Syros and Tyme Technologies Announce Stockholder Approval of Merger
-- Combined Company to Trade on Nasdaq Under Ticker “SYRS” --
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and BEDMINSTER, N.J., Sept. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Syros Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYRS), a leader in the development of medicines that control the expression of genes, and Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TYME) today announced the results of the special meetings of the stockholders of Syros and TYME, respectively, each held on September 15, 2022. At TYME’s special meeting, TYME’s stockholders voted in favor of all proposals, including the proposal to adopt the agreement and plan of merger, dated July 3, 2022 (the “Merger Agreement”), pursuant to which a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of Syros will merge with and into TYME, with TYME surviving as a wholly owned subsidiary of Syros (the “Merger”). At Syros’ special meeting, Syros’ stockholders also voted in favor of all proposals, including the proposal to approve the issuance of shares of Syros’ common stock to holders of TYME’s common stock in connection with the Merger and to certain of Syros’ investors in connection with a concurrent private investment in public equity (“PIPE”) financing.
The closings of the Merger and the PIPE financing are anticipated to take place on or around Friday, September 16, 2022. Following the closing of the Merger, the combined company will trade on The Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “SYRS,” and will be led by Syros’ existing management team, including Nancy Simonian, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Syros, and will remain focused on advancing Syros’ pipeline of small molecule medicines for the treatment of cancer.
In addition, Syros today announced that it will effect a 1-for-10 reverse stock split of its common stock that will be effective on Friday, September 16, 2022, prior to the closings of the Merger and the PIPE financing. Syros’ common stock will begin trading on Nasdaq on a split-adjusted basis when the market opens on Monday, September 19, 2022. The new CUSIP number for Syros’ common stock following the reverse stock split is 87184Q206.
On September 15, 2022, the holders of a majority of Syros’ outstanding shares of common stock also approved the reverse stock split and gave Syros’ board of directors discretionary authority to select a ratio for the split ranging from 1-for-5 to 1-for-15. Syros’ board of directors approved the reverse stock split at a ratio of 1-for-10 on September 15, 2022.
The reverse stock split affects all issued and outstanding shares of Syros common stock, as well as the number of authorized shares of Syros common stock and the number of shares of common stock available for issuance under Syros’ equity incentive plans. The reverse stock split will reduce the number of shares of the Syros issued and outstanding common stock from approximately 63 million to approximately 6.3 million (which numbers do not give effect to the shares of Syros common stock to be issued in connection with the Merger and the PIPE financing). In addition, the reverse stock split will effect a reduction in the number of shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options and warrants and upon the vesting of restricted stock units outstanding immediately prior to the reverse stock split, with a proportional increase in the respective exercise prices. The reverse stock split will proportionately reduce the number of authorized shares of Syros’ common stock from 700 million shares (which is the number of authorized shares that will be outstanding immediately prior to the reverse stock split, in connection with Syros’ receipt of the approval of its stockholders to increase the number of authorized shares from 200 million to 700 million) to 70 million shares. The reverse stock split will not change the par value of the common stock or the authorized number of shares of preferred stock of Syros.
The reverse stock split will affect all holders of common stock uniformly and (before giving effect to the shares of Syros common stock to be issued in connection with the Merger and the PIPE financing) will not alter any stockholder’s percentage ownership interest in Syros, except to the extent that the reverse stock split would result in a stockholder owning a fractional share. No fractional shares of common stock will be issued in connection with the reverse stock split; stockholders who otherwise would be entitled to a fractional share of common stock will be entitled to receive a proportional cash payment.
Syros’ transfer agent, Computershare, is acting as the exchange agent for the reverse stock split. For those stockholders holding physical stock certificates, Computershare will send instructions for exchanging those certificates for shares held in book-entry form representing the post-split number of shares. Stockholders holding their shares in book-entry form or in brokerage accounts need not take any action in connection with the reverse stock spli. Beneficial holders are encouraged to contact their bank, broker or custodian with any procedural questions.
About Syros Pharmaceuticals
Syros is redefining the power of small molecules to control the expression of genes. Based on its unique ability to elucidate regulatory regions of the genome, Syros aims to develop medicines that provide a profound benefit for patients with diseases that have eluded other genomics-based approaches. Syros is advancing a robust clinical-stage pipeline, including: tamibarotene, a first-in-class oral selective RARa agonist in RARA-positive patients with higher-risk myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia; SY-2101, a novel oral form of arsenic trioxide in patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia; and SY-5609, a highly selective and potent oral CDK7 inhibitor in patients with select solid tumors. Syros also has multiple preclinical and discovery programs in oncology and monogenic diseases. For more information, visit?www.syros.com?and follow us on Twitter (@SyrosPharma) and LinkedIn.
About Tyme Technologies, Inc.
TYME is an emerging biotechnology company developing cancer metabolism-based therapies (CMBTs™) that are intended to be effective across a broad range of solid tumors and hematologic cancers, while also maintaining patients’ quality of life through relatively low toxicity profiles. Unlike targeted therapies that attempt to regulate specific mutations within cancer, TYME’s therapeutic approach is designed to take advantage of a cancer cell’s innate metabolic weaknesses to cause cancer cell death.
TYME is currently focused on developing its novel compound, SM-88 and its preclinical pipeline of novel CMBT™ programs. TYME believes that early clinical results demonstrated by SM-88 in multiple advanced cancers, including prostate, sarcomas and breast, reinforce the potential of its emerging CMBT™ pipeline.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements (including within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) concerning Syros, TYME, the proposed transactions and other matters, such as Syros’ clinical development plans, including with respect to tamibarotene, SY-2101 and SY-5609 and Syros’ ability to deliver benefit to patients and value to stockholders. These statements may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future plans, trends, events, results of operations or financial condition, or otherwise, based on current beliefs of the management of Syros and TYME, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management of Syros and TYME. 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Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement include, without limitation, the risk that the conditions to the closing of the proposed transactions are not satisfied, including the failure to complete the PIPE financing in a timely manner or at all; uncertainties as to the timing of the consummation of the transactions and the ability of each of Syros and TYME to consummate the transaction, including the PIPE financing; risks related to TYME’s continued listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market until closing of the proposed transactions; risks related to Syros’ and TYME’s ability to correctly estimate their respective operating expenses and expenses associated with the transactions, as well as uncertainties regarding the impact any delay in the closing would have on the anticipated cash resources of the combined company upon closing and other events and unanticipated spending and costs that could reduce the combined company’s cash resources; the ability of Syros or TYME to protect their respective intellectual property rights; competitive responses to the transaction; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the transaction; potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the transaction; and legislative, regulatory, political and economic developments. The foregoing review of important factors that could cause actual events to differ from expectations should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with statements that are included herein and elsewhere, including the risk factors included in the Registration Statement on Form S-4 (the “Registration Statement”) filed by Syros with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), Syros’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, Syros’ Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, TYME’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2022, and TYME’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, each of which is on file with the SEC. In addition, the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the proposed transactions will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the duration and severity of the pandemic, additional or modified government actions, and the actions that may be required to contain the virus or treat its impact. Syros and TYME can give no assurance that the conditions to the transactions will be satisfied. Except as required by applicable law, Syros and TYME undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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