Concurrently the Company Completes Private Placement of $10 Million Convertible Notes
CARMIEL, Israel, July 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Protalix BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT:PLX) (TASE:PLX) (“Protalix” or the “Company”) announced today the entry into a definitive exchange agreement relating to an exchange (the “Exchange”) of $9 million aggregate principal amount of the Company’s outstanding 4.50% Senior Convertible Notes due 2018 (the “Existing Notes”) for $8.55 million aggregate principal amount of newly issued 4.50% Senior Convertible Notes due 2022 (the “4.50% Notes”). The Exchange will be made in reliance on Section 3(a)(9) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Concurrently, the Company announced today the entry into a definitive note purchase agreement relating to the purchase by certain institutional purchasers in a private placement (the “Private Placement”) of $10 million aggregate principal amount of the Company’s 7.50% Senior Secured Convertible Notes due 2021 (the “7.50% Notes” and, together with the 4.50% Notes, the “Notes”). The Exchange and Private Placement closed today.
“This financing immediately improves Protalix’s liquidity and financial stability,” commented Moshe Manor, Protalix’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “By addressing substantially all of our near-term debt maturities, our focus can now lay squarely on our clinical programs. We believe Protalix is now sufficiently funded to reach each of its next major clinical and commercial milestones.”
The initial conversion rate for the both the 4.50% and 7.50% Notes will be 1,176 shares of common stock per $1,000 principal amount of 4.50% Notes, which is equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately $0.85 per share of common stock, and is subject to adjustment in certain circumstances. The initial conversion price of the 4.50% Notes represents a premium of approximately 10%, relative to the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the NYSE American of $0.77 per share on July 24, 2017.
The Notes are further described in the Form 8-K filed on July 25, 2017 and in the indenture attached to the Form 8-K.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of the 7.50% Notes to fund clinical trials for its product candidates, to fund its research and development activities and for working capital and general corporate purposes.
This announcement is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any of these securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation, or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale is unlawful. The offer and sale of the 7.50% Notes, the issuance of the 4.50% Notes in the Exchange, and the shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the Notes, if any, will not be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws, and unless so registered, the Notes and such shares may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state laws.
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