Cassiopea announces EUR 23.25 million capital increase by way of rights offering through the issuance of 750,000 shares at an offer price of EUR 31.00 per share


Lainate, Italy – 29 May 2020 – Cassiopea S.p.A. (SIX: SKIN), a specialty pharmaceutical company developing and preparing to commercialize prescription drugs with novel mechanisms of action (MOA) to address long-standing and essential dermatological conditions, today announces a capital increase by way of a rights offering to existing shareholders.

Following the approval of yesterday’s Extraordinary General Meeting, the share capital of Cassiopea will be increased by the way of a rights offering by EUR 750,000 through the issuance of 750,000 registered shares with a par value of EUR 1 each, corresponding to 7.5% of the current share capital.

The offer price per new share is being set at EUR 31.00 (equivalent to c. CHF 33.10, calculated at the exchange rate EUR/CHF published by the Swiss National Bank as of 11:00 CEST yesterday), corresponding to a small discount of 5% vs yesterday’s closing price of CHF 34.80.

Existing shareholders will receive one subscription right for every share held on 2 June 2020 (after market close) to subscribe for new shares to be issued in the capital increase. The new shares will be offered to existing shareholders at a ratio of 3 new shares for every 40 shares held, subject to certain restrictions based on residency. Moreover, the shareholders will be entitled to subscribe for offered shares for which other shareholders have not exercised their rights. The subscription rights will neither be listed nor traded and will lapse unless exercised during the rights exercise period.

The rights exercise period is expected to start on 3 June 2020 and end on 17 June 2020 at 12:00 noon CEST. The offering and listing prospectus will be published on or around 2 June 2020.

Cassiopea’s main shareholder Cosmo Pharmaceuticals N.V. has committed to fully exercise its rights and to subscribe for all new shares for which rights have not been exercised at the offer price, partly by way of off-setting the outstanding debt amount plus fees and accrued interest under Cassiopea’s credit facility.

Cassiopea expects to raise gross proceeds of EUR 23.25 million in the offering, which will be used to (i) finance the Company’s operations up to the planned approval of Clascoterone cream 1% in H2 2020 and the preparation of Clascoterone cream 1%’s subsequent launch in the US and (ii) for general corporate purposes.

The listing and first trading day of the Offered Shares on SIX Swiss Exchange is planned for 18 June 2020.

An investor call will be held on 3 June 2020; 16:00 CEST.
For the dial-in details of the investor call and further information, visit as of 3 June.


Expected timeline for the rights offering:

Investor call June 3, 2020 at 16:00 CEST
Start of rights exercise period June 3, 2020
End of rights exercise period June 17, 2020, at 12:00 noon (CEST)
Book-entry delivery of the new shares June 17, 2020
Listing and first day of trading of new shares June 18, 2020


Next events:

Half Year Report 2020 July 2020
Investora 23-24 September 2020, Zurich
Jefferies Global Health Care Conference 17-19 November 2020, London
Credit Suisse Small & Mid Cap Conference 18-20 November 2020, Zurich


For further information:

Dr. Chris Tanner, CFO and Head of Investor Relations
Tel: +39 02 868 91 124


About Cassiopea
Cassiopea is a specialty pharmaceutical company developing and preparing to commercialize prescription drugs with novel mechanisms of action to address long-standing and essential dermatological conditions, particularly acne, androgenetic alopecia and genital warts. Cassiopea is investing in innovation that is driving scientific advancement in areas that have been largely ignored for decades. The portfolio comprises four unencumbered clinical candidates, for which Cassiopea owns the worldwide rights. Cassiopea plans to determine the most efficient way to effectively commercialize the products in the U.S. after the planned approval of Clascoterone Cream 1% and to partner the products for countries outside of the US. For further information on Cassiopea, please visit

About Clascoterone
Clascoterone, a new chemical entity, is a proposed first in class topical androgen receptor inhibitor under FDA review for the treatment of acne (in a 1% cream) and in late stage development for androgenetic alopecia (in a higher strength solution). Laboratory studies suggest Clascoterone competes with androgens, specifically DHT, for binding to the androgen receptors within the sebaceous gland and hair follicles. When applied directly to the skin surface, Clascoterone appears to target only local androgen receptors within the skin. Because of Clascoterone’s likely local effect at the site of application, the risk of off-target, or systemic side effects, is minimized.


This publication constitutes neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy securities of Cassiopea S.p.A. and it does not constitute a prospectus or a similar notice within the meaning of article 652a, article 752 and/or article 1156 of the Swiss Code of Obligations nor within the meaning of article 35 et seqq. of the Swiss Financial Services Act nor a listing prospectus within the meaning of the listing rules of the SIX Swiss Exchange. The offer and listing will be made solely by means of, and on the basis of, a securities prospectus which is to be published. An investment decision regarding the publicly offered securities of Cassiopea S.p.A. should only be made on the basis of the securities prospectus. The securities prospectus is expected to be published on 29 May 2020 and will be available free of charge at Credit Suisse AG, Zurich (e-mail:, and from Cassiopea S.p.A., Via C. Colombo 1, Lainate, Milan, Italy (telephone: +39 02 86891124; e-mail:
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