Acceleron Pharma soars following IPO

|About: Acceleron Pharma Inc. (XLRN)|By:, SA News Editor

After pricing its IPO at $15 and upsizing its offering 5.58M shares from a prior 4.65M, Acceleron Pharma (XLRN) opened at $18.90 and is currently at $19.13, up 27.5%. That gives the drug developer a market cap of $509M.

Existing investor/partner Celgene (CELG -0.4%) bought 667K shares in a private placement coinciding with the IPO. The purchase raises Celgene's stake in Acceleron to 12.3%. Acceleron and Celgene teamed up in 2011 to develop the latter's ACE-536 drug, which aims to combat anemia.

Acceleron had $41.4M in revenue in 1H (up over 5x Y/Y), and net income of $14.7M. In addition to ACE-536, the company is working on cancer and kidney disease drugs.

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