Zurich-Schlieren, November 4, 2014. Molecular Partners AG has successfully re-launched its Initial Public Offering (IPO). Due to strong interest and demand from both international and Swiss institutional and private investors, Molecular Partners accelerated the timetable and closed the bookbuilding process yesterday, Monday, 5pm CET.
Molecular Partners AG has successfully allocated 4,400,000 shares with a nominal value of CHF 0.10 each to institutional Swiss and international investors as well as to private domestic investors. The offer price of CHF 22.4 per offered registered share (Offer Price) implies a post money market capitalisation of approximately CHF485 million on a fully-diluted basis (prior to exercise of the over-allotment option). The shares (ticker symbol: MOLN) are expected to commence trading on Wednesday, 5 November on SIX Swiss Exchange.
The total base offer (Base Offer) consisted of 4,400,000 registered shares (Offered Shares) offered by Molecular Partners, comprising 4,307,000 newly-issued registered shares and 93,000 existing registered shares to be sold by the company on behalf of certain management and founding shareholders, solely in order for them to cover wealth tax liabilities in connection with the IPO. Molecular Partners has also granted the syndicate banks an over-allotment option of up to 660,000 newly-issued registered shares, which can be exercised within 30 calendar days after the first day of trading on SIX Swiss Exchange.
In relation to the issued share capital, the Offered Shares will represent approximately 22.8% of the issued share capital upon completion of the offering (prior to exercise of the over-allotment option) or approximately 25.4% of the issued share capital upon potential full exercise of the over-allotment option of up to 660,000 newly-issued registered shares, respectively.
J.P. Morgan is acting as the Sole Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner and UBS Investment Bank is acting as Joint Bookrunner. Cowen and Company and Bank am Bellevue are acting as Co-Managers in connection with the IPO.
About Molecular Partners AG
Molecular Partners is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that is developing a new powerful class of therapies known as DARPins™. DARPins™ are potent, specific and versatile small protein therapies which have the potential to offer benefits over conventional monoclonal antibodies or other currently available protein therapeutics. The DARPin technology has the potential to enable a “multi-benefit” approach to treatment which enables DARPins to target multiple pathways, or multiple epitopes on a single target to achieve substantial patient benefit. DARPins™ have the potential to advance modern medicine and significantly improve the treatment of serious diseases, including cancer and sight-threatening disorders.
Molecular Partners has four compounds in various stages of clinical and preclinical development and several more in the research stage, with a current focus on ophthalmology and oncology. Its most advanced product candidate is abicipar pegol, for which the company’s partner Allergan plans to initiate a Phase III clinical trial in wet AMD in 2015. The company has ongoing research and development partnerships with leadingpharmaceutical companies including Allergan, Roche and Janssen and is backed by established biotech investors.
For more information regarding Molecular Partners, please visit: www.molecularpartners.com.
For further details, please contact
Tel: +41 (0)43 344 4242
Dr. Christian Zahnd, CEO
Dr. Patrick Amstutz, COO
Tel: +41 (0) 44 755 77 00
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