Valneva SE (Nasdaq: VALN; Euronext Paris: VLA) (the “Company”), a specialty vaccine company, announced today the closing of its previously announced global offering to specified categories of investors of an aggregate 21,000,000 new ordinary shares, consisting of a public offering of 375,000 American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”), each representing two ordinary shares, in the United States at an offering price of $9.51 per ADS (the “U.S. Offering”), and a concurrent private placement of 20,250,000 ordinary shares in Europe (including France) and other countries outside of the United States at the corresponding offering price of €4.90 per ordinary share (the “European Private Placement”, and, together with the U.S. Offering, the “Global Offering”). Aggregate gross proceeds of the Global Offering, before deducting underwriting commissions and estimated expenses payable by the Company, were approximately €102.9 million ($99.9 million).
Valneva’s ordinary shares are listed on Euronext Paris under the symbol “VLA” and its ADSs are listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “VALN”.
Goldman Sachs, Jefferies, Guggenheim Securities and Bryan, Garnier & Co. acted as joint bookrunners for the Global Offering.
The Company has filed a shelf registration statement on Form F-3 relating to the ADSs and ordinary shares sold in the Global Offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on August 12, 2022, which was declared effective on August 19, 2022. The offering was made by means of a prospectus and copies of the prospectus relating to and describing the terms of the Global Offering may be obtained from Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Attn: Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, New York 10282, telephone: 866-471-2526, facsimile: 212-902-9316, e-mail: email@example.com or Jefferies LLC, Attention: Equity Syndicate Prospectus Department, 520 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10022, or by telephone at +1 877 821 7388 or by email at Prospectus_Department@Jefferies.com.
Application was made to list the new ordinary shares issued pursuant to the Global Offering on Euronext Paris pursuant to a listing prospectus (the “Listing Prospectus”) which was approved by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (“AMF”) on September 30, 2022 under number 22-405. The Listing Prospectus comprises (i) the 2021 universal registration document filed with the AMF on March 23, 2022 (document d’enregistrement universel 2021) under number D. 22-0140 (the “2021 URD”), as completed by an amendment to the 2021 universal registration document filed with the AMF on September 30, 2022 under number D. 22-0140-A01 (the “Amendment”) and (ii) a securities note (Note d’opération) (the “Securities Note”), including (iii) a summary of the prospectus. Copies of the Company’s 2021 URD, as amended, is available free of charge on the Company’s website. The Listing Prospectus has been published on the Company’s website and on the AMF’s website (www.amf-france.org).
About Valneva SE
Valneva is a specialty vaccine company focused on the development and commercialization of prophylactic vaccines for infectious diseases with significant unmet medical need. The Company takes a highly specialized and targeted approach to vaccine development and then applies its deep understanding of vaccine science to develop prophylactic vaccines addressing these diseases. Valneva has leveraged its expertise and capabilities both to successfully commercialize three vaccines and to rapidly advance a broad range of vaccine candidates into the clinic, including candidates against Lyme disease and the chikungunya virus.
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This announcement is an advertisement and not a prospectus within the meaning of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017, as amended (the “Prospectus Regulation”).
In France, the European Private Placement described above took place solely as a placement to the benefit of categories of persons, in accordance with Article L. 225-138 of the “Code de commerce” and applicable regulations. The European Private Placement is reserved, in Europe (including in France), to “qualified investors”, as that term is defined in Article 2(e) of the Prospectus Regulation.
In relation to each member state of the European Economic Area other than France (each, a “Relevant Member State”), an offer of the securities referred to herein was made and will not be made to the public in that Relevant Member State, other than: (i) to any legal entity which is a qualified investor as defined in the Prospectus Regulation; (ii) to fewer than 150 natural or legal persons per relevant member state; or (iii) in any other circumstances falling within Article 1(4) of the Prospectus Regulation; provided that no such offer of the securities referred to herein shall require the Company to publish a prospectus pursuant to Article 3 of the Prospectus Regulation. For the purposes of the above, the expression an “offer to the public” in any Relevant Member State shall have the meaning ascribed to it in article 2(d) of the Prospectus Regulation.
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