VALENCIA, Calif. & MELBOURNE, Australia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AVITA Medical Limited (Company) (ASX:AVH, NASDAQ:RCEL) is pleased to announce that the Federal Court of Australia (Court) has today approved orders to convene a meeting of the Company’s shareholders to consider and, if thought fit, approve the proposed scheme of arrangement (Scheme) under which AVITA Therapeutics, Inc. (Avita US), a newly-formed company incorporated in Delaware in the United States of America, will become the parent company of the Company and its subsidiaries (Avita Group) for the purposes of effecting a redomiciliation of the Avita Group from Australia to the United States of America.
The Court has ordered that the Company convene a general meeting of the Company’s shareholders at 9.00am (AEST) on 15 June 2020 for the purpose of considering a resolution to approve the Scheme (Scheme Meeting). In light of the restrictions imposed by Australian governments in response to COVID-19, the Company has sought orders (and the Court has ordered) that the Scheme Meeting be conducted exclusively as a virtual meeting by way of a live webcast.
Details and instructions on how to participate in the Scheme Meeting and vote by way of live webcast will be contained in the scheme booklet to be issued in connection with the Scheme (Scheme Booklet) and in the “Scheme Meeting User Guide” that will be made available on the Company’s website (www.avitamedical.com) prior to the Scheme Meeting.
Shareholders who are unable to participate in the live webcast, or choose not to do so, can vote by way of proxy, attorney or corporate representative (as applicable).
A further announcement attaching a full copy of the Scheme Booklet, as approved by the Court, will be released by the Company following registration of the Scheme Booklet by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). The Scheme Booklet includes the Notice of Scheme Meeting and an Independent Expert’s Report prepared by BDO Corporate Finance Limited.
The Scheme Booklet will be sent to the Company’s shareholders (in the form approved by the Court and registered with ASIC) by post or electronically (for those shareholders who have opted to receive notices electronically) on or about 14 May 2020.
The Scheme Booklet will set out details of the Scheme, including (but not limited to) the advantages, disadvantages and risks of the Scheme and information on the Scheme Meeting and on how to vote.
Recommendation of the Board
The Company’s board unanimously recommends that the Company’s shareholders vote in favour of the resolution to approve the Scheme at the Scheme Meeting. Each member of the Company’s board intends to vote all shares in the Company which they hold (or which are held on their behalf) in favour of that resolution.
Independent Expert’s conclusion
As noted above, the Scheme Booklet includes an Independent Expert’s Report prepared by BDO Corporate Finance Limited (Independent Expert). The Independent Expert has concluded that, in its opinion, the Scheme is in the best interests of the Company’s shareholders as a whole.
Scheme Meeting (to be held by way of live webcast)
9.00am (AEST) on 15 June 2020
Second Court Hearing for approval of the Scheme
22 June 2020
Effective Date for the Scheme
Last day of trading of the Company’s shares on the ASX
23 June 2020
Listing of Avita US on the ASX
Trading of Avita US CDIs commences on the ASX on a deferred settlement basis
24 June 2020
Record Date (for determining the entitlement of shareholders of the Company to Avita US shares or Avita US CDIs)
7.00pm (AEST) on 25 June 2020
Last day of trading of the Company’s ADSs on NASDAQ
Last day of trading of Avita US CDIs on the ASX on a deferred settlement basis
29 June 2020
Issue of Avita US shares or Avita US CDIs to eligible shareholders of the Company
29 June 2020
Listing of Avita US on NASDAQ
Trading of Avita US Shares commences on NASDAQ
Promptly following the Implementation Date
Trading of Avita US CDIs commences on the ASX on a normal basis
30 June 2020
A more comprehensive indicative timetable of the dates of key events is provided in the Scheme Booklet.
The above dates are indicative only and are subject to change. The Scheme remains subject to satisfaction or, where applicable, waiver of the conditions precedent to the Scheme (as set out in the Scheme Implementation Agreement), including all necessary shareholder, Court and regulatory (including Foreign Investment Review Board) approvals.
Any changes to the above dates will be announced to the ASX and NASDAQ and via news release, and will also be notified on the Company’s website (www.avitamedical.com).
Authorised for release by the Chief Financial Officer of AVITA Medical Limited.
ABOUT AVITA MEDICAL LIMITED
AVITA Medical is a regenerative medicine company with a technology platform positioned to address unmet medical needs in burns, chronic wounds, and aesthetics indications. AVITA Medical’s patented and proprietary collection and application technology provides innovative treatment solutions derived from the regenerative properties of a patient’s own skin. The medical devices work by preparing a REGENERATIVE EPIDERMAL SUSPENSION™ (RES™), an autologous suspension comprised of the patient’s skin cells necessary to regenerate natural healthy epidermis. This autologous suspension is then sprayed onto the areas of the patient requiring treatment.
AVITA Medical’s first U.S. product, the RECELL® System, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2018. The RECELL System is indicated for use in the treatment of acute thermal burns in patients 18 years and older. The RECELL System is used to prepare Spray-On Skin™ Cells using a small amount of a patient’s own skin, providing a new way to treat severe burns, while significantly reducing the amount of donor skin required. The RECELL System is designed to be used at the point of care alone or in combination with autografts depending on the depth of the burn injury. Compelling data from randomized, controlled clinical trials conducted at major U.S. burn centers and real-world use in more than 8,000 patients globally, reinforce that the RECELL System is a significant advancement over the current standard of care for burn patients and offers benefits in clinical outcomes and cost savings. Healthcare professionals should read the INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE - RECELL® Autologous Cell Harvesting Device (https://recellsystem.com/) for a full description of indications for use and important safety information including contraindications, warnings and precautions.
In international markets, our products are marketed under the RECELL System brand to promote skin healing in a wide range of applications including burns, chronic wounds and aesthetics. The RECELL System is TGA-registered in Australia and received CE-mark approval in Europe.
To learn more, visit www.avitamedical.com.
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AVITA Medical Ltd
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