the Offering.

The ADSs referred to in this release are to be offered only by means of a prospectus.  When available, copies of the preliminary prospectus can be obtained 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 prospectus@pjc.com

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.


About argenx

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

info@arGEN-X.com

 

Beth DelGiacco (US IR)

Stern Investor Relations

+1 212 362 1200

beth@sternir.com

 

Forward-looking Statements

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Important information

No public offering will be made and no one has taken any action that would, or is intended to, permit a public offering in any country or jurisdiction, other than the United States, where any such action is required, including in the European Economic Area. In the European Economic Area, the transaction to which this press release relates will only be available to, and will be engaged in only with, qualified investors within the meaning of Directive 2003/71/EC (together with any applicable implementing measures in the relevant member state of the European Economic Area and as amended, including by Directive 2010/73/EU, to the extent implemented in the relevant member state).

In addition, in the United Kingdom, the transaction to which this press release relates will only be available to, and will be engaged in only with, investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order"), persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order, and other persons to whom this announcement may lawfully be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). The securities referred to herein are only available to, and any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or otherwise acquire such securities will be engaged in only with relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this communication or any of its contents.