Avenue Therapeutics Enters into Warrant Exercise Transactions for $5.0 Million in Proceeds

MIAMI, Jan. 05, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATXI) (“Avenue” or the “Company”), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of neurologic diseases, today announced the entry into warrant exercise agreements with existing accredited investors for the immediate exercise of certain outstanding warrants to purchase an aggregate of 16.5 million shares of the Company’s common stock. These warrants for immediate exercise include: (i) November 2023 Series B warrants to purchase an aggregate of 14.6 million shares of common stock issued by Avenue on November 2, 2023, each having an exercise price of $0.3006 per share, and (ii) January 2023 warrants to purchase an aggregate of 1.9 million shares of common stock issued by Avenue on January 31, 2023, each having an exercise price of $1.55 per share, at a reduced exercise price of $0.3006 per share as agreed upon by the Company. The gross proceeds to Avenue from the exercise of the warrants are expected to be approximately $5.0 million, prior to deducting placement agent fees and estimated offering expenses. The closing of the warrant exercise transactions is expected to occur on or about January 9, 2024, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Maxim Group LLC is acting as the exclusive financial advisor and warrant solicitation agent for the transaction.

In consideration for the immediate exercise of the existing warrants for cash, the Company will issue new unregistered Series A warrants to purchase up to 16.5 million shares of common stock and new unregistered Series B warrants to purchase up to 16.5 million shares of common stock. The new Series A and Series B warrants will both have an exercise price of $0.3006 per underlying share. The new Series A warrants and Series B warrants will not be exercisable until the Company receives stockholder approval to increase its authorized shares of common stock and to comply with certain Nasdaq rules. Upon receipt of stockholder approval, the new Series A warrants will be exercisable for a period of five years thereafter and the Series B warrants will be exercisable for a period of eighteen months thereafter. Subject to the aforementioned stockholder approval, Avenue has agreed to file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) covering the resale of the shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of the new warrants. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

About Avenue Therapeutics

Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATXI) is a specialty pharmaceutical Company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of neurologic diseases. It is currently developing three assets including AJ201, a first-in-class asset for spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy, BAER-101, an oral small molecule selective GABAA α2/3 receptor positive allosteric modulator for CNS diseases, and IV tramadol, which is in Phase 3 clinical development for the management of acute postoperative pain in adults in a medically supervised healthcare setting. Avenue is headquartered in Miami, FL and was founded by Fortress Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: FBIO). For more information, visit www.avenuetx.com.

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Jaclyn Jaffe
Avenue Therapeutics, Inc.
(781) 652-4500

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