ProQR Therapeutics N.V. a company dedicated to changing lives through the creation of transformative RNA therapies for genetic eye diseases, today announced that it has amended its convertible debt financing agreement entered into in 2020 with Kreos Capital (“Kreos”) and Pontifax Medison Debt Financing (“Pontifax”).
The amended agreement provides ProQR with access to up to an additional $90 million in convertible debt financing in three new tranches of $30 million each that will mature over a 54 month period 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 provides us with access to additional operating capital to support preparations as we build toward potential commercialization,” said Smital Shah, Chief Business and Financial Officer of ProQR. “If fully drawn down, this facility extends our cash runway into 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 ordinary shares at any time prior to repayment at a conversion price of $11.94 per share, which is a 50% premium to the Company’s average closing share pricing during the 7 trading days prior to signing. ProQR also has the ability to convert the loan into its ordinary shares, at the same conversion price, if the Company’s stock reaches a pre-determined threshold.
In connection with the amendment and drawdown of the first new tranche, ProQR has agreed to issue at closing of the amendment warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of 83,767 and 293,185 to entities affiliated with Pontifax and Kreos, respectively, of its ordinary shares at an exercise price of $11.94 per share, which is a 50% premium to the average closing price during the 7 trading days prior to signing. In addition, at the time of drawing of each of the new second and third tranches, ProQR shall issue to Pontifax and Kreos additional warrants to purchase an aggregate number of ordinary shares with an aggregate exercise price of $750,000, with each such issuance of additional warrants being exercisable for a number of ordinary shares equal to $750,000 divided by 1.5 times the average closing price of ProQR’s ordinary shares during the 7 trading days prior to the drawing of the relevant tranche.
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