Immuron Announces A$5.1M Private Placement to U.S. Fund
Immuron Limited (ASX:IMC; NASDAQ: IMRN) announced today it has finalised a private placement capital raising with a large US institutional investment fund. The terms of the private placement will raise IMC approximately A$5.1 million (before costs of the offer).
The placement will involve the issuance of 13,162,744 new ASX shares at A$0.39 per share, plus three new free-attaching options for every 5 new shares issued resulting in 7,897,647 new options being issued exercisable at A$0.468 per option, expiring five years from the date of issue.
Joseph Gunnar & Co., LLC and H.C. Wainwright & Co. acted as exclusive joint placement agents for the offering, which is expected to complete on March 15, 2018, subject to customary conditions.
IMC expects this capital raise to secure the future funding needs of the company’s other ongoing clinical programs, as well as support ongoing marketing initiatives surrounding the its flagship Travelan product — which has already experienced significant sales growth through the first half of financial year 2018.
CEO Jerry Kanellos commented on today’s news: “Immuron has received a number of recent offers for financial support following the release of the Company’s positive top-line results of its IMM-124E Phase II Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) clinical study. We’re very pleased that we have been able to partner with this large US institutional investor for this raising and for them to take such a significant position in our Company brings stability and validation to the Company’s share register.”
Of course, it should be noted that Immuron is still a speculative stock and anything can happen. Investors should seek professional financial advice if considering this stock for their portfolio.
This capital raising follows hot on the heels of the company’s major announcement earlier this month that the results were in for its IMM-124E phase II Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) clinical study.
IMM-124E was shown to result in a statistically significant reduction of serum Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in patients with NASH. The association between elevated serum LPS and the progression of NASH has been well-documented, and the major news resulted in a significant spike in IMC’s share price as the market took notice.
On the day of the release of results, IMC went from 28 cents to a high of 47 cents:
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As part of today’s announcement, IMC stipulated it does not intend to register securities or conduct a public offering in the US at this time, stating “This distribution of this press release may be subject to legal or regulatory restrictions in certain jurisdictions” and “Any person who comes into possession of this press release must inform him or herself of and comply with any such restrictions.”