argenx raises $750 million in gross proceeds in a global offering
Breda, the Netherlands / Ghent, Belgium
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argenx (Euronext & Nasdaq: 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 the pricing of a global offering of ordinary shares represented by American Depository Shares (ADSs) in the United States and certain other countries outside of European Economic Area and a simultaneous private placement of ordinary shares in the European Economic Area.
The Company anticipates total gross proceeds of approximately $750.0 million (approximately €682.4 million) from the sale of 2,584,138 ADSs at a price of $205.00 per ADS and the sale of 1,074,377 ordinary shares at a price of €186.52 per ordinary share. Each of the ADSs offered in the offering represents the right to receive one ordinary share, nominal value of €0.10 per share. The U.S. offering and the European private placement are currently expected to close simultaneously on June 1, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.
In addition, argenx has granted the underwriters of the offering a 30-day option to purchase up to 548,777 ordinary shares (which may be represented by ADSs) on the same terms and conditions.
argenx’s ADSs are currently listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “ARGX,” and argenx’s ordinary shares are currently listed on Euronext Brussels under the symbol “ARGX.”
J.P. Morgan, Cowen and BofA Securities are acting as joint bookrunning managers for the offering. Stifel, JMP Securities, Wedbush PacGrow, Nomura and Kempen & Co are acting as co-managers for the offering.
The securities are being offered in the United States pursuant to an automatically effective shelf registration statement that was previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). A preliminary prospectus supplement relating to the securities was filed with the SEC on May 26, 2020. The final prospectus supplement relating to the securities will be filed with the SEC and will be available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. When available, copies of the final prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to the U.S. offering may be obtained for free from J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, or by telephone at (866) 803-9204, or by email at email@example.com; from Cowen and Company, LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, Attn: Prospectus Department, by email at PostSaleManualRequests@broadridge.com, or by telephone at (833) 297-2926; or from BofA Securities, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd floor, Charlotte, North Carolina 28255-0001, Attn: Prospectus Department, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A request for the admission to listing and trading of the ordinary shares (including the ordinary shares underlying the ADSs) on the regulated market of Euronext Brussels will be made. A prospectus for the listing of the ordinary shares on Euronext Brussels consisting of a universal registration document dated 31 March 2020, an amendment to the aforementioned universal registration document, a securities note and a summary (together, the “Listing Prospectus”) will be filed with the Dutch regulator (“Stichting Autoriteit Financiële Markten”) (the “AFM”) for approval and passporting to Belgium in accordance with article 25 of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017 on the prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading on a regulated market, and repealing Directive 2003/71/EC (as amended, the “Prospectus Regulation”). Upon approval, the Listing Prospectus together with a Dutch translation of the summary will be made available on the website of argenx (www.argenx.com) and copies may be obtained for free from argenx upon request at email@example.com or by telephone at (32) 9 310 34 19.
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.
argenx is a global immunology company developing antibody-based medicines for patients suffering from severe autoimmune diseases and cancer. By translating immunology breakthroughs into innovative drug candidates, argenx is building a world-class portfolio of first-in-class antibodies in both early and late clinical-stages of development. argenx is evaluating efgartigimod in multiple serious autoimmune indications and cusatuzumab in hematological malignancies in collaboration with Janssen, along with advancing earlier stage assets within its therapeutic franchises. For more information, visit www.argenx.com and follow us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/argenx/.
Beth DelGiacco, Vice President, Investor Relations
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Joke Comijn, Director Corporate Communications & Investor Relations (EU)
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