Why Is Valneva (VALN) Stock Up 85% Today?

  • Valneva (VALN) is rising on a funding agreement with Pfizer (PFE).
  • This has PFE paying $95 million for an 8.1% stake in the vaccine company.
  • This is part of a funding feal between the two for Lyme disease vaccine research.
Pfizer (PFE) logo on Pfizer building. Pfizer is an American pharmaceutical corporation representing a deal for VALN stock.

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Valneva (NASDAQ:VALN) stock is rocketing higher on Tuesday following news that Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) is taking a stake in the vaccine company.

Pfizer has reached an agreement that will have it investing $95 million in Valneva through a purchase of VALN stock. That will go into effect tomorrow and will result in Pfizer owning an 8.1% stake in the company.

The investment from Pfizer will have Valneva issuing new shares of VALN stock. As a result, current shareholders will see their stake dilute by roughly 8.1%. For example, a 1% shareholder will have a 0.919% stake in the company after the funding agreement goes through.

The funding deal between Valneva and Pfizer is connected to a Lyme disease vaccine candidate in development. Pfizer is helping fund research of this vaccine and the current plans have the two companies looking toward a Phase 3 clinical trial.

With this new funding deal, there are some changes to the collaboration between the two companies. For example, Valneva is now funding 40% of the Phase 3 clinical trial, as compared to the prior 30%. It will also get tiered royalties between 14% and 22%. The previous agreement had these royalties starting at 19%.

Thomas Lingelbach, CEO of Valneva, said the following about the funding deal boosting VALN stock higher today:

Pfizer’s investment in Valneva highlights the quality of the work that we’ve done together over the past two years and is a strong recognition of Valneva’s vaccine expertise. This subscription agreement will contribute to our investment in the Phase 3 study while limiting the impact on our cash position.

VALN stock is up 88.1% as of Tuesday morning.

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