IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of glaucoma and other diseases of the eye, today announced the pricing of a registered underwritten public offering of $75 million of shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $29.50 per share, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other estimated offering expenses. The offering was upsized by $25 million over the offering amount anticipated to be sold as previously announced. This is in addition to $50 million raised separately through the completion and full utilization of an at-the-market (ATM) program with Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. filed prior to market open on September 15, 2016. Total gross proceeds raised through these offerings were $125 million. The shares sold through the $50 million ATM program will be issued on or about September 20, 2016, and the $75 million public offering is expected to close on or about September 21, 2016, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is acting as sole bookrunner for the $75 million public offering and sole manager for the $50 million ATM program.
Aerie intends to use the net proceeds of the offerings for general corporate purposes, including the complete funding of RhopressaTM commercialization costs, execution of clinical trials in Japan, commencement of construction of a manufacturing plant in Ireland and continuation of preclinical activity in support of its product pipeline, along with ongoing working capital requirements.
Shelf registration statements relating to the shares are effective with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The shares in each offering may be offered only by means of a prospectus, including a prospectus supplement, forming a part of each effective registration statement. A prospectus supplement relating to the $50 million ATM program and a preliminary prospectus supplement relating to the $75 million public offering were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 15, 2016. Electronic copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement, the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectuses relating to the offerings are available on the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. Copies of the prospectus supplement relating to the $50 million ATM program and of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the final prospectus supplement relating to the $75 million public offering, when available, and the accompanying prospectuses relating to the offerings may be obtained by contacting Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., Attn: Capital Markets, 499 Park Ave., 5th Floor, New York, New York 10022, or by telephone at 212-829-7122, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Aerie, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any security in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
About Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aerie is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of patients with glaucoma and other diseases of the eye. Aerie's two lead product candidates are once-daiIy IOP-lowering therapies with novel mechanisms of action to treat patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension. The NDA filing for RhopressaTM (netarsudil ophthalmic solution) 0.02% was submitted in the third quarter of 2016. The second product candidate, RoclatanTM (netarsudil/latanoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.02%/0.005%, which is a fixed dose combination of RhopressaTM and widely prescribed PGA latanoprost, currently has two Phase 3 registration trials underway, named Mercury 1 and Mercury 2. If these trials are successful, a RoclatanTM NDA filing is expected to take place near year-end 2017. Aerie is also focused on the development of additional product candidates and technologies in ophthalmology.
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