IRVINE, Calif. & BASEL, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Urovant Sciences (Nasdaq: UROV) (“Urovant”) announced today that it has entered into a $300 million term loan facility with Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd. (TSE: 4506) (“Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma”), a leading global Japanese pharmaceutical company. Urovant plans to use proceeds from this facility to repay existing debt, fund ongoing development projects, fund the initial commercial launch of vibegron if approved by the FDA, and for general corporate purposes.
Under the terms of the agreement, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma will provide Urovant with a $300 million low interest, interest-only, five-year term loan facility, with no repayments due until the end of the term. Loans drawn from the facility will bear interest of LIBOR plus 3.0% with interest payable quarterly and with no principal repayments due until the end of the five-year term. Within five business days following the closing, Urovant expects to borrow $87.5M under this facility of which approximately $48 million will be used to repay Urovant’s outstanding Hercules Capital loans in full. Future borrowings are expected to be on a quarterly basis under the terms and conditions of the agreement and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma expects to continue to support Urovant through profitability.
“We are pleased with the term loan facility and the additional flexibility it provides Urovant as we prepare to file our New Drug Application for vibegron, which has the potential to be a best-in-class prescription treatment for patients suffering from overactive bladder,” said Keith Katkin, Chief Executive Officer of Urovant. “Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma’s willingness to increase the size of the facility by $100 million from the originally agreed-upon $200M, demonstrates its belief in vibegron and their long-term commitment to Urovant. This $300 million loan facility provides Urovant with capital well into 2021, eliminating the need for any short-term equity financing.”
About Urovant Sciences
Urovant Sciences is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapies for urologic conditions. The Company’s lead product candidate, vibegron, an oral, once-daily small molecule beta-3 agonist, is being evaluated for overactive bladder (OAB). Vibegron reported positive data from the 12-week phase 3 pivotal EMPOWUR study and demonstrated favorable longer-term efficacy, safety, and tolerability in a 40-week extension study. Vibegron is also being evaluated for treatment of OAB in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (OAB+BPH) and for abdominal pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Urovant’s second product candidate, URO-902, is a novel gene therapy being developed for patients with OAB who have failed oral pharmacologic therapy. Urovant Sciences, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd., intends to develop novel treatments for additional urologic diseases. Learn more about us at www.urovant.com.
About Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd.
Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma is among the top-ten listed pharmaceutical companies in Japan, operating globally in major pharmaceutical markets, including Japan, the U.S., China and the European Union. Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma is based on the merger in 2005 between Dainippon Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., and Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. Today, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma has more than 6,000 employees worldwide. Additional information about Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma is available through its corporate website at https://www.ds-pharma.com.
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