QUÉBEC CITY, Jan. 9, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ:
AEZS) (TSX: AEZ) (the "Company") today announced the pricing of its
previously announced public offering of 11.0 million units (the
"Offering"), with each unit consisting of one common share and 0.8 of a
warrant to purchase one common share, at a purchase price of US$1.20
per unit. Each warrant will be exercisable for a period of five years
following the issuance thereof at an exercise price of US$1.25 per
share. Net proceeds from the Offering are expected to be approximately
US$12.2 million, after deducting underwriting commissions and other
expenses related to the Offering.
Canaccord Genuity Inc. is acting as the sole book-running manager for
the Offering. Maxim Group LLC, MLV & Co LLC and H. C. Wainwright & Co.,
LLC acted as co-managers for the Offering.
The Offering is expected to close on or about January 14, 2014, subject
to customary closing conditions including, but not limited to, the
receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, including the approvals
of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ Capital Market.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering to
continue to fund its ongoing drug development activities, primarily for
the advancement of its zoptarelin doxorubicin program, secondly for its
macimorelin acetate program, including the preparation of its
commercial launch, for the potential addition of commercialized
products to its pipeline as well as for future negative cash flow,
general corporate purposes and working capital.
The Offering is being conducted pursuant to the Company's effective
shelf registration statement on Form F-10 filed with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), its corresponding
Canadian base shelf prospectus and an exemption from the Autorité des marchés financiers permitting the Company to offer common shares and warrants in the
United States. A final prospectus supplement relating to the Offering,
along with the accompanying base shelf prospectus, will be filed with
the SEC and with the securities regulatory authority in each of the
provinces of Canada. Electronic copies of the preliminary and final
prospectus supplements and the accompanying base shelf prospectus can
be obtained on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov or on the SEDAR website
maintained by the Canadian Securities Administrators at www.sedar.com.
Copies of the final prospectus supplement and the accompanying base
shelf prospectus relating to the Offering may be obtained, when
available, upon request by contacting Canaccord Genuity Inc.,
Attention: Syndicate Department, 99 High Street, 12th Floor, Boston,
Massachusetts 02110, or by telephone at (617) 371-3900.
This press release does not and shall not constitute an offer to sell or
the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the Company's securities,
nor shall there be any sale of the Company's securities in any state or
jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be
unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities
laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
About Aeterna Zentaris Inc.
Aeterna Zentaris is a specialty biopharmaceutical company engaged in
developing novel treatments in oncology and endocrinology. The
Company's pipeline encompasses compounds from drug discovery to
regulatory approval. For more information, visit www.aezsinc.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to
the safe harbour provisions of the U.S. Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks
and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual results to
differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Such
risks and uncertainties include, among others, the availability of
funds and resources to pursue R&D projects, the successful and timely
completion of clinical studies, the risk that safety and efficacy data
from any of our Phase 3 trials may not coincide with the data analyses
from previously reported Phase 1 and/or Phase 2 clinical trials, the
ability of the Company to efficiently commercialize one or more of its
products or product candidates, the ability of the Company to take
advantage of business opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry,
uncertainties related to the regulatory process and general changes in
economic conditions. Investors should consult the Company's quarterly
and annual filings with the Canadian and U.S. securities commissions
for additional information on risks and uncertainties relating to
forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned not to rely on
these forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to
update these forward-looking statements. We disclaim any obligation to
update any such factors or to publicly announce the result of any
revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to
reflect future results, events or developments, unless required to do
so by a governmental authority or by applicable law.
SOURCE: Aeterna Zentaris Inc.
For further information:
Ginette Beaudet Vallières
Investor Relations Coordinator
(418) 652-8525 ext. 265
Director of Communications
(418) 652-8525 ext. 406