SIOUX FALLS, S.D. & MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SAB Biotherapeutics (SAB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a novel immunotherapy platform that produces targeted, high potency, fully-human polyclonal antibodies at scale, and Big Cypress Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: BCYP), a blank check company focused on innovative biopharmaceutical firms, today announced that they have entered into a definitive business combination agreement. Upon closing of the proposed transaction, the combined company will operate as SAB Biotherapeutics and will continue to operate under the SAB management team, with Big Cypress Acquisition Corp.’s Samuel J. Reich and Jeffrey G. Spragens joining the SAB Board of Directors. SAB co-founder and current executive chairman, Dr. Edward Hamilton, plans to transition to a board observer role while remaining active in the company. Mr. Reich is expected to assume the role of executive chairman.
SAB plans to be listed on NASDAQ following the closing of the transaction. The proposed transaction implies an enterprise value for SAB, on a post-merger basis, of approximately $325 million (assuming a share price of $10.10 per share) and is expected to provide the combined company with approximately $118 million of pro forma cash (assuming no redemptions from Big Cypress’ trust account), to fuel development and commercialization of SAB’s unique DiversitAb™ platform that leverages its proprietary transchromosomic (Tc) bovine™ herds to produce highly-potent targeted fully-human polyclonal antibody therapeutics for a wide range of immune system disorders, cancer and infectious diseases without the need for human donors.
Proceeds from the business combination are expected to support advancement of SAB’s robust pipeline and platform through multiple catalysts across several programs. These potentially include multiple clinical data read-outs, which represent potential value inflection events.
“The execution of this merger agreement caps 18 months of tremendous progress at SAB,” said Eddie Sullivan, PhD, co-founder and chief executive officer of SAB Biotherapeutics. “Years of innovation and investment in our unique human polyclonal antibody platform have enabled us to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, moving a therapeutic candidate from concept to the clinic in less than five months. The awarded funding and our collaboration with the federal government, as part of COVID-19 Response (formerly Operation Warp Speed), has enabled us to test, refine and advance our novel therapeutic development and internal production and regulatory processes, as well as provide a model for future rapid response. This period of intense activity leaves us well-positioned to advance our portfolio of novel therapies for immune system disorders, cancer and other infectious diseases. The unique attributes of our DiversitAb™ platform power our diversified strategy that includes rapid response, development of our own novel therapeutics, and a variety of pharma collaborations. We are excited at the expanded opportunities afforded by the merger to put our platform to work generating important new therapies for unmet medical needs.”
“At Big Cypress we screened more than 60 biotech companies in our search for the perfect merger partner,” noted Sam Reich, chief executive officer of Big Cypress Acquisition Corp. “We were thrilled when we found SAB Biotherapeutics, a distinctive and exciting approach to marrying the power of nature with advanced genomic technology. SAB met or exceeded our criteria, demonstrating de-risked early development processes, clinical proof-of-concept, therapeutic targets with large unmet needs and what we expect to be manageable Phase 3 trials, high-value indications, and the ability to efficiently put additional capital to work advancing a high potential pipeline. We like that SAB’s innovative technology and management team are unconventional by biotech standards, with their novel DiversitAb™ platform leveraging Tc bovine herds that rapidly produce fully-human polyclonal antibodies with almost unlimited therapeutic potential, as well as their location in our nation’s heartland. We look forward to working with the exceptional SAB team to advance this important technology.”
SAB Biotherapeutics Overview
SAB Biotherapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company advancing a new class of immunotherapies based on its human polyclonal antibodies. Applying advanced genetic engineering and antibody science, SAB develops fully-human antibodies produced from transchromosomic (Tc) bovine™ herds targeted at addressing specific diseases, including infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and influenza, immune system disorders including type 1 diabetes and organ transplantation, and cancer. SAB’s versatile and scalable DiversitAb™ platform is applicable to a wide range of serious human diseases. It rapidly produces natural, specifically targeted, high-potency, human polyclonal immunotherapies at commercial scale. The platform has been developed and validated through funding awarded from US government emerging disease and rapid response programs. SAB is currently advancing multiple clinical programs in a number of indications, in addition to its collaborations with global pharmaceutical and other partners.
Summary of the Transaction
Upon the closing of the business combination, and assuming a share price of $10.10 per share and no redemptions of shares of Big Cypress by its public stockholders, SAB would be expected to have an enterprise value of approximately $325 million and cash resources of approximately $118 million, including the contribution of up to $116 million from cash held in Big Cypress’ trust account (less any redemptions). Pro forma for the business combination, legacy shareholders of SAB will own approximately 68% of the post-merger public company, excluding any contingent consideration and before giving effect to any potential exercise of Big Cypress’ common stock purchase warrants into shares of common stock following the closing. There is no minimum cash closing condition for the transaction.
The transaction has been unanimously approved by both Big Cypress’ and SAB’s respective Boards of Directors. The proposed transaction is subject to the approval of Big Cypress and SAB stockholders and the satisfaction or waiver of other customary conditions, including a registration statement being declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Additional information about the proposed transaction, including a copy of the merger agreement and an investor presentation, will be provided in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed by Big Cypress with the SEC, which will be available at www.sec.gov.
Lazard is serving as exclusive financial advisor to SAB and Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth is serving as legal counsel. Chardan is serving as exclusive M&A advisor and financial advisor to Big Cypress and Dentons US LLP is serving as legal counsel. Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc. acted as sole book-running manager and Brookline Capital Markets, a division of Arcadia Securities, LLC, acted as co-manager of Big Cypress $115 million IPO in January 2021 and Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc. is acting as a capital markets advisor to Big Cypress.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
SAB and Big Cypress Acquisition Corp. will host a conference call and live audio webcast to discuss the proposed transaction today at 8:00 a.m. ET. To access the live conference call, please dial (833) 882-5274 (domestic) or (409) 937-8892 (international) at least five minutes prior to the start time and refer to conference ID 1865196.
A live audio webcast of the call can be accessed here and an archive will be available approximately two hours after the event.
About SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc.
SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc. (SAB) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company advancing a new class of immunotherapies based on its human polyclonal antibodies. SAB has applied advanced genetic engineering and antibody science to develop transchromosomic (Tc) bovine herds that produce fully-human antibodies targeted at specific diseases, including infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and influenza, immune system disorders including type 1 diabetes and organ transplantation, and cancer. SAB’s versatile and scalable DiversitAb™ platform is applicable to a wide range of serious human diseases. It rapidly produces natural, specifically-targeted, high-potency, human polyclonal immunotherapies at commercial scale. The platform has been developed and validated through funding awarded from US government emerging disease and rapid response programs. SAB is currently advancing multiple clinical programs in a number of indications, in addition to its collaborations with global pharmaceutical and other partners. For more information visit: www.sabbiotherapeutics.com and follow @SABBantibody on Twitter.
About Big Cypress Acquisition Corp.
Big Cypress Acquisition Corp. is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses with a focus within the life sciences industry. The Company is led by Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Director Samuel J. Reich. For more information, visit www.bigcypressaccorp.com.
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Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed business combination, Big Cypress intends to file with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4 (the “Registration Statement”), which will include a preliminary prospectus and preliminary proxy statement. The Company will mail a definitive proxy statement/final prospectus and other relevant documents to its stockholders. This communication is not a substitute for the Registration Statement, the definitive proxy statement/final prospectus or any other document that Big Cypress will send to its stockholders in connection with the proposed business combination. Investors and security holders of Big Cypress are advised to read, when available, the proxy statement/prospectus in connection with Big Cypress’ solicitation of proxies for its special meeting of stockholders to be held to approve the proposed business combination (and related matters) because the proxy statement/prospectus will contain important information about the proposed business combination and the parties to the proposed business combination. The definitive proxy statement/final prospectus will be mailed to stockholders of Big Cypress as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed business combination. Stockholders will also be able to obtain copies of the proxy statement/prospectus, without charge, once available, at the SEC’s website http://www.sec.gov or by directing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants in the Solicitation
Big Cypress, SAB and their respective directors, executive officers, other members of management, and employees, under SEC rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies of Big Cypress’ stockholders in connection with the proposed business combination. Investors and security holders may obtain more detailed information regarding the names and interests in the proposed business combination of Big Cypress’ directors and officers in Big Cypress’ filings with the SEC including the Registration Statement to be filed with the SEC by Big Cypress, which will include the proxy statement of Big Cypress for the proposed business combination, and such information and names of SAB’s directors and executive officers will also be in the Registration Statement filed with the SEC by Big Cypress, which will include the proxy statement of Big Cypress for the proposed business combination.
This press release is not a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the potential transaction and shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities of Big Cypress, the combined company or SAB Biotherapeutics, nor shall there be any sale of any such 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 such state or jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.