UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

Current Report
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 1, 2020

ANAVEX LIFE SCIENCES CORP.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Nevada 001-37606 98-0608404
(State or other jurisdiction (Commission (IRS Employer
of incorporation) File Number) Identification No.)

 

51 West 52nd Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY USA 10019
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code 1-844-689-3939

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Trading symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which
registered
Common Stock, $0.001 par value   AVXL   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).

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 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

   

 

 

Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On May 1, 2020, Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (the “Company”) entered into an Amended and Restated Sales Agreement (the “Sales Agreement”) with Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. and SVB Leerink LLC (“Leerink”), as agents (the “Sales Agents”), to add Leerink as agent under the Sales Agreement. Pursuant to the Sales Agreement, the Company may offer and sell shares of common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Shares”), from time to time through the Sales Agents.  The Company is also filing a prospectus supplement with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the offering (the “Offering”) of the Shares for aggregate gross sale proceeds of up to $50,000,000 (the “Prospectus Supplement”) under the Company’s shelf Registration Statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333- 232550), which became effective on July 15, 2019 (the “Registration Statement”). Any Shares offered and sold in the Offering will be issued pursuant to such Registration Statement.

Upon delivery of a placement notice based on the Company’s instructions and subject to the terms and conditions of the Sales Agreement, the Sales Agents may sell the Shares by methods deemed to be an “at the market offering” as defined in Rule 415(a)(4) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), including sales made directly on or through The Nasdaq Capital Market (“Nasdaq”), on any other existing trading market for the Company’s ordinary shares, in negotiated transactions at market prices prevailing at the time of sale or at prices related to such prevailing market prices, or by any other method permitted by law, including negotiated transactions, subject to the prior written consent of the Company.

The Company is not obligated to make any sales of Shares under the Agreement. The Company or the Sales Agents may suspend or terminate the offering of Shares upon notice to the other party, subject to certain conditions.  The Sales Agents will act as sales agents on a commercially reasonable efforts basis consistent with its normal trading and sales practices and applicable state and federal law, rules and regulations and the rules of Nasdaq.

The Company has agreed to pay the Sales Agents commissions for its services of acting as agent of 3.0% of the gross proceeds from the sale of the Shares pursuant to the Sales Agreement.  The Company has also agreed to provide the Sales Agents with customary indemnification and contribution rights.

A copy of the Sales Agreement is attached as Exhibit 1.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.  The foregoing description of the material terms of the Sales Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to such exhibit.

Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P., Nevada counsel to the Company, has issued a legal opinion relating to the Shares.  A copy of such legal opinion, including the consent included therein, is attached as Exhibit 5.1 hereto.

The Shares will be sold pursuant to the Registration Statement, and offerings of the Shares will be made only by means of the Prospectus Supplement.  This Current Report on Form 8-K shall not constitute an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities law of such state or jurisdiction. 

Item 8.01 Other Events.

 

On May 1, 2020, the Company filed a prospectus supplement to the registration statement registering shares of the Company’s common stock issuable pursuant to its purchase agreement with Lincoln Park Capital Fund, LLC. Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P., Nevada counsel to the Company, has issued a legal opinion relating to the Shares issuable under the purchase agreement with Lincoln Park Capital Fund, LLC.  A copy of such legal opinion, including the consent included therein, is attached as Exhibit 5.2 hereto.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

 

1.1 Sales Agreement, dated May 1, 2020, by and among Anavex Life Sciences Corp., Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. and SVB Leerink LLC
   
5.1 Opinion by Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
   
5.2 Opinion by Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
   
23.1 Consent of Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (contained in Exhibit 5.1)
   
23.2 Consent of Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (contained in Exhibit 5.2)

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

  ANAVEX LIFE SCIENCES CORP.
   
   
  /s/ Christopher Missling
  Name: Christopher Missling, PhD
  Title: Chief Executive Officer
   
Date: May 1, 2020  

 

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