FastForward Innovations Ltd, the AIM quoted company focusing on making investments in fast growing and industry leading businesses, is pleased to note the update from its investee company, Portage Biotech Inc. (‘Portage’).
In which it holds a 1.18% interest (this figure is from before the share issuance and will therefore be slightly diluted by the raise). Noting the below, FFWD reminds investors that it acquired its interest in Portage at a price of US$0.10 per share, being equivalent to US$10.00 per Common Share following a capital re-organisation by Portage.
The announcement is set out below without material changes or adjustments.
Portage Biotech Inc. (‘Portage’ or the “Company”)
Portage Raises More Than US$6.7 Million Through Non-Brokered Private Placement
Temporary Symbol Change on OTC Markets
· Accelerates pipeline development and execution
· Enables new opportunistic value creation
· Anticipate 3 clinical programs by year end
TORONTO, June 16, 2020 – Portage Biotech Inc. (CSE: PBT.U) (OTC Markets: PTGEF) is very pleased to announce that, further to its news release dated May 25, 2020, it has closed a non-brokered private placement (the “Offering”) for gross proceeds of US$6,788,600 through the issuance of 678,860 common shares (the “Common Shares”) at a price of US$10.00 per Common Share.
Two of the Company’s directors, Dr. Gregory Bailey and Mr James Mellon, provided standby commitments in respect of the Offering by subscribing for an aggregate of 200,000 Common Shares (US$2,000,000). The issuance of the Common Shares to Messrs. Bailey and Mellon are considered related party transactions within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”). The Company is relying on appropriate exemptions from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 in respect of their purchases.
Dr. Walters, CEO of Portage commented, “The Company’s pipeline is progressing nicely and we are on target to have 3 products in clinical testing by the end of this year despite COVID interruptions. In addition, our early pipeline companies continue to achieve their development milestones, and this financing will allow us to accelerate our programs, as well as to be able to take advantage of new value creating opportunities.”
In connection with the Offering, the Company has paid cash finder’s fees on the non-insider portion of the Offering of approximately US$193,000.
All Common Shares issued in connection with the Offering are subject to a minimum statutory hold period of four months plus a day from the date of issuance in accordance with applicable securities legislation. The Common Shares issued in connection with the Offering have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), and may not be offered or sold in the United States unless registered under the Act or unless an exemption from registration is available.
Portage will also like to advise that OTC Markets in the United States has assigned a temporary trading symbol, “PTGED”, to the Company’s shares to reflect a recently completed share consolidation (reverse split) (see the Company’s news release dated June 3, 2020) and will automatically revert back to “PTGEF” after 20 trading days. Trading in Canada on CSE remains unchanged under the symbol “PBT.U”.
About Portage Biotech Inc.
Portage is a unique entity in the world of biotechnology, enabling research and development to produce more clinical programs and maximize potential returns by eliminating typical overhead costs associated with many biotechnology companies. We nurture the creation of early- to mid-stage, first- and best-in-class therapies for a variety of cancers, by providing funding, strategic business and clinical counsel, and shared services, to enable efficient, turnkey execution of commercially-informed development plans. Our portfolio encompasses nine subsidiary companies whose products or technologies have established scientific rationales, including intratumorals, nanoparticles, liposomes, aptamers, cell penetrating peptides, and virus-like particles. In collaboration with our subsidiaries, we create viable product development strategies, to cost-effectively deliver best-in-class R&D, clinical trial design, and financial and project management, to ultimately build value and support commercial potential.
This news release contains statements about the Company’s information that are forward-looking in nature and, as a result, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them as actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, except as required by law.
Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Market Regulator (as that term is defined in the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. We seek Safe Harbor.
FastForward Innovations is an AIM quoted investment company focused primarily on disruptive high growth life sciences and technology businesses particularly within the medical cannabis arena. The Company’s strategy is to identify early stage opportunities that have an upcoming investment catalyst and grow its portfolio in terms of value whilst limiting the number of investee companies to a level where relevant time can be devoted to each.
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