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Nanostring (NSTG)

Filed: 18 Jul 18, 4:10pm


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
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FORM 8-K
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 CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 17, 2018  
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NanoString Technologies, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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Delaware001-3598020-0094687
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
(Commission
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

530 Fairview Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(206) 378-6266
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
 
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Item 8.01 Other Events.
On July 17, 2018, NanoString Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into an underwriting agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and UBS Securities LLC, as representatives of the several underwriters named therein (collectively, the “Underwriters”), relating to the issuance and sale of 4,000,000 shares of common stock of the Company (the “Underwritten Shares”). The price to the public in the offering is $12.50 per share and the Underwriters have agreed to purchase the shares of common stock from the Company pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement at a price of $11.75 per share. The net proceeds to the Company from this offering are expected to be approximately $46.8 million (or $53.9 million if the underwriters exercise their option to purchase additional shares of our common stock in full), after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses. The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for the development and launch of its Digital Spatial Profiling platform, the continued commercialization of its nCounter-based products and for general corporate purposes and working capital. The Company has granted the Underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 600,000 shares of common stock (together with the Underwritten Shares, the “Shares”). The closing of the offering is expected to occur on or about July 20, 2018, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
The offering is being made pursuant to the Company’s effective registration statement on Form S-3 (Registration Statement No. 333-220255) (the “Registration Statement”) previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and a related prospectus included in the Registration Statement, as supplemented by a preliminary prospectus supplement dated July 16, 2018 and a final prospectus supplement dated July 17, 2018.
The Underwriting Agreement contains customary representations, warranties and agreements by the Company, customary conditions to closing, indemnification obligations of the Company and the Underwriters, including for liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, other obligations of the parties and termination provisions. The representations, warranties and covenants contained in the Underwriting Agreement were made only for purposes of such agreement and as of specific dates, were solely for the benefit of the parties to such agreement, and may be subject to limitations agreed upon by the contracting parties. In addition, pursuant to the terms of the Underwriting Agreement, certain officers and directors of the Company have entered into “lock-up” agreements with the Underwriters in substantially the form included as Exhibit A to the Underwriting Agreement, which generally prohibit the sale, transfer or other disposition of securities of the Company for a 75-day period, subject to certain exceptions.
The foregoing description of the Underwriting Agreement is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Underwriting Agreement, a copy of which is filed herewith as Exhibit 1.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference. A copy of the opinion of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation, relating to the legality of the issuance and sale of the Shares in the offering is filed as Exhibit 5.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
    
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits.
 

    
SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
   NanoString Technologies, Inc.
    
Date:July 18, 2018By:  /s/ R. Bradley Gray
   R. Bradley Gray
   President and Chief Executive Officer