Portage Biotech (OTC:PTGEF) Announces $10M US Financing

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In light of recent developments and key research milestones Portage Biotech Inc. (OTC: PTGEF) announces a non-brokered private placement financing for $10M US.

“This financing expands our investor base while existing investors continue to support the mission.” said Ian B. Walters, MD, CEO of Portage.

Mr. Walters continues: “As released recently, several portfolio companies have achieved development milestones and we are advancing products into human testing requiring more funding. Our discussions with institutional investors and banks have necessitated the consolidation in an effort to prepare for movement to a senior exchange. We are excited by the prospects that this financing will bring for the future growth of Portage and its shareholders.”

Portage Biotech Inc. will be conducting a non-brokered private placement of post-consolidation common shares for gross proceeds of up to US$10,000,000 at a price of US$10.00 per post-consolidated common share.

According to the company’s Board of Directors, a portion of the Offering will be open to outside investors, that is otherwise not offered.

The offering is open to US and Canadian residents who qualify as “Accredited Investors“.

The reverse stock split is a deliberate manoeuvre by the company to prepare for a future up-listing to a senior exchange.

 

Note: The current market cap of Portage is $148.3M +/-.


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Read the full press release here:


Portage Announces Non-Brokered Private Placement

TORONTO, May 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Portage Biotech Inc. (CSE: PBT.U, OTC Markets: PTGEF) (“Portage” or the “Company”) wishes to announce that, in addition to completing its previously approved plan to consolidate (reverse stock split) its common shares, it will be conducting a non-brokered private placement of post-consolidation common shares for gross proceeds of up to US$10,000,000 (the “Offering”) at a price of US$10.00 per post-consolidated common share (the “Offering Price”). The Offering Price is based on a 20 day weighted moving average of the common shares on the CSE less a 10% discount. The Offering may close in one or more tranches at the discretion of the Company. The Company also has the discretion to increase the maximum offering amount by up to 10% to cover over-subscriptions.

Two of the Company’s directors, Dr. Gregory Bailey and Mr. James Mellon, have agreed to provide standby commitments in respect of the Offering by subscribing for that portion of the Offering not otherwise subscribed for by outside investors, up to an aggregate of US$2,000,000. This commitment would be reduced if the Offering is oversubscribed.

Ian B. Walters, MD, CEO of Portage, said “this financing expands our investor base while existing investors continue to support the mission.  As released recently, several portfolio companies have achieved development milestones and we are advancing products into human testing requiring more funding. Our discussions with institutional investors and banks have necessitated the consolidation in an effort to prepare for movement to a senior exchange.  We are excited by the prospects that this financing will bring for the future growth of Portage and its shareholders.”

This Offering is only open to residents of the United States and Canada who are “Accredited Investors” as defined under applicable securities legislation in the United States and Canada and for accredited investors in other international jurisdictions pursuant to applicable exemptions from prospectus and registration requirements. The minimum subscription amount is US$25,000 per investor. Accredited investors who are interested in participating may obtain offering materials from Ian Walters, CEO, at Ian@portagebiotech.com.

The net proceeds of the Offering will be used for a number of different purposes including: (i) further development of the Company’s immune-oncology portfolio towards clinical testing; (ii) the formation of one to two new companies; and (iii) enable the Company to pursue an additional listing of its common shares on a senior stock exchange.

Prior to and as a condition of closing, the Company will be completing, subject to CSE approval, a consolidation (the “Consolidation”) (also known as a reverse stock split) of its issued and outstanding common shares on the basis of 100 pre-consolidation common shares for each post-consolidation common share. The Consolidation was approved by shareholders at an annual meeting held on January 8, 2019 with the consolidation ratio being approved by the directors of the Company on May 19, 2020. More details regarding the effective date of the Consolidation and other relevant information including a new CUSIP number for the post-consolidated common shares will be disclosed in a separate news release.

Closing of a first tranche of the Offering is expected to occur on or about June 8, 2020 (the “Closing”) subject to completion of the Consolidation and any regulatory approval including that of the CSE. The Company may pay a finder’s fee on the non-insider portion of the Offering within the amount permitted by the policies of the CSE. The potential issuance of any securities to Messrs. Bailey and Mellon at the closing of the Offering will be considered related party transactions within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”). The Company intends to rely on appropriate exemptions from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 in respect of any insider participation.

All securities issued in connection with the Offering will be subject to a statutory hold period of four months plus a day from the date of issuance in accordance with applicable securities legislation.

 

 

 

Luka Marjanovic

Partner

Luka holds a Bachelor’s in International Business and a Master’s in International Management. During his undergraduate studies he worked as a research assistant in the field of Big Data; founded his own consulting firm providing services to local SME's in various sectors and invested in the capital markets; as well as working pro-bono providing education and career counselling. Prior to his business education, he studied Biology-and-Biotechnology, and served in the Danish Royal Army as Second Sergeant, leading and managing a group under extreme conditions and pressure. Luka has spent significant time abroad, living and working in seven different countries. When he's not in the office, he's chasing the next gusts windsurfing, carving the mountain snowboarding or out in the forest for a jog.

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