Finance Watch: Two SPAC Deals, Two IPOs Take Four Biopharmas Public
Surrozen Merging With Consonance-HFW Acquisition, Raising $212m
Public Company Edition: Mergers with special purpose acquisition corporations may be heating up, but in addition to the Surrozen and Tango SPAC deals Recursion and Biomea launched initial public offerings. Also, Organon sells $5.6bn worth of notes to fund spinout from Merck & Co.
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Only 25 more initial public offerings are needed for 2021 to beat 2020’s record-breaking 86 IPOs. However, the average return for this year’s offerings is just 1.1% as of 1 July versus 11% at the end of the first quarter.
Public Company Edition: Roivant’s deal sets its market cap at $7.3bn. Beyond the Werewolf and Vaccitech offerings, more drug developers are slated to go public during the first week of May. And in follow-on offerings, COMPASS Pathways raises $144m and Aldeyra brings in $125m.
Public Company Edition: The Nasdaq Biotechnology Index appears to be in recovery from an earlier slide, but still has ground to make up. Also, Jazz sold $1.5bn worth of notes and Zai Lab closed an $823.9m follow-on offering.