Finance Watch: No New IPOs, But Two Firms Take The SPAC Route
Only 20 Companies Have Launched Initial Offerings In 2022
Public Company Edition: NewAmsterdam grossed $328m in its SPAC merger, while Liminatus may raise up to $316m in a new SPAC deal. Also, Intellia and Iveric grossed $300m each in follow-on offerings, bluebird sold a PRV for $102m and MEI ends zandelisib development resulting in layoffs.
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Restructuring Edition: The financial market is beginning to perk up after a decline in biopharma financings at the end of 2023, but some companies still are struggling to stay afloat after assessing their strategic options, like Merrimack and LianBio, which announced plans to dissolve.
Private Company Edition: ReCode’s series B venture capital round grew for a third time, now totaling $260m for precision genetic medicines. Also, DalCor closed an $80m series D, manufacturer Nephron amassed $350m, Hyku launched with a $56m seed financing and Magnet emerged with $50m.
Public Company Edition: UroGen raised $120m in a private placement of ordinary shares. Also, Verrica entered into a debt financing for up to $125m upon approval of Ycanth for molluscum contagiosum and job cuts were announced by Homology, Mersana, Infinity and others.