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

Vancouver-based biotherapeutics company Zymeworks Inc has filed for a U.S. and Canadian IPO. 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 $75 million. Zymeworks’ backers include BDC Capital and Lumira Capital.

PRESS RELEASE

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.