Alvotech Debuts on NASDAQ First North Growth Market Becoming First Dual-Listed Icelandic Company in United States and Iceland
- After the largest debut by an Icelandic company on a U.S. stock exchange, Alvotech is set to list its shares under the ticker symbol “ALVO” on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market in Iceland commencing on June 23.
- Public listing on Nasdaq First North Growth in Iceland offers Icelandic investors exposure to a publicly traded, pure play, global company that has built an integrated platform for developing and producing biosimilars at scale.
- Financing facilities expected to be available to replace the value of redemptions from the completed business combination.
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, June 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alvotech, a global biotech company focused solely on the development and manufacture of biosimilar medicines for patients worldwide, today announced that its ordinary shares will be admitted to trading on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market in Iceland (“Nasdaq First North”) on Thursday, June 23, under the ticker symbol “ALVO”. This follows the successful debut on the Nasdaq Stock Market, on June 16. Alvotech is expected to be the first dual-listed Icelandic company on both a United States and Icelandic stock market.
To celebrate the public listing in Iceland, Robert Wessman, founder and Executive Chairman, will ring the closing bell for the Nasdaq First North market in Iceland at 15:30 GMT on June 23. The bell ringing ceremony will be held at Alvotech’s offices in Reykjavik and will be streamed live starting at 15:20 GMT. The live stream is accessible at https://livestream.com/luxor/alvotech22.
“It is a great pleasure to realize the first dual listing by an Icelandic company in the US and Iceland and complete this milestone only one week after the company’s successful debut on Nasdaq in New York,” said Mr. Wessman. “Over the past 10 years we have invested over 1 billion dollars in building a platform for integrated development and manufacturing of biosimilars at scale. This allows our amazing team to focus on meeting the growing demand from patients worldwide for vital lower-cost alternatives to higher-priced biologics.”
Alvotech’s current portfolio of eight products and product candidates are aimed at treating autoimmune disorders, eye disorders, osteoporosis, respiratory disease and cancer and represent an estimated total addressable market of over US$85 billion, based on estimated peak sales of the reference products1. Alvotech’s lead product, AVT02 (adalimumab), a biosimilar to Humira®, the world’s highest grossing medicine (excluding COVID-19 vaccines), has already been launched in Canada and Europe and is expected to launch in the United States on July 1, 2023, subject to regulatory approval. Alvotech has also announced positive topline results for AVT04 (ustekinumab), a proposed biosimilar to Stelara®, from both the confirmatory clinical, safety and efficacy study and a pharmacokinetic (PK) study.
On June 15, 2022, Alvotech completed its business combination with Oaktree Acquisition Corp. II (“OACB”), a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by an affiliate of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. In April 2022, Alvotech announced that the company had secured a Standby Equity Purchase Agreement (“SEPA”) facility from YA II PN, Ltd (“Yorkville”) and signed a binding term sheet for a debt facility from Sculptor Capital Management (“Sculptor”). The two facilities are expected to provide financing to be used at the company’s discretion to replace the value of redemptions by OACB shareholders. Discussions with Sculptor regarding final terms remain ongoing and are subject to receipt of all necessary approvals.
The dual-listing transaction was supported by an upsized PIPE totaling approximately US$175 million, raised entirely as ordinary shares. Investors in the PIPE include top-tier investors from Iceland and internationally, including Suvretta Capital, Athos (the Strüngmann Family Office), CVC Capital Partners, Temasek Holdings, YAS Holdings, Farallon Capital Management, and Sculptor Capital Management, among others.
Alvotech is a biotech company, founded by Robert Wessman, focused solely on the development and manufacture of biosimilar medicines for patients worldwide. Alvotech seeks to be a global leader in the biosimilar space by delivering high quality, cost-effective products and services, enabled by a fully integrated approach and broad in-house capabilities. Alvotech’s current pipeline contains eight biosimilar candidates aimed at treating autoimmune disorders, eye disorders, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and cancer. Alvotech has formed a network of strategic commercial partnerships to provide global reach and leverage local expertise in markets that include the United States, Europe, Japan, China, and other Asian countries and large parts of South America, Africa and the Middle East. Alvotech’s commercial partners include Teva Pharmaceuticals, a US affiliate of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (US), STADA Arzneimittel AG (EU and select other territories), Fuji Pharma Co., Ltd (Japan), Cipla/Cipla Gulf/Cipla Med Pro (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa/Africa), JAMP Pharma Corporation (Canada), Yangtze River Pharmaceutical (Group) Co., Ltd. (China), DKSH (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan), YAS Holding LLC (Middle East and North Africa), Abdi Ibrahim (Turkey), Kamada Ltd. (Israel), Mega Labs, Stein, Libbs, Tuteur and Saval (Latin America) and Lotus Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. (Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, and South Korea). Each commercial partnership covers a unique set of product(s) and territories. Except as specifically set forth therein, Alvotech disclaims responsibility for the content of periodic filings, disclosures and other reports made available by its partners. For more information, please visit www.alvotech.com. None of the information on the Alvotech website shall be deemed part of this press release.
About AVT02 (adalimumab)
AVT02 is a monoclonal antibody and a biosimilar to Humira® (adalimumab). AVT02 is approved in the EU, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein (Hukyndra®) and Canada (Simlandi™). AVT02 dossiers are under review in multiple countries; in the United States the initial BLA for approval as a biosimilar is in deferred status, pending the result of FDA inspections.
About AVT04 (ustekinumab)
AVT04 is a monoclonal antibody and a biosimilar candidate to Stelara® (ustekinumab). AVT04 is an investigational product and has not received regulatory approval in any country. Biosimilarity has not yet been established by regulatory authorities and is not yet claimed.
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