HUMAN GENOME SCIENCES ANNOUNCES PROPOSED PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK
ROCKVILLE, Maryland - November 30, 2009 - Human Genome Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: HGSI) today announced that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of up to 12,500,000 shares of its common stock. The Company intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,875,000 shares of the Company's common stock. The shares will be issued pursuant to a prospectus supplement filed as part of a shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form S-3.
The Company currently expects to use the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes, including acquisition of additional manufacturing capacity and development of new indications for BENLYSTATM, as well as potential sales and marketing activities, clinical trial, research and development, general and administrative and manufacturing expenses and the potential retirement of debt. We may also use a portion of the proceeds for strategic investments. While we evaluate company, product, technology and similar opportunities from time to time, we currently have no material agreements or commitments with respect to any such acquisition or investment.
Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering.
About Human Genome Sciences
Human Genome Sciences is a commercially focused biopharmaceutical company. In the first half of 2009, HGS achieved its first product revenues when the Company delivered raxibacumab (ABthraxTM) to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile for the treatment of inhalation anthrax. HGS has two other products in late-stage clinical development: ZALBINTM (formerly Albuferon®) for chronic hepatitis C and BENLYSTATM (formerly LymphoStat-B®) for systemic lupus erythematosus.
HGS, Human Genome Sciences, ABthrax, Albuferon, BENLYSTA, and ZALBIN are trademarks of Human Genome Sciences, Inc.
Safe Harbor Statement
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The forward-looking statements are based on Human Genome Sciences' current intent, belief and expectations. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Actual results may differ materially from these forward-looking statements because of Human Genome Sciences' unproven business model, its dependence on new technologies, the uncertainty and timing of clinical trials, Human Genome Sciences' ability to develop and commercialize products, its dependence on collaborators for services and revenue, its substantial indebtedness and lease obligations, its changing requirements and costs associated with facilities, intense competition, the uncertainty of patent and intellectual property protection, Human Genome Sciences' dependence on key management and key suppliers, the uncertainty of regulation of products, the impact of future alliances or transactions and other risks described in the Company's filings with the SEC. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of today's date. Human Genome Sciences undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this announcement whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.