Aequus Announces Public Offering of Convertible Debenture Units
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (the “Company”) (TSX-V: AQS) (OTCQB:AQSZF) is pleased to announce that it expects to file a preliminary prospectus supplement (the “Prospectus Supplement”) to its short form base shelf prospectus dated August 15, 2017 (the “Base Shelf Prospectus”) relating to a proposed marketed public offering of convertible debenture units of the Company (each, a “Debenture Unit”) at a price of $1,000 per Debenture Unit for gross proceeds of approximately $3 million (the “Offering”).
The indicative terms of the Offering are that each Debenture Unit will consist of a 9.5% unsecured convertible debenture (each, a “Convertible Debenture”) with a maturity of 36 months from the date of issuance (the “Maturity Date”) and an indicative amount of common share purchase warrants (each, a “Warrant”) representing 50% warrant coverage, exercisable for 36 months from the date of issuance. Each Warrant shall entitle the holder thereof to purchase one common share in the capital of the Company (each, a “Common Share” and collectively, the “Common Shares”) at an indicative exercise price equal to $0.22, to be determined in the context of the market (the “Exercise Price”), at any time up to 36 months following Closing of the Offering.
The principal amount of each Convertible Debenture (the “Principal Amount”) is expected to be convertible, for no additional consideration, into Common Shares at an indicative conversion price of $0.21 (the “Conversion Price”) at the option of the holder at any time prior to the earlier of: (i) the close of business on the Maturity Date; and (ii) the business day immediately preceding the date specified by the Company for redemption of the Convertible Debentures upon a change of control.
The Company may force the conversion of the principal amount of the then outstanding Convertible Debentures (the “Mandatory Conversion”) at the Conversion Price on not more than 60 days' and not less than 30 days' notice should the daily volume weighted average trading price of the Common Shares be greater than $0.32 for the consecutive 20 trading days preceding the notice, subject to the Mandatory Conversion being permitted under the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”).
The Offering is being led by Mackie Research Capital Corporation as the lead agent and sole bookrunner, on behalf of members of the syndicate (together, the “Agents”).
The net proceeds received by the Company from the Offering are intended to be used for regulatory applications and, launch of the recently announced Medicom products, investments in the medical cannabis space, initiation of the Trokendi clinical study, working capital and general corporate purposes.
The Company will also grant the Agents an option (the “Over-Allotment Option”) to cover over-allotments and for market stabilization purposes, exercisable at any time up to 30 days subsequent to the closing of the Offering, to increase the size of the Offering by up to 15% in Debenture Units on the same terms and conditions of the Offering, exercisable in whole or in part.
The Offering is expected to be made pursuant to a Prospectus Supplement to the Base Shelf Prospectus and otherwise by private placement exemption in those jurisdictions where the Offering can lawfully be made, including the United States and Europe.
The closing of the Offering is currently expected to be during the week of April 22, 2019 and will be subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals including the approval of the TSXV. Until such time as an agency agreement is entered into, the Agents are under no obligation to underwrite, sell or purchase any securities of the Company or to enter into any such transaction. The Company expects to apply to list the Convertible Debentures, Warrants and common shares issuable upon conversion of the Convertible Debentures and exercise of the Warrants on the TSXV, subject to such securities meeting the listing requirements of the TSXV.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
ABOUT AEQUUS PHARMACEUTICALS INC.
Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX-V:AQS) (OTCQB:AQSZF) is a growing specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing high quality, differentiated products. Aequus has grown its pipeline to include several commercial products in ophthalmology and transplant, and a development stage pipeline in neurology and psychiatry with a goal of addressing the need for improved medication adherence through enhanced delivery systems. As a complement to its focus in neurology, our most recent addition to the development pipeline was a long-acting form of medical cannabis, where there is a high need for a consistent, predictable and pharmaceutical-grade delivery of products for patients. Aequus intends to commercialize its internal programs in Canada alongside its current portfolio of marketed established medicines and will look to form strategic partnerships that would maximize the reach of its product candidates worldwide. Aequus plans to build on its Canadian commercial platform through the launch of additional products that are either created internally or brought in through an acquisition or license; remaining focused on highly specialized therapeutic areas. For further information, please visit www.aequuspharma.ca
This release may contain forward-looking statements or forward-looking information under applicable Canadian securities legislation that may not be based on historical fact, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “believe”, “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “potential” and similar expressions. Forward- looking statements are necessarily based on estimates and assumptions made by us in light of our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as the factors we believe are appropriate. Forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements relating to: the Offering and its terms, the size of the Offering, the timing of the Offering, potential completion and the use of proceeds of the Offering, the filing of a Prospectus Supplement, the Over-Allotment Option, potential listing of the securities on the TSXV, the plans, strategy and goals of the Company, including with respect to the commercialization of its internal programs, forming strategic partnerships, the launch of products and the addition of products to the Company’s portfolio. Such statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties and are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Aequus, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk that the Offering may not be completed on the terms indicated or at all, that the Company may be unsuccessful in satisfying the conditions to closing of the Offering, the Company’s use of proceeds of the Offering may differ from those indicated and the Convertible Debentures and Warrants may not be listed on the TSXV. In evaluating forward looking statements, current and prospective shareholders should specifically consider various factors set out herein and under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form dated April 30, 2018, a copy of which is available on Aequus’ profile on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com, and as otherwise disclosed from time to time on Aequus’ SEDAR profile. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties, or a risk that is not currently known to us materialize, or should assumptions underlying those forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein. In making the forward looking statements included in this release, the Company has made various material assumptions, including, but not limited to: the ability of the Company and Agents to complete the Offering, the expected terms of the Offering, obtaining positive results of clinical trials; obtaining regulatory approvals; general business and economic conditions; the Company’s ability to successfully outlicense or sell its current products and in-license and develop new products; the assumption that the Company’s current good relationships with its manufacturer and other third parties will be maintained; the availability of financing on reasonable terms; the Company’s ability to attract and retain skilled staff; market competition; the products and technology offered by the Company’s competitors; and the Company’s ability to protect patents and proprietary rights. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release and we do not intend, and do not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable securities laws. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are inherently uncertain. Accordingly, investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward looking statements.
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