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Asarina Pharma intends to carry out a directed share issue

Asarina Pharma AB (publ) (Nasdaq First North Growth Market: ASAP) (”Asarina Pharma” or the “Company”) today announces its intention to execute a directed share issue to institutional investors (the “Issue”).

The subscription price and the total number of new shares in the Issue will be determined through a bookbuild process (the “Bookbuilding”). The intention is that the number of new shares will not exceed 2,159,148.

The Bookbuilding will start immediately following this announcement. Pricing and allocation of the new shares is expected to take place before beginning of trading on Nasdaq First North Growth Market at 09:00 CEST on October 24 2019. The timing for closing of the Bookbuilding, pricing and allocation is at the discretion of the Company. The Company will announce the outcome of the Issue after closing of the Bookbuilding in a subsequent press release.

The net proceeds of the Issue are intended to be used for: (i) preparation and implementation of a phase IIA study for the Company’s treatment of Tourette syndrome, (ii) continued formulation work with Sepranolone to find a new administration form, and (iii) conduct preparatory work for phase III studies of Sepranolone in treatment of PMDD.

The reason for deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights is to be able to carry out a capital raise in a timely and cost effective manner and at the same time broaden the shareholder base.

The Issue is, among other things, subject to a resolution by the board of directors of Asarina Pharma, pursuant to the issue authorisation given by the annual general meeting on 8 May 2019 to issue new shares, following the close of the Bookbuilding.

The Company has been informed by Ergomed of its interest to sell existing shares in connection with the Issue. If sufficient demand is met during the Bookbuilding, such sale may be carried out. Any such sale of shares owned by Ergomed will be made at the same price as the price per share in the Issue.  

The Company has retained DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, Sweden Branch and Zonda Partners AB to act as Joint Bookrunners in connection with the Issue.

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This press release does not constitute or form part of an offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States. The securities referred to herein may not be sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold within the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. There is no intention to register any securities referred to herein in the United States or to make a public offering of the securities in the United States. The information in this press release may not be announced, published, copied or distributed, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, within or into the United States, Canada, Japan, South Africa or Australia or in any other jurisdiction where the announcement, publication or distribution of the information would not comply with applicable laws and regulations or would require prospectuses, registration or any other measures than those required by Swedish law. Actions taken in violation of this instruction may constitute a crime against applicable securities laws and regulations.

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