As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 18, 2020

Registration No. 333-                

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM S-8

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

Under

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

ACER THERAPEUTICS INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   32-0426967
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
One Gateway Center, Ste. 351, 300 Washington St.,
Newton, MA
  02458
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Acer Therapeutics Inc. 2018 Stock Incentive Plan

(Full title of the plan)

Chris Schelling

President and Chief Executive Officer

Acer Therapeutics Inc.

One Gateway Center, Ste. 351, 300 Washington St.

Newton MA 02458

(Name and address agent for service)

(844) 902-6100

(Telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

Copy to:

Mike Hird, Esq.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

12255 El Camino Real, Suite 300

San Diego, California 92130

(619) 234-5000

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer      Accelerated filer  
Non-accelerated filer      Smaller reporting company  
     Emerging growth company  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act.  ☐

 

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

Title of Securities
To Be Registered
  Amount
To Be
Registered(1)
 

Proposed
Maximum

Offering Price
Per Share(2)

 

Proposed

Maximum
Aggregate

Offering Price

  Amount of
Registration Fee

Common stock, $0.0001 par value per share

  403,807   $2.83   $1,142,773.80   $148.33

 

 

(1)

Pursuant to Rule 416(a) under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”), this Registration Statement also covers an indeterminate number of additional shares of common stock to be offered or sold pursuant to the above-named plan that may be issued as a result of the anti-dilution and other adjustment provisions therein by reason of certain corporate transactions or events, including any stock dividend, stock split, recapitalization or other similar transaction effected without the receipt of consideration which results in an increase in the number of the registrant’s outstanding shares of common stock.

(2)

Computed in accordance with Rules 457(c) and (h) under the Securities Act, solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee, based on the average of the high and low prices of the common stock as reported on the Nasdaq Capital Market on March 16, 2020.

 

 

The Registration Statement shall become effective upon filing in accordance with Rule 462 under the Securities Act.

 

 

 


PART I

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS

General Instruction E Information

This Registration Statement is being filed for the purpose of increasing the number of securities of the same class as other securities for which a Registration Statement on Form S-8 relating to the same employee benefit plan is effective. The Registrant’s Registration Statements on Form S-8 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on May 15, 2018 (File No. 333-224942) and March 7, 2019 (File No. 333-230133), excluding reports that the Registrant filed with the Commission that were incorporated into such Registration Statements in order to maintain current information about the Registrant, is hereby incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement pursuant to General Instruction E of Form S-8.

PART II

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

Item 3: Incorporation of Documents by Reference

The following documents filed by Acer Therapeutics Inc. (the “Registrant”) with the Commission are hereby incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement:

 

  (a)

Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019; and

 

  (b)

The description of the Registrant’s Common Stock contained in the Registration Statement on Form 8-A (File No. 001-33004) filed on August 30, 2006, including any amendment or report filed for the purpose of updating such description.

In addition, all documents filed by Registrant pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, (excluding any portions thereof furnished by the Registrant, including but not limited to information furnished under Item 2.02 and Item 7.01 and any exhibits relating to Item 2.02 or Item 7.01 furnished under Item 9.01 of Form 8-K and any certification required by 18 U.S.C. § 1350), on or after the date of this Registration Statement, prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities offered have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement and to be a part hereof from the date of filing of such documents.

Any statement contained in this Registration Statement or in a document incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained in this Registration Statement or in any subsequently filed document that is deemed to be incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement modifies or supersedes such statement.

 

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Item 8: Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.

  

Description

  4.1    Specimen common stock certificate (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May 15, 2018).
  5.1    Opinion of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
23.1    Consent of BDO USA, LLP, independent registered public accounting firm.
23.2    Consent of Wolf & Company, P.C., independent registered public accounting firm.
23.3    Consent of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).
24.1    Power of Attorney (contained on signature page hereto).
99.1    Acer Therapeutics Inc. 2018 Stock Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Appendix G to the Registrant’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed on April 9, 2018).
99.2    Form of Notice of Stock Option Grant and Stock Option Agreement for option awards to be made under the 2018 Stock Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May 15, 2018).
99.3    Form of Notice of Restricted Stock Award for awards under the 2018 Stock Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.8 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 7, 2019).

Item 9: Undertakings.

(a) The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes:

(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement:

 

  (i)

To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;

 

  (ii)

To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of this Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the Registration Statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective Registration Statement; and

 

  (iii)

To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the Registration Statement or any material change to such information in the Registration Statement;

provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in periodic reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement.

(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

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(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered hereby which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

(b) The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the Registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

(c) Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act, and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized in the city of Newton, state of Massachusetts, on March 18, 2020.

 

ACER THERAPEUTICS INC.
By   /s/ Chris Schelling
  Chris Schelling
  President and Chief Executive Officer

POWER OF ATTORNEY

KNOW ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Chris Schelling and Harry Palmin, and/or either of them, his or her true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any and all amendments to this Registration Statement on Form S-8, and to file the same, with exhibits thereto and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission granting unto said attorney-in-fact and agent full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done, as fully to all intents and purposes as he or she might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorney-in-fact and agent or his substitute may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, this Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Name

  

Title

 

Date

/s/ Chris Schelling

Chris Schelling

  

President and Chief Executive Officer and Director

(Principal Executive Officer)

  March 18, 2020

/s/ Harry Palmin

Harry Palmin

  

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

  March 18, 2020

/s/ Jason Amello

Jason Amello

   Director   March 18, 2020

/s/ Steven J. Aselage

Steven J. Aselage

   Chairman of the Board   March 18, 2020

/s/ John M. Dunn

John M. Dunn

   Director   March 18, 2020

/s/ Michelle Griffin

Michelle Griffin

   Director   March 18, 2020

 

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