VBI Vaccines Inc. (NASDAQ: VBIV) (VBI or the Company), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation infectious disease and immuno-oncology vaccines, today announced the closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering and the exercise in full of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares. The gross proceeds from the offering, before deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by VBI, are approximately US$57.5 million. 52,272,726 common shares, at a public offering price of US$1.10 per share, were issued and sold in this offering, which includes 6,818,181 shares issued upon the exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares.
Immediately following the closing of the underwritten public offering, the number of outstanding common shares of the Company is 230,648,396.
Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. acted as joint book-running managers, and National Securities Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: NHLD), acted as lead manager for the underwritten public offering.
VBI intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to support the regulatory filings, pre-commercialization, and launch planning activities for Sci-B-Vac® in the United States, Europe, and Canada, for the continued advancement of its pipeline programs, including the development of VBI-1901, a cancer vaccine immunotherapeutic candidate for recurrent glioblastoma (GBM); VBI-2601, an immunotherapeutic candidate for chronic hepatitis B infection; VBI-1501, a prophylactic cytomegalovirus (CMV) vaccine candidate; and VBI-2901, a prophylactic pan-coronavirus vaccine candidate. The net proceeds will also be used for general corporate purposes, including working capital and capital expenditures.
A shelf registration statement relating to the common shares was previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and declared effective on July 30, 2018. A preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to the underwritten public offering was filed with the SEC on April 21, 2020. A final prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus, dated April 22, 2020, relating to the offering was filed with the SEC on April 24, 2020, and is available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies of the final prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus may also be obtained from Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Attention: Equity Syndicate, 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, Florida 33716, by telephone at (800) 248-8863, by e-mail at email@example.com, or from Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Attention: Syndicate Prospectus Department, 85 Broad Street, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10004 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other 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 other jurisdiction. Any offer, if at all, will be made only by means of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus forming a part of the effective registration statement.