EXTON, PA — Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: IDRA) announced entering into an agreement with a fund affiliated with institutional investors providing for a private placement exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to which Idera has sold shares of common stock (or common stock equivalents), together with accompanying warrants to purchase an additional shares of common stock, for aggregate gross proceeds of $5.1 million (Tranche 1).
The combined purchase price per share of common stock (or common stock equivalent) and accompanying full warrant was $1.845. The common stock warrants have an exercise price of $2.58 per share and a term of three years and are exercisable at any time or times, provided that the investors will be prohibited from exercising a common warrant for shares of common stock to the extent that the investors would beneficially own in excess of 19.99% of the total number of shares of common stock then issued and outstanding (Beneficial Ownership Limitation).
Pursuant to the agreement, the investors may, at their option, make a further investment of an additional $5.1 million to purchase shares of common stock equivalents, together with accompanying common stock warrants to purchase additional shares of common stock with 35% warrant coverage (Tranche 2).
The combined purchase price per share of common stock (or common stock equivalent) and accompanying 0.35 warrant will be $6.50 per share. The common stock warrants, if issued, will have an exercise price of $9.75 per share, a term of three years and are exercisable at any time or times, provided that the investors will be prohibited from exercising a common warrant for shares of common stock to the extent that the investors would beneficially own in excess of the Beneficial Ownership Limitation.
The investors’ option to invest in Tranche 2 must occur no later than the tenth business day following the announcement of overall response rate data from the Company’s ILLUMINATE-301 trial of its lead product, tilsotolimod, in combination with ipilimumab for the treatment of anti-PD-1 refractory advanced melanoma. To the extent Tranche 2 is closed and inclusive of proceeds from the exercise of warrants issuable in this private placement, the Company may receive up to $20.0 million in gross proceeds.
The Company plans to use the initial proceeds and, if exercised, subsequent proceeds from the financing for the ongoing clinical development of tilsotolimod, its potential NDA filing and commercial launch, and for general corporate purposes.
The shares of common stock (or common stock equivalents) and warrants sold in the private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or under any state securities laws and, unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.
This company announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
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