Zenith Epigenetics Closes $8 million Private Placement
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CALGARY, March 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Zenith Epigenetics Corp. ("Zenith" or the "Company") today announced that it has closed a private placement of 8,000,000 common shares at a price of US$1.00 per share for gross proceeds of US$8,000,000 (the "Private Placement") to Eastern Capital Limited ("Eastern") and NGN BioMed Opportunity II, L.P. ("NGN"). Eastern and NGN subscribed for 6,000,000 and 2,000,000 common shares, respectively. The shares are subject to a four month hold period.
After giving effect to the Private Placement, Eastern and NGN hold 19,200,000 and 8,769,339 common shares, respectively, of Zenith, representing approximately 22.9% and 10.5%, respectively, of Zenith's issued and outstanding common shares. Eastern and NGN also hold 2,048,640 and 1,683,665 common share purchase warrants of Zenith, respectively.
Pursuant to the terms of the Private Placement, in the event that Zenith completes an equity financing within 18 months and the price per share is lower than US$1.00, the price per share paid by Eastern and NGN will be adjusted to the lower price per share and they will, accordingly, receive additional common shares for no additional consideration. Furthermore, in the event that Zenith completes an equity financing within 18 months and Zenith issues or grants additional securities, contractual rights or entitlements to any of the subscribers, then Zenith shall issue or grant the same additional securities, contractual rights or entitlements to Eastern and NGN. Additionally, in the event that Zenith receives gross proceeds from equity financings of less than US$25 million and grants a license to a third party, sells intellectual property rights to a third party, or greater than 662/3% of Zenith's common shares are sold to a third party, NGN and Eastern shall receive, for no additional consideration, additional common shares equal to the number originally subscribed for by each party as described above.
In connection with the closing of the private placement, the Company also agreed to provide Eastern with certain "demand" and "piggy back" registration rights should it wish to sell their common shares by way of prospectus.
The Private Placement was a related party transaction within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws as Eastern is an insider of Zenith. The transaction was exempt from the formal valuation and minority approval requirements applicable to related party transactions on the basis that the value of the transaction was less than 25 percent of Zenith's market capitalization, as determined by the Board of Directors of the Company. Zenith did not file a material change report more than 21 days prior to closing as contemplated by the related party transaction requirements as the insider participation was only recently confirmed.
Zenith intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund research and development activities, general and administrative expenses, increased working capital and for other general corporate purposes.
The securities issued under the offering have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), or any state securities laws, and accordingly, may not be offered or sold within the United States except in compliance with the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities requirements or pursuant to exemptions therefrom. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of Zenith's securities in the United States.
Zenith Epigenetics Corp. is a research and development biotechnology company focused on new and innovative drugs by leveraging its proprietary epigenetics platform. The company's epigenetic drug discovery platform functions by inhibiting BET bromodomains, having the potential to impact multiple diseases including autoimmune and oncology.
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Donald J. McCaffrey
President and CEO
Zenith Epigenetics Corp.