Achilles update on IPO
Achilles update on IPO
31 March 2021
· Achilles is focused on developing personalised T cell therapies for the treatment of solid tumours, specifically targeting neo-antigens
· Achilles has announced the pricing of its initial public offering at a price of $18 per ADS for total gross proceeds of approximately $175.5 million (£127.8 million)
· Syncona will retain a stake of 27.0 per cent in Achilles; its total shareholding following the IPO is valued at £145.4 million, an increase in value of £50.6 million (7.5p per share)
Syncona Ltd, a leading healthcare company focused on founding, building and funding a portfolio of global leaders in life science, notes that its portfolio company Achilles Therapeutics plc ("Achilles") has announced the pricing of its initial public offering ("IPO") in the United States of 9,750,000 American Depositary Shares ("ADSs"), at an initial public offering price of $18 per ADS for total gross proceeds of approximately $175.5 million (£127.8 million). All ADSs sold in the IPO were offered by Achilles. Each ADS represents one ordinary share of Achilles. The ADSs are expected to begin trading on The Nasdaq Global Select Market on 31 March 2021 under the ticker symbol "ACHL".
Following the IPO, Syncona will retain a stake of 27.0 per cent in Achilles (amounting to 11,086,909 ordinary shares), with a total value of £145.4 million. This includes an increase in the value of its current shareholding of £50.6 million (compared to the 31 December 2020 reported value of £94.8 million).
Martin Murphy, CEO of Syncona Investment Management Limited, said: "Today's milestone is a significant achievement for Achilles as it seeks to deliver its ambition of bringing neo-antigen targeted T-cell therapies to cancer patients. It comes less than five years after Syncona's first investment at the foundation of the company and we look forward to seeing the company's continued progress."
This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of that jurisdiction.
A registration statement relating to the securities referred to in this announcement has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and was declared effective on 30 March 2021. The securities referred to in this announcement are to be offered only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the preliminary prospectus can be obtained from J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, collect telephone (212) 834-4533, or by email at [email protected]; from BofA Securities, Attn: Prospectus Department, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd floor, Charlotte, NC 28255, or by emailing [email protected]; and from Piper Sandler & Co., 800 Nicollet Mall, J12S03, Minneapolis, MN 55402, Attn: Prospectus Department, by telephone at (800) 747-3924, or by email at [email protected]
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 All exchange rates as at 30 March 2021
 Fully diluted
 Shareholding valued at IPO price
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