Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Announces $1.9 Million Private Placement
Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NAVB) (“Navidea” or the “Company”), a company focused on the development of precision immunodiagnostic agents and immunotherapeutics, today announced that they have executed agreements with five investors, including an existing investor, John K. Scott, Jr. (collectively, the “Investors”), to purchase approximately 2.1 million shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share, in a private placement for aggregate gross proceeds to Navidea of approximately $1.9 million. The securities to be issued to the Investors will represent approximately 9.3% of the Company’s outstanding common stock after such issuance.
Navidea intends to use the net proceeds from the private placement to fund its research and development programs, including continuing to advance its Phase 2b and Phase 3 clinical trials of Tc99m tilmanocept in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and for general working capital purposes and other operating expenses.
"This additional investment in Navidea demonstrates our family’s continued commitment to Navidea and our confidence in the long-term vision of its current board and management. It is very encouraging to us as shareholders to have these additional long-term investors co-investing and supporting the Company. This private placement will help Navidea to continue on the path towards obtaining approval for its rheumatoid arthritis diagnostic product,” stated John K. Scott, Jr.
“We are very happy that a group of existing long-term shareholders continues to show faith in the potential of Navidea as well as the continued success of its ongoing RA trials,” commented Mr. Jed A. Latkin, Chief Executive Officer of Navidea. “The ability to quickly raise $1.9 million without having to pay any fees, give any warrants and at market price was an opportunity that the Company could not pass up. It also gives the Company additional runway to allow for several key milestones that we anticipate in the next few months.”
A resale registration statement relating to any future resales of the newly issued shares will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. While the Company expects to close the private placement of approximately 1.2 million shares within the next week, the closing of approximately 900,000 of the private placement shares is conditioned upon and will occur shortly after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission informs the Company of its willingness to declare the resale registration statement effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time that the registration statement becomes effective.