8-K 1 d871048d8k.htm FORM 8-K Form 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

February 19, 2020



Twist Bioscience Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-38720   46-2058888

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(I. R. S. Employer

Identification No.)

681 Gateway Boulevard

South San Francisco, CA 94080

(Address of principal executive offices, including ZIP code)

(800) 719-0671

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class





Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock   TWST   The Nasdaq Global Select 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 1.01

Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On February 19, 2020, Twist Bioscience Corporation (the “Company”) entered into an underwriting agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Cowen and Company LLC and Evercore Group L.L.C., as the representatives of the several underwriters named therein (collectively, the “Underwriters”), pursuant to which the Company agreed to issue and sell an aggregate of 4,642,857 shares of its common stock (the “Shares”) to the Underwriters (the “Offering”). The Shares will be sold to the Underwriters at $28.00 per share, less the underwriting discount and commissions. Pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement, the Company granted the Underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 696,428 shares of its common stock. The Underwriting Agreement contains customary representations and warranties, conditions to closing, market standoff provisions, termination provisions and indemnification obligations, including for liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

The Offering is being made pursuant to the Company’s registration statement on Form S-3 (Registration No. 333-234538), which was initially filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on November 6, 2019 and declared effective by the SEC on December 13, 2019 (the “Registration Statement”), and the prospectus supplement dated February 19, 2020, filed by the Company with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b)(5) under the Securities Act.

The foregoing description of the Underwriting Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Underwriting Agreement. A copy of the Underwriting Agreement is filed with this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 1.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

A copy of the opinion and consent of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP relating to the validity of the Shares issued in connection with the Offering is filed herewith as Exhibit 5.1 and Exhibit 23.1, respectively.


Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.


Exhibit No.    Description
1.1    Underwriting Agreement, dated February 19, 2020, among Twist Bioscience Corporation, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Cowen and Company, LLC and Evercore Group L.L.C.
5.1    Opinion of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
23.1    Consent of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (contained in Exhibit 5.1)


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.


Date: February 20, 2020                               Twist Bioscience Corporation

/s/ Mark Daniels

     Mark Daniels

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, and Secretary