DGAP-News: MOLOGEN AG / Key word(s): Capital Increase
27.09.2018 / 07:36
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MOLOGEN AG completes capital increase with gross proceeds of around EUR8 million
– Placement of around 1.7 million new shares
– Gross proceeds of EUR8.2 million
Berlin, 27 September 2018 – Biopharmaceutical Company MOLOGEN AG has completed its capital increase from authorized capital. In total 1,734,345 new shares were issued to national and international investors at a subscription price of EUR4.70 raising the share capital of the Company to EUR9,271,632. Once entered in the Commercial Register, all new shares will be fully entitled to dividend payments as of 1 January 2018 and are scheduled to be included in the existing listing on the regulated market of the Frankfurt stock exchange (Prime Standard) probably on 4 October 2018. More than 40% of the new shares were acquired by shareholders of the Company. Within the framework of the private placement that took place following expiry of the subscription period a further 143,640 new shares were allocated. The gross proceeds amounting to around EUR8.2 million are to be mainly used for funding the IMPALA clinical trial.
“We would like to thank those investors who have placed their trust in us. Although we could not fully implement the capital increase, we will still be able to achieve our most important goal: the financing of our pivotal IMPALA trial until read-out,” says Walter Miller, Chief Financial Officer of MOLOGEN AG.
MAINFIRST BANK AG was the sole bookrunner for the transaction.
Gross proceeds of around EUR8.2 million – primarily to be used for the further development of the Company’s lead compound lefitolimod
The gross proceeds of around EUR8.2 million will be partly used for the further funding of the ongoing pivotal IMPALA clinical study with lefitolimod in the indication of colorectal cancer and for the production of further clinical medication. These funds – together with the potential contribution from MOLOGEN’s partner ONCOLOGIE – are expected to finance the Phase III IMPALA clinical study up to the expected time of the read-out.
In August 2018 MOLOGEN signed a term sheet for the global partnership with ONCOLOGIE, an US oncology therapeutics company. The term sheet envisages that all rights for lefitolimod, including intellectual property (IP) and know-how, will be transferred to ONCOLOGIE. In return, MOLOGEN would receive short-term as well as development and sales milestone payments. The co-development agreement would provide an opportunity to fully materialize the potential of lefitolimod in combination with other immuno-oncology drugs and in additional indications outside the colorectal cancer (CRC) maintenance setting. Success in additional indications would bring in additional milestones and royalties representing substantial value for MOLOGEN. The potential total deal value amounts to over EUR1 billion plus low double digit royalties on net sales.
Inclusion of the new shares under the Company’s existing listing (ISIN DE000A2LQ900, SIN A2L Q90) is planned for 4 October 2018.
The immunotherapeutic agent lefitolimod is the Company’s lead compound and is currently being investigated in a pivotal trial. It is regarded as the best-in-class TLR9 agonist. Treatment with lefitolimod triggers a broad and strong activation of the immune system. On account of this mode of action, lefitolimod could potentially be used in various indications. Lefitolimod is currently being developed within the framework of a pivotal study for first line maintenance therapy for colorectal cancer. Key data of the phase II IMPULSE study in small cell lung cancer have been announced in April 2017, and the final analysis in the first quarter 2018 confirmed the data. Furthermore, data from the extension phase of the TEACH study in HIV have also been published in 2017. In addition, lefitolimod is currently being investigated in a phase I combination study with the checkpoint inhibitor ipilimumab (Yervoy(R)) in various cancer indications.
MOLOGEN AG is a publicly listed Company, headquartered in Berlin. The shares (ISIN, DE000A2LQ900/SIN: A2L Q90) are listed in the Prime Standard of the German Stock Exchange.
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