IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI), an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension and other diseases of the eye, today announced that it has priced its registered underwritten public offering of $75 million of shares of its common stock. Total gross proceeds from the offering are expected to be $75 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other estimated offering expenses. The offering is expected to close on or about January 26, 2018, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
Aerie has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option from the date of the offering to purchase up to an additional $11.25 million of shares of common stock.
Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is acting as the sole bookrunner for the offering. Mizuho Securities USA LLC and H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC are acting as co-managers for the offering. The underwriters may offer the shares of common stock from time to time to purchasers directly or through agents, or through brokers in brokerage transactions on The Nasdaq Global Market, or to dealers in negotiated transactions, or in a combination of such methods of sale or otherwise, at a fixed price or prices, which may be changed, or at market prices prevailing at the time of sale, at prices related to such prevailing market prices or at negotiated prices. The closing price of Aerie’s common stock on January 23, 2018 was $61.00 per share.
Aerie intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, including to fund expansion of its commercialization programs in North America for both Rhopressa® and RoclatanTM, its clinical and commercialization efforts beyond North America, further development of other potential pipeline opportunities, including activities to support the ongoing development of its retina programs and evaluating possible uses of its existing proprietary portfolio of molecules beyond ophthalmology, its external business development efforts, and its manufacturing activities, including the construction of its own manufacturing plant in Ireland.
A shelf registration statement relating to the shares is effective with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The shares may be offered only by means of the prospectus forming a part of the effective registration statement and a related prospectus supplement. A preliminary prospectus supplement relating to the offering was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 23, 2018. An electronic copy of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus is available on the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement, the final prospectus supplement, when available, and the accompanying prospectus may be obtained by contacting Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., Attention: Capital Markets, 499 Park Ave., 6th Floor, New York, New York 10022, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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 an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension and other diseases of the eye.
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