Venture-backed Zymeworks files for Canadian and U.S. IPO


Zymeworks is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation multifunctional biotherapeutics, initially focused on the treatment of cancer. Copyright: Zymeworks Inc

Vancouver-based biotherapeutics company Zymeworks Inc has filed with Canadian and U.S. regulatory authorities for an initial public offering of its common shares. The IPO, which will give the company a listing on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “ZYME”, has not been officially priced; however, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission notes a proposed offering size of as much as $100 million (US$75 million). Last year, Zymeworks closed one of Canada’s largest venture capital rounds, raising about $87 million (US$61.5 million). It was led by BDC Capital and Lumira Capital and joined by multiple other investors.

PRESS RELEASE

Zymeworks Files Registration Statement For Proposed Initial Public Offering

April 03, 2017

VANCOUVER, British Colombia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Zymeworks Inc. (“Zymeworks”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation multifunctional biotherapeutics, initially focused on the treatment of cancer, today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 (the “Registration Statement”) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and a preliminary prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada for a proposed initial public offering of its common shares. The number of common shares to be sold and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. Zymeworks has applied to list its common shares on the New York Stock Exchange and intends to apply to list its common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol “ZYME” for both exchanges.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Barclays Capital Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. Cannacord Genuity Inc. is acting as a lead manager. Cormark Securities (USA) Limited is acting as a co-manager.

The Registration Statement relating to the common shares has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. The common shares may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the Registration Statement becomes effective.

A preliminary prospectus has been filed with the securities commissions or similar securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada containing important information relating to the common shares. The preliminary prospectus remains subject to completion or amendment. There will not be any sale or any acceptance of an offer to buy the common shares until a receipt for the final prospectus has been issued by the relevant securities commissions in Canada.

The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. The prospectus will contain important detailed information about the securities offered. Copies of the preliminary prospectus may be obtained, when available, from Citigroup Global Markets Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, by telephone: (800) 831-9146, or by email at [email protected]; Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, by telephone: (888) 603-5847, or by email at [email protected]; or Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Attn: Equity Syndicate, 375 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10152, by telephone (800) 326-5897, or by email at [email protected] Copies of the Registration Statement and preliminary prospectus may also be obtained, when available, from www.sec.gov and www.sedar.com, respectively.

Contacts
Investor Inquiries:
David Matousek, 604-678-1388
Senior Manager, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
[email protected]
or
ICR Inc.
Stephanie Carrington, 646-277-1282
[email protected]

Photo courtesy of Zymeworks Inc

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