LEIDEN, Netherlands and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 30 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ProQR Therapeutics NV (Nasdaq:PRQR) (“ProQR”), a company dedicated to changing lives through the creation of transformative RNA therapies for genetic eye diseases, announced today that it has changed its 2020 convertible debt financing agreement with Kreos Capital (“Kreos”) and Pontifax Medison Debt Financing (“Pontifax”).
The amended agreement gives ProQR access to up to an additional $90 million of convertible debt financing in three new tranches of $30 million each that will mature over 54 months and have an interest-only period of 33 months. The three new tranches replace the two undrawn tranches under the original convertible debt financing agreement.
“This amendment further strengthens our balance sheet and gives us access to additional operating capital to support preparations as we move towards potential commercialization,” said Smital Shah, chief commercial and financial officer of ProQR. “If fully utilized, this facility extends our cash trail through 2024, beyond a number of important milestones, as well as the potential launch of our first product.”
Pontifax and Kreos may elect to convert the new tranches into ProQR common stock at any time prior to redemption at a conversion price of $11.94 per share, a 50% premium to the average closing share price of the Company during the 7 trading days preceding the signature. ProQR also has the option to convert the loan into its common shares, at the same conversion price, if the shares of the Company reach a predetermined threshold.
In connection with the Amendment and the drawing of the first new tranche, ProQR has agreed to issue at the closing of the Amendment warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of 83,767 and 293,185 from affiliated entities to Pontifax and Kreos, respectively, of its common stock at an exercise price of $11.94 per share, representing a 50% premium to the average closing price for the 7 trading days prior to signing. In addition, upon the drawing of each of the new second and third tranches, ProQR will issue to Pontifax and Kreos additional warrants to purchase an aggregate number of common shares with an aggregate exercise price of $750,000, each issuance of additional warrants. exercisable for a number of common shares equal to $750,000 divided by 1.5 times the average closing price of ProQR common shares during the 7 trading days preceding the drawing of the relevant tranche.
ProQR Therapeutics is dedicated to changing lives through the creation of transformative RNA therapies for the treatment of serious rare genetic diseases such as Leber 10 congenital amaurosis, Usher syndrome and retinitis pigmentosa. Based on our proprietary RNA repair platform technologies, we develop our pipeline with patients and their loved ones in mind. Learn more about ProQR at www.proqr.com.
About Kreos Capital
Kreos Capital is the leading provider of growth debt in Europe and Israel, supporting high growth companies at every stage of their life cycle. Kreos targets investments in all areas of the technology and healthcare sectors and, to date, has committed more than €3.2 billion in more than 640 transactions with portfolio companies, in 17 countries. With more than $1.5 billion in funds under management, Kreos can invest between €2 million and €100 million per transaction in public and private companies at all stages. Learn more about Kreos Capital at www.kreoscapital.com.
Founded in 2004, Pontifax is a dedicated healthcare venture capital firm with over $1.2 billion under management. It seeks transformative and cutting-edge life science technologies at all stages of development. Its portfolio includes approximately 100 companies that are developing breakthrough solutions to address significant unmet needs. Pontifax Medison Debt Financing is Pontifax’s venture debt fund. To learn more about Pontifax, visit www.pontifax.com.
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