Kazia Therapeutics Limited (ASX: KZA; NASDAQ: KZIA), an Australian oncology-focused biotechnology company, is pleased to announce the completion of a placement of ten million new fully paid ordinary shares in the Company (New Shares) to institutional, professional, and sophisticated investors in Australia and internationally, at a price of A$0.40 per New Share (Institutional Placement). The Institutional Placement will raise A$4.0 million (exclusive of costs).
- Oversubscribed Institutional Placement led by multiple high-quality institutional investors in Australia and Asia
- Company has capitalised on recent appreciation in share price, driven by emerging data from broad-based clinical trial programs, and has substantially strengthened balance sheet while minimizing dilution of existing investors
- Institutional Placement to raise $4.0 million (exclusive of costs), priced at a discount of 14% to the last close and with no warrants, has been executed at a premium to previous round in 2018 • New Shares will be issued under the Company’s existing placement capacity under ASX Listing Rules 7.1 and 7.1A
- Funds raised secure Company’s ability to further progress GDC-0084 and Cantrixil programs through high-value data readouts during 2020, as well as to provide working capital to the Company
Kazia Chairman, Iain Ross, commented, “we have been encouraged by a strong interest in the Company from professional and institutional investors, and the Board has considered it appropriate to take the opportunity to strengthen the Company’s balance sheet. It is testament to the Company’s growing credibility and prospects that this round has been performed at a premium to our last round, and without the need for warrants, convertible notes, or similar arrangements, and was oversubscribed. The proceeds of the placement will allow us to complete the ongoing phase I clinical study of Cantrixil and the ongoing phase II study of GDC-0084, as well as to make very significant progress in the four collaborative studies of GDC-0084.”
The Institutional Placement will raise A$4.0 million (exclusive of costs).
Under the terms of the Institutional Placement, 10 million New Shares have been allocated
to institutional, professional, and sophisticated investors at a price of A$0.40 per New Share,
representing a 14% discount to the last closing price on 23 October 2019 (A$0.465).
New Shares to be issued under the Institutional Placement will be issued without shareholder
approval under the Company’s existing placement capacity under ASX Listing Rules 7.1
(9,250,000 shares) and 7.1A (750,000 shares). Settlement is expected to occur on or around
31 October 2019 and the New Shares issued under the Institutional Placement are expected
to be allotted and commence trading on ASX on 1 November 2019. The New Shares will rank
equally with the Company’s existing shares on issue.
About Kazia Therapeutics Limited
Kazia Therapeutics Limited (ASX: KZA, NASDAQ: KZIA) is an innovative oncology-focused biotechnology company, based in Sydney, Australia. Our pipeline includes two clinical-stage drug development candidates, and we are working to develop therapies across a range of oncology indications.