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Dec 2020
Joint Bookrunner
SEK 564 million
Accelerated Bookbuild Offering


Kempen & Co acted as Joint Bookrunner in Cantargia’s SEK 564 million Capital Increase on Nasdaq Stockholm.

Transaction highlights

  • Capital increase of 9,100,548 shares, approximately 10% of the total number of outstanding shares in Cantargia, at a price of SEK 62.00 per share, representing a discount of 5.3% to the last closing price
  • The transaction was launched on the back of recently-published positive interim Phase IIa results in NSCLC and pancreatic cancer for the Company’s lead drug candidate CAN04
  • Gross proceeds amounted to SEK 564m/ €55.4m and will primarily be used to advance the NSCLC and pancreatic cancer programmes of CAN04 and broaden Cantargia’s pipeline with additional clinical studies for CAN04 in new indications such as triple negative breast cancer 
  • The transaction received strong support from Swedish and international investors, resulting in a multiple times covered orderbook
  • Since the beginning of 2020, Kempen & Co has already executed 20 transactions for European life sciences companies, of which 8 for Scandinavian companies

Company description

Cantargia AB is a biotechnology company that develops antibody-based treatments for life-threatening diseases. The basis for this is the protein IL1RAP that is involved in a number of diseases and where Cantargia has established a platform. The main project, the antibody CAN04, is being studied clinically as combination therapy with chemotherapy or immune therapy with a primary focus on non-small cell lung cancer and pancreatic cancer. Positive interim data from the combination with chemotherapy show a higher response rate than would be expected from chemotherapy alone. Cantargia’s second project, the antibody CAN10, addresses treatment of serious autoimmune/inflammatory diseases, with initial focus on systemic sclerosis and myocarditis.

Background Kempen & Co Life Sciences & Healthcare

In 2020, Kempen & Co has successfully completed a large number of transactions in its Life Sciences & Healthcare franchise. Recent transactions include:

  • Sole Financial Adviser in the sale of Galapagos’ service operation, Fidelta, to Selvita for a total consideration of €31.2 million
  • Placement Agent in Investinor’s Secondary Sell-Down of c. 4 million shares in Calliditas Therapeutics
  • Lead Manager in the USD 85.0 million Nasdaq Initial Public Offering by Galecto
  • Joint Bookrunner in the €31.0 million Capital Increase by Sensorion
  • Bookrunner in the USD 245 million Nasdaq Initial Public Offering by Curevac
  • Co-Manager in the USD 49.0 million US Public Offering by Centogene
  • Joint Bookrunner in the SEK 1.11 billion Capital Increase by Hansa Biopharma
  • Joint Bookrunner in the CHF 80.2 million Capital Increase by Molecular Partners
  • Co-Manager in the USD 690 million US Public Offering by Ascendis Pharma
  • Financial advisor in Immatics’ business combination with Arya Sciences Acquisition Corp., thereby becoming a Nasdaq listed company and securing USD 253 million
  • Joint Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner in the €61.8 million Initial Public Offering by Hyloris Pharmaceuticals
  • Joint Bookrunner in the €20.0 million Capital Increase by Oryzon Genomics
  • Joint Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner in the SEK 487 million Capital Increase by BioInvent
  • Joint Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner in the c. SEK 400 million Capital Increase by Immunovia
  • Co-Manager in the USD 862 million Global Offering by argenx
  • Joint Bookrunner in the SEK 1.41 billion Capital Increase by Oncopeptides
  • Co-Manager in the USD 154 million Global Offering of DBV Therapeutics
  • Joint Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner in the €19.0 million Capital Increase by Sequana Medical

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