CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Jan. 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cempra, Inc. (Nasdaq:CEMP), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing antibiotics to meet critical medical needs in the treatment of bacterial infectious diseases, today announced that it has completed its previously announced underwritten public offering of 4,166,667 shares of its common stock at a price of $24.00 per share. Net proceeds after underwriting discounts and commissions and expenses of the offering are expected to be approximately $93.7 million. The company also has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 625,000 shares, which would result in additional net proceeds of approximately $14.1 million, if exercised in full.
The company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund the commercial launch of solithromycin in community acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) in the U.S., subject to the drug receiving FDA approval for such an indication, research and development activities, including the continued clinical and regulatory development of solithromycin in CABP and gonorrhea and Taksta in acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) and also for the chronic oral treatment of refractory infections in bones and joints, as well as for working capital and general corporate and administrative expenses.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as lead active book-running manager and Jefferies LLC acted as joint active book-running manager for the offering. Cowen and Company, LLC and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated acted as lead managers and Needham & Company, LLC, Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc. and WBB Securities, LLC acted as co-managers.
About Cempra, Inc.
Cempra, Inc. is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing antibiotics to meet critical medical needs in the treatment of bacterial infectious diseases. Cempra's two lead product candidates are currently in advanced clinical development. Solithromycin (CEM-101) has successfully completed two Phase 3 clinical trials for community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) and is licensed to strategic commercial partner Toyama Chemical Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, for certain exclusive rights in Japan. Solithromycin is also in a Phase 3 clinical trial for uncomplicated urogenital urethritis caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae or chlamydia. Cempra is contracted with BARDA for the development of solithromycin for pediatric use. Three formulations, intravenous, oral capsules and a suspension formulation are in a Phase 1b trial in children from birth to 17 years of age. Taksta™ is Cempra's second product candidate, which is being developed for acute bacterial skin and skin structure Infections (ABSSSI) and is also expected to be tested in an exploratory study for chronic oral treatment of refractory infections in bones and joints. Both products seek to address the need for new treatments targeting drug-resistant bacterial infections in the hospital and in the community. Cempra has also synthesized novel macrolides for non-antibiotic uses such as the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases, endocrine diseases and gastric motility disorders. Cempra was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Chapel Hill, N.C. For additional information about Cempra please visit www.cempra.com.