Arcutis Biotherapeutics (Nasdaq: ARQT), a privately held company in the portfolio of HBM Healthcare Investments, successfully went public last Friday. Due to the high demand, the company increased the number of newly issued shares by around one fifth to 9.375 million new shares. The shares were placed at the upper end of the price range at USD 17 per share, raising gross proceeds of USD 159 million for the company. On the first trading day, the stock price rose to USD 21.80 (+28.2%).
HBM Healthcare Investments first participated in a private financing round in October 2019 with USD 15 million in Arcutis and invested an additional USD 7.65 million in the IPO. After the IPO, HBM Healthcare Investments holds approximately 1.74 million shares with a total value of USD 37.9 million. The IPO of Arcutis increases the net asset value per HBM share (NAV) by CHF 1.80 (+0.8%).
The Westlake Village, California-based Arcutis Biotherapeutics is advancing a pipeline of drug candidates for the treatment of various skin diseases. The Company's lead candidate is ARQ-151, a PDE4 inhibitor for the treatment of plaque psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, currently in phase 3 of clinical development.
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