LAVAL, Quebec, May 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. ("Neptune") (Nasdaq:NEPT) (TSX-V:NTB) announced today that it has closed the first portion of its private placement financing, from U.S. and Canadian accredited investors, as announced on April 19th, 2011 and representing gross proceeds of approximately CAN$ 10,900,000. The second and final portion of Neptune financing, representing gross proceeds of approximately CAN$ 1,500,000, is expected to be subscribed for under the Quebec Stock Saving Plan II (QSSP II), and to be finalized within the next couple of weeks.
A portion of the proceeds came from U.S. institutional investors for 2,722,222 common shares at $2.25 USD per share and warrants to purchase 680,556 additional common shares. The warrants to purchase additional shares will be exercisable at a price of $2.75 USD per share for 18 months commencing one day following their issue date. The other portion of the proceeds came from Canadian institutional investors for 2,365,160 common shares at $2.15 CAD per share and warrants to purchase 765,709 additional shares. The warrants to purchase additional shares will be exercisable at a price of $2.65 CAD per share for 18 months commencing one day following their issue date. The Company has agreed to use its reasonable best efforts to file and have declared effective by the end of June 2011 a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to permit the resale of the shares and warrants. Roth Capital Partners acted as the sole placement agent in the U.S.
''The net proceeds of the private placement will allow Neptune to support its sustained growth by staying aggressive in the commercialization of its products worldwide, while proceeding with its production capacity expansion. It will also allow Neptune to support its own R&D program, seeking new efficient marine phospholipids, to increase its working capital, as well as to accelerate the promising R&D programs of its subsidiaries,'' said Frederic Harland, Director, Finance.
"We are extremely pleased with the success of the offering led in the U.S. by Roth Capital Partners and appreciate the confidence that investors have shown in Neptune's business plan and management. Neptune and its subsidiaries, NeuroBioPharm and Acasti Pharma, will benefit from the proceeds of the financing, hence they will all contribute to increase value for Neptune shareholders,'' stated Andre Godin, Neptune's Chief Financial Officer.
Neptune is an industry-recognized leader in the innovation, production and formulation of science-based and clinically proven novel phospholipid products for the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical markets. The Company focuses on growing consumer health markets including cardiovascular, inflammatory and neurological diseases driven by consumers taking a more proactive approach to managing health and preventing disease. The Company sponsors clinical trials aimed to demonstrate its product health benefits and to obtain regulatory approval for label health claims. Neptune is continuously expanding its intellectual property portfolio as well as clinical studies and regulatory approvals. Neptune's products are marketed and distributed in over 20 countries worldwide.
Acasti Pharma (TSX-V:APO) is developing a product portfolio of proprietary novel long-chain omega-3 phospholipids. Phospholipids are the major component of cell membranes and are essential for all vital cell processes. They are one of the principal constituents of High Density Lipoprotein (good cholesterol) and, as such, play an important role in modulating cholesterol efflux. Acasti Pharma's proprietary novel phospholipids carry and functionalize the polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which have been shown to have substantial health benefits and which are stabilized by potent antioxidants. Acasti Pharma is focusing initially on treatments for chronic cardiovascular conditions within the over-the-counter, medical food and prescription drug markets.
NeuroBioPharm is pursuing pharmaceutical neurological applications, and a clinical study for a medical food product with a multinational partner is already initiated. The development of a prescription drug candidate is currently in progress. Advanced clinical development and commercialization is planned to be carried out with multinational partners.
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