Why Is Azitra (AZTR) Stock Down 70% Today?


  • Azitra (AZTR) stock is dropping on a public offering.
  • The company is selling 16,667,000 shares for 30 cents each.
  • That has it expecting gross proceeds of $5 million from the offering.
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Azitra (NYSEMKT:AZTR) stock is falling on Wednesday after the pre-clinical biopharmaceutical company announced details for a public share offering.

Azitra is selling 16,667,000 shares of AZTR stock for 30 cents per share. That has the company expecting gross proceeds of $5 million from the stock offering.

In addition to that, underwriters have a 45-day option to acquire another 2.5 million shares of AZTR stock at the public offering price. ThinkEquity is the sole book-running manager for the public offering.

Azitra also reveals what it plans to do with the funds raised through this public offering. The company says it will use this money for clinical trials and product development, research and development, clinical manufacturing, working capital and other general corporate purposes.

What This Means for AZTR Stock

A public stock offering increases the total number of AZTR shares available on the market. Doing this also dilutes the stakes of current shareholders in the company. That’s one reason why the stock is falling on Wednesday.

To go along with that, the pricing of AZTR stock in the offering is a significant discount over its prior closing price. AZTR shares closed out Tuesday at 87 cents each. This is another reason why the company’s shares are sliding lower this morning.

All of this news also brings heavy trading to AZTR stock today. That has more than 1.5 million shares changing hands as of this writing. This is already well above its daily average trading volume of about 39,000 shares.

AZTR stock is down 69.5% as of Wednesday morning.

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