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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): February 25, 2021

 

 

 

ALBIREO PHARMA, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation)
  001-33451
(Commission File
Number)
  90-0136863
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

10 Post Office Square, Suite 1000
Boston, Massachusetts
(Address of principal executive offices)
  02109
(Zip Code)

 

(857) 254-5555

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code

 

Not applicable

(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   ALBO   The Nasdaq Capital 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 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

 

On February 25, 2021, Albireo Pharma, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a Sales Agreement (the “2021 Sales Agreement”) with Cowen and Company, LLC (“Cowen”) with respect to an at-the-market offering program under which the Company may offer and sell, from time to time at its sole discretion, shares of its common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Stock”), having an aggregate offering price of up to $100.0 million (the “Placement Shares”) through Cowen as its sales agent. The issuance and sale, if any, of the Placement Shares by the Company under the 2021 Sales Agreement is subject to the effectiveness of the Company’s registration statement on Form S-3ASR (File No. 333-253506), which became effective when filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 25, 2021. The Company makes no assurances as to the continued effectiveness of the registration statement.

 

Upon delivery of a placement notice and subject to the terms and conditions of the 2021 Sales Agreement, Cowen may sell the Placement Shares by any method permitted by law deemed to be an “at the market” offering as defined in Rule 415 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, including, without limitation, sales made through The Nasdaq Capital Market or on any other existing trading market for the Common Stock. Cowen will use commercially reasonable efforts to sell the Placement Shares from time to time, based upon instructions from the Company (including any price, time or size limits or other customary parameters or conditions the Company may impose). The Company will pay Cowen a commission equal to three percent (3.0%) of the gross sales proceeds of any Placement Shares sold through Cowen under the 2021 Sales Agreement, and also has provided Cowen with customary indemnification and contribution rights.

 

The Company is not obligated to make any sales of Common Stock under the 2021 Sales Agreement. The offering of Placement Shares pursuant to the 2021 Sales Agreement will terminate upon the earlier of (i) the sale of all Placement Shares subject to the 2021 Sales Agreement or (ii) termination of the 2021 Sales Agreement in accordance with its terms.

 

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., counsel to the Company, has issued a legal opinion relating to the Placement Shares. A copy of such legal opinion, including the consent included therein, is attached as Exhibit 5.1 hereto.

 

This Current Report on Form 8-K shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities discussed herein, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation, or sale of the securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state.

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.   Description
5.1   Opinion of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., dated February 25, 2021.
10.1   Sales Agreement, dated February 25, 2021, by and between Albireo Pharma, Inc. and Cowen and Company, LLC.
23.1   Consent of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. (contained in Exhibit 5.1 above).
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.

 

  ALBIREO PHARMA, INC.
   
Date:     February 25, 2021 /s/ Ronald H.W. Cooper
  Name: Ronald H.W. Cooper
  Title: President and Chief Executive Officer