Mesoblast Completes Successful Institutional Capital Raising of A$75 Million
NEW YORK, Oct. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mesoblast Limited (Nasdaq: MESO; ASX: MSB), leader in cellular medicines for inflammatory diseases, announced today that it has successfully completed a A$75 million (US$50.4 million) capital raising via a placement to existing and new Australian and global institutional investors.
This placement will result in the issue of 37.5 million new fully-paid ordinary shares at a price of A$2.00 per share. This price represents a 3.15% discount to the 10 day VWAP at the close of trading on September 30, 2019.
The net proceeds will principally be used to build product inventory and a targeted United States sales force in preparation for the potential United States commercial launch of remestemcel-L in the treatment of pediatric steroid-refractory acute graft versus host disease. Proceeds will also be used to complete Phase 3 trials for chronic low back pain and advanced heart failure, and for working capital and general corporate purposes.
The placement does not require shareholder approval and the new ordinary shares issued will rank equally with existing ordinary shares on issue. Settlement is expected to occur on Monday, October 7, 2019. New shares issued under the placement are expected to be issued and commence trading on the ASX on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.
Mesoblast Limited (Nasdaq: MESO; ASX: MSB) is a world leader in developing allogeneic (off-the-shelf) cellular medicines. The Company has leveraged its proprietary cell therapy technology platform to establish a broad portfolio of commercial products and late-stage product candidates. Two products have been commercialized in Japan and Europe by its licensees, and it has established commercial partnerships in Europe and China for certain Phase 3 assets. In the United States, Mesoblast has initiated submission of a rolling Biologics License Application to the FDA to seek approval of its product candidate for acute graft versus host disease following a successful Phase 3 trial, and is completing Phase 3 trials for its advanced heart failure and chronic low back pain product candidates. Through a proprietary process, Mesoblast selects rare mesenchymal lineage precursor and stem cells from the bone marrow of healthy adults and creates master cell banks, which can be industrially expanded to produce thousands of doses from each donor that meet stringent release criteria, have lot to lot consistency, and can be used off-the-shelf without the need for tissue matching. Mesoblast has facilities in Melbourne, New York, Singapore and Texas and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (MSB) and on the Nasdaq (MESO). For more information, please see www.mesoblast.com, LinkedIn: Mesoblast Limited and Twitter: @Mesoblast
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