TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Portage Biotech Inc. ("Portage") (OTCQB: PTGEF, Canadian Stock Exchange: PBT.U) plans to distribute as stock dividend, a substantial part of the 6,341,500 common shares it holds in Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd (BHVN:NYSE). Portage will retain a portion of the total number of shares to deal with technical matters arising from the proposed dividend plan and to provide working capital to Portage. The distribution is subject to legal review and to regulatory compliance.
Portage is working with its professional advisors in numerous jurisdictions including the United States, Canada and BVI to determine the terms and timing of the dividend distribution plan. The stock dividend will only be effected in those jurisdictions where it is permitted by law.
Finalization of the distribution including the dividend record date, the number of shares of BHVN to be distributed and resolution of fractional share issues will be announced as soon as they are available.
Dr. Bailey, the Chairman commented, " We believe distribution of our holding in Biohaven as a dividend to our shareholders is the fairest and best way for them to maximize the value of their investment in Portage. A dividend would provide Portage shareholders the opportunity to make their own assessment of Biohaven's development strategy. I have great confidence in the team at Biohaven and look forward to the read-outs on their various clinical trial programs."
The proposed dividend will also enable Portage to avoid being characterized as an investment company under the US Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.
Portage is engaged in the discovery and development of pharmaceutical and biotech products through clinical "proof of concept" with a focus on areas of unmet clinical need. Following proof of concept, Portage will seek to sell or license these products to large pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies for further development and commercialization. Portage has an interest in novel targeted therapies, stem cell therapies, and new indications for older marketed products that have been found to have novel patentable characteristics that bring new value to patients.
This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal and Canadian securities laws. Any such statements reflect Portage's current views and assumptions about future events and financial performance. Portage cannot assure that future events or performance will occur. There are important risks and other factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated in our forward-looking statements.
Portage assumes no obligation for, and expressly disclaims any duty to update, the information in this News Release.
SOURCE Portage Biotech Inc.
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