Apr 252013
 

Life sciences companies in the U.S. raised roughly $404 million through ATMs in 2012, compared to $227 million in 2011, a 78 percent year-over-year increase.

In the fourth quarter of 2012, life sciences companies raised $128 million through ATMs, compared to $101 million in the third quarter, a 27 percent increase. This ATM activity included the following companies: StemCells Inc. (NASDAQ: STEM), Newark, Calif.; Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: SRPT), Cambridge, Mass.; Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SNSS), San Francisco, Calif.; Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAD ), San Diego, Calif.

“The continued uptrend in ATM adoption and usage by life sciences companies is evident in these numbers,” says Todd Wyche, CEO of Brinson Patrick. “As we have predicted, an increasing number of life sciences companies continue to add ATMs to their financing toolkits to lower their cost of capital and avoid unnecessary dilution.”

ATM Proceeds - Life Sciences

 

 

 

Feb 202013
 

Todd Wyche was recently featured in Growth Capital Investor highlighting the differences between ATM offerings and equity lines. The three primary differences that the article focused on were the conditions to use the facilities, the method for determining the sales prices of the stock, and the upfront warrants or commitment shares. To read the full article, please click here, and if you would like to receive more information regarding our analysis, please feel free to contact us directly.

ATM Offerings vs. Equity Lines for Life Sciences

ATM Offerings vs Equity Lines Usage for Life Sciences

 

Jan 152013
 

It was an action packed week in San Francisco for the Brinson Patrick team, filled with meetings and networking with healthcare professionals attending the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference and Biotech Showcase.

Members of our investment banking team in attendance included Todd Wyche and Kevin Tyler. Also participating were research analysts Michael Higgins and Vernon Bernardino.

Todd Wyche, CEO of Brinson Patrick, sums up the experience: “…great opportunity to catch up with professionals that are passionate about the healthcare industry and hear about the new and exciting pipeline of products companies are looking to develop in 2013.”

The events were not all business. The 6th Annual Circus Before the Circus, co-sponsored by Brinson Patrick, allowed attendees to socialize over cocktails while watching gymnasts, acrobats and jugglers at the Four Seasons Hotel.

If you were not able to connect with us at the conference, please reach out to us now.

Dec 172012
 

At-the-market (ATM) offerings continue to show strong growth in the life sciences industry, with 29 agreements signed in 2012, compared to 18 agreements in 2011. Not only is it clear that companies are recognizing the benefits of accessing capital at a lower cost through the use of ATMs, there is also data that supports stock price change is less severe following ATM offering deal announcements compared to traditional follow-on deals.  On average, stock prices fall nearly 10% after ten days following traditional deal announcements, compared to 2.25% with ATM offerings. For an issuer with a market capitalization of $300 million, the price difference accounts for $21 million of additional dilution.

Data contains:

•    Deal timeframe: 1/1/2012 – 12/14/2012
•    Filter by issuer market cap: $30 million – $7 billion

Interested in viewing this ATM data segmented by market capitalization? Please connect via our contact page and we will send you our analysis.   

Nov 302012
 

Dark pools of liquidity (dark pools) play a vital function in the equity marketplace and using them has become standard operating procedure, especially when executing large trades.  Unlike  traditional exchanges, dark pools provide market participants with trading venues where quotes (price, size, and side of an order) are not displayed. This in turn allows market participants to execute transactions anonymously with minimal information leakage, which makes dark pools a useful source of liquidity for raising equity capital.  In an at-the-market offering (ATM), traders must carefully balance the benefits of raising additional capital for clients with the costs of impacting stock prices.  Small cap stocks in particular can often have scarce amounts of liquidity available in traditional exchanges, which emphasizes the need to tap into additional sources of liquidity.  By strategically accessing these dark pools, capital can be generated with minimal price impact and information leakage.

Another key benefit for issuers raising capital with an ATM is that dark pools frequently provide price improvement.  When there is a match between a buyer and seller, the transaction typically occurs between the bid and the ask prices.  This feature can be especially useful for issuers whose stock has wider spreads, as these small price improvements in dark pools can accumulate significantly over time.

As dark pools continue to increase in market share and popularity, it is also important to understand the nuances of their business models.  With dark pools being owned by broker-dealers, consortiums, and exchanges, orders can be executed based on a variety of different frameworks, including being paired off with a disproportionate amount of high frequency trading volume.  Traders should be cognizant of these contrasting market structures and analyze executions with post-trade forensics as frequently as possible.  When monitored closely, dark pools are effective venues for raising capital through at-the-market offerings.

Oct 252012
 

On October 1, we kicked off the third quarter with the publication of two news articles featuring Todd Wyche, CEO of Brinson Patrick.

The first, published by Growth Capital Investor, provides insights into the recent surge of interest in ATM offerings. The published article, which can be viewed online here, describes the growth in use of this tool in the past few years and some of the advantages, such as cost savings, that companies find appealing.

In addition, we recently worked with Robert Hoffman, chief financial officer for Arena, to provide recommendations for CFOs as we approach the end of the year. This article, published in the October 1 issue of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, describes the specific steps that can be taken to be well-prepared from a financial perspective.

Oct 232012
 

High frequency trading (HFT) has come to dominate trading in US stocks over the last decade.  Decimalization and Reg NMS has helped foster the growth of sophisticated computer programs that today buy and sell stock in a blink of an eye.   In general, HFT has contributed to increased efficiencies to the equity markets through increased liquidity, tighter spreads, and lower transaction costs.  George Sauter, the chief investment officer of Vanguard Funds recently told Traders Magazine, “I think the lion’s share of high frequency works to the benefit of the marketplace.  It provides liquidity to the marketplace.  It provides tighter spreads than we would experience otherwise.”  However, not everything is well with HFT.  The liquidity that HFT provides is fleeting and can disappear rapidly.  Some HFT can be manipulative and disrupt markets.  Since the May 6, 2010 Flash Crash, regulators, politicians, and pundits have, rightly so, massively increased their scrutiny of HFT and its impact on the market.   Some have called for an outright ban on HFT.   Last month ECB policy maker Ewald Nowotny stated, “For example with high-frequency trading there is nothing to be regulated, it is to be banned. There is no really demonstrable net advantage from this (form of trading).”   We believe an outright ban of HFT would be detrimental to the marketplace and that the best solution is smarter regulation.   Some of the rules currently being mulled that make sense to us are – a) a minimum time an order remains outstanding and b) limiting order cancellations.   Throttling HFT will bring some confidence back to the equity markets and hopefully sustained higher volumes.

Sep 252012
 

As we’ve said before, and throughout our website, for publicly traded life sciences companies, having at-the-market financing in the toolkit just makes sense. ATMs deliver control over the timing and amount of stock that reaches the market, giving life sciences organizations the flexibility to fund a clinical trial, make leveraged investments, ride the waves of an industry-specific event, and anything else that benefits from access to measured amounts of equity capital over time.

Here’s another benefit: ATM offerings provide the lowest cost of capital, too.

Life Science banking deals

Calculations

  • Deal timeframe: 1/1/2012 – 9/25/2012
  • Filter by issuer market cap: $30 million – $7 billion
  • Warrants cost calculated using Black Scholes European option pricing model
  • Market discount determined by calculating the percent change from the deal price and the stock price one day prior to deal announcement

Sep 142012
 

BioCentury NewsMakers Biotech Industry ConferenceMembers of our investment banking team – Todd Wyche, Kevin Tyler and Rada Milenovici attended the BioCentury NewsMakers Conference in New York earlier this month. Also in attendance were members of our research team – Vernon Bernardino and Michael Higgins.

The conference featured companies with major product and earnings events that are expected to play key roles in the life sciences industry. And in the words of conference organizers, it’s “…the best opportunity — in a single day — for the investment and pharma business development communities to assess the prospects for biotech stocks and to compare notes with key members of the institutional investment and analyst communities and pharma business development executives.” We’re always pleased to take part.

If you were not able to connect with us at the conference, please reach out to us now.

Sep 132012
 

Even as the real estate watchers continue to monitor signs of industry recovery, tech companies with large real estate assets are increasingly turning to a REIT structure to reduce their tax burden. It’s good news for investors too, as REITs are required to distribute a minimum of 90% of profits as dividends.

Recent news that data center operator Equinix (clients include Salesforce), converted to a REIT structure, continued the trend. And Reuters reports that Google and Facebook are looking at REIT status for 2015.