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CRESTWOOD, Ky. and WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:APLS), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic compounds to treat disease through the inhibition of the complement system, today announced the closing of its offering of $220.0 million aggregate principal amount of 3.500% convertible senior notes due 2026 (the “notes”). The notes were sold in a private offering to qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Apellis also granted to the initial purchasers of the notes a 13-day option to purchase up to an additional $33.0 million aggregate principal amount of the notes, solely to cover over-allotments, if any.
The notes are unsecured, senior obligations of Apellis, and bear interest at a rate of 3.500% per annum, payable semi-annually in arrears on March 15 and September 15 of each year, beginning on March 15, 2020. The notes will mature on September 15, 2026, unless earlier repurchased, redeemed or converted in accordance with their terms. Subject to certain conditions, on or after September 20, 2023, Apellis may redeem for cash all or a portion of the notes at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the redemption date, if the last reported sale price of Apellis common stock has been at least 130% of the conversion price then in effect for a specified period of time ending on the trading day immediately before the date the notice of redemption is sent.
Holders of notes may require Apellis to repurchase their notes upon the occurrence of certain events that constitute a fundamental change under the indenture governing the notes at a repurchase price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the notes to be repurchased, plus any accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the date of repurchase. In connection with certain corporate events or if Apellis calls any note for redemption, it will, under certain circumstances, be required to increase the conversion rate for holders who elect to convert their notes in connection with such corporate event or notice of redemption.
The notes are convertible into cash, shares of Apellis common stock, or a combination of cash and shares of Apellis common stock, at Apellis’ election. Prior to March 15, 2026, the notes are convertible only upon the occurrence of certain events and during certain periods, and thereafter, at any time until the second scheduled trading day immediately preceding the maturity date.
The conversion rate for the notes is initially 25.3405 shares of Apellis common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes, which is equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately $39.46 per share. This represents a premium of approximately 25.0% over the last reported sale price of $31.57 per share of Apellis common stock on The Nasdaq Global Select Market on September 11, 2019. The conversion rate is subject to adjustment upon the occurrence of certain events.
Apellis estimates that the net proceeds from the sale of the notes will be approximately $212.9 million (or approximately $244.9 million if the initial purchasers exercise in full their option to purchase additional notes), after deducting the initial purchasers’ discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by Apellis. Apellis used approximately $28.4 million of the net proceeds from the offering of the notes to pay the cost of the capped call transactions described below. If the initial purchasers exercise their option to purchase additional notes, Apellis intends to use a portion of the net proceeds from the sale of the additional notes to pay the cost of additional capped call transactions.
Apellis intends to use the remainder of the net proceeds from the sale of the notes to fund clinical development of APL-2, including preparation of a New Drug Application submission, to support the potential commercialization of APL-2, including the build-out of a commercial infrastructure and sales force, conduct research activities, repay in full the amount owed under a promissory note and for working capital and other general corporate purposes.
In connection with the pricing of the notes, Apellis entered into capped call transactions with an affiliate of one of the initial purchasers of the notes and another financial institution (the “option counterparties”). The capped call transactions are expected generally to reduce the potential dilutive effect on Apellis common stock upon any conversion of notes and/or offset any cash payments Apellis is required to make in excess of the principal amount of converted notes, as the case may be, with such reduction and/or offset subject to a cap based on the cap price. The cap price of the capped call transactions is initially $63.14 per share of Apellis common stock, representing a premium of 100% above the last reported sale price of $31.57 per share of Apellis common stock on The Nasdaq Global Select Market on September 11, 2019, and is subject to certain adjustments under the terms of the capped call transactions. If the initial purchasers exercise their option to purchase additional notes, Apellis expects to enter into additional capped call transactions with the option counterparties.
In connection with establishing their initial hedge of the capped call transactions, the option counterparties have advised Apellis that they and/or their respective affiliates expect to purchase shares of Apellis common stock and/or enter into various derivative transactions with respect to Apellis common stock concurrently with or shortly after the pricing of the notes, and, if applicable, the exercise by the initial purchasers of their option to purchase additional notes. This activity could increase (or reduce the size of any decrease in) the market price of Apellis common stock or the notes at that time.
In addition, the option counterparties have advised Apellis that they and/or their respective affiliates may modify their hedge positions by entering into or unwinding various derivatives with respect to Apellis common stock and/or purchasing or selling Apellis common stock or other securities of Apellis in secondary market transactions following the pricing of the notes and prior to the maturity of the notes (and are likely to do so during any observation period related to a conversion of notes or following any purchase of notes by Apellis upon any fundamental change purchase date or otherwise). This activity could also cause or avoid an increase or a decrease in the market price of Apellis common stock or the notes, which could affect noteholders’ ability to convert the notes and, to the extent the activity occurs during any observation period related to a conversion of notes, it could affect the amount and value of the consideration that noteholders will receive upon conversion of such notes.
The notes were sold to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act. The offer and sale of the notes and the shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the notes, if any, have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction, and the notes and any such shares may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. The offering of the notes was made only by means of a private offering memorandum.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy the notes, nor shall there be any sale of, the notes in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic compounds for the treatment of a broad range of life-threatening or debilitating autoimmune diseases based upon complement immunotherapy through the inhibition of the complement system at the level of C3. Apellis is the first company to advance chronic therapy with a C3 inhibitor into clinical trials.
Statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects, as well as any other statements regarding matters that are not historical facts, may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the estimated net proceeds of the offering, the anticipated use of such net proceeds and the related capped call transactions. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “would” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including the uncertainties related to market conditions and the other factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of Apellis’ Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 31, 2019 and the risks described in other filings that Apellis may make with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, and Apellis specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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