Paris, March 27 2014 – Bryan, Garnier & Co, the European Growth Investment Bank, announces
today the completion of the € 65.5 million capital increase of Transgene, a
listed biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and
manufacturing targeted immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and
infectious diseases. Bryan Garnier & Co acted as Global Coordinator and
Sole Manager on the capital increase.
Transgene has raised a total of €65.5 million via a two-step capital increase.
- The first step of this capital increase was the completion of a rights issue, launched on February 28, 2014, which raised total gross proceeds of €45.5 million through the issuance of 4,553,551 new ordinary shares. All new shares were subscribed by the shareholders and purchasers of the preferential subscription rights as part of the right issue.
second step carried out on March 24, 2014 was a private placement of €20
million through the issuance of 2 million additional shares. The private
placement was largely oversubscribed and enabled foreign investors, a majority
being US funds, to become shareholders of Transgene.
This fundraising improves the company’s financial position and provides the necessary financial resources to prepare the Phase 3 for TG4010 in metastatic non-small lung cancer in combination with chemotherapy and to initiate the Pexa-Vec Phase 3 in liver cancer.
Philippe Archinard, CEO of Transgene, commented: “Bryan Garnier’s industry expertise, high level of commitment and unique reach on institutional investors in the United States and in Europe have been extremely valuable in the success of this capital increase.”
Olivier Garnier, Managing Partner at Bryan Garnier said: “Transgene is one of the leading and most promising biotech companies in Europe. We are delighted to accompany Transgene and its management at a time the company faces the most exciting time of its history. With this fundraising, Transgene is well financed to execute its strategy successfully and maximize the value of its products”
Herve Ronin, Managing Director Healthcare at Bryan Garnier added: “The deal structure combining a right issue and a private placement into one transaction made it possible to preserve the interests of existing shareholders while offering new investors the opportunity to invest in Transgene.”
Christian Finan, Director Equity Capital Markets at Bryan Garnier commented: “This fundraising confirms the strong interest of US investors in quality European healthcare stocks. Despite somewhat volatile equity markets, this capital increase is a success with substantial oversubscription and good stock performance post-transaction.”
Transgene (NYSE-Euronext: TNG), a member of the Institut Mérieux Group, is a publicly traded French biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and manufacturing targeted immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Transgene’s programs utilize well-tolerated viruses with the goal of indirectly or directly killing infected or cancerous cells. The Company’s four clinical-stage programs are: TG4010 for non-small cell lung cancer; Pexa-Vec for liver cancer; TG4001 for oropharyngeal cancer (under a collaboration agreement with the EORTC) and TG4040 for chronic Hepatitis C. Transgene has concluded corporate strategic agreements for the development of two of its immunotherapy products: an exclusive option agreement with Novartis for the development and commercialization of TG4010 and an in-licensing agreement with U.S.-based Jennerex, Inc. for the development and commercialization of Pexa-Vec in certain territories. The Company also has several programs in research and pre-clinical development that are based on its core viral vector technology.
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Bryan, Garnier & Co is an independent investment bank specialized in European TMT, Healthcare and Renewable Energies growth companies. Bryan, Garnier & Co is positioned in three activities: Equity Research & Brokerage, Asset Management and Corporate Finance. With more than 150 professionals based in London, Paris, New Delhi, New York and Geneva, Bryan, Garnier & Co combines the range of services and the expertise of top-tier investment banks with the level of attention to clients of a boutique. Through its corporate finance practice, Bryan, Garnier & Co has become a leader in advising European growth companies on strategic finance transactions such as mergers & acquisitions, equity capital market, LBOs and private placement over the last three years. Bryan, Garnier & Co is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the United Kingdom, and is member of London Stock Exchange and Euronext, Alternext Listing Sponsor, and is active on all European capital markets.