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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): August 3, 2021

 

 

AVIDITY BIOSCIENCES, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   001-39321   46-1336960

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

10975 N. Torrey Pines Road, Suite 150

La Jolla, California 92037

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(858) 401-7900

(Registrant’s telephone number, include area code)

N/A

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

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, par value $0.0001 per share   RNA   The Nasdaq Global Market

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

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 8.01

Other Events.

On August 3, 2021, Avidity Biosciences, Inc. (“Avidity” or the “Company”) entered into an underwriting agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) with Cowen and Company, LLC, SVB Leerink LLC, Evercore Group L.L.C. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as representatives of the several underwriters named therein (collectively, the “Underwriters”), relating to the issuance and sale of 8,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Common Stock”). The price to the public in this offering is $18.00 per share. The Underwriters have agreed to purchase the shares from the Company pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement at a price of $16.92 per share. The net proceeds to the Company from this offering are expected to be approximately $135.0 million, or approximately $155.3 million if the Underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares is exercised in full, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by the Company. The offering is expected to close on August 6, 2021, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. In addition, under the terms of the Underwriting Agreement, the Company has granted the Underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,200,000 additional shares of Common Stock.

The offering is being made pursuant to the Company’s shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (Registration Statement No. 333-257691) which became automatically effective upon filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), and prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus filed with the SEC.

The Underwriting Agreement contains customary representations, warranties and agreements by the Company, customary conditions to closing, indemnification obligations of the Company and Underwriters, including for liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, other obligations of the parties and termination provisions. The representations, warranties and covenants contained in the Underwriting Agreement were made only for purposes of such agreement and as of specific dates, were solely for the benefit of the parties to such agreement.

The foregoing description of the Underwriting Agreement is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Underwriting Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 1.1 to this report and is incorporated by reference herein. A copy of the opinion of Latham & Watkins LLP relating to the legality of the issuance and sale of Common Stock in the offering is attached as Exhibit 5.1 to this report.

The Company issued press releases on August 2, 2021 and August 3, 2021 announcing the commencement and pricing of the offering, respectively, which press releases are attached as Exhibits 99.1 and 99.2, respectively, to this report.

***

Avidity cautions you that statements included in this report that are not a description of historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the completion of the offering and the expected net proceeds therefrom. The inclusion of forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by Avidity that any of these results will be achieved. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this report due to the risks and uncertainties associated with market conditions and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions related to the offering, as well as risks and uncertainties inherent in Avidity’s business, including those described in the Company’s other filings with the SEC. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and Avidity undertakes no obligation to revise or update this report to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. This caution is made under the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

 

Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit

Number

  

Description

  1.1    Underwriting Agreement, dated August 3, 2021, by and among Avidity Biosciences, Inc. and Cowen and Company, LLC, SVB Leerink LLC, Evercore Group L.L.C., and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as representatives of the several underwriters named therein
  5.1    Opinion of Latham & Watkins LLP
23.1    Consent of Latham & Watkins LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1)
99.1    Press Release dated August 2, 2021
99.2    Press Release dated August 3, 2021
104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)


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.

 

    AVIDITY BIOSCIENCES, INC.
Date: August 4, 2021     By:  

/s/ Michael F. MacLean

    Name:   Michael F. MacLean
    Title:   Chief Financial Officer
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