DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI), an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of patients with open-angle glaucoma, retina diseases and other diseases of the eye, today announced that the $125 million of senior secured convertible notes held by affiliates (the “holders”) of Deerfield Management Company L.P. (“Deerfield”) since September 2014 have been fully converted into 5,040,323 shares of Aerie common stock in accordance with their terms, plus the issuance of 329,124 additional shares mutually agreed to with the holders in order to complete the conversion at this time, for a total of 5,369,447 shares.
Aerie’s outstanding shares of common stock have increased to 45,208,820 on a pro-forma basis, reflecting the 5,369,447 shares issued to the holders plus outstanding shares on June 30, 2018 of 39,839,373.
In addition, Aerie today announced that it has entered into a $100 million senior secured delayed draw term loan facility (the “credit facility”) with affiliates of Deerfield, pursuant to which Aerie may borrow up to $100 million in aggregate in one or more borrowings at any time prior to July 23, 2020. The credit facility matures on July 23, 2024.
The credit facility includes fees upon drawdown of 1.75%, an 8.625% interest rate on drawn amounts, and annual fees on undrawn amounts of 1.5%. Fees on undrawn amounts accrue but are not payable until July 23, 2020, and no principal payments will be due on drawn amounts, if any, until July 23, 2020. The credit facility may be terminated by Aerie at any time for an additional one-time fee of $1.5 million.
The credit facility is available to Aerie for working capital and general corporate purposes. No amounts were drawn under the credit facility at closing. The Company believes it has adequate cash, cash equivalents and investments to support ongoing business operations through and including the commercialization of RoclatanTM, and currently has no intention to draw on the credit facility.
“We are delighted that Deerfield has decided to demonstrate its ongoing support of Aerie. Now that we are an operating company, the $100 million credit facility provides us with additional financial flexibility as we continue to grow, as we believe is a customary step for companies at our stage,” said Vicente Anido, Jr., Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Aerie.
Armentum Partners served as a financial advisor to Aerie on the credit facility.
About Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aerie is an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of patients with open-angle glaucoma, retina diseases and other diseases of the eye. Aerie's first product, Rhopressa® (netarsudil ophthalmic solution) 0.02%, a once-daily eyedrop approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, was launched in the United States in April 2018. In clinical trials of Rhopressa®, the most common adverse reactions were conjunctival hyperemia, cornea verticillata, instillation site pain, and conjunctival hemorrhage. More information about Rhopressa®, including the product label, is available at www.rhopressa.com. Aerie’s advanced-stage product candidate, RoclatanTM (netarsudil/latanoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.02%/0.005%, a fixed-dose combination of Rhopressa® and the widely-prescribed PGA (prostaglandin analog) latanoprost, achieved its 3-month primary efficacy endpoint in two Phase 3 registration trials, Mercury 1 and Mercury 2, and also showed safety and efficacy throughout 12 months in Mercury 1. Aerie submitted the RoclatanTM New Drug Application (NDA) in May 2018 and, in July 2018, the FDA set the PDUFA (Prescription Drug User Fee Act) goal date for the completion of the FDA’s review of the RoclatanTM NDA for March 14, 2019. Aerie continues to focus on global expansion and the development of additional product candidates and technologies in ophthalmology, including for wet age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema. More information is available at www.aeriepharma.com.
Deerfield is an investment management firm committed to advancing healthcare through investment, information and philanthropy. For more information, please visit deerfield.com
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