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Company distributed USD $75 Million to Shareholders
AUSTIN, Texas, July 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- XBiotech Inc. (NASDAQ: XBIT) (“XBiotech”) has completed payment to holders of its Common Stock of a previously announced dividend in the amount of USD$75,000,000.00. Based on the number of shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding on the record date for the dividend, each such holder received USD$2.47 per share on July 23, 2021.
In the past 18 months, XBiotech’s balance sheet strength has enabled the company to offer approximately USD$495 million in cash to shareholders by way of stock repurchase and dividend distribution. The financial strength of the Company owes to the successful development of a pipeline of True Human™ antibody drug candidates.
John Simard stated that “XBiotech was pleased to be able to reward its shareholders with a $2.47 per share dividend. Our ability to continue to provide opportunities for shareholders to monetize stock in XBiotech, reflects the strength of our fundamental approach to our industry. It begins with a visionary strategy to create a drug pipeline from natural human immunity—which offers an array of exceptional candidate therapeutics. Proprietary manufacturing technology developed at XBiotech has reduced our capital outlays needed for producing drug product, enabling us to build a drug development infrastructure debt-free. Integrating clinical operations has allowed us to conduct our own clinical trials, to test our breakthrough therapies, for a fraction of the cost of the standard industry approach, which involves the use of expensive clinical research contractors. Finally, from our manufacturing technology and clinical operations, we have generated contract revenue that has largely offset operating costs over the past two years. In short, we have stayed the course with our science and pushed the boundaries of industry practices to develop breakthrough therapies, reduce costs and create returns for our shareholders. We have never been more excited about our pipeline and opportunities than we are today.”
About True Human™ Therapeutic Antibodies
XBiotech’s True Human™ antibodies are derived without modification from individuals who possess natural immunity to certain diseases. With discovery and clinical programs across multiple disease areas, XBiotech’s True Human™ antibodies have the potential to harness the body’s natural immunity to fight disease with increased safety, efficacy and tolerability.
XBiotech is a fully integrated global biosciences company dedicated to pioneering the discovery, development and commercialization of therapeutic antibodies based on its True Human™ proprietary technology. XBiotech currently is advancing a robust pipeline of antibody therapies to redefine the standards of care in oncology, inflammatory conditions and infectious diseases. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, XBiotech is also leading the development of innovative biotech manufacturing technologies designed to more rapidly, cost-effectively and flexibly produce therapies urgently needed by patients worldwide. For more information, visit www.xbiotech.com.
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