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Alzheimer's Drugmaker to List as Others Retreat

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  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    A successful listing of the German biotech firm, Probiodrug, in a downward market would show there is still appetite for risky investments in Europe.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Probiodrug plans to sell up to €32 million ($40.6 million) worth of new shares.
    • The German biotech firm is developing drugs to treat Alzheimer’s.
    • It made a net loss of €3.8 million without having any sales in the first half of 2014.
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Companies across Europe had hoped to sell and list shares in the wake of Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba’s blockbuster $25 billion (€19.7 billion) listing on the New York Stock Exchange last month. But reduced growth expectations have caused stocks to slide globally, with investors losing their appetite for new, risky investments.

While several firms in Germany and France have postponed listings and the German listings of Rocket Internet and Zalando disappointed, Probiodrug still plans to raise up to €32 million ($40.6 million) by selling up to 1.7 million shares between €15.25 and €19 a piece.

The firm, which is developing drugs to treat Alzheimer’s, announced its detailed listing plans on Friday, when the Dow Jones stock index ended the trading week with a 2.7 procent loss and the German blue chip index DAX with a slide of 4.4 percent.

One reason why Probiodrug, which plans to list its shares on the Amsterdam Exchange on Oct. 27, intends to move ahead with its listing, could be a commitment of existing shareholders to buy about €15 million worth of the offered shares.

The existing shareholders are mostly specialized biotech investors, including HBM Healthcare, Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners, BB Biotech and Life Science Partners.

The Probiodrug listing could also benefit from its relatively small size, compared to other planned listings, which were in the triple-digit millions.

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