Edge Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:EDGE) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
Item 1.01Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On January 24, 2019, Edge Therapeutics, Inc. (“Edge”), a Delaware corporation, Echos Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Merger Sub”) and PDS Biotechnology Corporation, a Delaware corporation (“PDS” and, together with Edge and Merger Sub, the “Parties”) entered into Amendment No. 1 (the “Amendment”) to the Agreement and Plan of Merger and Reorganization, dated as of November 23, 2018 (the “Original Agreement” and, together with the Amendment, the “Merger Agreement”), by and among the Parties. The Original Agreement includes a covenant that Edge will submit to its stockholders for approval at a meeting of the stockholders a reverse stock split of its common stock, par value 0.00033, in the range of 5 and 10 currently outstanding shares of Edge common stock for 1 share, with the final reverse stock split ratio to be mutually agreed by Edge and PDS. The Amendment amends the Original Agreement by broadening the reverse stock split range to between 5 and 25 currently outstanding shares of Edge common stock for 1 share, with the final reverse stock split ratio to be mutually agreed by Edge and PDS.
The foregoing summary descriptions of the Amendment does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Amendment, which is filed as Exhibit 2.1.
Item 8.01Other Events.
The reference in the first bullet under “Edge Reasons for the Merger” on pages 9 and 83 of Amendment No. 1 to Edge’s Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed on January 25, 2019 (Registration No. 333-228937) (the “Registration Statement”) to “financial projections of Edge” refers to “financial projections of future cash usages furnished to Piper Jaffray by Edge management” discussed on pages 92 and 93 of the Registration Statement.
This communication contains forward-looking statements (including within the meaning of Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended) concerning Edge, PDS, the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement (the “Merger”) and other matters. These statements may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future plans, trends, events, results of operations or financial condition, or otherwise, based on current beliefs of the management of Edge, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. Forward-looking statements generally include statements that are predictive in nature and depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and include words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “likely,”“believe,”“estimate,”“project,”“intend,”and other similar expressions among others. Statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results could differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement as a result of various factors, including, without limitation: the risk that the conditions to the closing of the Merger are not satisfied, including the failure to timely or at all obtain stockholder approval for the Merger; uncertainties as to the timing of the consummation of the Merger and the ability of each of Edge and PDS to consummate the Merger; risks related to Edge’s ability to correctly estimate its operating expenses and its expenses associated with the Merger; risks related to the market price of Edge’s common stock relative to the exchange ratio; the ability of Edge or PDS to protect their respective intellectual property rights; competitive responses to the Merger; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the Merger; potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the Merger; and legislative, regulatory, political and economic developments. The foregoing review of important factors that could cause actual events to differ from expectations should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with statements that are included herein and elsewhere, including the risk factors included in Edge’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and Edge’s recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC. Edge can give no assurance that the conditions to the Merger will be satisfied. Except as required by applicable law, Edge undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
No Offer or Solicitation
This communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, subscribe for or buy any securities or the solicitation of any vote in any jurisdiction to the proposed transactions or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Important Additional Information Will be Filed with the SEC
In connection with the proposed transaction betweenEdge and PDS, Edge has filed relevant materials with the SEC, including a registration statement that contains a proxy statement and prospectus.EDGE URGES INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS TO READ THESE MATERIALS CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT EDGE, THEMERGERAND RELATED MATTERS.Investors and shareholders may obtain free copies of the proxy statement, prospectus and other documents filed by Edge with the SEC through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement, prospectus and other documents filed by Edge with the SEC by contacting Edge Therapeutics, Inc., 300 Connell Drive, Suite 4000, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 07922, Attention: Corporate Secretary or delivered via e-mail to [email protected]
Participants in the Solicitation
Edge and PDS, and each of their respective directors and executive officers and certain of their other members of management and employees and affiliates of their respective directors, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the Merger. Information about Edge’s directors and executive officers is included in Edge’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, filed with the SEC on March 1, 2018, and the Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders filed with the SEC on April 25, 2018. Additional information regarding these persons and their interests in the Merger will be included in the proxy statement relating to the Merger when it is filed with the SEC. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.
Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Amendment No. 1 to Agreement and Plan of Merger and Reorganization, dated as of January 24, 2019, by and among Edge Therapeutics, Inc., Echos Merger Sub, Inc. and PDS Biotechnology Corporation.
Edge Therapeutics, Inc. Exhibit
EX-2.1 2 s002568x4_ex2-1.htm EXHIBIT 2.1 Exhibit 2.1 EXECUTION VERSION AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO THE AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER AND REORGANIZATION This Amendment No.1,…
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About Edge Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:EDGE)
Edge Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that discovers, develops and seeks to commercialize, hospital-based therapies capable of transforming treatment paradigms in the management of life-threatening neurological and other conditions. Edge is evaluating EG-1962, its lead product candidate, in the Phase 3 NEWTON 2 study in adult patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH). This study will evaluate EG-1962’s ability to improve patient outcomes versus standard of care oral nimodipine after an aSAH resulting from a ruptured brain aneurysm. Edge’s product candidates utilize Precisa, a platform with a approach that seeks to enable targeted and sustained drug exposure at the site of injury, while potentially avoiding off-target side effects associated with systemic delivery. Edge is also using its Precisa development platform to develop additional product candidates targeting other acute, serious conditions where limited or no current therapies exist.