Mechelen, Belgium; 24 April 2013 – Galapagos NV (Euronext: GLPG) announced today that it has raised €53.9 million through a private placement of new shares via an accelerated bookbuilding procedure announced on 24 April 2013.
Galapagos has placed 2,696,831 new shares to qualified institutional investors in the United States and Europe at a price of €20.00 per share, a 1.7% discount to the previous day’s closing price. The placed shares comprise just below 10% of the current number of outstanding shares, bringing the total number of shares after the issue to 29,665,159. The new shares will be admitted to trading on NYSE Euronext Brussels and NYSE Euronext Amsterdam following their issuance, which is expected to take place on 30 April 2013.
The net proceeds from the transaction will be used primarily for general corporate purposes and will also give Galapagos additional balance sheet flexibility to enable the Company to further fund attractive internal pipeline opportunities before considering a partnership, and also to undertake attractive inlicensing or acquisition opportunities should they fit with Company strategy.
Jefferies International Limited and Kempen & Co. acted as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners for the offering.
Galapagos (Euronext: GLPG; OTC: GLPYY) is specialized in novel modes-of-action, with a large pipeline of four clinical, seven pre-clinical, and 30 discovery small-molecule and antibody programs in cystic fibrosis, inflammation, antibiotics, metabolic disease, and other indications.
GLPG0634 is an orally-available, selective inhibitor of JAK1 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and potentially other inflammatory diseases, about to enter Phase 2b studies. AbbVie and Galapagos signed a worldwide license agreement whereby AbbVie will be responsible for further development and commercialization after Phase 2b. Galapagos has another selective JAK1 inhibitor in Phase 2 in lupus and psoriasis, GSK2586184 (formerly GLPG0778, in-licensed by GlaxoSmithKline in 2012). GLPG0187 is a novel integrin receptor antagonist currently in a Phase 1b patient study in metastasis. GLPG0974 is the first inhibitor of FFA2 to be evaluated clinically for the treatment of IBD; this program is currently in a Proof of Concept Phase 2 study, with results expected early 2014.
The Galapagos Group, including fee-for-service companies BioFocus, Argenta and Fidelta, has around 800 employees and operates facilities in five countries, with global headquarters in Mechelen, Belgium. Further information at: www.glpg.com
Elizabeth Goodwin, Director Investor Relations
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The distribution of this press release in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken by Galapagos, Jefferies International Limited, Kempen & Co N.V. or any of their respective affiliates that would permit a public offer of the new shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. This press release is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to purchase or the solicitation of an offer to buy any new shares in any jurisdiction in which such an offer or solicitation is unlawful. Persons into whose possession this press release comes are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.
This press release is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in the United States (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia), Canada, Australia and Japan. This press release does not constitute or form part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States, nor does it constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, and there shall not be any sale of securities, in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to its registration or qualification under the laws of such jurisdiction. The new shares mentioned herein have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”). The new shares may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an effective registration statement under, or an exemption from the registration requirements of, the Securities Act. There will be no public offer of securities in the United States.
This press release is not an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy the new shares nor a prospectus for the purposes of Directive 2003/71/EC (such Directive, together with any applicable implementing measures in the relevant member state of the European Economic Area and as amended, including by Directive 2010/73/EU, to the extent implemented in the relevant member state, the “Prospectus Directive”). There will be no offer to the public of the new shares in any member state of the European Economic Area and no prospectus or other offering document has been or will be prepared in connection with the sale of the new shares by the Company. In the European Economic Area the new shares will only be offered and sold to “qualified investors” as defined in the Prospectus Directive or in other circumstances falling within Article 3(2) of the Prospectus Directive.
This press release does not constitute an offer of the new shares to the public in the United Kingdom, nor is it intended to be an inducement to engage in investment activity for the purpose of section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended) of the United Kingdom. Consequently, this press release is only directed at (i) persons who are outside the United Kingdom; (ii) investment professionals within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotions) Order 2005 as amended (the “Order”); (iii) persons falling within Article 49(2)(a)-(d) of the Order; or (iv) other persons to whom it may be lawfully be communicated, together being referred to as “relevant persons”. The new shares are only available to, and any invitation, offer or agreement to purchase or otherwise acquire the new shares will be engaged in only with relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this document or any of its contents.
This press release does not constitute or form part of, and should not be construed as an offer or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or purchase the new shares, and nothing contained therein shall form the basis of or be relied on in connection with any contract or commitment whatsoever, nor does it constitute a recommendation regarding the new shares. An investment decision to buy any of the new shares in the private placement must be made solely on the basis of publicly available information. Such information is not the responsibility of, and has not been independently verified by any of, Jefferies International Limited, Kempen & Co N.V., or their respective affiliates.
Jefferies International Limited, Kempen & Co N.V. are acting only for the Company in connection with the private placement and no one else, and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections offered to clients of Jefferies International Limited, Kempen & Co N.V. nor for providing advice in relation to the private placement.