Finance Watch: As US IPO Market Gets More Challenging, Two Companies Opt Out
Public Company Edition: Five biopharma firms went public in the US in recent weeks, but Inhibrx withdrew its IPO and Monopar postponed its offering. Also, Tot Biopharm launched an IPO in Hong Kong, while Epizyme sold royalties and issued debt to raise up to $270m.
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Public Company Edition: Three companies postponed or withdrew their offerings, but drug developers continue to pursue IPOs. Also, Biocon, BMS and Epizyme raised money through new debt, Five Prime capitalized on positive data and Synthetic Biologic engaged a strategic advisor.
With 46 initial public offerings in the US by drug developers so far – including recent launches by Kymera, Inhibrx and Harmony – 2020 will easily beat last year’s 50 IPOs. In follow-on offerings and VC deals, newly public Schrodinger raised $346.5m and Tango’s $50m equity financing.
Public Company Edition: After an initial hit to valuations from COVID-19, massive amounts of money have been raised by drug developers, such as argenx with a $862.5m stock sale. However, only two IPOs launched in the US in May, including ADC with a $267m offering.