Motif Bio® plc (AIM/NASDAQ: MTFB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company specialising in developing novel antibiotics, today announced that the Company has filed a “universal” shelf registration statement on Form F-3 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The filing of a shelf registration statement, a common practice by NASDAQ-listed companies, is intended to provide the Company with more timely and efficient access to the U.S. capital markets.
Once declared effective by the SEC, the shelf registration, which can remain effective for up to three years, will enable the Company to offer, issue and sell, in one or more offerings at any time (as long as the shelf registration statement remains effective), up to an aggregate of $80 million of ordinary shares, including American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”, where each ADS represents 20 ordinary shares), preference shares, warrants, subscription rights, debt securities and a combination of such securities, separately or as units. The Company currently has no specific plans to issue securities under this shelf registration. The specifics of any future offering, including the prices and terms of any securities offered by the Company, would be determined at the time of any such offering and would be described in detail in a prospectus supplement filed in connection with such offering.
A copy of the base prospectus included in the shelf registration statement may be obtained on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The filing of the shelf registration statement does not affect the statutory pre-emption rights of shareholders in the Company.
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