As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 6, 2021
Registration Statement No. 333-
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
13631 Progress Boulevard, Suite 400
Alachua, Florida 32615
Tel: (386) 462-6800
(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrants principal executive offices)
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
13631 Progress Boulevard, Suite 400
Alachua, Florida 32615
Tel: (386) 462-6800
(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number including area code, of agent for service)
Fahd M.T. Riaz, Esq.
DLA Piper LLP (US)
1650 Market Street, Suite 4900
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale to the public:
As soon as practicable after this registration statement becomes effective.
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CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE
Title of each class of
securities to be registered
Common stock, $0.01 par value per share
Such information is not required to be included pursuant to General Instruction II.E of Form S-3 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act). Such indeterminate number or amount of common stock is being registered as may from time to time be offered at indeterminate prices. In addition, pursuant to Rule 416 under the Securities Act, the securities being registered hereunder include such indeterminate number of shares of common stock as may be issuable with respect to the securities being registered hereunder as a result of stock splits, stock dividends or similar transactions.
Pursuant to Rules 456(b) and 457(r) of the Securities Act, the registrant is deferring payment of all applicable registration fees. Any registration fees will be paid on a pay-as-you-go basis in accordance with Rule 457(r).
We may from time to time offer to sell common stock in amounts, at prices and on terms described in one or more supplements to this prospectus. This prospectus provides a general description of our common stock. Each time we sell shares of our common stock, we will provide the specific terms of the shares in a supplement to this prospectus. We may also authorize one or more free writing prospectuses to be provided to you in connection with such offerings. The prospectus supplement and any related free writing prospectus may add, update or change information contained in this prospectus. You should carefully read this prospectus, the applicable prospectus supplement and any related free writing prospectus, as well as the documents incorporated by reference herein and therein, before you invest in any of our common stock.
We may offer and sell our common stock through underwriters, dealers or agents, or directly to purchasers, or through a combination of these methods. See Plan of Distribution beginning on page 8 of this prospectus.
Our common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol AXGN. The last reported sale price of our common stock on the Nasdaq Capital Market on May 3, 2021 was $19.35 per share.
Investing in our securities involves risk. See Risk Factors on page 3 of this prospectus. You should carefully read this prospectus, the applicable prospectus supplement and any related free writing prospectus, as well as the documents incorporated by reference herein and therein, before you invest in any of our securities.
Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
The date of this prospectus is May 6, 2021
This prospectus is part of a registration statement on Form S-3 that we filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) using a shelf registration process as a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act). Under this shelf registration process, we may offer and sell, from time to time, in one or more offerings the common stock described in this prospectus.
This prospectus provides you with a general description of the securities we may offer. Each time we sell the securities, we will, to the extent required by law, provide a prospectus supplement that will contain specific information about the terms of the offering. We may also authorize one or more free writing prospectuses to be provided to you in connection with the offering. The prospectus supplement and any related free writing prospectus may add, update or change information contained in this prospectus. This prospectus does not contain all of the information included in the registration statement. For a more complete understanding of the offering of the securities, you should refer to the registration statement, including its exhibits. You should carefully read this prospectus, the applicable prospectus supplement, and any applicable free writing prospectus, as well as the information and documents incorporated herein and therein by reference and the additional information under the heading Where You Can Find More Information, before making an investment decision.
We have not authorized any dealer, salesman or other person to give any information or to make any representation other than those contained in, or incorporated by reference into, this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement, and any free writing prospectus we have authorized for use in connection with a specific offering. You must not rely upon any other information or representation.
This prospectus and any accompanying supplement to this prospectus do not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities other than the registered securities to which they relate, nor do this prospectus and any accompanying supplement to this prospectus constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in any jurisdiction to any person to whom it is unlawful to make such offer or solicitation in such jurisdiction. You should not assume that the information contained in this prospectus, any accompanying prospectus supplement and any applicable free writing prospectus is accurate on any date subsequent to the date set forth on the front of the document or that any information we have incorporated by reference is correct on any date subsequent to the date of the document incorporated by reference, even though this prospectus, any accompanying prospectus supplement or any applicable free writing prospectus is delivered, or securities sold, on a later date.
This prospectus may not be used by us to consummate sales of our securities unless it is accompanied by a prospectus supplement. To the extent there are inconsistencies between any prospectus supplement, this prospectus and any documents incorporated by reference, the document with the most recent date will control.
Unless the context otherwise requires, references in this prospectus to we, us, our, or the Company refer to Axogen, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Axogen Corporation, Axogen Processing Corporation, and Axogen Europe GmbH.
This prospectus includes trademarks, tradenames and service marks that are the property of us and of other organizations. Solely for convenience, trademarks, trade names and service marks referred to in this prospectus may appear without the , ®, © or SM symbols, but such references are not intended to indicate, in any way, that we will not assert, to the fullest extent under applicable law, our rights or the rights of the applicable licensor to these trademarks, trade names and service marks. We do not intend our use or display of other parties trademarks, trade names or service marks to imply, and such use or display should not be construed to imply, a relationship with, or endorsement or sponsorship of us by, these other parties.
This summary highlights selected information contained elsewhere in this prospectus or incorporated by reference into this prospectus. This summary does not contain all the information that you should consider before investing in our securities. You should carefully read this entire prospectus, the applicable prospectus supplement and any related free writing prospectus, including each of the documents incorporated herein or therein by reference, before making an investment decision.
We are the leading company focused specifically on the science, development, and commercialization of technologies for peripheral nerve regeneration and repair. We are passionate about providing the opportunity to restore nerve function and quality of life for patients with peripheral nerve injuries. We provide innovative, clinically proven and economically effective repair solutions for surgeons and health care providers. Peripheral nerves provide the pathways for both motor and sensory signals throughout the body. Every day, people suffer traumatic injuries or undergo surgical procedures that impact the function of their peripheral nerves. Physical damage to a peripheral nerve, or the inability to properly reconnect peripheral nerves, can result in the loss of muscle or organ function, the loss of sensory feeling, or the initiation of pain.
Our platform for peripheral nerve repair features a comprehensive portfolio of products, including Avance® Nerve Graft, a biologically active off-the-shelf processed human nerve allograft for bridging severed peripheral nerves without the comorbidities associated with a second surgical site; Axoguard® Nerve Connector, a porcine submucosa extracellular matrix (ECM) coaptation aid for tensionless repair of severed peripheral nerves; Axoguard® Nerve Protector, a porcine submucosa ECM product used to wrap and protect damaged peripheral nerves and reinforce the nerve reconstruction while preventing soft tissue attachments; Axoguard® Nerve Cap, a porcine submucosa ECM product used to protect a peripheral nerve end and separate the nerve from the surrounding environment to reduce the development of symptomatic or painful neuroma; and Avive® Soft Tissue Membrane, a processed human umbilical cord intended for surgical use as a resorbable soft tissue conduit. Along with these core surgical products, we also offer Axotouch® Two-Point Discriminator, used to measure the innervation density of any surface area of the skin. The Axogen portfolio of products is available in the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, South Korea, and several other countries.
Revenue from the distribution of our nerve repair products, Avance Nerve Graft, Axoguard Nerve Connector, Axoguard Nerve Protector and Avive Soft Tissue Membrane, in the United States is the main contributor to our total reported sales and has been the key component of our growth to date.
We were incorporated in Minnesota in 1977. Our principal offices are located at 13631 Progress Boulevard, Suite 400, Alachua, Florida 32615. Our telephone number is (386) 462-6800. We have three wholly owned subsidiaries, Axogen Corporation, a Delaware corporation, Axogen Processing Corporation, a Delaware corporation, and Axogen Europe GmbH, a limited liability corporation with its corporate seat in Vienna, Austria. Our web address is www.axogeninc.com. Information contained in, or accessible through, our website does not constitute a part of this prospectus or any accompanying prospectus supplement.
Our reports that have been filed with the SEC are available on our website free of charge, including our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, Forms 3, 4 and 5 filed on behalf of directors and executive officers and any amendments to such reports filed pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act). Copies of this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement may also be obtained without charge electronically or by paper by contacting Investor Relations, c/o Axogen, Inc., 13631 Progress Boulevard, Suite 400, Alachua, Florida 32615 or by calling (386) 462-6800.
An investment in our common stock involves risks. Prior to making a decision about investing in our common stock, you should carefully consider the specific risks discussed under Risk Factors in our annual report on Form 10-K for our most recent fiscal year, as updated by our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other SEC filings subsequent thereto, pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, and in any applicable prospectus supplement. The risks and uncertainties described in any applicable prospectus supplement and in our SEC filings are not the only ones we face. Each of these risks could materially and adversely affect our business, results of operations, financial condition, and prospects, resulting in a decline in the trading price of our common stock and a complete or partial loss of your investment. The discussion of risks includes or refers to forward-looking statements; you should read the explanation of the qualifications and limitation on such forward-looking statements discussed elsewhere in this prospectus.
This prospectus, any accompanying prospectus supplement or related free writing prospectus, and the documents incorporated by reference herein and therein may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act, Section 21E of the Exchange Act, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, concerning possible or anticipated future results of operations or business developments. Words such as expects, anticipates, intends, plans, believes, seeks, estimates, projects, forecasts, continue, may, should, will, goals, variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, statements regarding our assessment of our internal controls over financial reporting, our growth, the impact of COVID-19, product development, product potential, financial performance, sales growth, product adoption, market awareness of our products, data validation, and our visibility at and sponsorship of, conferences and educational events. The forward-looking statements are and will be subject to risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contained in this prospectus, any accompanying prospectus supplement or related free writing prospectus, should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the our business and our market, particularly those discussed in the risk factors and cautionary statements set forth in the our filings with the SEC, including as described in Risk Factors included in Item 1A and Risk Factor Summary of the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results may differ materially from those projected. The forward-looking statements are representative only as of the date they are made and, except as required by applicable law, we assume no responsibility to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise.
You should read carefully the risks described in the section entitled Risk Factors beginning on page 3 of this prospectus, and in any accompanying prospectus supplement or related free writing prospectus, together with all information incorporated by reference herein and therein, to better understand the significant risks and uncertainties inherent in our business and underlying any forward-looking statements. As a result of these risks, actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements in this prospectus or in any accompanying prospectus supplement or related free writing prospectus, or incorporated by reference herein and therein, and you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements.
The following description of our capital stock is not complete and may not contain all the information you should consider before investing in our capital stock. This description is summarized from, and qualified in its entirety by reference to, our Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation (Articles) and our Amended and Restated Bylaws (Bylaws), in each case as may be amended from time to time, which have been publicly filed with the SEC. See Where You Can Find More Information and Incorporation of Certain Information by Reference. In addition, please refer to our other publicly filed documents incorporated herein by reference which describe our outstanding registration rights, equity incentive plans and other securities.
Under our Articles, we are authorized to issue up to 100,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share. As of May 3, 2021, 41,003,269 shares of common stock were issued and outstanding.
Dividends, Voting Rights and Liquidation
The holders of shares of our common stock: (i) have equal, ratable rights to dividends from funds legally available therefor, when, as and if declared by the Board of Directors of the Company, (ii) are entitled to share ratably in all assets available for distribution to holders of shares of common stock upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up of our affairs, (iii) do not have preemptive, subscription or conversion rights and there are no redemption or sinking fund provisions applicable thereto, and (iv) are entitled to one vote per share on all matters which shareholders may vote on at all meetings of shareholders. Except as otherwise required by statute, the Articles or the Bylaws, all matters are decided by a majority vote of the number of shares entitled to vote at the time of the vote.
Transfer Agent and Registrar
Broadridge Corporate Issuer Solutions, Inc. is the transfer agent and registrar for our common stock.
Minnesota Anti-Takeover Laws
We are governed by the provisions of Sections 302A.671, 302A.673 and 302A.675 of the Minnesota Business Corporation Act (MBCA). These provisions may discourage a negotiated acquisition or unsolicited takeover of us and deprive our shareholders of an opportunity to sell their common stock at a premium over the market price.
In general, Section 302A.671 of the MBCA provides that a corporations shares acquired in a control share acquisition have no voting rights unless voting rights are approved in a prescribed manner. A control share acquisition is a direct or indirect acquisition of beneficial ownership of shares that would, when added to all other shares beneficially owned by the acquiring person, entitle the acquiring person to have voting power of 20% or more in the election of directors.
In general, Section 302A.673 of the MBCA prohibits a public Minnesota corporation from engaging in a business combination with an interested shareholder for a period of four years after the date of the transaction in which the person became an interested shareholder, unless the business combination is approved in a prescribed manner. The term business combination includes mergers, asset sales and other transactions resulting in a financial benefit to the interested shareholder. An interested shareholder is a person who is the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of 10% or more of a corporations voting stock or who is an affiliate or associate of the corporation, and who, at any time within four years before the date in question, was the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of 10% or more of the corporations voting stock. Section 302A.673 does not apply if a
committee of our Board of Directors consisting of all of its disinterested directors (excluding current and former officers) approves the proposed transaction or the interested shareholders acquisition of shares before the interested shareholder becomes an interested shareholder.
If a tender offer is made for our common stock, Section 302A.675 of the MBCA precludes the offeror from acquiring additional shares of stock (including in acquisitions pursuant to mergers, consolidations or statutory share exchanges) within two years following the completion of the tender offer, unless shareholders selling their shares in the later acquisition are given the opportunity to sell their shares on terms that are substantially the same as those contained in the earlier tender offer. Section 302A.675 does not apply if a committee of our Board of Directors consisting of all of its disinterested directors (excluding its current and former officers) approves the proposed acquisition before any shares are acquired pursuant to the earlier tender offer.
In connection with that certain Securities Purchase Agreement, dated as of August 26, 2015, between us and EW Healthcare Partners L.P., formerly named Essex Woodlands Fund IX, L.P. (Essex), we also entered into a Registration Rights Agreement with Essex, pursuant to which we granted Essex certain demand and piggy-back registration rights with respect to its shares of our common stock. The resale of all of Essexs shares has been registered pursuant to the Registration Rights Agreement.
Unless the applicable prospectus supplement states otherwise, we anticipate that the net proceeds from the sale of our securities will be used for general corporate purposes, and we will retain broad discretion with respect to the allocation thereof. Additional information on the use of proceeds we receive from the sale of securities covered by this prospectus may be set forth in the prospectus supplement relating to the specific offering.
We may offer securities under this prospectus from time to time pursuant to underwritten public offerings, negotiated transactions, block trades or a combination of these methods or through underwriters or dealers, through agents and/or directly to one or more purchasers. The securities may be distributed from time to time in one or more transactions:
at a fixed price or prices, which may be changed;
at market prices prevailing at the time of sale;
at prices related to such prevailing market prices;
at negotiated prices; or
a combination of these pricing methods.
We may also sell equity securities covered by this registration statement in an at-the-market offering as defined in Rule 415(a)(4) under the Securities Act. Such offering may be made into an existing trading market for such securities in transactions at other than a fixed price on or through the facilities of Nasdaq or any other securities exchange or quotation or trading service on which such securities may be listed, quoted or traded at the time of sale.
Such at-the-market offerings, if any, may be conducted by underwriters acting as principal or agent.
Each time that securities covered by this prospectus are sold, we will provide a prospectus supplement or supplements that will describe the method of distribution and set forth the terms and conditions of the offering of such securities, including the offering price of the securities and the proceeds to us, if applicable.
Offers to purchase the securities being offered by this prospectus may be solicited directly. Agents may also be designated to solicit offers to purchase the securities from time to time. Any agent involved in the offer or sale of our securities will be identified in a prospectus supplement.
If a dealer is utilized in the sale of the securities being offered by this prospectus, the securities will be sold to the dealer, as principal. The dealer may then resell the securities to the public at varying prices to be determined by the dealer at the time of resale.
If an underwriter is utilized in the sale of the securities being offered by this prospectus, an underwriting agreement will be executed with the underwriter at the time of sale and the name of any underwriter will be provided in the prospectus supplement that the underwriter will use to make resales of the securities to the public. In connection with the sale of the securities, we, or the purchasers of securities for whom the underwriter may act as agent, may compensate the underwriter in the form of underwriting discounts or commissions. The underwriter may sell the securities to or through dealers, and those dealers may receive compensation in the form of discounts, concessions or commissions from the underwriters and/or commissions from the purchasers for which they may act as agent. Unless otherwise indicated in a prospectus supplement, an agent will be acting on a best efforts basis and a dealer will purchase securities as a principal, and may then resell the securities at varying prices to be determined by the dealer.
Any compensation paid to underwriters, dealers or agents in connection with the offering of the securities, and any discounts, concessions or commissions allowed by underwriters to participating dealers will be provided in the applicable prospectus supplement. Underwriters, dealers and agents participating in the distribution of the securities may be deemed to be underwriters within the meaning of the Securities Act, and any discounts and commissions received by them and any profit realized by them on resale of the securities may be deemed to be underwriting discounts and commissions. We may enter into agreements to indemnify underwriters, dealers and
agents against civil liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act, or to contribute to payments they may be required to make in respect thereof and to reimburse those persons for certain expenses.
To facilitate the offering of securities, certain persons participating in the offering may engage in transactions that stabilize, maintain or otherwise affect the price of the securities. This may include over-allotments or short sales of the securities, which involve the sale by persons participating in the offering of more securities than were sold to them. In these circumstances, these persons would cover such over-allotments or short positions by making purchases in the open market or by exercising their over-allotment option, if any. In addition, these persons may stabilize or maintain the price of the securities by bidding for or purchasing securities in the open market or by imposing penalty bids, whereby selling concessions allowed to dealers participating in the offering may be reclaimed if securities sold by them are repurchased in connection with stabilization transactions. The effect of these transactions may be to stabilize or maintain the market price of the securities at a level above that which might otherwise prevail in the open market. These transactions may be discontinued at any time.
If indicated in the applicable prospectus supplement, underwriters or other persons acting as agents may be authorized to solicit offers by institutions or other suitable purchasers to purchase the securities at the public offering price set forth in the prospectus supplement, pursuant to delayed delivery contracts providing for payment and delivery on the date or dates stated in the prospectus supplement. These purchasers may include, among others, commercial and savings banks, insurance companies, pension funds, investment companies and educational and charitable institutions. Delayed delivery contracts will be subject to the condition that the purchase of the securities covered by the delayed delivery contracts will not at the time of delivery be prohibited under the laws of any jurisdiction in the United States to which the purchaser is subject. The underwriters and agents will not have any responsibility with respect to the validity or performance of these contracts.
We may enter into derivative transactions with third parties, or sell securities not covered by this prospectus to third parties in privately negotiated transactions. If the applicable prospectus supplement so indicates, in connection with those derivatives, the third parties may sell securities covered by this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement, including in short sale transactions. If so, the third party may use securities pledged by us or borrowed from us or others to settle those sales or to close out any related open borrowings of stock, and may use securities received from us in settlement of those derivatives to close out any related open borrowings of stock. The third party in such sale transactions will be an underwriter and, if not identified in this prospectus, will be named in the applicable prospectus supplement (or a post-effective amendment). In addition, we may otherwise loan or pledge securities to a financial institution or other third party that in turn may sell the securities short using this prospectus and an applicable prospectus supplement. Such financial institution or other third party may transfer its economic short position to investors in our securities or in connection with a concurrent offering of other securities.
The specific terms of any lock-up provisions in respect of any given offering will be described in the applicable prospectus supplement.
In compliance with the guidelines of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA), the maximum consideration or discount to be received by any FINRA member or independent broker dealer may not exceed 8% of the aggregate proceeds of the offering.
The underwriters, dealers and agents may engage in transactions with us, or perform services for us, in the ordinary course of business for which they receive compensation.
Underwriters, dealers and agents that participate in the distribution of our securities may be underwriters as defined in the Securities Act, and any discounts or commissions they receive and any profit they make on the
resale of the offered securities may be treated as underwriting discounts and commissions under the Securities Act. Any underwriters or agents will be identified and their compensation described in a prospectus supplement. We may indemnify agents, underwriters, and dealers against certain civil liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act, or make contributions to payments they may be required to make relating to those liabilities. Our agents, underwriters, and dealers, or their affiliates, may be customers of, engage in transactions with, or perform services for us in the ordinary course of business.
Representatives of the underwriters through whom our securities are sold for public offering and sale may engage in over-allotment, stabilizing transactions, syndicate short covering transactions and penalty bids in accordance with Regulation M under the Exchange Act. Over-allotment involves syndicate sales in excess of the offering size, which creates a syndicate short position. Stabilizing transactions permit bids to purchase the offered securities so long as the stabilizing bids do not exceed a specified maximum.
Syndicate covering transactions involve purchases of the offered securities in the open market after the distribution has been completed in order to cover syndicate short positions. Penalty bids permit the representative of the underwriters to reclaim a selling concession from a syndicate member when the offered securities originally sold by such syndicate member are purchased in a syndicate covering transaction to cover syndicate short positions. Such stabilizing transactions, syndicate covering transactions and penalty bids may cause the price of the offered securities to be higher than it would otherwise be in the absence of such transactions. These transactions may be effected on a national securities exchange and, if commenced, may be discontinued at any time.
Underwriters, dealers and agents may be customers of, engage in transactions with or perform services for, us and our subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business.
We will bear all costs, expenses and fees in connection with the registration of the securities as well as the expense of all commissions and discounts, if any, attributable to the sales of any of our securities by us.
We file annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC. The SEC maintains a website at http://www.sec.gov that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC. In addition, we maintain a website at http://www.axogeninc.com and make available free of charge on this website our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with, or furnish it to, the SEC. Information contained in, or accessible through, our website does not constitute a part of this prospectus or any accompanying prospectus supplement.
The SEC allows us to incorporate by reference much of the information we file with it, which means that we can disclose important information to you by referring you to those publicly available documents. All of the information that we incorporate by reference is considered to be part of this prospectus, and any of our subsequent filings with the SEC will automatically update and supersede this information. This prospectus incorporates by reference the documents listed below and any future filings made by Axogen with the SEC under Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, except for information furnished under Items 2.02 or 7.01 of our current reports on Form 8-K, or exhibits related thereto, between the date of this prospectus and the termination of the offering of the securities:
our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the SEC on March 1, 2021;
the information specifically incorporated by reference into our annual report from our definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A, filed with the SEC on March 31, 2021;
our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, filed with the SEC on May 6, 2021;
the description of our common stock contained in our registration statement on Form 8-A filed with the SEC on August 6, 2013, including any amendment or report filed for the purpose of updating such description.
Any statement contained in any document incorporated by reference herein will be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this prospectus to the extent that a statement contained in this prospectus or any additional prospectus supplements modifies or supersedes such statement. Any statement so modified or superseded will not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this prospectus.
We will provide, upon written or oral request, at no cost, to each person, including any beneficial owner, to whom a prospectus is delivered, a copy of any or all of the information that has been incorporated by reference in the prospectus but not delivered with the prospectus. You may request a copy of these filings by writing us at Investor Relations, c/o Axogen, Inc., 13631 Progress Boulevard, Suite 400, Alachua, Florida 32615. Our telephone number is (386) 462-6800.
You should rely only on the information incorporated by reference or provided in this prospectus or any supplement. We have not authorized anyone else to provide you with different information. You should not assume that information in this prospectus or any supplement is accurate as of any date other than the date on the front of these documents.
The validity of the issuance of the securities offered pursuant to this prospectus are being passed upon for us by DLA Piper LLP (US), Short Hills, New Jersey. The validity of any securities will be passed upon for any underwriters or agents by counsel that we will name in the applicable prospectus supplement.
The financial statements, and the related financial statement schedule, incorporated in this Prospectus by reference from the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K and the effectiveness of Axogens internal control over financial reporting have been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report, which is incorporated herein by reference. Such financial statements and financial statement schedule have been so incorporated in reliance upon the report of such firm given upon their authority as experts in accounting and auditing.
May 6, 2021
INFORMATION NOT REQUIRED IN PROSPECTUS
Item 14. Other Expenses of Issuance and Distribution
The following table sets forth fees and expenses payable by the registrant, other than underwriting discounts and commissions, in connection with the issuance and distribution of the securities being registered hereby. Except as to the amount set forth below, the registrant is deferring payment of the registration fee in reliance on Rule 456(b) and Rule 457(r) under the Securities Act. All amounts set forth below are estimates. All of such expenses are being borne by the registrant.
SEC Registration Fee
Printing and Engraving Fees
Legal Fees and Expenses
Accounting Fees and Expenses
Transfer Agent and Registrar Fees
Omitted because the registration fee is being deferred pursuant to Rule 456(b) and Rule 457(r) under the Securities Act.
These fees and expenses depend on the securities offered and the number of issuances, and accordingly cannot be estimated at this time.
Item 15. Indemnification of Directors and Officers
Section 302A.521, subd. 2 of the MBCA requires us to indemnify a person made or threatened to be made a party to a proceeding by reason of the former or present official capacity of the person with respect to us, against judgments, penalties, fines, settlements, and reasonable expenses, including attorneys fees and disbursements, incurred by the person in connection with the proceeding if certain statutory standards are met, unless we amend our articles of incorporation or bylaws to prohibit or condition such indemnification rights. Under Section 302A.521, subd. 2, indemnification will be available only where an officer, director or employee can establish that he or she: (i) has not been indemnified by another organization with respect to the same acts or omissions; (ii) acted in good faith; (iii) received no improper personal benefits; (iv) in the case of a criminal proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe the conduct was unlawful; and (v) reasonably believed the conduct was in our best interests or, in certain circumstances, reasonably believed that the conduct was not opposed to our best interests. In addition, Section 302A.521, subd. 3 of the MBCA requires payment by us, upon written request, of reasonable expenses in advance of final disposition of the proceeding in certain circumstances unless we amend our articles of incorporation or bylaws to prohibit or condition such expense advancement rights. Under Section 302A.521, subd. 4, we may amend our articles of incorporation or bylaws to prohibit or condition such indemnification or expense advancement rights. Under Section 302A.521, subd. 6, a decision as to required indemnification shall be made (i) by a disinterested majority of our Board of Directors present at a meeting at which a disinterested quorum is present, (ii) by a designated committee of the Board of Directors consisting of two or more disinterested directors, (iii) by special legal counsel selected by the board or a committee by vote pursuant to clause (i) or (ii) above, (iv) by an affirmative vote of the our shareholders, in which the shares held by parties to the proceeding are not counted in determining the presence of a quorum and are not considered to be present and entitled to vote, or (v) by a court in Minnesota. For purposes of clauses (i) and (ii) above, a director is disinterested if he or she is not a party to the proceeding for which indemnification or expense advancement is at issue. Section 302A.521 of the MBCA contains detailed terms regarding such right of indemnification and reference is made thereto for a complete statement of such indemnification rights.
Article 7 of the Articles provides that, to the fullest extent permitted by the MBCA as the same exists or may hereafter be amended, a director of the Company shall not be personally liable to us or our shareholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director; provided, however, that Article 7 shall not eliminate or limit the liability of a director to the extent provided by applicable law (i) for any breach of the directors duty of loyalty to the corporation or its shareholders, (ii) for acts or omissions not in good faith or that involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law, (iii) under Section 302A.559 of the MBCA or 80A.76 of Minnesota Statutes, (iv) for any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit, or (v) for any act or omission occurring prior to the effective date of Article 7 or any predecessor of the provision. Neither the amendment, modification or repeal of Article 7 nor the adoption of any provision in the Articles of Incorporation inconsistent with Article 7 shall adversely affect any right or protection of a director or officer of the Company with respect to any act or omission that occurred prior to the time of such amendment, modification, repeal or adoption. The Bylaws provide that the directors and officers of the Company shall have the right to indemnification provided by Section 302A.521 of the MBCA, as now enacted or hereafter amended.
We maintain, on behalf of our directors and officers, insurance protection against certain liabilities arising out of the discharge of their duties, as well as insurance covering us for indemnification payments made to our directors and officers for certain liabilities. We pay the premiums for such insurance.
Any underwriting agreements that we may enter into will likely provide for our indemnification, our controlling persons, our directors and certain of our officers by the underwriters against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act.
Item 16. Exhibits
The exhibits to this registration statement are listed in the Exhibit Index to this registration statement, which Exhibit Index is hereby incorporated by reference.
Item 17. Undertakings
(a) The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:
(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:
(i) to include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;
(ii) to reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the registration statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission, pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than 20% change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the Calculation of Registration Fee table in the effective registration statement; and
(iii) to include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement;
provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i), (ii) and (iii) above do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are incorporated by reference in this registration statement, or is contained in a form of prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) that is part of the registration statement.
(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.
(4) That, for the purpose of determining liability under the Securities Act to any purchaser:
(A) Each prospectus filed by the registrant pursuant to Rule 424(b)(3) shall be deemed to be part of the registration statement as of the date the filed prospectus was deemed part of and included in the registration statement; and
(B) Each prospectus required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2), (b)(5) or (b)(7) as part of a registration statement in reliance on Rule 430B relating to an offering made pursuant to Rule 415(a)(1)(i), (vii) or (x) for the purpose of providing the information required by Section 10(a) of the Securities Act shall be deemed to be part of and included in the registration statement as of the earlier of the date such form of prospectus is first used after effectiveness or the date of the first contract of sale of securities in the offering described in prospectus. As provided in Rule 430B, for liability purposes of the issuer and any person that is at that date an underwriter, such date shall be deemed to be a new effective date of the registration statement relating to the securities in the registration statement to which the prospectus relates, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof. Provided, however, that no statement made in a registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement or made in a document incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference into the registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement will, as to a purchaser with a time of contract of sale prior to such effective date, supersede or modify any statement that was made in the registration statement or prospectus that was part of the registration statement or made in any such document immediately prior to such effective date.
(5) That, for the purpose of determining liability of the registrant under the Securities Act to any purchaser in the initial distribution of the securities, the undersigned registrant undertakes that in a primary offering of securities of the undersigned registrant pursuant to this registration statement, regardless of the underwriting method used to sell the securities to the purchaser, if the securities are offered or sold to such purchaser by means of any of the following communications, the undersigned registrant will be a seller to the purchaser and will be considered to offer or sell such securities to such purchaser:
(i) Any preliminary prospectus or prospectus of the undersigned registrant relating to the offering required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424;
(ii) Any free writing prospectus relating to the offering prepared by or on behalf of the undersigned registrant or used or referred to by the undersigned registrant;
(iii) The portion of any other free writing prospectus relating to the offering containing material information about the undersigned registrant or its securities provided by or on behalf of the undersigned registrant; and
(iv) Any other communication that is an offer in the offering made by the undersigned registrant to the purchaser.
(b) The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the registrants annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plans annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(c) Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the registrant, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the SEC such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.
|1.1||Form of Underwriting Agreement*|
|4.1||Registration Rights Agreement, dated as of August 26, 2015, between the Company and EW Healthcare Partners L.P., formerly named Essex Woodlands Fund IX, L.P. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2 to the annual report on Form 10-K filed on February 28, 2018).|
|4.2||Description of Securities of Axogen, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, filed on February 24, 2020).|
|5.1||Opinion of DLA Piper LLP (US)|
|23.1||Consent of Deloitte and Touche LLP|
|23.2||Consent of DLA Piper LLP (US) (contained in Exhibit 5.1)|
|24.1||Power of Attorney (included on signature page to this Registration Statement)|
To be filed by amendment or as an exhibit to a document incorporated by reference or deemed to be incorporated by reference in this registration statement, including a current report on Form 8-K, in connection with the offering of any securities, as appropriate.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-3 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized in the City of Alachua, in the State of Florida on May 6, 2021.
|May 6, 2021||By:||/s/ Karen Zaderej|
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer|
Each person whose individual signature appears below hereby authorizes and appoints Karen Zaderej, Peter J. Mariani, and Brad Ottinger, and each of them, with full power of substitution and resubstitution and full power to act without the other, as his or her true and lawful attorney in fact and agent to act in his or her name, place and stead and to execute in the name and on behalf of each person, individually and in each capacity stated below, and to file any and all amendments to this registration statement, including any and all post-effective amendments and amendments thereto, and any registration statement relating to the same offering filed pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto said attorneys in fact and agents, and each of them, full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing, ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys in fact and agents or any of them or their or his substitute or substitutes may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue thereof.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this registration statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.
Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board (Principal Executive Officer)
|May 6, 2021|
Peter J. Mariani
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)
|May 6, 2021|
Gregory G. Freitag
|May 6, 2021|
Dr. Mark Gold
|May 6, 2021|
Guido J. Neels
|May 6, 2021|
Paul G. Thomas
|May 6, 2021|
|May 6, 2021|
Quentin S. Blackford
|May 6, 2021|
Alan M. Levine
|May 6, 2021|