UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

SCHEDULE 13G

(Rule 13d-102)

 

INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN STATEMENTS FILED PURSUANT

TO § 240.13d-1(b), (c), AND (d) AND AMENDMENTS THERETO FILED

PURSUANT TO § 240.13d-2

 

(Amendment No. 3)*

 

 

Precigen, Inc.
(Name of Issuer)
 
Common Stock
(Title of Class of Securities)
 
46122T102
(CUSIP Number)
 
31 December 2021
(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of the Statement)

 

 

Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this Schedule is filed:

 

o       Rule 13d-1(b)

x       Rule 13d-1(c)

o       Rule 13d-1(d)

 

The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person’s initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter the disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

 

The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

 

 

 

 

  

Cusip No. 46122T102 13G Page 2 of 8 Pages

 

 

1.

NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS

Ares Trading SA

     

2.

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (see instructions)

(a) o

(b) o

3.

SEC USE ONLY

 

        

4.

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

Switzerland

     

NUMBER OF

SHARES

BENEFICIALLY

OWNED BY

EACH

REPORTING

PERSON

WITH

5.

 

SOLE VOTING POWER

20,647,1521

     

6.

 

SHARED VOTING POWER

0

     

7.

 

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

20,647,1521 

     

8.

 

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

     

9.

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

20,647,1521

     

10.

CHECK IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES (SEE INSTRUCTIONS)

o

11.

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)

9.99%2

     

12.

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON (SEE INSTRUCTIONS)

CO 

     

 

 

1 The record holder of the securities covered by this Schedule 13G is Ares Trading SA.

 

Ares Trading SA is a dominantly controlled subsidiary of Merck Serono SA, Coinsins, Switzerland, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

 

Merck Serono SA, Coinsins, Switzerland is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

 

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is a publicly traded company (Frankfurt Stock Exchange, DAX 30) and the beneficiary of the two companies.

 

Merck Serono SA, Coinsins, Switzerland, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany may be deemed to possess sole voting and dispositive power with respect to the securities held of record by Ares Trading SA.

 

2 This percentage is based upon a denominator of 206,738,499 shares of Common Stock outstanding as of October 31, 2021 as reported in the Issuer’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 08, 2021.

 

 

 

 

Cusip No. 46122T102 13G Page 3 of 8 Pages

 

 

1.

NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS

Merck Serono SA, Coinsins, Switzerland, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

     

2.

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (see instructions)

(a) o

(b) o

3.

SEC USE ONLY

 

        

4.

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

Switzerland

     

NUMBER OF

SHARES

BENEFICIALLY

OWNED BY

EACH

REPORTING

PERSON

WITH

5.

 

SOLE VOTING POWER

20,647,1523

     

6.

 

SHARED VOTING POWER

0

     

7.

 

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

20,647,1523 

     

8.

 

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

     

9.

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

20,647,1523

     

10.

CHECK IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES (SEE INSTRUCTIONS)

o

11.

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)

9.99%4

     

12.

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON (SEE INSTRUCTIONS)

CO 

     

 

 

3 The record holder of the securities covered by this Schedule 13G is Ares Trading SA.

 

Ares Trading SA is a dominantly controlled subsidiary of Merck Serono SA, Coinsins, Switzerland, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

 

Merck Serono SA, Coinsins, Switzerland is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

 

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is a publicly traded company (Frankfurt Stock Exchange, DAX 30) and the beneficiary of the two companies.

 

Merck Serono SA, Coinsins, Switzerland, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany may be deemed to possess sole voting and dispositive power with respect to the securities held of record by Ares Trading SA.

 

4 This percentage is based upon a denominator of 206,738,499 shares of Common Stock outstanding as of October 31, 2021 as reported in the Issuer’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 08, 2021.

 

 

 

 

Cusip No. 46122T102 13G Page 4 of 8 Pages

 

 

1.

NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

     

2.

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (see instructions)

(a) o

(b) o

3.

SEC USE ONLY

 

        

4.

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

Germany

     

NUMBER OF

SHARES

BENEFICIALLY

OWNED BY

EACH

REPORTING

PERSON

WITH

5.

 

SOLE VOTING POWER

20,647,1525

     

6.

 

SHARED VOTING POWER

0

     

7.

 

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

20,647,1525 

     

8.

 

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

     

9.

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

20,647,1525

     

10.

CHECK IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES (SEE INSTRUCTIONS)

o

11.

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)

9.99%6

     

12.

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON (SEE INSTRUCTIONS)

CO 

     

 

 

5 The record holder of the securities covered by this Schedule 13G is Ares Trading SA.

 

Ares Trading SA is a dominantly controlled subsidiary of Merck Serono SA, Coinsins, Switzerland, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

 

Merck Serono SA, Coinsins, Switzerland is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

 

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is a publicly traded company (Frankfurt Stock Exchange, DAX 30) and the beneficiary of the two companies.

 

Merck Serono SA, Coinsins, Switzerland, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany may be deemed to possess sole voting and dispositive power with respect to the securities held of record by Ares Trading SA.

 

6 This percentage is based upon a denominator of 206,738,499 shares of Common Stock outstanding as of October 31, 2021 as reported in the Issuer’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 08, 2021.

 

 

 

  

Cusip No. 46122T102 13G Page 5 of 8 Pages

 

 

Item 1(a). Name of Issuer:
  Precigen, Inc.
   
Item 1(b). Address of Issuer’s Principal Executive Offices:
  20374 Seneca Meadows Parkway
  Germantown, Maryland, 20876
   
Item 2(a). Name of Person Filing:
 

This Schedule 13G is being filed by each of the following persons (each, a “Reporting Person” and together, the “Reporting Persons”):

 

Ares Trading SA

Merck Serono SA, Coinsins, Switzerland, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

 

The Reporting Persons have entered into a Joint Filing Agreement, a copy of which is filed with this Schedule 13G as Exhibit 99.1, pursuant to which the Reporting Persons have agreed to file this Schedule 13G jointly in accordance with the provisions of Rule 13d-1(k)(l) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

   
Item 2(b). Address of Principal Business Office or, if none, Residence:
 

Ares Trading SA: Zone Industrielle de l’Outriettaz, 1170 Aubonne, Switzerland

Merck Serono SA: Zone Industrielle, 1267 Coinsins, Switzerland, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Merck KGaA: Frankfurter Strasse 250, 64293 Darmstadt, Germany

   
Item 2(c). Citizenship:
  The Reporting Persons Ares Trading SA and Merck Serono SA Coinsins, Switzerland, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany are organized in Switzerland. The Reporting Person Merck KGaA is organized in Darmstadt, Germany.  
   
Item 2(d). Title of Class of Securities:
  Common Stock, no par value per share
   
Item 2(e). CUSIP Number:
  46122T102 
   
Item 3. If this statement is filed pursuant to §§ 240.13d-1(b), or 240.13d-2(b) or (c), check whether the person filing is a:
 

 

Not applicable

  (a) o Broker or dealer registered under Section 15 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78o);
  (b) o Bank as defined in Section 3(a)(6) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c);
  (c) o Insurance company as defined in Section 3(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c);
  (d) o Investment company registered under Section 8 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-8);
  (e) o An investment adviser in accordance with § 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E);
  (f) o An employee benefit plan or endowment fund in accordance with § 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F);
  (g) o A parent holding company or control person in accordance with § 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(G);
  (h) o A savings association as defined in Section 3(b) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813);
  (i) o A church plan that is excluded from the definition of an investment company under Section 3(c)(14) of the Investment Company Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-3);
  (j) o A non-U.S. institution in accordance with § 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J);
  (k) o Group, in accordance with § 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(K).

 

 

 

  

Cusip No. 46122T102 13G Page 6 of 8 Pages

 

 

Item 4. Ownership:
  Provide the following information regarding the aggregate number and percentage of the class of securities of the issuer identified in Item 1.

 

  (a) Amount beneficially owned: 20,647,1527
     
  (b) Percent of class: 9.99%8
     
  (c) Number of shares as to which the person has:
     
    (i) Sole power to vote or to direct the vote: 20,647,1527
    (ii) Shared power to vote or to direct the vote: 0
    (iii) Sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of: 20,647,1527
    (iv) Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of: 0

 

Item 5. Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class:
  If this statement is being filed to report the fact that as of the date hereof the reporting person has ceased to be the beneficial owner of more than 5 percent of the class of securities, check the following o.
   
Item 6. Ownership of More Than Five Percent on Behalf of Another Person:
  Not applicable 
   
Item 7. Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary Which Acquired the Security Being Reported on By the Parent Holding Company:
  Not applicable 
   
Item 8. Identification and Classification of Members of the Group:
  Not applicable
   
Item 9. Notice of Dissolution of Group:
  Not applicable
   
Item 10. Certifications:
  By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the securities referred to above were not acquired and are not held for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing the control of the issuer of the securities and were not acquired and are not held in connection with or as a participant in any transaction having that purpose or effect, other than activities solely in connection with a nomination under § 240.14a-11.

  

 

7 The record holder of the securities covered by this Schedule 13G is Ares Trading SA.

 

Ares Trading SA is a dominantly controlled subsidiary of Merck Serono SA, Coinsins, Switzerland, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

 

Merck Serono SA, Coinsins, Switzerland is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

 

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is a publicly traded company (Frankfurt Stock Exchange, DAX 30) and the beneficiary of the two companies.

 

Merck Serono SA, Coinsins, Switzerland, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany may be deemed to possess sole voting and dispositive power with respect to the securities held of record by Ares Trading SA.

 

8 This percentage is based upon a denominator of 206,738,499 shares of Common Stock outstanding as of October 31, 2021 as reported in the Issuer’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 08, 2021.

 

 

 

 

Cusip No. 46122T102 13G  

 

 

SIGNATURE

 

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

 

ARES TRADING SA  

ARES TRADING SA

 

Date: January 20, 2022   Date: January 20, 2022
         
         
By: /s/ Cedric Hyde   By: /s/ Florence Jolidon
         
Name: Cedric Hyde   Name: Florence Jolidon
         
Title: CFO   Title: Finance Manager

 

 

MERCK SERONO SA, COINSINS, SWITZERLAND, AN AFFILIATE OF MERCK KGAA, DARMSTADT, GERMANY  

MERCK SERONO SA, COINSINS, SWITZERLAND, AN AFFILIATE OF MERCK KGAA, DARMSTADT, GERMANY

 

Date:  January 20, 2022   Date: January 20, 2022
         
         
By: /s/ Cecric Hyde   By: /s/ Tearaboth Te
         
Name: Cedric Hyde   Name: Tearaboth Te
         
Title: CFO   Title: Treasury Director

  

 

MERCK KGAA, DARMSTADT, GERMANY  

MERCK KGAA, DARMSTADT, GERMANY

 

Date: January 20, 2022   Date: January 20, 2022
         
         
By: /s/ Jens Eckhardt   By: /s/ Tobias Greven
         
Name: Jens Eckhardt   Name: Tobias Greven
         
Title: Head of Legal HC BD, Alliance Mgt, GMS & Governance   Title: Head of Group Legal Services

  

 

 

  

Cusip No. 46122T102 13G  

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit 99.1 Joint Filing Agreement, dated January 7, 2019, by and between Ares Trading SA, Merck Serono SA, Coinsins, Switzerland, and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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