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Versartis Announces Proposed Offering of Common Stock

MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versartis, Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAR), an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of shares of its common stock and expects to raise gross proceeds of approximately $75,000,000. The Company expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15 percent of the number of shares of common stock sold in connection with the offering. All of the shares in the offering will be sold by Versartis.

Citigroup and Credit Suisse are acting as joint book-running managers and representatives of the underwriters for the offering. Cowen & Company is also acting as a joint book-running manager. Canaccord Genuity and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey are acting as co-managers.

A registration statement related to the offering has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective.

The offering is being made only by means of a written prospectus. A copy of the preliminary prospectus relating to these securities may be obtained, when available, from Citigroup Global Markets Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY, 11717, by email at prospectus@citi.com or by phone at (800) 831-9146, from Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, One Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010, by email at newyork.prospectus@credit-suisse.com or by toll-free call to (800) 221-1037, or from Cowen and Company, LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Services, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, Attn: Prospectus Department, or by calling 631-274-2806, or by faxing 631-254-7140.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About Versartis, Inc.

Versartis, Inc. is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company initially developing VRS-317, a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone, for the treatment of growth hormone deficiency (GHD). VRS-317 is intended to reduce the burden of daily injection therapy by requiring significantly fewer injections, potentially improving compliance and therefore treatment outcomes. The Company completed the Phase 2a stage of a Phase 1b/2a trial evaluating weekly, semi-monthly and monthly dosing regimens of VRS-317 in children with GHD in June 2014 and began a global Phase 3 registration study in GHD children in January 2015.

Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We may, in some cases, use terms such as "plans," "expects," "intend," "potential," "will" or other words that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intentions, beliefs, projections, outlook, analyses or current expectations concerning, among other things, the completion, timing and size of the proposed common stock offering and the potential safety, efficacy and other benefits of and market opportunity for VRS-317. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those anticipated, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to market conditions and the completion of the common stock offering on the anticipated terms or at all. We discuss many of these risks in greater detail under the heading "Risk Factors" section contained in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the 3 months ended September 30, 2014, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which we operate, may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Any forward-looking statements that we make in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. We assume no obligation to update our forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.

CONTACT: Corporate Joshua Brumm Chief Financial Officer (650) 963-8582 IR@versartis.com Investors Nick Laudico The Ruth Group (646) 536-7030 nlaudico@theruthgroup.com Media Debra Bannister Corporate Communications (530) 676-7373 media@versartis.com

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