Why Is GeneDx (WGS) Stock Down 8% Today?

  • GeneDx (WGS) stock is falling after announcing a proposed public offering.
  • The company intends to raise $150 million from the offering.
  • However, GeneDX hasn’t revealed the number of shares or price of the offering.
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GeneDx (NASDAQ:WGS) stock is taking a beating on Friday after the company revealed a proposed public stock offering.

According to a press release, GeneDx intends to raise $150 million from the offering. The company doesn’t say how many shares will be included in the public offering, or what price shares will be sold at.

What GeneDx does say is that all of the shares will be sold directly. Also, the company intends to allow underwriters to acquire additional shares in the offering. That would come in at 15% of the number of shares included in the offering. Jefferies is acting as the book-running manager and Cowen is the financial advisor for the offering.

GeneDx already has plans for the funds from the public WGS stock offering. The company intends to use the money for “general corporate purposes.” That includes as working capital, for repayment of debts and for strategic investments.

Why WGS Stock Is Falling

Investors don’t often react well to news of a proposed public stock offering. That makes sense, as offerings increase the amount of outstanding stock. This dilutes the stakes of current shareholders. These kinds of offerings are also often below the stock’s market price.

WGS stock is down 8.1% as of Friday morning.

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