Antibe Therapeutics Announces $5 Million Bought Deal Offering
Antibe Therapeutics Inc. ("Antibe" or the “Company”) (TSXV: ATE, OTCQB: ATBPF), a leader in developing safer therapeutics for pain and inflammation, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Bloom Burton Securities Inc., on behalf of a syndicate of underwriters including Echelon Wealth Partners Inc. and Dominick Capital Corporation (collectively, the “Underwriters”), pursuant to which the Underwriters have agreed to purchase, on a bought deal basis, 20,000,000 units of the Company (the “Units”) at a price of $0.25 per Unit (the “Offering Price”), for aggregate gross proceeds of $5,000,000 (the “Offering”). Each Unit will be comprised of one common share of the Company (a “Common Share”) and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (each full warrant, a “Warrant”). Each Warrant will entitle the holder thereof to purchase one Common Share at an exercise price of $0.35 for a period 36 months.
“This strategic financing will allow us to fund additional development activities for ATB-346 that set the stage for Phase 3 development and fulfill key requirements for regulatory progression and approval,” commented Dan Legault, CEO of Antibe. “This should strengthen our position as we advance global partnering discussions later this year in an effort to fully monetize ATB-346 for shareholders.”
The net proceeds of the Offering will be used to fund research and development activities, including but not limited to, ATB-346’s clinical development, regulatory consulting fees, working capital needs and other general corporate purposes.
The Company has granted the Underwriters an over-allotment option (the “Over-Allotment Option”), at the Underwriters’ sole discretion, to purchase up to 3,000,000 Units at the Offering Price, exercisable in whole or in part up to 30 days following closing of the Offering.
The Units will be offered by way of a short form prospectus to be filed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. The Units may be sold in such other jurisdictions as the Company and the Underwriters may agree.
Closing of the Offering is expected to occur on or about February 26, 2019, subject to customary closing conditions, including, without limitation, receipt of applicable regulatory approvals, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
A preliminary short form prospectus containing important information relating to the securities described in this document has not yet been filed with the securities regulatory authorities in each of Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia. Copies of the preliminary short form prospectus may be obtained from Bloom Burton Securities Inc., 65 Front Street East, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1B5, Email: email@example.com. There will not be any sale or any acceptance of an offer to buy the securities until a receipt for the final short form prospectus has been issued. This news release does not provide full disclosure of all material facts relating to the securities offered. Investors should read the preliminary short form prospectus, final short form prospectus and any amendment, for disclosure of those facts, especially risk factors relating to the securities offered, before making an investment decision.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the Units in any jurisdiction, nor will there be any offer or sale of the Units in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The Units have not and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or any U.S. state securities laws and, therefore, may not be offered or sold to, or for the benefit or account of, persons within the United States or “U.S. persons” (as such term is defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act) except pursuant to exemptions from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.
ATB-346 is a hydrogen sulfide-releasing derivative of naproxen. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (“NSAIDs”) are the most commonly used therapy for osteoarthritis, but their use is associated with a high incidence of gastrointestinal ulceration and bleeding. NSAIDs are also widely used in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, and general pain reduction, with a similarly high rate of gastrointestinal ulceration and bleeding. It is well-accepted that patients with these conditions would benefit greatly from an effective, non-addictive, GI-sparing anti-inflammatory/analgesic agent such as ATB-346.
About Antibe Therapeutics Inc.
Antibe develops safer medicines for pain and inflammation. Antibe’s technology involves linking a hydrogen sulfide-releasing molecule to an existing drug to produce a patented, improved medicine. Antibe’s lead drug ATB-346 targets the global need for a safer, non-addictive drug for chronic pain and inflammation. ATB-352, the second drug in Antibe’s pipeline, targets the urgent global need for a non-addictive analgesic for treating severe acute pain, while ATB-340 is a GI-safe derivative of aspirin. www.antibethera.com.
Antibe’s subsidiary, Citagenix Inc. (“Citagenix”), is a leader in the sales and marketing of tissue regenerative products servicing the orthopedic and dental marketplaces. Since its inception in 1997, Citagenix has become an important source of knowledge and experience for bone regeneration in the Canadian medical device industry. Citagenix is active in 15 countries, operating in Canada through its direct sales teams, and internationally via a network of distributor partnerships. www.citagenix.com.
Forward Looking Information
This news release contains certain “forward-looking information” as such term is defined under applicable Canadian securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future (including, without limitation, statements relating to the Offering generally, the terms thereof and the use or proceeds from the Offering) constitute forward-looking information. This forward-looking information reflects the current expectations or beliefs of the Company based on information currently available to the Company as well as certain assumptions including, without limitation, the ability of the Company to complete the Offering in a timely manner and on the terms and conditions described in the news release. Forward-looking information is subject to a number of significant risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking information, and even if such actual results are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on the Company. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, the failure of the Company to obtain the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange for the Offering; the inability of the Company to satisfy all conditions to the completion of the Offering and the risk of unforeseen delays in the completion of the Offering, if at all, whether as a result of market conditions or otherwise. Reference is also made to the risk factors disclosed under the heading “Risk factors” in the Company’s AIF for the year ended March 31, 2018 which has been filed on SEDAR and is available under the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com.
The TSX Venture Exchange has in no way passed upon the merits of the proposed Offering and has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
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