BerGenBio ASA secures underwriting of NOK 118 million gross proceeds representing minimum 80% exercise of the remaining Warrants, providing funding into 2H 2025


Bergen, Norway - 2 April 2024: Reference is made to the stock exchange announcement from BerGenBio ASA (the "Company") dated 14 June 2023 regarding the final results of the rights issue of 2,500,000,000 new shares in the Company (the "Offer Shares"), raising gross proceeds of NOK 250 million (the "Rights Issue"), and the allocation and issuance to subscribers in the Rights Issue of one warrant for every two Offer Shares allocated to them and paid by them in the Rights Issue (the "Warrants"). In connection with the last exercise period 2 – 15 April 2024, the Company has entered into underwriting agreements covering 80% of the remaining Warrants.

Certain of the ten largest Warrant holders have pre-committed, in whole or in part, the exercise of their remaining Warrants which together with underwriting from external investors being Munkekullen förvaltning 5 AB and Buntel AB (hereafter collectively referred to as the “Underwriters”) will secure gross proceeds equal to the exercise of 80% of the remaining Warrants. The Company’s two largest Warrant holders, Meteva AS and Investinor Direkte AS, have pre-committed to exercise 175,298,805 and 107,215,810 Warrants, respectively.  The pre-commitment and the underwriting will secure minimum gross proceeds of NOK 118 million from the last Warrants exercise period, 2 – 15 April 2024. If all remaining Warrants are exercised the total gross proceeds will be NOK 148 million.

The pre-commitments and underwriting do not impact any Warrant holders' ability to exercise their Warrants in the last exercise period 2 – 15 April 2024.

The net proceeds from the Warrants exercise will be used to further advance the Company’s strategy for non-small cell lung cancer (“NSCLC”), severe respiratory infections and general corporate purposes and will fund the Company's planned activities into 2H 2025.

Arctic Securities AS and Carnegie AS have been engaged as managers for the Rights Issue and Warrants exercise (the "Managers"). Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is acting as legal advisor to the Company in connection with the Rights Issue and Warrants exercise.


Pursuant to, and subject to, the terms and conditions of the underwriting agreements between the Company and the Underwriters (the "Underwriting Agreements"), the Underwriters have undertaken to underwrite gross proceeds of NOK 118 million (the "Total Underwriting Obligation"). Any exercise of Warrants from other Warrants holders will reduce the underwriting commitment from the external underwriters but will not affect the pre-commitments from existing Warrant holders to exercise Warrants. Any shares issued to the external underwriters to the extent their underwriting obligations become triggered will be made by way of a directed share issue by use of the authorisation to the Board of Directors of the Company to increase the share capital granted by the by the Annual General Meeting on 22 May 2023 (the "Board Authorisation").

Each Underwriter will be entitled to an underwriting fee of 12% of its respective underwriting or Warrant exercise obligation. The underwriting fee will be settled in 113,456,921 new shares in the Company issued at the exercise price of the Warrants, NOK 0.1255 per share. The fee shares will be issued under the Board Authorisation. The selection of existing Warrants holders who have been invited to underwrite has been based on objective criteria.

For further information, please contact:

Martin Olin CEO, BerGenBio ASA


Rune Skeie, CFO, BerGenBio ASA 


Investor Relations / Media Relations


Jan Lilleby


This information is considered to be inside information pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) and is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to MAR article 17 and section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

This stock exchange announcement was published by Rune Skeie, CFO on 2 April 2024 at 07:55 CEST on behalf of the Company.

About BerGenBio ASA

BerGenBio is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing transformative drugs targeting AXL as a potential cornerstone of therapy for aggressive diseases, including cancer and severe respiratory infections. The Company is focused on its proprietary lead candidate bemcentinib a potentially first-in-class selective AXL inhibitor in development for STK11 mutated NSCLC and severe respiratory infections.

BerGenBio is based in Bergen, Norway with a subsidiary in Oxford, UK. The Company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker: BGBIO). For more information, visit



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