SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 21, 2022
LIGAND PHARMACEUTICALS INCORPORATED
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
5980 Horton Street, Suite 405
|(Address of Principal Executive Offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (858) 550-7500
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report.)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share||LGND||The Nasdaq Global Market|
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933(§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
Emerging growth company ¨
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨
|Item 7.01||Regulation FD Disclosure.|
As previously disclosed, on March 23, 2022, Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Incorporated (“Ligand”) and Avista Public Acquisition Corp. II, a Cayman Islands exempted company (“APAC”), entered into certain definitive agreements providing for a combination of APAC and OmniAb, Inc., Ligand’s antibody discovery business, and a Delaware corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of Ligand (“OmniAb”).
Attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated into this Item 7.01 by reference is an analyst teach-in presentation used by APAC and OmniAb in connection with their proposed business combination.
In accordance with General Instruction B.2. of Form 8-K, the information in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liability of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|99.1||OmniAb analyst teach-in presentation dated June 21, 2022.|
|104||Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|LIGAND PHARMACEUTICALS INCORPORATED|
|Date: June 21, 2022||By:||/s/ Charles S. Berkman|
|Name:||Charles S. Berkman|
|Title:||Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary|