Scythian Biosciences Announces Closing of $28.7M Financing With Aphria as Lead Investor
TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Scythian Biosciences (the "Company" or “Scythian”) (TSXV:SCYB) (Frankfurt:9SB) (OTCQB:SCCYF) is pleased to announce that it has today closed its previously announced “bought deal” short form prospectus offering, including the full exercise of the over-allotment option (the “Offering”).
A total of 772,943 units of the Company (“Units”) were sold at a price of $18.60 per Unit (the “Issue Price”) for gross proceeds of C$14,376,740 (including the full exercise of the over-allotment option). The Offering was completed by a syndicate of underwriters led by Clarus Securities Inc. as lead underwriter and sole bookrunner, and including Haywood Securities Inc. and INFOR Financial Inc. (the “Underwriters”). Each Unit was comprised of one common share of the Company (a “Unit Share”) and one common share purchase warrant (a “Warrant”). Each Warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one common share of the Company at a price of C$22.00 for a period of 24 months following the date hereof. The Units were offered and sold in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.
In connection with the Offering, the Company also issued and sold on a concurrent, “bought deal” brokered private placement of 672,125 Units for re-sale to Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) on the same terms and conditions as the Offering for gross proceeds of C$12,501,525 (the “Concurrent Private Placement”). In addition, the Underwriters exercised, in full, an option under the Concurrent Private Placement to acquire an additional 100,818 Units for additional gross proceeds of C$1,875,215 for resale to additional subscribers on an exempt basis. The combined gross proceeds from the Offering and the Concurrent Private Placement was C$28,753,480. The Concurrent Private Placement was also led by Clarus Securities Inc., as lead underwriter and sole bookrunner on behalf of the Underwriters. The Units and underlying securities issued and issuable under the Concurrent Private Placement are subject to a statutory four month hold period ending on June 14, 2018.
In consideration for their services, the Underwriters received a cash commission equal to 7% of the gross proceeds of the combined Offering and Concurrent Private Placement and compensation options equal to 7% of the Units sold pursuant to the Offering and Concurrent Private Placement. Each compensation option is exercisable into one Unit at the Issue Price until February 13, 2020. The compensation options attributable to the Concurrent Private Placement (including the underlying securities thereto) are subject to a statutory four month hold period ending on June 14, 2018.
The net proceeds of the Offering and Concurrent Private Placement are expected to be used by Scythian for continued research with the University of Miami, general corporate purposes and potential acquisitions in the cannabis space.
The completion of the Offering and the Concurrent Private Placement are subject to final acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”).
About Scythian Biosciences Corp.
Scythian is a research and development company committed to finding a solution for the prevention and treatment of concussions and traumatic brain injury with its proprietary Cannabinoid combination.
Scythian’s mission is to be the first accepted drug regimen for concussive treatment. Scythian has recently formed a collaboration with the University of Miami and its world renowned neuroscientific team to conduct pre-clinical and clinical trials of its drug regimen. The University of Miami believes that Scythian’s scientific approach shows significant promise and differs from previous approaches to treat this growing problem. The collaboration with the University of Miami allows access to their extensive knowledge base in the fields of traumatic brain injury and concussions and allows for Scythian’s clinical studies to be undertaken at their world-class facilities.
Gillian A. Hotz, PhD, is leading Scythian’s program at the University of Miami. Dr. Hotz is a nationally recognized behavioral neuroscientist and expert in neurotrauma, concussion management, and neurorehabilitation. She has extensive experience in neurocognitive testing. Dr. Hotz has been the co-director of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Concussion Program since 1995.
Scythian is also endorsed by Pro Football Legends and the World Boxing Association on its mission.
For further information, please contact:
Scythian Biosciences Corp.
Jonathan Gilbert, CEO
Phone: (212) 729-9208
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