As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 13, 2019

Registration No. 333-                

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM S-8

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

ContraFect Corporation

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   39-2072586

(State or other jurisdiction of

Incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

28 Wells Avenue, Third Floor

Yonkers, New York 10701

(914) 207-2300

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)

ContraFect Corporation 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan

(Full title of the plans)

Natalie Bogdanos, Esq.

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

ContraFect Corporation

28 Wells Avenue, Third Floor

Yonkers, New York 10701

(914) 207-2300

(Name and address of agent for service) (Telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

 

 

With copies to:

Peter N. Handrinos, Esq.

Latham & Watkins LLP

John Hancock Tower

200 Clarendon Street

Boston, MA 02116

(617) 948-6060

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer      Accelerated filer  
Non-accelerated filer      Smaller reporting company  
     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 comply with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of Securities Act.   ☒

 

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

Title of Securities

to be Registered

 

Amount

to be

Registered (1)

 

Proposed

Maximum

Offering Price

per Share

 

Proposed

Maximum

Aggregate

Offering Price

 

Amount of

Registration Fee

Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share

  3,176,382(2)   $0.54(3)   $1,715,246.28   $208

 

 

(1)

In accordance with Rule 416 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this registration statement shall be deemed to cover any additional securities that may from time to time be offered or issued to prevent dilution resulting from stock splits, stock dividends or similar transactions.

(2)

Consists of an additional 3,176,382 shares issuable under the ContraFect Corporation 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the “2014 Plan”) pursuant to the terms of such plan.

(3)

Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rules 457(c) and 457(h) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and based upon the average of the high and low prices of the ContraFect Corporation’s (the “Registrant”) common stock as reported on The Nasdaq Capital Market on May 8, 2019.

 

 

 


EXPLANATORY NOTE

This Registration Statement on Form S-8 is being filed for the purpose of registering an additional 3,176,382 shares of the Registrant’s common stock to be issued pursuant to the 2014 Plan and for which a Registration Statement of the Registrant on Form S-8 relating to the same employee benefit plan is effective.

INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE OF CONTENTS OF REGISTRATION STATEMENTS ON FORM S-8

The contents of the Registration Statements on Form S-8 (File Nos. 333-224834, 333-199046 and 333-217943), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, relating to the 2014 Plan, are incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 8.

Exhibits

 

Exhibit

Number

  

Description

4.1    Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Registrant, dated August  1, 2014, as amended by the Certificate of Amendment, dated May 9, 2016 and Certificate of Amendment, dated May  2, 2017 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-36577) filed on May 3, 2017)
4.2    Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-36577) filed on May 10, 2016)
5.1*    Opinion of Latham & Watkins LLP
23.1*    Consent of Ernst & Young LLP, Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
23.2*    Consent of Latham & Watkins LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1)
24.1*    Power of Attorney (included on signature page)
99.1    ContraFect Corporation 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.1 to the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (Reg. No. 333-217943) filed on May 12, 2017)
99.2    ContraFect Corporation 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan Form of Stock Option Grant Notice, Option Agreement and Notice of Exercise (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.3 to the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (Reg. No. 333-199046) filed on September 30, 2014)

 

*

Filed herewith.

 


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Yonkers, State of New York, on May 13, 2019.

 

CONTRAFECT CORPORATION
By:  

/s/ Roger J. Pomerantz

  Roger J. Pomerantz, M.D., F.A.C.P.
  Chief Executive Officer, President and
  Chairman of the Board


POWER OF ATTORNEY

Each person whose signature appears below hereby constitutes and appoints Roger J. Pomerantz, M.D., F.A.C.P., Michael Messinger and Natalie Bogdanos, or each of them singly, with full power to act without the other, such person’s true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, with full power of substitution and re-substitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign this registration statement and any and all amendments, including post-effective amendments to this registration statement, and to file the same, with exhibits and schedules thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents, and each of them, full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary or desirable to be done in connection therewith as fully to all intents and purposes as he might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or any of them, or their or his or her substitute or substitutes may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Signature

             

Title

  

Date

/s/ Roger J. Pomerantz, M.D., F.A.C.P.

    

Chief Executive Officer, President and

Chairman of the Board

(Principal Executive Officer)

   May 13, 2019
Roger J. Pomerantz, M.D., F.A.C.P.        

/s/ Michael Messinger

    

Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)

   May 13, 2019
Michael Messinger        

/s/ Sol J. Barer, Ph.D.

     Lead Independent Director    May 13, 2019
Sol J. Barer, Ph.D.        

/s/ Isaac Blech

     Director    May 13, 2019
Isaac Blech        

/s/ David N. Low, Jr.

     Director    May 13, 2019
David N. Low, Jr.        

/s/ Michael J. Otto, Ph.D.

     Director    May 13, 2019
Michael J. Otto, Ph.D.        

/s/ Steven C. Gilman, Ph.D.

     Vice Chairman of the Board    May 13, 2019
Steven C. Gilman, Ph.D.        

/s/ Cary W. Sucoff

     Director    May 13, 2019
Cary W. Sucoff