MIRAMAR, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Generex Biotechnology Corporation (www.generex.com) (OTCQB:GNBT) (http://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/GNBT/quote) (“Generex”) is pleased to announce that the company has agreed to terms with Stephen L. Berkman (Mr. Berkman) to acquire the remaining 49% of Hema Diagnostic Systems (HDS). As previously reported, pursuant to a January 18, 2017 Acquisition Agreement among the Company, Hema Diagnostic Systems, LLC (“HDS”), Stephen L. Berkman and the other equity owners of HDS, Generex acquired 51% of the equity interests in HDS, with Mr. Berkman continuing to hold the other 49%. On December 1, 2018, the Company and Mr. Berkman entered into an Agreement, Assignment and Release, pursuant to which Mr. Berkman transferred the remaining HDS equity interests to the Company, waiving and releasing any conditions to such transfer. HDS is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.
In addition to the assignment of the HDS interests, Mr. Berkman released Generex from an outstanding note in the amount of $624,403.64 in exchange for shares of the Company’s common stock valued at the aggregate of such amount using the closing price for the common stock on November 30, 2018. The closing price was $18.99, resulting in 32,881 shares issuable to Mr. Berkman. This transaction will result in $624,403.64 plus the Company’s 51% share of the HDS debt being removed from Company debt and added to the Company’s stockholders’ equity.
As part of the transaction, Mr. Berkman released HDS from notes totaling $13,431,705.66 made to HDS prior to the Generex acquisition on January 18, 2017.
On December 1, the Company also issued to Mr. Berkman, pursuant to the requirements of the January 2017 Acquisition Agreement, a Warrant exercisable for 15,000,000 shares of common stock; the Warrant is exercisable until December 1, 2019 at an exercise price of $2.50 per share. The Warrant contains a provision prohibiting the exercise of the Warrant to the extent that, after exercise, Mr. Berkman would own more than 9.99% of the Company’s Common Stock. The terms of this Warrant are detailed in a separate Current Report on Form 8-K.
“I am very gratified that a respected investor like Steve Berkman believes in Generex and management’s go forward plans so much that he has not only sold the remaining 49% of his company to Generex for one dollar, but he has forgiven over $13.5 million dollars in debt on the books of Generex that was originally a note from HDS,” said Joseph Moscato, Generex President & Chief Executive Officer. “Additionally, he has retired the Company’s debt of nearly $625,000 by converting his note to Generex stock at the Friday's high closing price of $18.99. Most importantly, Mr. Berkman trusted Generex on delivery of the warrants that were pledged nearly two years ago when the Generex stock price was only 1/2 a penny. If fully exercised, the company will receive a payment of $37.5 million that will be used to advance our corporate mission. I am proud of his support and confidence in Generex.”
Further particulars in respect of the Agreement, Assignment and Release between Mr. Berkman and the Company are available in the Generex Form 8-K Current Report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on December 3, 2018 and publicly available at www.sec.gov and the disclosures in this press release are subject to those said particulars.
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