Monday, November 6, 2000
As investors seem sated by the IPO buffet, demand has shifted
to PIPEs and follow-ons for later-stage publicly held companies. Nine NASDAQ-listed
biotechs raised more than $1 billion in six PIPE deals and three follow-ons
last week. Two of the follow-ons - OSI (OSIP, $374.5 million) and Cima (CIMA,
$147.5 million) - were bumped up in size, and all three and priced near their
OSIP sold 5.25 million shares at $70, after the drug discovery company upped the deal by 850,000 shares. The stock fell $0.375 while on the road, but rebounded strongly to close Friday at $83.25, up $11.735 (16 percent) on the week.
OSIP's offering is the fifth largest follow-on since 1994.
Genomics play Celera (CRA) holds the top spot with its $983.3 million deal sold
in March. Human Genome Sciences (HGSI) is in second place after
selling its greenshoe last week, bringing its October follow-on proceeds to
$948.8 million. Industrial genomics company Millennium (MLNM) is third at $797.8
million; and antibody play Abgenix (ABGX) is fourth at $521.6 million. No surprise
- all of the top five deals priced in 2000.
CIMA, which occupies the drug delivery space, sold 2.95 million shares at $50, 450,000 shares more than it had planned. CIMA did slip $5.625 (10 percent) while marketing the deal, but popped $14 (27 percent) to $66.375 on 2.3 million shares on Thursday after pricing the deal, and closed the week at $64.50, up $5.438.
Rounding out the trio, cardiovascular company Corvas (CVAS)
raised $100 million through the sale of 5 million shares at $20. The price was
$2.50 below its Sept. 29 filing price, but CVAS closed Friday at $24.016, up
Sensing the demand, Idec (IDPH) filed post-market Friday
to sell a 2 million share follow-on that would raise the cancer and autoimmune
company $427.5 million if sold at Friday's close of $213.75.
Leading the PIPE deals was a $230 million placement by ABGX,
which sold 3.3 million shares at $70. Cell Genesys (CEGE), which spun out ABGX
in 1996, also got in on the feast, selling an additional 750,000 ABGX shares
to raise $52.5 million. CEGE, which still owns 9 million shares (10.5 percent)
of AGBX, has raised $255.4 million this year from sales of the stock.
No IPOs priced last week, and what little news there was on the IPO front indicated weakening demand: One deal got pulled, expectations for another were pulled back and a third company sold only a portion of its overallotment.