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28 May 2019
Diurnal Group plc (AIM: DNL), the specialty pharmaceutical company targeting patient needs in chronic endocrine (hormonal) diseases, today announces a conditional placing (the “Placing”) of new ordinary shares in the Company and launch of an Open Offer, in order to raise funds to progress the development and commercialisation of the Company’s products.
o Filing a Market Authorisation Application (MAA) for Chronocort® in Europe by end 2019;
o Filing a New Drug Application (NDA) for Alkindi® in the US by end 2019;
o Continuing the development of the European commercial organisation and roll-out of Alkindi® in Europe to maximise revenues; and
o Progressing licensing discussions for Alkindi® and Chronocort® in the US and the rest of the world.
The Placing and Open Offer are conditional upon, amongst other things, the passing of the Resolutions to be considered by Shareholders at the General Meeting to be held at 11.00 a.m. on 14 June 2019 at the offices of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP at 1 Wood Street, London EC2V 7WS. For the avoidance of doubt, the Placing is not conditional on the Open Offer.
The Company intends to publish the Circular setting out details of the Placing, the terms and conditions of the Open Offer and the Notice of General Meeting together with application forms for the Open Offer later today. The Circular will be available at this time on the Company's website at www.diurnal.co.uk
The expected timetable of the principal events is set out in Appendix II.
Martin Whitaker, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Diurnal, commented:
“Diurnal has continued to make strong progress across its business, including the successful launch of Alkindi® in Europe and confirmation of the regulatory paths for Chronocort® in Europe and Alkindi® in the US, where regulatory submissions are planned for Q4 2019. The funds raised will allow us to progress our vision of becoming a world-leading specialty pharma company in endocrinology, in particular to support the commercial infrastructure for the further roll-out of Alkindi® in Europe, paving the way for the expected future launch of Chronocort®, and to secure partnerships for Alkindi® and Chronocort® outside of Europe.”
This summary should be read in conjunction with the full text of the following announcement.
For further information, please visit www.diurnal.co.uk or contact:
Diurnal Group plc +44 (0)20 3727 1000
Martin Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer
Richard Bungay, Chief Financial Officer
Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker) +44 (0) 20 7886 2500
Corporate Finance: Freddy Crossley, Emma Earl
Corporate Broking: James Stearns
Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (Joint Broker) +44 (0) 20 7894 7000
Corporate Finance: Phil Davies, Will Goode, Michael Boot
Healthcare Equity Sales: Andrew Keith
FTI Consulting +44 (0)20 3727 1000
Victoria Foster Mitchell
Notes to Editors
About Diurnal Group plc
Founded in 2004, Diurnal is a UK-based specialty pharma company developing high quality products for the global market for the life-long treatment of chronic endocrine conditions, including Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia and Adrenal Insufficiency. Its expertise and innovative research activities focus on circadian-based endocrinology to yield novel product candidates in the rare and chronic endocrine disease arena.
For further information about Diurnal, please visit www.diurnal.co.uk
Date of Preparation: May 2019 Code: CORP-GB-0033
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