- Transaction to bridge to expected plasminogen (RyplazimTM) revenues as well as other asset monetization events
- Facility provides flexible drawdowns callable at Prometic’s request
Laval, Quebec, Canada – October 23, 2017 – Prometic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: PLI) (OTCQX: PFSCF) (“Prometic”) announced today that it has entered into a binding letter of intent to secure a USD $80 million (CAD $100 million) line of credit (the “Credit Facility”) from Structured Alpha LP (“SALP”), an affiliate of Peter J. Thomson’s investment firm, Thomvest Asset Management Inc. The first two tranches can be drawn within fifteen days of closing, with each additional tranche becoming available on a monthly basis thereafter. Any amount drawn from the Credit Facility will bear interest of 8.5% per annum and will be repayable within two years from the entering into the Credit Facility.
Stefan Clulow, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Thomvest Asset Management Inc. said, “We are pleased to extend this Credit Facility to the company, at what is clearly a pivotal time. Prometic is on the cusp of delivering against several key milestones, and this drawdown facility is designed to provide a flexible bridge to those events”.
“The scale and structure of this facility provides us with significant operational and financial flexibility to continue with our ongoing negotiations to monetize certain corporate assets. Furthermore, the existing strong relationship with Thomvest allows us to leverage our current security package to its full effect”, said Mr. Pierre Laurin, Prometic’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The flexibility provided by this Credit Facility also means the company can draw only when required which allows our team to focus on closing value-enhancing initiatives and create significant enterprise value for Prometic and its stakeholders”.
Commenting on the transaction, Mr. Bruce Pritchard, Prometic’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer added, “We are confident that by securing this credit facility, the company now has the means to fund itself, with limited dilution to existing shareholders, to the point where it will see revenues flowing from its sales of plasminogen (RyplazimTM), as well as from asset monetization events”.
As partial consideration for establishing the Credit Facility, Prometic will grant Structured Alpha LP an initial 10 million warrants with an exercise price of CAD $1.70 per common share with a term expiring June 30, 2026, alongside an additional 44 million warrants at the same exercise price and term, which will vest in tranches each time Prometic draws an additional amount of USD $10 million (CAD $12.5 million) under the Credit Facility. Drawing on the first 4 tranches of USD $10 million (CAD $12.5 million) would each cause 5 million warrants to vest, whereas the drawing on the second set of 4 tranches of USD $10 million (CDN $12.5 million) would each cause 6 million warrants to vest. The entering into of the Credit Facility is subject to Prometic obtaining TSX approval and finalizing the definitive documentation, which the parties expect to achieve on or about November 30, 2017.
About Thomvest Asset Management Inc. And Structured Alpha LP
Thomvest Asset Management Inc. is a Toronto-based investment management firm controlled by Peter J. Thomson. Structured Alpha LP is an affiliate of Thomvest Asset Management Inc. that makes structured investments in companies that leverage disruptive technologies and business models to pursue high-growth commercial opportunities. We are committed to the success of our entrepreneur partners. The capital we invest is our own, enabling us to be more creative, flexible, strategic and patient than most investors. It takes time to build great companies and Thomvest and its affiliates are committed to supporting its entrepreneurs throughout their journey. To learn more about Thomvest, please visit us at www.thomvest.com.
About Prometic Life Sciences Inc.
Prometic Life Sciences Inc. (www.prometic.com) is a long-established biopharmaceutical company with globally recognized expertise in bioseparations, plasma-derived therapeutics and small-molecule drug development. Prometic is active in developing its own novel small-molecule therapeutic products targeting unmet medical needs in the field of fibrosis, cancer and autoimmune diseases/inflammation. A number of plasma-derived and small molecule products are under development for orphan drug indications. Prometic also offers its state-of-the-art technologies for large-scale purification of biologics, drug development, proteomics and the elimination of pathogens to a growing base of industry leaders and uses its own affinity technology that provides for highly efficient extraction and purification of therapeutic proteins from human plasma in order to develop best-in-class therapeutics and orphan drugs. Headquartered in Laval (Canada), Prometic has R&D facilities in the UK, the U.S. and Canada, manufacturing facilities in the UK and commercial activities in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements about Prometic’s objectives, strategies and businesses that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are “forward-looking” because they are based on our current expectations about the markets we operate in and on various estimates and assumptions. Actual events or results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements if known or unknown risks affect our business, or if our estimates or assumptions turn out to be inaccurate. Such risks and assumptions include, but are not limited to, Prometic’s ability to develop, manufacture, and successfully commercialize value-added pharmaceutical products, the availability of funds and resources to pursue R&D projects, the successful and timely completion of clinical studies, the ability of Prometic to take advantage of business opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, uncertainties related to the regulatory process and general changes in economic conditions. You will find a more detailed assessment of the risks that could cause actual events or results to materially differ from our current expectations in Prometic’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2016, under the heading “Risk and Uncertainties related to Prometic’s business”. As a result, we cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will materialize. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statement even if new information becomes available, as a result of future events or for any other reason, unless required by applicable securities laws and regulations. All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless indicated otherwise.