Bagneux, France, March 28, 2012 - DBV Technologies, creator of Viaskin®, new benchmark in the treatment of allergy, announces the success of its IPO for the admission to trading of its shares on the regulated market NYSE Euronext Paris, compartment C.
On the occasion of this operation, DBV Technologies will raise about 40.5 million euros to provide additional resources to finance and develop its ambitious strategy to establish itself as the world leader in the allergy treatment, especially with food allergies:
Viaskin® Peanut for the treatment of peanut allergy in adults and children. A Phase II clinical study started in France in 2010;
Viaskin® Milk for cow's milk allergy in children. The launch of Phase II clinical study is planned for 2013;
Viaskin® HDM for dust mite allergy in children. It will be launched during a Phase I clinical study in 2013, taking advantage of the early work done on other Viaskin® products.
"We are very pleased to announce today the successful Initial Public Offering of DBV Technologies," said Pierre-Henri Benhamou, CEO of DBV Technologies. "We salute the work of all our team and partners, for their professionalism, allowing DBV Technologies now to cross this milestone. Our completely innovative technology, scientifically validated and supported by the international medical community, is likely to radically change the lives of millions of people. It provides the Company with high growth prospects as well as strategic assets to become a leader in the treatment of allergy. We thank all those who have chosen to support our development and the commercial deployment of Viaskin® worldwide. We are honored to have the support of our previous shareholders, Sofinnova and InnoBio, who have renewed their trust, and to welcome new shareholders, among those, first and foremost, the Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement (FSI)."
Rafaèle Tordjman, Managing Partner at Sofinnova said: "We welcome the successful IPO of DBV Technologies that Sofinnova has accompanied ever since its beginnings. This operation, which we were actively involved in, is expected to allow completion of the clinical development of Viaskin® for food allergy. This revolutionary treatment should soon know an international development and DBV Technologies be able to express its value thanks to the important newsflow that will mark its development. "
Chahra Louafi, Investment Director at InnoBio said: "We are convinced that DBV Technologies has a tremendous growth potential, which we have decided to support the long term, in partnership with our subscribers, pharmaceutical companies who unanimously endorsed the appropriateness of the company’s economic and medical approach. The Viaskin® technology platform is potentially the therapeutic response perfectly suited for millions of patients, and represents a major breakthrough for the medical body and the Company shareholders. "
DBV Technologies is opening up a decisive new approach to the treatment of allergy - a major public health problem that is constantly on the increase
Food allergies are a real handicap in the daily lives of millions of people and a highly unmet medical need. The peanut allergy, most dreaded of all, is responsible for many deaths from anaphylactic shock. DBV Technologies has developed a unique proprietary worldwide-patented technology, to administer an allergen through intact skin without massive migration into the bloodstream and thus minimizing the risk of allergic reaction. This unique and very innovative method, called Viaskin®, has been subjected to major industrial development and has provided evidence of its safety of use in humans.
GENERAL FEATURES OF THE OFFER
The offer price and the aggregate investment is set at 8.86 euros per share.
This price represents a market capitalization of DBV Technologies at about 118.7 million euros post capital increase.
Size of supply and gross proceeds of the transaction (before allocation option)
4,573,171 new shares were issued as part of the offer.
The gross proceeds of the issuance totaled about 40.5 million euros.
DBV Technologies has agreed to Societe Generale and Gilbert Dupont acting on their behalf and in the name of and for the account of Natixis, an over-allotment option, exercisable from 28 March 2012 until 26 April 2012 (included), on a maximum number of 142,828 new shares, or approximately 1.3 million euros. Distribution of supply (excluding over-allotment option)
Overall Placement: 3, 946, 441 new shares allocated to institutional investors (about 35 million euros and approximately 86.3% of the total amount of shares offered).
Open price Offer (OPO): 626 730 new shares to the public (or about 5.5 million euros and approximately 13.7% of the total amount of shares offered).
As part of the OPO, the fraction of A1 orders will be served at 100% and the fraction of A2 orders will be served at 100%. FSI as new shareholder of DBV Technologies and support of existing shareholders
The Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement (FSI) takes a stake in DBV Technologies by investing 15 million euros as part of the offer.
The FSI becomes a long-term and reference shareholder of DBV Technologies holding a 12.6% stake. It is a continuation of the investment made by the fund InnoBio (whose FSI is the main subscriber) in January 2011
Also all orders of the existing shareholders have been fully served.
Timetable for the Offer
Negotiations on the Paris NYSE Euronext regulated market of (compartment C) will begin March 29, 2012 in the form of pledge of shares.
The settlement is scheduled April 2, 2012.
The partners in the operation were:
Lead Managers and Bookrunners: Societe Generale and Gilbert Dupont
Co-Lead Company: Natixis
Advisors: Allegra Finance
On the occasion of this operation, the company was also advised by: Eumedix
Publicly available information
The legal and financial documents to be made available to shareholders are available at the company headquarters, Green Square, 80/84 rue des Meuniers - 92220 Bagneux - France. Copies of the prospectus approved by the AMF March 12, 2012 under the number No. 12-111 (the "Prospectus"), consisting of the registration document filed January 30, 2012 under number I.12-004 (the "Document Base "), updating the Registration Document filed February 27, 2012 under number D.11-1067 (the" Update "), and a ‘note d'opération’ (including the summary), are available without charge at the registered office of DBV Technologies, Green Square, 80/84 rue des Meuniers - 92220 Bagneux - FRANCE and with the Joint Lead Managers and Bookrunners and Lead. The Prospectus is also available on the websites of DBV Technologies (www.dbv-technologies.com) and AMF (www.amf-france.org). DBV Technologies would like the investors to pay attention to Section 4 "Risk Factors" contained in the Registration Document and the Update registered with the AMF and section 2 "Risk Factors relating to the Offer" in the note. The realization of all or part of these risks may adversely affect the activities, results, financial condition and prospects of the company.
About DBV Technologies:
DBV Technologies is opening up a decisive new approach to the treatment of allergies – a major public health concern that is constantly increasing in prevalence. More specifically, treatments of food allergies represent a major unmet medical need, as these allergies are a true handicap in the everyday life of millions of people. DBV Technologies (incorporated in 2002) has developed a unique, proprietary, worldwide-patented technology, the Viaskin® technology, for administering allergens to intact skin while avoiding any massive transfer to the blood. The Viaskin® technology combines efficacy and safety as part of a treatment that seeks to improve the patient's tolerability of peanut and thus considerably lower the risk of a systemic, allergic reaction in the event of accidental exposure to the allergen. The company has taken this revolutionary method through to the industrial phase.
DBV Technologies is currently focusing on food allergies (peanut and milk), both highly prevalent in children and for which there are currently no effective treatments. For that purpose, DBV has designed two products: Viaskin® Peanut and Viaskin® Milk. The clinical development program of Viaskin® Peanut has gained the Fast Track Designation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company plans to eventually develop Viaskin® for young children allergic to dust mites, this disease being one of the leading risk factors for asthma in children.
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