Shares of Avadel Pharmaceuticals plc (AVDL) are surging today hitting an intraday high of $9.64/share ( a new-52-wk an all-time high) and currently is trading at $9.12/share, +28%. Their 52-wk range is $1.03 – $9.64. Avadel is a company focused on developing FT218, an investigational, once-nightly formulation of sodium oxybate for treating excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy in patients with narcolepsy.
Avadel’s increase in share price today is in concert with their announcement today that it entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of its American Depositary Shares (ADSs) and Series A Non-Voting Convertible Preferred Shares (Series A Preferred) in a private placement to a group of institutional accredited investors led by Vivo Capital, Avoro Capital Advisors, RTW Investments, Venrock Healthcare Capital Partners, Acuta Capital, and KVP Capital. The private placement is expected to result in gross proceeds to the Company of approximately $65 million before deducting placement agent and other offering expenses.
Pursuant to the terms of the private placement, the Company will issue 8,680,225 ADSs and 487,614 shares of Series A Preferred at a price of $7.09 per share, priced at-the-market under Nasdaq rules. Each share of non-voting Series A Preferred is convertible into one ADS, provided that conversion will be prohibited if, as a result, the holder and its affiliates would own more than 9.99% of the total number of Avadel ADSs outstanding. The closing of the private placement is subject to certain conditions and is expected to occur on February 25, 2020. Proceeds from the private placement will be used to fund continued clinical and program development of FT218, including an open-label extension study for REST-ON, a switch study to evaluate patients switching from twice-nightly sodium oxybate to once-nightly FT218, as well as for general corporate purposes.
Jefferies, Piper Sandler, and Stifel are acting as lead placement agents for the private placement. Ladenburg Thalmann and LifeSci Capital LLC are acting as co-placement agents for the private placement. Craig-Hallum Capital Group is serving as financial advisor to the Company in connection with the private placement.