SOMERSET, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Legend Biotech Corporation (NASDAQ: LEGN) (Legend Biotech), a global clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of novel cell therapies for oncology and other indications, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 18,425,000 American depositary shares (ADSs), each representing two ordinary shares, at a public offering price of $23.00 per ADS, for total gross proceeds of approximately $423.8 million. In addition, Legend Biotech has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,763,750 ADSs at the public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions. All of the ADSs are being offered by Legend Biotech.
The shares are scheduled to begin trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on June 5, 2020 under the ticker symbol “LEGN.” The offering is expected to close on June 9, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.
Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and Jefferies are serving as joint book-running managers for the offering.
A registration statement relating to the securities being sold in this offering was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 4, 2020. This offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the final prospectus can be obtained, when available, from Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, 180 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014, Attention: Prospectus Department, or by telephone at (866) 718-1649; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, or by telephone at (866) 803-9204; or Jefferies LLC, Attention: Equity Syndicate Prospectus Department, 520 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10022, or by phone at (877) 821-7388.
In addition to the shares sold in the initial public offering, Legend Biotech announced the concurrent sale of 1,043,478 ordinary shares at the public offering price per share adjusted to reflect the ADS-to-ordinary share ratio in a private placement to GenScript Biotech Corporation, the parent majority shareholder of Legend Biotech. The sale of these ordinary shares will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The concurrent private placement is also scheduled to close on June 9, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The closing of Legend Biotech’s initial public offering is not conditioned upon the closing of the concurrent private placement, but the closing of the concurrent private placement is conditioned upon the closing of the initial public offering.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities 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 Legend Biotech
Legend Biotech is a global clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of novel cell therapies for oncology and other indications. Our team of over 650 employees across the United States, China and Europe, along with our differentiated technology, global development, and manufacturing strategies and expertise, provide us with the strong potential to discover, develop, and manufacture best-in-class cell therapies for patients in need.
We are engaged in a strategic collaboration with Janssen Biotech to develop and commercialize our lead product candidate, LCAR-B38M/JNJ-4528, an investigational BCMA-targeted CAR-T cell therapy for patients living with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. This candidate is currently being studied in registrational clinical trials.
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