Medlab Clinical — Moving closer to the Nasdaq IPO

Medlab Clinical (ASX: MDC)

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Medlab Clinical — Moving closer to the Nasdaq IPO

Medlab Clinical moves a step closer to realising its plans for a secondary listing on the Nasdaq following filing of the IPO registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. As part of the offering, the company plans to issue c 1.8m share units (ordinary shares plus an equivalent number of warrants) at US$4.45/share and c 1.8m pre-funded warrants at US$4.4999/unit (nominal exercise price of US$0.0001/unit) to raise c US$8m in gross IPO proceeds (c US$7m net). Following this announcement, we believe that Medlab remains on track to meet its Q1 CY23 target for the listing. We expect the funds raised to be used in supporting the upcoming investigational new drug (IND) submission for NanaBis in the United States (to commence Phase III trials) and progressing Medlab’s development pipeline. We will update our valuation (currently A$236.1m or A$103.5/share) following the US listing.

Soo Romanoff

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Soo Romanoff

Managing Director - Head of Content, Healthcare

Healthcare

Medlab Clinical

Moving closer to the Nasdaq IPO

Nasdaq listing update

Pharma and biotech

4 January 2023

Price

A$6.7

Market cap

A$15m

Net cash (A$m) at end-September 2022 (unaudited)

5.3

Shares in issue

2.3m

Free float

69%

Code

MDC

Primary exchange

ASX

Secondary exchange

Nasdaq listing pending (symbol MDLB)

Share price performance

Business description

Based in Australia, Medlab Clinical is developing therapeutics using its proprietary delivery platform NanoCelle. Its most advanced programme is in cancer pain management with lead drug candidate NanaBis, a medicinal cannabis product for cancer-related bone pain.

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Medlab Clinical moves a step closer to realising its plans for a secondary listing on the Nasdaq following filing of the IPO registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. As part of the offering, the company plans to issue c 1.8m share units (ordinary shares plus an equivalent number of warrants) at US$4.45/share and c 1.8m pre-funded warrants at US$4.4999/unit (nominal exercise price of US$0.0001/unit) to raise c US$8m in gross IPO proceeds (c US$7m net). Following this announcement, we believe that Medlab remains on track to meet its Q1 CY23 target for the listing. We expect the funds raised to be used in supporting the upcoming investigational new drug (IND) submission for NanaBis in the United States (to commence Phase III trials) and progressing Medlab’s development pipeline. We will update our valuation (currently A$236.1m or A$103.5/share) following the US listing.

Year
end

Revenue (A$m)

PBT*
(A$m)

EPS*
(A$)

DPS
(A$)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

06/21

8.1

(12.4)

(6.3)

0.0

N/A

N/A

06/22

6.0

(8.4)

(3.1)

0.0

N/A

N/A

06/23e

7.7

(8.8)

(3.8)

0.0

N/A

N/A

06/24e

7.7

(9.6)

(4.2)

0.0

N/A

N/A

Note: *PBT and EPS are normalised, excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles, exceptional items and share-based payments.

Medlab is focused on developing its lead asset, NanaBis, which is a 50:50 formulation of synthetic CBD and dronabinol (synthetic THC) for treating cancer-induced bone pain. NanaBis is awaiting approval to initiate Phase III studies, with plans to commence patient enrolment in Q4 CY23. The Phase III study will be a multi-centre (Australia, United States and United Kingdom), double-blinded, placebo-controlled study and is expected to enroll 360 patients. Medlab has prepared a drug master file and we expect it to approach the FDA with an IND application in Q1 CY23. The company is also developing NanoCBD, a 100% CBD formulation treating occupational stress and mental health issues.

Plans for a secondary listing in the United States were announced in June 2022, and we see the recent announcement as a key step in realising Medlab’s target of the Nasdaq IPO in Q1 CY23. We note that the offering size (1,797,752 share units) is around 79% of the currently issued capital on the ASX although the offer price of US$4.45/share (which translates to A$6.5/share) is at a discount to the average ASX trading price of A$7.1/share in December 2022. In addition to the above, the underwriters (EF Hutton) also have a 45-day option to purchase up to 269,662 additional units to cover over-allotments.

We expect the proceeds to be used to develop NanaBis for cancer-related bone pain, NanoCBD for stress and MDC2000 for depression. Due to the high activity and liquidity associated with the US biotech market, the potential Nasdaq listing could support the company in progressing its development pipeline, in our view.

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