Avacta has successfully completed the bookbuild of a heavily oversubscribed Placing that was announced yesterday morning. As joint broker to the Company, Turner Pope was able to secure a good allocation in the Fundraising for its clients through its participation in the bookbuild and also through a direct subscription.
The Fundraising has conditionally raised gross proceeds of, in aggregate, £48 million, before expenses, through the issue of 40 million New Ordinary Shares at an issue price of 120p/share, representing just a 4.4% discount to 30-day volume weighted average price (‘VWAP’).
The originally proposed Fundraise was enlarged to accommodate significant retail demand. First Admission to trading of the new shares is expected to be on 10 June 2020 and the second on 25 June 2020.
By taking this initiative, Avacta’s Board has recognised the demand from institutional and private investors to capitalise the business fully to unlock the pipeline of differentiated cancer therapies centred on its pre|CISION™ and Affimer® platforms, expand its diagnostic products pipeline and provide the working capital required to grasp the potentially huge short and longer-term commercial opportunities now being presented by the COVID-19 antigen tests in development with partners.
TPI considers the successful completion of this Fundraising will now enable the Company to reach a number of major inflection points it is currently presented with.
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