PURE Bioscience Raises $8.44 Million in Equity Financing
PURE Bioscience announced today that it has raised approximately $8.44 million in a private placement of its securities. After fees and expenses, the net proceeds to the Company were approximately $7.72 million.
Michael L. Krall, President and CEO of PURE Bioscience, stated, "We are extremely gratified by this vote of confidence by our investors. This capital raise represents another step on the road toward the listing of our stock on a national exchange. We have several sales and distribution agreements in process and look forward to 2008 being our breakout year."
The funds were raised through the sale of 1,677,596 unregistered securities units on October 19, 2007, solely to accredited investors, at $5.03 per unit. Each unit consisted of one share of PURE Bioscience common stock and one quarter of a five-year warrant to purchase PURE Bioscience common stock at $7.17 per share. A total of 419,394 such five-year warrants were issued to the investors. The purchase price per share represented an approximate 11% discount to the average closing bid price of the trailing ten days ending October 18, 2007. The aggregate of shares sold represents approximately 6.7% of the prior outstanding shares. A five-year warrant to purchase 167,776 shares of common stock at $8.60 per share was issued to Taglich Brothers, Inc. as the placement agent. The $7.72 million of net proceeds from the offering will be used for business development, research and development, working capital and other general corporate purposes.
The Company has agreed to file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission within ninety days of the closing for purposes of registering for resale the common stock issued and sold in the private placement and the shares underlying the warrants issued to both the investors and the placement agent.
With respect to the unregistered sales made, the Company relied on Regulation D and Section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. No advertising or general solicitation was employed in offering the securities. The securities were offered to sophisticated, accredited investors who were provided all of the current public information available on the Company. This press release does not and will not constitute an offer to sell these securities and it is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities.
About PURE Bioscience
PURE Bioscience (PURE) develops and markets technology-based bioscience products that provide solutions to numerous global health challenges, including Staph (MRSA). PURE's proprietary high efficacy/low toxicity bioscience technologies, including its silver dihydrogen citrate-based antimicrobials, represent innovative advances in diverse markets and lead today's global trend toward industry and consumer use of "green" products while providing competitive advantages in efficacy and safety. Patented silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC) is an electrolytically generated source of stabilized ionic silver. SDC is colorless, odorless, tasteless, non-toxic, non-caustic and formulates well with other compounds. As a platform technology, SDC is distinguished from competitors in the marketplace because of its superior efficacy, reduced toxicity and the inability of bacteria to form a resistance to it. SDC also offers 24-hour residual protection against standard indicator bacteria. PURE Bioscience, headquartered in El Cajon, California (San Diego metropolitan area), was incorporated in 1992. Additional information on PURE Bioscience is available at www.purebio.com.
This press release includes statements that may constitute "forward-looking" statements, usually containing the words "believe", "estimate", "project", "expect" or similar expressions. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that would cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, acceptance of the Company's current and future products and services in the marketplace, the ability of the Company to develop effective new products and receive regulatory approvals of such products, competitive factors, dependence upon third-party vendors, and other risks detailed in the Company's periodic report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. By making these forward-looking statements, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release.