|By Business Wire||
|July 24, 2014 12:01 PM EDT||
Allied Minds plc (LSE: ALM) today announced that its entire issued ordinary share capital of 213,290,579 ordinary shares was recently admitted to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the UK Listing Authority and to trading on the London Stock Exchange's Main Market for listed securities under the ticker "ALM" (ISIN: GB00BLRLH124).
The admission followed the successful pricing of its initial public offering at 190 pence per ordinary share, which provided the Company with a total market capitalization of approximately £405.3 million ($691.1 million), based on the per share price at the commencement of conditional dealings on June 20, 2014. The Company sold 44,254,411 new ordinary shares in the offering, plus 3,791,154 new ordinary shares pursuant to an over-allotment option, and selling shareholders sold 17,440,797 existing ordinary shares, resulting in total gross proceeds raised in the offering of approximately £124.4 million ($212.2 million). Jefferies International Limited acted as sole sponsor and bookrunner.
Chris Silva, the Chief Executive Officer, said, “The successful completion of this initial public offering marks the beginning of an exciting new phase of growth and opportunity for Allied Minds and our diversified portfolio of 18 businesses. We are pleased with the positive response that we received from investors to this IPO, and look forward to enhancing and accelerating our efforts to commercialize the innovative science and technologies from our extensive network of partners at U.S. universities and government research institutions.”
About Allied Minds
Allied Minds is an innovative U.S.-focused science and technology development and commercialization company. The Company commenced operations in 2006 to invest in and advance science and technology innovation developed in some of the leading U.S. universities. The Company’s business model is to form, fund, manage and build start-up companies to undertake research and product development, and ultimately to commercialize scientific research and innovations emerging from U.S. universities and U.S. federal research institutions and laboratories.
Allied Minds' strategy is to build a significant and diversified group of businesses and achieve strong growth over the medium to long term through the maturation of its products through the commercialization cycle. The Company’s business model centralizes the support functions at the Allied Minds level, thereby enabling its subsidiary businesses to focus efforts primarily on research and development activity while achieving operational and financial efficiency. Allied Minds provides on-going funding to support the operating activities of its existing 18 subsidiary businesses, the primary focus of which is to progress on-going scientific research and product development activity towards commercialization of the products developed by those businesses. The Company currently anticipates allocating a portion of the net proceeds of the offering, together with existing cash resources, towards advancing the Company’s principal life sciences and physical sciences subsidiaries and bringing their principal products to market.
The Company believes that the offering will: provide diversification of funding sources to support its long-term growth; enhance its public profile and status with existing and potential partners; create a significantly more liquid market in the ordinary shares; assist in the incentivization and retention of key management and employees; and provide investors with an opportunity to gain exposure to early stage U.S. university and U.S. federal government intellectual property commercialization.
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