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Opthea Efficiently Closes Nicely Supported US$90 Million

MELBOURNE, Australia, Aug. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Opthea Restricted (ASX:OPT; NASDAQ: OPT) (Opthea), a scientific stage biopharmaceutical firm growing novel therapies to deal with extremely prevalent and progressive retinal ailments, is happy to substantiate it has acquired binding commitments for a profitable two-tranche placement (Placement) of latest absolutely paid bizarre shares (New Shares) to institutional traders to lift roughly US$90 million1 (A$128.57 million) at a worth of A$1.15 per New Share (Placement Value), which represents a 12.6% low cost to the 10-day Quantity-Weighted Common Value (VWAP) as of 10 August 2022.

As famous in Opthea’s announcement at the moment, Opthea has entered right into a non-dilutive financing association for as much as US$170 million with Carlyle and Abingworth, in collaboration with their just lately shaped improvement firm Launch Therapeutics, of which US$50 million will likely be paid shortly after Opthea receives the proceeds from the primary tranche of the Placement, with the rest being funded in two extra future tranches.

Dr Megan Baldwin, Chief Government Officer and Managing Director of Opthea commented “This effectively supported placement has seen a excessive stage of demand from current and new institutional traders, together with massive international and US-based funds. We recognize the sturdy help from our present shareholders and are delighted to be welcoming a number of main new institutional traders to the register. This profitable fairness elevating together with the massive non-dilutive financing from funds managed by Carlyle and Abingworth, in collaboration with Launch Tx, represents an amazing achievement for Opthea. Collectively these financings additional validate our technique to develop OPT-302 as a differentiated therapeutic with the potential to enhance affected person outcomes in retinal ailments together with moist age-related macular degeneration.”

Particulars of the Placement are as follows:

  • Tranche 1 of the Placement of 52.8 million New Shares for gross proceeds of US$42.5 million1 (A$60.75 million) will likely be issued pursuant to Opthea’s placement capability underneath ASX Itemizing Rule 7.1, and is anticipated to choose or about August 24, 2022; and
  • Tranche 2 of the Placement of 59 million New Shares for gross proceeds of US$47.5 million1 (A$67.82 million) will likely be issued topic to and conditional upon shareholder approval at a common assembly scheduled to happen on 26 September 2022 (Australian Japanese Normal Time (AEST)) and anticipated to settle shortly after approval at such assembly. To this finish, Opthea will shortly subject a Discover of Assembly to its shareholders to convene this common assembly of the corporate.

New shares issued underneath the Placement will rank pari passu with current Opthea absolutely paid bizarre shares from their date of subject. The Firm acquired excessive ranges of curiosity from each current institutional shareholders and new traders.     

Opthea will even provide eligible Opthea shareholders, being shareholders who had a registered handle in Australia or New Zealand on Opthea’s register at 7.00pm AEST on Friday, 12 August 2022, the chance to use for as much as A$30,000 of New Shares freed from any brokerage, fee and transaction prices in accordance with a share buy plan (SPP). The SPP will likely be priced on the Placement Value. Full particulars of the SPP will likely be set out within the SPP Provide Booklet, which will likely be launched to the ASX and made out there to eligible shareholders in Australia and New Zealand (and such different jurisdictions as could also be indicated within the SPP Provide Booklet) later in August. The SPP is not going to be underwritten and is anticipated to lift as much as A$5 million2.

The proceeds of the Placement and SPP, along with proceeds from the non-dilutive financing association and money readily available, will likely be used to:

  • Proceed advancing Part 3 scientific trials of OPT-302 for the therapy of moist AMD by topline knowledge readout, and to fund pre-commercialization actions, together with industrial scale manufacturing, crew construct and market shaping; and
  • Present extra working capital submit the Part 3 trial topline knowledge readout (anticipated to be mid-CY24).

MST Monetary (Australia) and Jefferies LLC (U.S.) acted as Joint Lead Managers on the Placement.

Further particulars concerning the transactions described on this launch and associated operational updates will likely be included in a Report on Type 6-Ok, which Opthea will furnish individually with the U.S. Securities and Alternate Fee and the contents of which will likely be lodged with ASX in a separate announcement.

About Opthea

Opthea (ASX:OPT; Nasdaq:OPT) is a biopharmaceutical firm growing novel therapies to deal with the unmet want within the therapy of extremely prevalent and progressive retinal ailments, together with moist age-related macular degeneration (moist AMD) and diabetic macular edema (DME). Opthea’s lead product candidate OPT-302 is in pivotal Part 3 scientific trials and being developed to be used together with anti-VEGF-A monotherapies to realize broader inhibition of the VEGF household, with the objective of enhancing total efficacy and demonstrating superior imaginative and prescient beneficial properties over that which may be achieved by inhibiting VEGF-A alone. To be taught extra, go to www.opthea.com.com and observe us on Twitter and Linkedin.

Inherent Dangers of Funding in Biotechnology Corporations

There are a variety of inherent dangers related to the event of pharmaceutical merchandise to a marketable stage. The prolonged scientific trial course of is designed to evaluate the protection and efficacy of a drug previous to commercialization and a big proportion of medicine fail one or each of those standards. Different dangers embrace uncertainty of patent safety and proprietary rights, whether or not patent purposes and issued patents will provide ample safety to allow product improvement, the acquiring of essential drug regulatory authority approvals and difficulties attributable to the fast developments in know-how. Corporations equivalent to Opthea are depending on the success of their analysis and improvement tasks and on the flexibility to draw funding to help these actions. Funding in analysis and improvement tasks can’t be assessed on the identical fundamentals as buying and selling and manufacturing enterprises. Subsequently, funding in corporations specializing in drug improvement have to be considered extremely speculative. Opthea strongly recommends that skilled funding recommendation be sought previous to such investments.

Ahead-looking Statements

Sure statements on this announcement might comprise forward-looking statements, together with inside the which means of the U.S. Personal Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any assertion describing Opthea’s objectives, expectations, intentions or beliefs is a forward-looking assertion and must be thought-about an at-risk assertion, together with, however not restricted to, the development of Opthea’s Part 3 registrational program and commercialization efforts for OPT-302, the anticipated timing of Opthea’s Part 3 program and trials, Opthea’s anticipated funding wants and money runway, together with following the financing transactions described on this announcement, Opthea’s means to fulfill its fee and different obligations underneath the non-dilutive financing association, Opthea’s means to attract the whole US$170 million of funding capability underneath such association in a well timed method or in any respect, and Opthea’s means to consummate Tranche 2 of the Placement. Such statements are based mostly on Opthea’s present plans, targets, estimates, expectations, and intentions and are topic to sure dangers and uncertainties, together with dangers and uncertainties related to scientific trials and product improvement, surprising prices or delays within the scientific trial course of, dangers from the persevering with COVID-19 pandemic, and the impression of common financial, trade or political situations in Australia, the US or internationally. These and different dangers and uncertainties are described extra absolutely within the part titled “Threat Elements” in Opthea’s Annual Report on Type 20-F filed with the SEC on October 28, 2021. The Firm undertakes no obligation to publicly replace any forward-looking assertion, whether or not on account of new info, future occasions, or in any other case, besides as required underneath relevant legislation. You shouldn’t place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future occasions, which statements apply solely as of the date of this announcement. Precise outcomes may differ materially from these mentioned on this ASX announcement. Precise outcomes may differ materially from these mentioned in on this announcement.

Not a proposal

This ASX announcement will not be a disclosure doc and shouldn’t be thought-about as funding recommendation. The knowledge contained on this ASX announcement is for info functions solely and shouldn’t be thought-about a proposal or an invite to accumulate Firm securities or some other monetary merchandise and doesn’t and won’t type a part of any contract for the acquisition of New Shares.

Particularly, this ASX announcement doesn’t represent a proposal to promote, or a solicitation of any provide to purchase, any securities in the US or some other jurisdiction through which such a proposal can be unlawful or impermissible. The securities to be provided and bought within the Placement and SPP haven’t been, and won’t be, registered underneath the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or the securities legal guidelines of any state or different jurisdiction of the US. No public providing of securities is being made in the US. Accordingly, the securities to be provided and bought within the Placement and SPP might solely be provided and bought outdoors the US in “offshore transactions” (as outlined in Rule 902(h) underneath Regulation S of the U.S. Securities Act (“Regulation S”)) in reliance on Regulation S, until they’re provided and bought in a transaction registered underneath, or exempt from, or in a transaction not topic to, the registration necessities of, the U.S. Securities Act and relevant U.S. state securities legal guidelines.

Approved for launch to ASX by Megan Baldwin, CEO & Managing Director

Contacts:

For Opthea Be part of our e mail database to obtain program updates:

U.S.A. & Worldwide: 

Sam Martin
Argot Companions
Tel:  +1 212-600-1902
opthea@argotpartners.com

Australia:
Rudi Michelson
Monsoon Communications
Tel: +61 (0) 3 9620 3333

Tel: +61 (0) 3 9826 0399
data@opthea.com
www.opthea.com

Media:
Silvana Guerci-Lena
NorthStream International Companions
Tel: +1 973-509-4671
silvana@nsgpllc.com

1 Assumes AUD/USD trade price of A$1.00/US$0.70
2 Opthea might (in its absolute discretion) in a scenario the place whole demand exceeds $5 million, resolve to extend the quantity to be raised underneath the SPP to scale back or remove the necessity for reduce. 

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