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Tuesday 13 March, 2018

PureTech Health PLC

Results of Placing

RNS Number : 5227H
PureTech Health PLC
13 March 2018



This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 ("MAR").


13 March 2018

PureTech Health plc


(the "Company" or "PureTech Health" and, together with its subsidiaries, the "Group")


Results of Placing


PureTech Health successfully raises $100 million


PureTech Health (LSE:PRTC) is pleased to announce that it has successfully raised gross proceeds of $100 million (approximately £72 million) through its placing launched yesterday, 12 March 2018 (the "Placing").


Jefferies International Limited ("Jefferies") acted as Sponsor, corporate broker and, together with Peel Hunt LLP, joint bookrunner ("Peel Hunt", and together with Jefferies, the "Bookrunners") in respect of the Placing.


Daphne Zohar, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of PureTech Health plc, commented:


"We have made exciting progress at PureTech Health since our IPO, including positive pivotal trial results from two affiliates that are now filing for regulatory approvals; the recent successful NASDAQ IPO of one of our affiliates; and the progression of our clinical pipeline with multiple proof-of-concept readouts and validating partnerships and investments. The proceeds from today's Placing will enable PureTech Health to continue delivering on our promise to patients of advancing novel medicines that target serious disease, and our commitment to shareholders to convert our excellent progress into significant growth and value realisation.


PureTech Health is now well-positioned to advance several catalysts in the near-term. The proceeds from this raise will be used to participate in the growth of our late-stage affiliates through their next value-driving milestones and potentially monetisation events; develop one or more novel internally-funded clinical-stage assets to Phase 2/3 status; and advance two or more of our internally-funded, lymphatic-biology focused programmes to the clinic.


We are confident that our entrepreneurial and flexible structure will continue to yield successes in the years to come, and we are grateful for the tremendous support from a broad group of existing as well as new investors in this Placing, and most importantly, for sharing our vision of building a new kind of biopharmaceutical company positioned to deliver novel categories of medicine to patients."


Placing Shares


The Company has conditionally placed through the Placing a total of 45,000,000 new ordinary shares in the Company (the "Placing Shares") with new and existing investors representing approximately 19.0 per cent. of the Company's existing issued ordinary share capital at a price of 160 pence per Placing Share (the "Placing Price"). The Placing Price represents a discount of approximately 3.0 per cent. to the closing price on 12 March 2018.


The Placing Shares, when issued, will be fully paid and will rank pari passu in all respects with the existing ordinary shares in the capital of the Company ("Ordinary Shares") including the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid after the date of issue of the Placing Shares.




Applications will be made for admission of the Placing Shares to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA") and to trading on the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange plc (together, "Admission"). Subject to the Resolutions (as defined below) being passed and the other conditions to the Placing are satisfied, it is expected that dealings in the Placing Shares will commence at 8.00 a.m. (London time) on 4 April 2018.


General Meeting


The Placing is conditional, inter alia, on Shareholder approval to grant the Directors authority to allot and issue the Placing Shares as if the applicable statutory pre-emption rights did not apply (the "Allotment Resolutions") and to approve the expected Related Party Transaction (the "Related Party Resolution" and together with the Allotment Resolutions, the "Resolutions"). Approval of the Resolutions will be sought at a General Meeting to be convened at the offices of DLA Piper UK LLP at 3 Noble Street, London, EC2V 7EE on Tuesday 3 April 2018 at 3.00 p.m., notice of which will be set out in the Circular which is expected to be published later today, 13 March 2018. The Circular will, following publication, be sent to the Shareholders and made available on the Company's website,


Related party transaction


Invesco Asset Management Limited, acting as agent for its discretionary managed clients, ("Invesco") is a Related Party for the purposes of Chapter 11 of the Listing Rules by virtue of it being entitled to exercise more than 10 per cent. of the votes to be cast at general meetings of the Company, and is therefore a substantial Shareholder of the Company pursuant to the Listing Rules. Invesco have participated in the Placing in respect of 14,365,000 Placing Shares each at the Placing Price (the "Related Party Transaction"). Pursuant to Rule 11.1.11R(2) and Rule 11.1.7R of the Listing Rules, the Company is required to seek Shareholder approval for the Related Party Transaction.


Total voting rights


Following Admission, the Company will have 282,429,696 Ordinary Shares in issue. There are no Ordinary Shares held in treasury.


Therefore, the Company hereby confirms that the total number of voting rights in the Company will, following Admission, be 282,429,696. This figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the FCA's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.


Terms used in this announcement shall, unless the context otherwise requires, bear the meanings given to them in the announcement by the Company on 12 March 2018 or in the Circular.


Expected timetable of principal events*


Dispatch of the Circular and the Form of Proxy to Shareholders

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Latest time and date for receipt of Forms of Proxy, votes through e-Proxy and CREST proxy instructions

3.00 p.m. on Wednesday 28 March 2018

Time and date of General Meeting

3.00 p.m. on Tuesday 3 April 2018

Announcement of results of General Meeting

Tuesday 3 April 2018

Admission and dealings in the Placing Shares to commence on the London Stock Exchange

8.00 a.m. on Wednesday 4 April 2018

Expected date for CREST stock accounts to be credited for the Placing Shares in uncertificated form (CREST Shareholders only)

Wednesday 4 April 2018

Expected date for dispatch of definitive share certificates for the Placing Shares in certificated form (non-CREST Shareholders only)

week commencing Monday 16 April 2018


*All of the dates and times referred to in this announcement refer to London time and are indicative only and may be subject to change. If any of the details contained in the above expected timetable should change the revised times and dates will be notified to Shareholders by means of an announcement through the Regulatory Information Service. All events listed in the above timetable scheduled to take place following the General Meeting are conditional on the passing of the Resolutions at the General Meeting.




PureTech Health plc

Daphne Zohar

Stephen Muniz

Allison Mead Talbot

+1 617 482 2333

Jefferies International Limited (Sponsor, Joint Bookrunner and Corporate Broker)

Simon Hardy

Gil Bar-Nahum

Lee Morton

Christopher Binks

+44 (0) 20 7029 8000

Peel Hunt LLP (Joint Bookrunner)

James Steel

Christopher Golden

Jock Maxwell Macdonald

Oliver Jackson

+44 (0) 20 7418 8900

FTI Consulting (Financial Communications)

Ben Atwell

+44 (0) 20 3727 1000

About PureTech Health


PureTech Health (LSE:PRTC) is an advanced, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel medicines targeting serious diseases that result from dysfunctions in the nervous, immune, and gastrointestinal systems (brain-immune-gut or the "BIG" axis), which together represent the adaptive human systems. PureTech Health is at the forefront of understanding and addressing the biological processes and crosstalk associated with the BIG axis. By harnessing this emerging field of human biology, PureTech Health is pioneering new categories of medicine with the potential to have great impact on people with serious diseases. PureTech Health is advancing a rich pipeline of innovative therapies that includes two pivotal stage programmes, multiple human proof-of-concept studies and a number of early clinical and pre-clinical programmes. PureTech Health's research and development pipeline has been advanced in collaboration with some of the world's leading scientific experts, who along with PureTech Health's team of biopharma pioneers, entrepreneurs and seasoned Board, identify, invent, and clinically de-risk new medicines. With this experienced team pursuing cutting edge science, PureTech Health is building the biopharma company of the future focused on improving and extending the lives of people with serious disease. For more information, visit or connect with us on Twitter @puretechh.




Certain information contained in this announcement would have constituted inside information (as defined by Article 7 of MAR) prior to its release as part of this announcement. The person responsible for arranging release of this information on behalf of the Company is Stephen Muniz.


The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and therefore persons in such jurisdictions into which these materials are released, published, distributed or forwarded should inform themselves about and observe such restrictions. The information contained herein is not for release, publication, distribution or forwarding, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia). Any failure to comply with any such restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdiction.


This announcement does not contain or constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to purchase securities to any person with a registered address in, or who is resident in, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Republic of South Africa or in any jurisdiction in which such an offer or solicitation is unlawful. None of the securities referred to herein have been or will be registered under the relevant laws of any state, province or territory of Australia, New Zealand, Japan or the Republic of South Africa. Subject to certain limited exceptions, none of these materials will be released, published, distributed or forwarded in or into Australia, New Zealand, Japan or the Republic of South Africa.


This announcement does not contain or constitute an offer for sale or the solicitation of an offer to purchase securities in the United States. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or jurisdiction of the United States, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the Securities Act or an available exemption from, or transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. There will be no public offer of the securities in the United States. None of the Placing Shares, this announcement or any other document connected with the Placing has been or will be approved or disapproved by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission or by the securities commissions of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States or any other regulatory authority, and none of the foregoing authorities or any securities commission has passed upon or endorsed the merits of the offering of the Placing Shares or the accuracy or adequacy of this announcement or any other document connected with the Placing. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.


The securities referred to herein will only be made outside the United States in compliance with Regulation S and in the United States only to persons reasonably believed to be "qualified institutional buyers" ("QIBs") as defined in Rule 144A ("Rule 144A") under the US Securities Act and "qualified purchasers" ("QPs") within the meaning of Section 2(a)(51) of the US Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, in a manner not requiring registration under the Securities Act.


Jefferies International Limited and Peel Hunt LLP are each authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority. Each of the Bookrunners is acting exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with the Placing and will not regard any other person (whether or not a recipient of this document) as a client in relation to the Placing and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients or for providing advice in relation to the Placing or any matters, transactions or arrangements referred to in this document. Apart from the responsibilities and liabilities, if any, which may be imposed on the Bookrunners by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, as amended ("FSMA") or the regulatory regime established thereunder, neither of the Bookrunners accepts any responsibility whatsoever or make any representation or warranty, express or implied, for the contents of this document including its accuracy, completeness or verification or for any statement made or purported to be made by it, or on its behalf, in connection with the Company, the Placing Shares or the Placing and nothing in this document shall be read as a promise or representation in this respect whether as to the past or future. The Bookrunners accordingly disclaim all and any liability whatsoever arising in tort, contract or otherwise (save as referred to above) which it might otherwise have in respect of this document or any such statement.


Recipients of this announcement should conduct their own investigation, evaluation and analysis of the business, data and property described in this announcement. This announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning any investor's options with respect to the Placing. The price and value of securities can go down as well as up. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The contents of this announcement are not to be construed as legal, business, financial or tax advice. Each Shareholder or prospective investor should consult with his or her or its own legal adviser, business adviser, financial adviser or tax adviser for legal, financial, business or tax advice.


Members of the public are not eligible to take part in the Placing. This announcement and the information contained herein are for information purposes only and are directed only at (a) persons in member states of the European Economic Area who are qualified investors as defined in section 86(7) of FSMA ("Qualified Investors") being persons falling with the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the EU Prospectus Directive (which means Directive 2003/71/EC and includes any relevant implementing directive measure in any member state) (the "Prospectus Directive"); (b) in the United Kingdom, to Qualified Investors who are persons who (i) have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(1) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the "Order"); (ii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) (high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc.) of the Order; or (iii) are persons to whom it may otherwise be lawfully communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). Any investment or investment activity in connection with the Placing will be available to, and will only be engaged with, Relevant Persons. Any person who is not a Relevant Person should not act or rely on this announcement or any of its contents.


This announcement is not being distributed by, nor has it been approved for the purposes of section 21 of FSMA by, a person authorised under FSMA. This announcement is being distributed and communicated to persons in the United Kingdom only in circumstances in which section 21(1) of FSMA does not apply. No prospectus will be made available in connection with the matters contained in this announcement and no such prospectus is required (in accordance with the Prospectus Directive) to be published. Persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser.


This announcement has been issued by, and is the sole responsibility of the Company. The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may or should be placed by any person for any purpose whatsoever on the information contained in this announcement or on its accuracy or completeness. The information in this announcement is subject to change. Neither the contents of the Company's website nor any website accessible by hyperlinks on the Company's website is incorporated in, or forms part of, this announcement.


This announcement should not be considered a recommendation by the Bookrunners or any of their respective directors, officers, employees, advisers or affiliates in relation to any purchase of or subscription for securities. None of the Bookrunners, nor any of their respective directors, officers, employees, advisers or affiliates accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for or makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to this announcement, including the truth, accuracy, fairness, sufficiency or completeness of the information or the opinions or beliefs contained in this announcement (or any part hereof). None of the information in this announcement has been independently verified or approved by the Bookrunners or any of their respective directors, officers, employees, advisers or affiliates. Save in the case of fraud, no liability is accepted by the Bookrunners or any of their respective directors, officers, employees, advisers or affiliates for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in such information or opinions or for any loss, cost or damage suffered or incurred howsoever arising, directly or indirectly, from any use of this announcement or its contents or otherwise in connection with this announcement. No person has been authorised to give any information or to make any representations other than those contained in this announcement and, if given or made, such announcements must not be relied on as having been authorised by the Company or the Bookrunners. Subject to the Listing Rules, the Prospectus Rules, the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules and MAR, the issue of this announcement and any subsequent announcement shall not, in any circumstances, create any implication that there has been no change in the affairs of the Group since the date of this announcement or that the information contained in it is correct as at any subsequent date.


This announcement contains "forward-looking statements" which includes all statements other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, those regarding the Company's financial position, business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations, or any statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words "targets", "believes", "expects", "aims", "intends", "will", "may", "anticipates", "would, "could" or similar expressions or negatives thereof. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors beyond the Company's control that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions regarding the Company's present and future business strategies and the environment in which the Company will operate in the future. These forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of this announcement. None of the Company, the Bookrunners or their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, affiliates and advisers, or any other party undertakes or is under any duty to update this document or to correct any inaccuracies in any such information which may become apparent or to provide you with any additional information, other than any requirements that the Company may have under applicable law or the Listing Rules, the Prospectus Rules, the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules or MAR. To the fullest extent permissible by law, such persons disclaim all and any responsibility or liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which they might otherwise have in respect of this announcement. The information in this announcement is subject to change without notice.


The Placing Shares will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than the London Stock Exchange. In connection with the Placing, each of the Bookrunners and any of their affiliates, acting as investors for their own account, may take up a portion of the Placing Shares in the Placing as a principal position and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell, offer to sell for the own accounts such shares and other securities of the Company or related investments in connection with the Placing or otherwise. Accordingly, references to Placing Shares being offered, acquired, placed or otherwise dealt in should be read as including any issue or offer to, or acquisition, placing or dealing by, the Bookrunners and any of their respective affiliates acting in such capacity. In addition, the Bookrunners and any of their respective affiliates may enter into financing arrangements (including swaps) with investors in connection with which they and any of their respective affiliates may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of shares. The Bookrunners do not intend to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligations to do so.


For the purposes of this Announcement, an exchange rate of 1.3895 has been applied on the conversion of pounds sterling (£) to United States Dollars ($).


Information to Distributors


Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended ("MiFID II"); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the "MiFID II Product Governance Requirements"), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any "manufacturer" (for the purposes of the Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the Placing Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that the Placing Shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the "Target Market Assessment").


Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, distributors should note that: the price of the Company's ordinary shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Company's ordinary shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Company's ordinary shares is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Placing. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, the Bookrunners will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.


For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the Placing Shares.


Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Placing Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.

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