ContraVir Pharmaceuticals Announces $10.8 Million in Expected Gross Proceeds from Recently Expired Rights Offering

ContraVir Pharmaceuticals Announces $10.8 Million in Expected Gross Proceeds from Recently Expired Rights Offering

June 29, 2018

EDISON, N.J., June 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRV) (“ContraVir” or the “Company”), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutic drugs for the treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV), announced today that the Company’s previously announced rights offering (“the Rights Offering”) expired on Thursday, June 28, 2018 and these rights are no longer exercisable. The Company accepted all valid subscriptions that were presented and estimates that the Rights Offering will result in approximately $10.8 million in gross proceeds. The results of the Rights Offering and ContraVir’s estimates regarding the aggregate gross proceeds of the Rights Offering to be received by ContraVir are subject to finalization and verification by ContraVir and its subscription agent.

ContraVir expects the closing of the Rights Offering will occur on or about July 3, 2018 subject to satisfaction or waiver of all conditions to closing. Upon the closing, the subscription agent will distribute, by way of direct registration in book­-entry form or through the facilities of DTC, as applicable, shares of its Series C Convertible Preferred Stock and warrants to holders of rights who have validly exercised their rights and paid the subscription price in full. No physical stock or warrant certificates will be issued to such holders.

Each right entitled the holder to purchase one unit, at a subscription price of $1,000 per unit, consisting of one share of Series C Convertible Preferred Stock with a face value of $1,000 (and immediately convertible into common stock at a conversion price of $1.55 per share) and 575 warrants with an exercise price of $1.55. The warrants will be exercisable for 5 years after the date of issuance.

“We are thankful to all shareholders who have been supportive and participated in this rights offering,” said James Sapirstein, Chief Executive Officer of ContraVir. “The additional capital from this transaction will help us advance the development of our drugs in the clinic. We will continue to bring shareholder value through execution and our strong dedication to treating the lives of patients suffering from chronic hepatitis B.”

ContraVir engaged Maxim Group LLC as dealer-manager in the rights offering. Questions about the rights offering or requests for copies of the final prospectus may be directed to Maxim Group LLC at 405 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10174, Attention Syndicate Department, or via email at syndicate@maximgrp.com or telephone at (212) 895-3745.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor will there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About ContraVir Pharmaceuticals

ContraVir is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of targeted antiviral therapies with a specific focus on developing a potentially curative therapy for hepatitis B virus (HBV). The company is developing two novel anti-HBV compounds with complementary mechanisms of action. TXL™, a nucleoside analog lipid prodrug of tenofovir (TFV), is designed to deliver higher hepatic intracellular concentrations of the active tenofovir species (tenofovir diphosphate) while reducing concentrations of tenofovir outside the liver, causing less off-target toxicities and side-effects. CRV431, the other anti-HBV compound, is a next-generation cyclophilin inhibitor with a novel structure that increases its potency and selective index against HBV. In vitro and in vivo studies have thus far demonstrated that CRV431 reduces HBV DNA and other viral proteins, including surface antigen (HBsAg) and e antigen (HBeAg). For more information visit www.contravir.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “forecast,” “estimated,” and “intend,” among others. These forward-looking statements are based on ContraVir’s current expectations and actual results could differ materially. There are a number of factors that could cause actual events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, substantial competition; our ability to continue as a going concern; our need for additional financing; uncertainties of patent protection and litigation; uncertainties with respect to lengthy and expensive clinical trials, that results of earlier studies and trials may not be predictive of future trial results; uncertainties of government or third party payer reimbursement; limited sales and marketing efforts and dependence upon third parties; and risks related to failure to obtain FDA clearances or approvals and noncompliance with FDA regulations. As with any drug candidates under development, there are significant risks in the development, regulatory approval, and commercialization of new products. There are no guarantees that future clinical trials discussed in this press release will be completed or successful, or that any product will receive regulatory approval for any indication or prove to be commercially successful. ContraVir does not undertake an obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement. Investors should read the risk factors set forth in ContraVir’s Form 10-KT for the year ended December 30, 2017 and other periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For further information, please contact:

Sharen Pyatetskaya

Director of Investor Relations

sp@contravir.com; (732) 902-4028

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