Why Dyax Corp. Shares Dipped

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What: Shares of Dyax (NASDAQ: DYAX  ) , a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies surrounding plasma kallirrein-mediated (PKM) angioedemas, dipped as much as 12% after the company announced a common stock offering after the closing bell last night.

So what: According to Dyax's press release this morning, it has filed to sell 8 million shares of common stock at $9.25 per share, an 8.9% discount to yesterday's closing price. The gross proceeds would total $74 million with the offering expected to close on or before March 19. Dyax notes that it's undertaking this offering in order to further the clinical research of DX-2930 for hereditary angioedema as well as research other PKM angioedema disorders.

Now what: What we're seeing here is possibly the most visible risk factor of investing in the biotech sector: share dilution. Because few companies tend to partner up their lead drugs during development they often have to turn to share offerings to raise the cash necessary to carry out their research. In this case Dyax is boosting its outstanding share count by more than 6%, but had to offer those shares at a nearly 9% discount to yesterday's closing price, likely signifying a lack of demand for these new shares. Because hereditary angioedema is a rare disease, Dyax has a decent shot of making up its research costs through the high costs of its therapies if they're approved by the Food and Drug Administration. But with a valuation north of $1.1 billion, I'd suggest waiting for Dyax's cash flow and product portfolio to expand a bit before considering it a potential buy.

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