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Checkpoint Therapeutics Announces $12 Million Registered Direct Offering Priced At-the-Market Under Nasdaq Rules

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Checkpoint Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CKPT) announced a $12 million registered direct offering with a healthcare-focused institutional investor. The deal includes 5,853,659 shares of common stock at $2.05 per share. Concurrently, Checkpoint will issue unregistered warrants for the same number of shares, exercisable at $2.05 per share post-shareholder approval and expiring in five years. H.C. Wainwright & Co. is the exclusive placement agent. The offering is expected to close around July 3, 2024. Gross proceeds will support working capital and general corporate purposes. Shares are offered under a previously filed and effective shelf registration statement with the SEC.

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  • Raised $12 million in gross proceeds.
  • Funds to be used for working capital and general corporate purposes.
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  • Potential shareholder dilution with the issue of 5,853,659 new shares.
  • Additional warrants could lead to further dilution.

The registered direct offering by Checkpoint Therapeutics, priced at-the-market under Nasdaq rules, indicates a strategic move to raise $12 million in gross proceeds. This decision can have significant financial implications for the company and its investors.

Short-term implications: The immediate infusion of capital is likely to alleviate any cash flow concerns, providing much-needed liquidity for ongoing operations. This is particularly important for a clinical-stage company like Checkpoint, which often faces high R&D costs and lengthy timelines before any revenue generation.

Long-term implications: The issuance of additional shares may lead to dilution of existing shareholders' equity, potentially impacting the stock price negatively in the short term. However, the ability to fund ongoing and future projects could lead to value appreciation if these projects succeed. It’s important to consider that this offering includes warrants exercisable at the same price, indicating the investor's confidence in the company's future prospects.

Industry context: The use of at-the-market offerings is a common strategy among small and mid-cap biotech firms to raise capital without undergoing the often more cumbersome and time-consuming process of a traditional public offering. The involvement of H.C. Wainwright & Co. as the exclusive placement agent suggests a degree of credibility and support from a well-known financial institution.

Investors should keep an eye on how Checkpoint allocates these funds towards its working capital and general corporate purposes, as effective use of the funds could mitigate the negative effects of dilution and enhance shareholder value long-term.

WALTHAM, Mass., July 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc. (“Checkpoint”) (Nasdaq: CKPT), a clinical-stage immunotherapy and targeted oncology company, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with a single healthcare-dedicated institutional investor for the issuance and sale of an aggregate of 5,853,659 shares of its common stock (or common stock equivalents in lieu thereof) at a purchase price of $2.05 per share of common stock (or per common stock equivalent in lieu thereof), in a registered direct offering priced at-the-market under Nasdaq rules. In addition, in a concurrent private placement, Checkpoint will issue and sell unregistered warrants to purchase up to 5,853,659 shares of common stock. The warrants will have an exercise price of $2.05 per share, will be exercisable beginning on the effective date of stockholder approval of the issuance of the shares issuable upon exercise of the warrant and will expire five years following the issuance date.

H.C. Wainwright & Co. is acting as the exclusive placement agent for the offering.

The closing of the offering is expected to occur on or about July 3, 2024, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The gross proceeds from the offering are expected to be approximately $12 million. Checkpoint intends to use the net proceeds of this offering for working capital and general corporate purposes.

The shares of common stock (or common stock equivalents) described above (but not the unregistered warrants issued in the concurrent private placement or the shares of common stock underlying such unregistered warrants) are being offered by Checkpoint pursuant to a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-270843) that was previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 24, 2023, and subsequently declared effective on May 5, 2023. The shares of common stock (or common stock equivalents) offered in the registered direct offering are being offered only by means of a prospectus, including a prospectus supplement, forming a part of the effective registration statement. A final prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to, and describing the terms of, the registered direct offering will be filed with the SEC and will be available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Electronic copies of the final prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus relating to the offering, when available, may also be obtained by contacting H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC, at 430 Park Ave., New York, New York 10022, by telephone at (212) 856-5711, or by email at placements@hcwco.com.

The unregistered warrants described above are being made in a transaction not involving a public offering and have not been registered under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and/or Rule 506(b) of Regulation D promulgated thereunder and, along with the shares of common stock underlying such unregistered warrants, have not been registered under the Securities Act or applicable state securities laws. Accordingly, the unregistered warrants and underlying shares of common stock may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an effective registration statement with the SEC or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and such applicable state securities laws.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities in this offering, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

About Checkpoint Therapeutics
Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage immunotherapy and targeted oncology company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of novel treatments for patients with solid tumor cancers. Checkpoint is evaluating its lead antibody product candidate, cosibelimab, a potential differentiated anti-PD-L1 antibody licensed from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as a potential new treatment for patients with selected recurrent or metastatic cancers, including metastatic and locally advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (“cSCC”). Checkpoint is also evaluating its lead small-molecule, targeted anti-cancer agent, olafertinib (formerly CK-101), a third-generation epidermal growth factor receptor (“EGFR”) inhibitor, as a potential new treatment for patients with EGFR mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer. Checkpoint is headquartered in Waltham, MA and was founded by Fortress Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: FBIO). For more information, visit www.checkpointtx.com.

Forward‐Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended, that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. For those statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to the timing and completion of the registered direct offering and concurrent private placement, the satisfaction of customary closing conditions related to the registered direct offering and concurrent private placement, the intended use of proceeds therefrom and receipt of stockholder approval. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially include the following: the risks and uncertainties associated with the regulatory review process; whether or not the Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) will determine that the our Biologics License Application (“BLA”) resubmission is complete and acceptable for review; uncertainties regarding the timeline of FDA review of the resubmitted BLA, if accepted for review; any inability to successfully work with the FDA to find a satisfactory solution to address any concerns in a timely manner or at all during the review process for the BLA, including any inability to provide the FDA with data, analysis or other information sufficient to support an approval of the BLA; our ability and our third party contract manufacturing organization (“CMO”) to adequately address the issues raised in the complete response letter; any potential facility inspection or re-inspection that may be required regarding our third party CMO or otherwise; whether the FDA accepts the data and results as included in the BLA resubmission at levels consistent with the published results, or at all; our ability to execute a partnering relationship for commercialization of cosibelimab, if approved, on acceptable terms, if at all; the risk that our third-party CMO will not meet deadlines, and/or comply with applicable regulations; the risk that topline and interim data remains subject to audit and verification procedures that may result in the final data being materially different from the topline or interim data we previously published; the risk that safety issues or trends will be observed in the clinical trial when the full safety dataset is available and analyzed; the risk that a positive primary endpoint does not translate to all, or any, secondary endpoints being met; risks that regulatory authorities will not accept an application for approval of cosibelimab based on data from the Phase 1 clinical trial; the risk that the clinical results from the Phase 1 clinical trial will not support regulatory approval of cosibelimab to treat cSCC or, if approved, that cosibelimab will not be commercially successful; risks related to our chemistry, manufacturing and controls and contract manufacturing relationships; risks related to our ability to obtain, perform under and maintain financing and strategic agreements and relationships; risks related to our need for substantial additional funds; other uncertainties inherent in research and development; our dependence on third-party suppliers; government regulation; patent and intellectual property matters; competition; unfavorable market or other economic conditions; and our ability to achieve the milestones we project, including the risk that the evolving and unpredictable Russia/Ukraine conflict and COVID-19 pandemic delay achievement of those milestones. Further discussion about these and other risks and uncertainties can be found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The information contained herein is intended to be reviewed in its totality, and any stipulations, conditions or provisos that apply to a given piece of information in one part of this press release should be read as applying mutatis mutandis to every other instance of such information appearing herein.

Any forward-looking statements set forth in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in our expectations or any changes in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law. This press release and prior releases are available at www.checkpointtx.com. The information found on our website is not incorporated by reference into this press release and is included for reference purposes only.

Company Contact:
Jaclyn Jaffe
Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc.
(781) 652-4500
ir@checkpointtx.com

Investor Relations Contact:
Ashley R. Robinson
Managing Director, LifeSci Advisors, LLC
(617) 430-7577
arr@lifesciadvisors.com

Media Relations Contact:
Katie Kennedy
Gregory FCA
610-731-1045
checkpoint@gregoryfca.com


FAQ

What is Checkpoint Therapeutics' latest offering?

Checkpoint Therapeutics announced a $12 million registered direct offering involving the sale of 5,853,659 shares of common stock at $2.05 per share.

When is the closing date for Checkpoint Therapeutics' offering?

The closing of the offering is expected to occur on or about July 3, 2024.

What is the exercise price for the warrants issued by Checkpoint Therapeutics?

The exercise price for the warrants is $2.05 per share.

How long are the warrants issued by Checkpoint Therapeutics valid?

The warrants will expire five years from the issuance date.

How will Checkpoint Therapeutics use the proceeds from the offering?

Checkpoint Therapeutics intends to use the net proceeds for working capital and general corporate purposes.

What is the stock symbol for Checkpoint Therapeutics?

The stock symbol for Checkpoint Therapeutics is CKPT.

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