SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 22, 2016
SORRENTO THERAPEUTICS, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
9380 Judicial Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (858) 210-3700
(Former Name, or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On November 23, 2016, Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (the Company) and certain of its domestic subsidiaries (together with the Company, the Borrowers) entered into a Loan and Security agreement (the Loan Agreement) with Hercules Capital, Inc. (Hercules), as a lender and agent for several banks and other financial institutions or entities from time to time party to the Loan Agreement (collectively, the Lenders) for a term loan of up to $75.0 million, subject to funding in three tranches (the Term Loan). The proceeds of the Term Loan will be used for general corporate purposes and coincided with the repayment of the outstanding debt financing arrangement with Oxford Finance LLC and Silicon Valley Bank.
The first tranche of $50.0 million was funded upon execution of the Loan Agreement on November 23, 2016. Under the terms of the Loan Agreement, the Borrowers may, but are not obligated to, request to draw on two additional tranches. The second tranche of up to $10.0 million is available until September 30, 2017, subject to the Borrowers achieving certain fundraising and corporate milestones and satisfying customary conditions. The third tranche of up to $15.0 million is available until September 30, 2018, subject to approval by Hercules Investment Committee. The Term Loan will mature on December 1, 2020.
The Term Loan is secured by substantially all of the Borrowers assets, excluding intellectual property, and a pledge of 100% of the equity interests each Borrower holds (other than equity interests held by a Borrower in certain foreign subsidiaries, which is limited to 65% of such voting equity interests and 100% of all other equity interests). The Term Loan accrues interest at a calculated prime-based variable rate, currently at 9.25%. Payments under the Loan Agreement are interest only until the first principal payment is due on July 1, 2018 (or if the Borrowers draw the second tranche, the interest only period is extended with the first principal payment due on January 1, 2019), followed by equal monthly payments of principal and interest through the scheduled maturity date on December 1, 2020.
The Loan Agreement contains customary affirmative and restrictive covenants and representations and warranties, including financial reporting obligations and limitations on dividends, indebtedness, liens (including a negative pledge on intellectual property and other assets), collateral, investments, distributions, transfers, mergers or acquisitions, taxes, corporate changes, deposit accounts, and subsidiaries. The Loan Agreement also contains other customary provisions, such as expense reimbursement, non-disclosure obligations, as well as indemnification rights for the benefit of the Lenders. Upon the occurrence of an event of default and following any applicable cure periods, if any, a default interest rate of an additional 5.00% may be applied to the outstanding loan balances, and the Lenders may declare all outstanding obligations immediately due and payable and take such other actions as set forth in the Loan Agreement.
In connection with the Loan Agreement, the Company issued Hercules a warrant, dated November 23, 2016 (the Warrant), to purchase up to 460,123 shares of common stock of the Company. $0.0001 par value per share, at an initial exercise price of $4.89, subject to adjustment as provided in the Warrant. The Warrant is initially exercisable for 306,748 shares of common stock of the Company, and may automatically become exercisable for additional shares of common stock on such dates (if any) based upon the funding amounts of Tranche II or Tranche III of the Term Loan that may be extended to the Borrowers. The Warrant will terminate, if not earlier exercised, on the earlier of November 23, 2023 and the closing of certain merger or other transactions in which the consideration is cash, stock of a publicly-traded acquiror or a combination thereof.
The foregoing descriptions of the Loan Agreement and the Warrant do not purport to be complete and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the Loan Agreement and the Warrant, respectively. A copy of the Loan Agreement will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) as an exhibit to the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2016 (the Form 10-K). Certain terms of the Loan Agreement have been omitted from this Current Report on Form 8-K and will be omitted from the version of the Loan Agreement to be filed as an exhibit to the Form 10-K pursuant to a Confidential Treatment Request that the Company plans to submit to the SEC at the time of the filing of the Form 10-K. A copy of the warrant is filed as Exhibit 4.1 to this Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference. A copy of the press release announcing the Term Loan and Loan Agreement is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
Item 1.02 Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.
On the November 22, 2016, the Company paid off all obligations owing under, and terminated, the Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement dated as of March 31, 2014, as amended, between the Company and Oxford Finance LLC and Silicon Valley Bank (the Terminated Loan Agreement). The Terminated Loan Agreement permitted the Company to borrow up to an aggregate principal amount of $12.5 million. The loan agreement was secured by substantially all of the Companys assets, excluding intellectual property. Borrowings under the Terminated Loan Agreement accrued interest at an annual rate of 7.95% and were payable over equal monthly payments until the loan maturity date of September 30, 2017. In connection with the repayment and discharge of indebtedness, the Company was required to pay pre-payment fees of approximately $48,731, as required by the terms of the Terminated Loan Agreement. The secured interests under the Terminated Loan Agreement were terminated in connection with the Companys discharge of indebtedness thereunder.
Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.
The information regarding the Term Loan set forth under Item 1.01 of this Form 8-K is incorporated by reference in this Item 2.03.
Item 3.02 Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities.
The information regarding the Warrant set forth under Item 1.01 of this Form 8-K is incorporated by reference in this Item 3.02. The Company issued to Hercules the Warrant in reliance on the exemption from registration provided for under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act. The Company relied on this exemption from registration for private placements based in part on the representations made by Hercules, including the representations with respect to Hercules status as an accredited investor, as such term is defined in Rule 501(a) of the Securities Act, and Hercules investment intent.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|4.1||Warrant Agreement, dated November 23, 2016, issued to Hercules Capital, Inc.|
|99.1||Press Release titled Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. Secures $75 Million Loan Facility, dated as of November 28, 2016|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|SORRENTO THERAPEUTICS, INC.|
|Date: November 29, 2016||By:||/s/ Henry Ji, Ph.D.|
|Name: Henry Ji, Ph.D.|
|Title: President and Chief Executive Officer|
|4.1||Warrant Agreement, dated November 23, 2016, issued to Hercules Capital, Inc.|
|99.1||Press Release titled Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. Secures $75 Million Loan Facility, dated as of November 28, 2016|
THIS WARRANT AND THE SHARES ISSUABLE UPON EXERCISE HEREOF HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE ACT ), OR ANY STATE SECURITIES LAWS, AND MAY NOT BE SOLD, OFFERED FOR SALE, PLEDGED, OR HYPOTHECATED IN THE ABSENCE OF AN EFFECTIVE REGISTRATION STATEMENT RELATED THERETO OR, SUBJECT TO SECTION 11 HEREOF, AN OPINION OF COUNSEL (WHICH MAY BE COMPANY COUNSEL) REASONABLY SATISFACTORY TO THE COMPANY THAT SUCH REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED UNDER THE ACT, OR ANY APPLICABLE STATE SECURITIES LAWS.
To Purchase Shares of the Common Stock of
SORRENTO THERAPEUTICS, INC.
Dated as of November 23, 2016 (the Effective Date )
WHEREAS, Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company ), has entered into a Loan and Security Agreement of even date herewith (as amended and in effect from time to time, the Loan Agreement ) with Hercules Capital, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the Warrantholder ), in its capacity as administrative and collateral agent and lender, and the other lender parties thereto;
WHEREAS, pursuant to the Loan Agreement and as additional consideration to the Warrantholder for, among other things, its agreements in the Loan Agreement, the Company has agreed to issue to the Warrantholder this Warrant Agreement, evidencing the right to purchase shares of Common Stock (as defined below) (this Warrant , Warrant Agreement , or this Agreement );
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the Warrantholder having executed and delivered the Loan Agreement and provided the financial accommodations contemplated therein, and in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements contained herein, the Company and the Warrantholder agree as follows:
SECTION 1. GRANT OF THE RIGHT TO PURCHASE COMMON STOCK.
(a) For value received, the Company hereby grants to the Warrantholder, and the Warrantholder is entitled, upon the terms and subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth, to subscribe for and purchase, from the Company, up to the aggregate number of fully paid and non-assessable shares of Common Stock (as defined below) as determined pursuant to Section 1(b) below, at a purchase price per share equal to the Exercise Price (as defined below). The number and Exercise Price of such shares are subject to adjustment as provided in Section 8. As used herein, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
Act means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Charter means the Companys Certificate of Incorporation or other constitutional document, as may be amended and in effect from time to time.
Common Stock means the Companys common stock, $0.0001 par value per share, as presently constituted under the Charter, and any class and/or series of Company
capital stock for or into which such common stock may be converted or exchanged in a reorganization, recapitalization or similar transaction.
Exercise Price means $4.89, subject to adjustment from time to time in accordance with the provisions of this Warrant.
Marketable Securities means securities meeting all of the following requirements: (i) the issuer thereof is then subject to the reporting requirements of Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act ), and is then current in its filing of all required reports and other information under the Act and the Exchange Act; (ii) the class and series of shares or other security of the issuer that would be received by the Warrantholder in connection with the Merger Event were the Warrantholder to exercise this Warrant on or prior to the closing thereof is then traded on a national securities exchange or over-the-counter market, and (iii) following the closing of such Merger Event, the Warrantholder would not be restricted from publicly re-selling all of the issuers shares and/or other securities that would be received by the Warrantholder in such Merger Event were the Warrantholder to exercise this Warrant in full on or prior to the closing of such Merger Event, except to the extent that any such restriction (A) arises solely under federal or state securities laws, rules or regulations, and (B) does not extend beyond six (6) months from the closing of such Merger Event.
Merger Event means any of the following: (i) a sale, lease or other transfer of all or substantially all assets of the Company, (ii) any merger or consolidation involving the Company in which the Company is not the surviving entity or in which the outstanding shares of the Companys capital stock are otherwise converted into or exchanged for shares of capital stock or other securities or property of another entity, or (iii) any sale by holders of the outstanding voting equity securities of the Company in a single transaction or series of related transactions of shares constituting a majority of the outstanding combined voting power of the Company.
Proceeding means an action, claim, suit, investigation or proceeding (including, without limitation, an investigation or partial proceeding, such as a deposition), whether commenced or threatened.
Prospectus means the prospectus included in the Registration Statement (including, without limitation, a prospectus that includes any information previously omitted from a prospectus filed as part of an effective registration statement in reliance upon Rule 430A or Rule 430B promulgated under the Act), as amended or supplemented by any prospectus supplement, with respect to the terms of the offering of any portion of the Registrable Securities covered by the Registration Statement, and all other amendments and supplements to the Prospectus, including post-effective amendments, and all material incorporated by reference or deemed to be incorporated by reference in such Prospectus.
Purchase Price means, with respect to any exercise of this Warrant, an amount equal to the then-effective Exercise Price multiplied by the number of shares of Common Stock as to which this Warrant is then exercised.
Qualified Merger Event means a Merger Event in which the consideration to be received by holders of Common Stock in respect of their shares of Common Stock at
the closing of such Merger Event consists of cash, Marketable Securities or a combination thereof.
Registrable Securities means (i) the shares issuable upon exercise of this Warrant and (ii) any other shares of Common Stock issued as a dividend or other distribution with respect to, in exchange for or in replacement of such shares; provided , that the securities referred to in (i)-(ii) above shall cease to be Registrable Securities (A) upon the sale of such securities pursuant to the Registration Statement or (B) upon the sale of such securities pursuant to Rule 144 under the Act.
Warrant Coverage means $1,500,000 plus , in the event all or part of the Tranche II Term Loan Advance is funded pursuant to the Loan Agreement, 3.0% of such amount funded, plus , in the event all or part of the Tranche III Term Loan Advance is funded pursuant to the Loan Agreement, 3.0% of such amount funded.
(b) Number of Shares . This Warrant shall be exercisable for an aggregate of that number of shares of Common Stock equal to the quotient derived by dividing (i) the Warrant Coverage by (ii) the Exercise Price, subject to adjustment from time to time in accordance with the provisions of this Warrant.
SECTION 2. TERM OF THE AGREEMENT.
The term of this Agreement and the right to purchase Common Stock as granted herein shall commence on the Effective Date and, subject to Section 8(a) below, shall be exercisable until 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the seventh (7 th ) anniversary of the Effective Date.
SECTION 3. EXERCISE OF THE PURCHASE RIGHTS.
(a) Exercise . The purchase rights set forth in this Agreement are exercisable by the Warrantholder, in whole or in part, at any time, or from time to time, prior to the expiration of the term set forth in Section 2, by tendering to the Company at its principal office a notice of exercise in the form attached hereto as Exhibit I (the Notice of Exercise ), duly completed and executed, and the Purchase Price (payable in cash or check in the event the Warrantholder does not elect the Net Issuance (as defined below) method). Promptly upon receipt of the Notice of Exercise and the payment of the Purchase Price in accordance with the terms set forth below, and in no event later than three (3) business days thereafter, the Company or its transfer agent shall, at the election of the Company, either (i) issue to the Warrantholder a certificate for the number of shares of Common Stock purchased or (ii) credit the same via book entry to the Warrantholder, and the Company shall execute the acknowledgment of exercise in the form attached hereto as Exhibit II (the Acknowledgment of Exercise ) indicating the number of shares which remain subject to future purchases under this Warrant, if any.
The Purchase Price may be paid at the Warrantholders election either (i) by cash or check, or (ii) by surrender of all or a portion of the Warrant for shares of Common Stock to be exercised under this Agreement and, if applicable, an amended Agreement setting forth the remaining number of shares purchasable hereunder, as determined below ( Net Issuance ). If the Warrantholder elects the Net Issuance method, the Company will issue whole numbers of shares of Common Stock in accordance with the following formula:
X = Y(A-B)
the number of shares of Common Stock to be issued to the Warrantholder.
the number of shares of Common Stock requested to be exercised under this Agreement.
the then-current fair market value of one (1) share of Common Stock at the time of exercise of this Warrant.
the then-effective Exercise Price.
For purposes of the above calculation, the current fair market value of shares of Common Stock shall mean with respect to each share of Common Stock:
(i) at all times when the Common Stock is traded on a national securities exchange, inter-dealer quotation system or over-the-counter bulletin board service, the fair market value of one (1) share of Common Stock shall be deemed to be the volume-weighted average of the closing prices over the five (5) consecutive trading days ending two (2) trading days before the day the current fair market value of the securities is being determined;
(ii) if the exercise is in connection with a Merger Event, the fair market value of a share of Common Stock shall be deemed to be the per share value received by the holders of the outstanding shares of Common Stock pursuant to such Merger Event as determined in accordance with the definitive transaction documents executed among the parties in connection therewith; or
(iii) in cases other than as described in the foregoing clauses (i) and (ii), the current fair market value of a share of Common Stock shall be determined in good faith by the Companys Board of Directors.
Upon partial exercise by either cash or Net Issuance prior to the expiration or earlier termination hereof, the Company shall promptly issue an amended Agreement representing the remaining number of shares purchasable hereunder. All other terms and conditions of such amended Agreement shall be identical to those contained herein, including, but not limited to, the Effective Date hereof.
(b) Exercise Prior to Expiration . To the extent that the Warrantholder has not exercised its purchase rights under this Warrant to all shares of Common Stock subject hereto, and if the then-current fair market value of one share of Common Stock is greater than the Exercise Price then in effect, this Agreement shall be deemed automatically exercised on a Net Issuance basis pursuant to Section 3(a) (even if not surrendered) as of immediately before its expiration determined in accordance with Section 2, and upon such automatic exercise shall be deemed surrendered. For purposes of such automatic exercise, the fair market value of one share of Common Stock upon such expiration shall be determined pursuant to Section 3(a). To the extent this Warrant or any portion hereof is deemed automatically exercised pursuant to this Section 3(b), the Company agrees to promptly notify the Warrantholder of the number of shares of Common Stock if any, the Warrantholder is to receive by reason of such automatic exercise, and to issue or cause its transfer agent to issue a certificate or a book-entry credit to the Warrantholder evidencing such shares.
SECTION 4. RESERVATION OF SHARES.
During the term of this Agreement, the Company will at all times have authorized and reserved a sufficient number of shares of its Common Stock to provide for the exercise of the rights to purchase Common Stock as provided for herein.
SECTION 5. NO FRACTIONAL SHARES OR SCRIP.
No fractional shares or scrip representing fractional shares shall be issued upon the exercise of this Agreement, but in lieu of such fractional shares the Company shall make a cash payment therefor in an amount equal to the product of (a) the Exercise Price then in effect multiplied by (b) the fraction of a share.
SECTION 6. NO RIGHTS AS STOCKHOLDER.
Without limitation of any provision hereof, the Warrantholder agrees that this Agreement does not entitle the Warrantholder to any voting rights or other rights as a stockholder of the Company prior to the exercise of any of the purchase rights set forth in this Agreement.
SECTION 7. WARRANTHOLDER REGISTRY.
The Company shall maintain a registry showing the name and address of the registered holder of this Agreement. The Warrantholders initial address, for purposes of such registry, is set forth in Section 13(g) below. The Warrantholder may change such address by giving written notice of such changed address to the Company.
SECTION 8. ADJUSTMENT RIGHTS.
The Exercise Price and the number of shares of Common Stock purchasable hereunder are subject to adjustment from time to time, as follows:
(a) Merger Event . In connection with a Merger Event that is a Qualified Merger Event, this Warrant shall, on and after the closing thereof, automatically and without further action on the part of any party or other person, represent solely the right to receive the consideration payable on or in respect of all shares of Common Stock that are issuable hereunder as of immediately prior to the closing of such Merger Event less the Purchase Price for all such shares of Common Stock (such consideration to include both the consideration payable at the closing of such Merger Event and all deferred consideration payable thereafter, if any, including, but not limited to, payments of amounts deposited at such closing into escrow and payments in the nature of earn-outs, milestone payments or other performance-based payments), and such Merger Event consideration shall be paid to the Warrantholder as and when it is paid to the holders of the outstanding shares of Common Stock. In connection with a Merger Event that is not a Qualified Merger Event, the Company shall cause the successor or surviving entity to assume this Warrant and the obligations of the Company hereunder on the closing thereof, and thereafter this Warrant shall be exercisable for the same number and type of securities or other property as the Warrantholder would have received in consideration for the shares of Common Stock issuable hereunder had it exercised this Warrant in full as of immediately prior to such closing, at an aggregate Exercise Price no greater than the aggregate Exercise Price in effect as of immediately prior to such closing, and subject to further adjustment from time to time in accordance with the provisions of this Warrant. The provisions of this Section 8(a) shall similarly apply to successive Merger Events.
(b) Reclassification of Shares . Except for Merger Events subject to Section 8(a), if the Company at any time shall, by combination, reclassification, exchange or subdivision of
securities or otherwise, change any of the Common Stock as to which purchase rights under this Agreement exist into the same or a different number of securities of any other class or classes of securities, this Agreement shall thereafter represent the right to acquire such number and kind of securities as would have been issuable as the result of such change with respect to the securities which were subject to the purchase rights under this Agreement immediately prior to such combination, reclassification, exchange, subdivision or other change. The provisions of this Section 8(b) shall similarly apply to successive combination, reclassification, exchange, subdivision or other change.
(c) Subdivision or Combination of Shares . If the Company at any time shall combine or subdivide its Common Stock, (i) in the case of a subdivision, the Exercise Price shall be proportionately decreased and the number of shares for which this Warrant is exercisable shall be proportionately increased, or (ii) in the case of a combination, the Exercise Price shall be proportionately increased and the number of shares for which this Warrant is exercisable shall be proportionately decreased.
(d) Dividends . If the Company at any time while this Agreement is outstanding and unexpired shall:
(i) pay a dividend with respect to the Common Stock payable in additional shares of Common Stock, then the Exercise Price shall be adjusted, from and after the date of determination of stockholders entitled to receive such dividend, to that price determined by multiplying the Exercise Price in effect immediately prior to such date of determination by a fraction (A) the numerator of which shall be the total number of shares of Common Stock outstanding immediately prior to such dividend or distribution, and (B) the denominator of which shall be the total number of shares of Common Stock outstanding immediately after such dividend or distribution, and the number of shares of Common Stock for which this Warrant is exercisable shall be proportionately increased; or
(ii) make any other dividend or distribution on or with respect to Common Stock, except any dividend or distribution specifically provided for in any other clause of this Section 8, then, in each such case, provision shall be made by the Company such that the Warrantholder shall receive upon exercise or conversion of this Warrant a proportionate share of any such dividend or distribution as though it were the holder of the Common Stock as of the record date fixed for the determination of the stockholders of the Company entitled to receive such dividend or distribution.
(e) Notice of Certain Events . If: (i) the Company shall declare any dividend or distribution upon its outstanding Common Stock, payable in stock, cash, property or other securities (provided that Warrantholder in its capacity as lender under the Loan Agreement consents to such dividend); (ii) the Company shall offer for subscription pro rata to the holders of its Common Stock any additional shares of stock of any class or other rights; (iii) there shall be any Merger Event; or (iv) there shall be any voluntary dissolution, liquidation or winding up of the Company; then, in connection with each such event, the Company shall give the Warrantholder notice thereof at the same time and in the same manner as it gives notice thereof to the holders of outstanding Common Stock. In addition, if at any time the number of shares of Common Stock (or other securities of any other class or classes of securities of the Company for which this Warrant is then exercisable) outstanding is reduced such that the number of shares of Common Stock or other securities issuable upon exercise of this Warrant shall exceed five percent (5%) of the then outstanding class of such securities, then, within three (3) business days of such event, the Company shall give the Warrantholder written notice thereof.
SECTION 9. REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES AND COVENANTS OF THE COMPANY.
(a) Reservation of Common Stock . The Company covenants and agrees that all shares of Common Stock that may be issued upon the exercise of the rights represented by this Warrant will, upon issuance, be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable, and will be free of any taxes, liens, charges or encumbrances of any nature whatsoever; provided , that the Common Stock issuable pursuant to this Agreement may be subject to restrictions on transfer under state and/or federal securities laws. The Company has made available to the Warrantholder true, correct and complete copies of its Charter and bylaws currently in effect. The issuance of certificates or book-entry credit for shares of Common Stock upon exercise of this Warrant shall be made without charge to the Warrantholder for any issuance tax in respect thereof, or other cost incurred by the Company in connection with such exercise and related issuance of shares of Common Stock.
(b) Due Authority . The execution and delivery by the Company of this Agreement and the performance of all obligations of the Company hereunder, including the issuance to the Warrantholder of the right to acquire the shares of Common Stock, have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action on the part of the Company. This Agreement: (i) does not violate the Charter or the Companys current bylaws; (ii) does not contravene any law or governmental rule, regulation or order applicable to the Company. This Agreement constitutes a legal, valid and binding agreement of the Company, enforceable in accordance with its terms, except as may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or similar laws relating to or affecting creditors rights generally (including, without limitation, fraudulent conveyance laws) and by general principles of equity, regardless of whether considered in a proceeding in equity or at law.
(c) Consents and Approvals . No consent or approval of, giving of notice to, registration with, or taking of any other action in respect of any state, federal or other governmental authority or agency is required with respect to the execution, delivery and performance by the Company of its obligations under this Agreement, except for the filing of any notices pursuant to Regulation D under the Act ( Regulation D ) and any filing required by applicable state securities law, which filings will be effective by the time required thereby.
(d) Exempt Transaction . Subject to the accuracy of the Warrantholders representations in Section 10, the issuance of the Common Stock upon exercise of this Agreement will constitute a transaction exempt from (i) the registration requirements of Section 5 of the Act, in reliance upon Section 4(a)(2) thereof, and (ii) the qualification requirements of the applicable state securities laws.
(e) Information Rights . At all times (if any) prior to the earlier to occur of (x) the date on which all shares of Common Stock issued on exercise of this Warrant have been sold, or (y) the expiration or earlier termination of this Warrant, when the Company shall not be required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act or shall not have timely filed all such required reports, Warrantholder shall be entitled to the information rights contained in Section 7.1(b) (f) of the Loan Agreement, and in any such event Section 7.1(b) (f) of the Loan Agreement is hereby incorporated into this Agreement by this reference as though fully set forth herein, provided, however, that the Company shall not be required to deliver a Compliance Certificate once all Indebtedness (as defined in the Loan Agreement) owed by the Company to Warrantholder has been repaid.
(f) Registration of Shares . On or prior to the 60 th calendar day following the Effective Date, the Company shall file with the Securities and Exchange Commission a registration statement on Form S-3 registering for resale on a delayed or continuous basis under Rule 415 of the Act all of the shares of Common Stock issuable on exercise of this Warrant (the Registration Statement ). The Company shall use its reasonable best efforts to cause the Registration Statement to be declared effective as soon as possible but, in any event, no later than 120 calendar days after the Effective Date. All fees and expenses incident to the Companys performance of or compliance with its obligations under this Section 9(f) (excluding any underwriting discounts and selling commissions) shall be borne by the Company.
(g) Rule 144 Compliance . The Company shall, at all times prior to the earlier to occur of (i) the date of sale or other disposition by the Warrantholder of this Warrant or all shares of Common Stock issued on exercise of this Warrant or (ii) the expiration or earlier termination of this Warrant if the Warrant has not been exercised in full or in part on such date, use commercially reasonable efforts to timely file all reports required under the Exchange Act and otherwise timely take all actions necessary to permit the Warrantholder to sell or otherwise dispose of this Warrant and the shares of Common Stock issued on exercise hereof pursuant to Rule 144 promulgated under the Act ( Rule 144 ), provided that the foregoing shall not apply in the event of a Merger Event following which the successor or surviving entity is not subject to the reporting requirements of the Exchange Act. If the Warrantholder proposes to sell Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of this Agreement in compliance with Rule 144, then, upon the Warrantholders written request to the Company, the Company shall furnish to the Warrantholder, within five (5) business days after receipt of such request, a written statement confirming the Companys compliance with the filing and other requirements of such Rule 144.
SECTION 10. REPRESENTATIONS AND COVENANTS OF THE WARRANTHOLDER.
This Agreement has been entered into by the Company in reliance upon the following representations and covenants of the Warrantholder:
(a) Investment Purpose . This Warrant and the shares issued on exercise hereof will be acquired for investment and not with a view to the sale or distribution of any part thereof in violation of applicable federal and state securities laws, and the Warrantholder has no present intention of selling or engaging in any public distribution of the same except pursuant to a registration or exemption.
(b) Private Issue . The Warrantholder understands that (i) the Common Stock issuable upon exercise of this Agreement is not, as of the Effective Date, registered under the Act or qualified under applicable state securities laws, and (ii) the Companys reliance on exemption from such registration is predicated on the representations set forth in this Section 10.
(c) Financial Risk . The Warrantholder has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters as to be capable of evaluating the merits and risks of its investment, and has the ability to bear the economic risks of its investment.
(d) Accredited Investor . The Warrantholder is an accredited investor within the meaning of Rule 501 of Regulation D.
(e) No Short Sales . The Warrantholder has not at any time on or prior to the Effective Date engaged in any short sales or equivalent transactions in the Common Stock. Warrantholder agrees that at all times from and after the Effective Date and on or before the
expiration or earlier termination of this Warrant, it shall not engage in any short sales or equivalent transactions in the Common Stock.
SECTION 11. TRANSFERS.
Subject to compliance with applicable federal and state securities laws, this Agreement and all rights hereunder are transferable, in whole or in part, without charge to the holder hereof (except for transfer taxes) upon surrender of this Agreement properly endorsed. Each taker and holder of this Agreement, by taking or holding the same, consents and agrees that this Agreement, when endorsed in blank, shall be deemed negotiable, and that the holder hereof, when this Agreement shall have been so endorsed and its transfer recorded on the Companys books, shall be treated by the Company and all other persons dealing with this Agreement as the absolute owner hereof for any purpose and as the person entitled to exercise the rights represented by this Agreement. The transfer of this Agreement shall be recorded on the books of the Company upon receipt by the Company of a notice of transfer in the form attached hereto as Exhibit III (the Transfer Notice ) at the Companys principal offices and the payment to the Company of all transfer taxes and other governmental charges imposed on such transfer. Until the Company receives such Transfer Notice, the Company may treat the registered owner hereof as the owner for all purposes. Notwithstanding anything herein or in any legend to the contrary, the Company shall not require an opinion of counsel in connection with any sale, assignment or other transfer by the Warrantholder of this Warrant (or any portion hereof or any interest herein) or of any shares of Common Stock issued upon any exercise hereof to an affiliate (as defined in Regulation D) of the Warrantholder, provided that such affiliate is an accredited investor as defined in Regulation D and agrees to be bound by the terms applicable to such Warrant or shares of Common Stock as provided herein.
SECTION 12. MISCELLANEOUS.
(a) Effective Date . The provisions of this Agreement shall be construed and shall be given effect in all respects as if it had been executed and delivered by the Company on the date hereof. This Agreement shall be binding upon any successors or assigns of the Company.
(b) Remedies . In the event of any default hereunder, the non-defaulting party may proceed to protect and enforce its rights either by suit in equity and/or by action at law, including but not limited to an action for damages as a result of any such default, and/or an action for specific performance for any default where the Warrantholder will not have an adequate remedy at law and where damages will not be readily ascertainable.
(c) No Impairment of Rights . The Company will not, by amendment of its Charter or through any other means, avoid or seek to avoid the observance or performance of any of the terms of this Agreement, but will at all times in good faith assist in the carrying out of all such terms and in the taking of all such actions as may be reasonably necessary or appropriate in order to protect the rights of the Warrantholder against impairment.
(d) Additional Documents . The Company agrees to supply such other documents as the Warrantholder may from time to time reasonably request in connection with its decision whether to exercise this Warrant, subject to any applicable confidentiality requirements.
(e) Attorneys Fees . In any litigation, arbitration or court proceeding between the Company and the Warrantholder relating hereto, the prevailing party shall be entitled to reasonable attorneys fees and expenses and reasonable costs of proceedings incurred in enforcing this Agreement. For the purposes of this Section 13(e), attorneys fees shall include without
limitation reasonable fees incurred in connection with the following: (i) contempt proceedings; (ii) discovery; (iii) any motion, proceeding or other activity of any kind in connection with an insolvency proceeding; (iv) garnishment, levy, and debtor and third party examinations; and (v) post-judgment motions and proceedings of any kind, including without limitation any activity taken to collect or enforce any judgment.
(f) Severability . In the event any one or more of the provisions of this Agreement shall for any reason be held invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall be unimpaired, and the invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision shall be replaced by a mutually acceptable valid, legal and enforceable provision, which comes closest to the intention of the parties underlying the invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision.
(g) Notices . Except as otherwise provided herein, any notice, demand, request, consent, approval, declaration, service of process or other communication that is required, contemplated or permitted under this Agreement or with respect to the subject matter hereof shall be in writing, and shall be deemed to have been validly served, given, delivered and received upon the earlier of: (i) personal delivery to the party to be notified, (ii) when sent by confirmed telex, electronic transmission or facsimile if sent during normal business hours of the recipient, if not, then on the next business day, (iii) five (5) days after having been sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, or (iv) one day after deposit with a nationally recognized overnight courier, specifying next day delivery, with written verification of receipt, and shall be addressed to the party to be notified as follows:
If to the Warrantholder:
HERCULES CAPITAL, INC.
Attention: Chief Legal Officer and Lake McGuire
400 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 310
Palo Alto, CA 94301
email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
If to the Company:
SORRENTO THERAPEUTICS, INC.
Attention: Kevin Herde
9380 Judicial Drive,
San Diego, CA 92121
or to such other address as each party may designate for itself by like notice.
(h) Entire Agreement; Amendments . This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement and understanding of the parties hereto in respect of the subject matter hereof, and supersedes and replaces in their entirety any prior proposals, term sheets, letters, negotiations or other documents or agreements, whether written or oral, with respect to the subject matter hereof. None of the terms of this Agreement may be amended except by an instrument executed by each of the parties hereto.
(i) Headings . The various headings in this Agreement are inserted for convenience only and shall not affect the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement or any provisions hereof.
(j) Advice of Counsel . Each of the parties represents to each other party hereto that it has discussed (or had an opportunity to discuss) with its counsel this Agreement and, specifically, the provisions of Sections 12(n), 12(o), 12(p), 12(q) and 12(r).
(k) No Strict Construction . The parties hereto have participated jointly in the negotiation and drafting of this Agreement. In the event an ambiguity or question of intent or interpretation arises, this Agreement shall be construed as if drafted jointly by the parties hereto and no presumption or burden of proof shall arise favoring or disfavoring any party by virtue of the authorship of any provisions of this Agreement.
(l) No Waiver . Except for the requirement that the Warrant be exercised (or be deemed exercised) , if at all, during the warrant term, no omission or delay by the Warrantholder at any time to enforce any right or remedy reserved to it, or to require performance of any of the terms, covenants or provisions hereof by the Company at any time designated, shall be a waiver of any such right or remedy to which the Warrantholder is entitled, nor shall it in any way affect the right of the Warrantholder to enforce such provisions thereafter during the term of this Agreement.
(m) Survival . All agreements, representations and warranties contained in this Agreement or in any document delivered pursuant hereto shall be for the benefit of the Warrantholder and shall survive the execution and delivery of this Agreement and the expiration or other termination of this Agreement.
(n) Governing Law . This Agreement has been negotiated and delivered to the Warrantholder in the State of California, and shall be deemed to have been accepted by the Warrantholder in the State of California. Delivery of Common Stock to the Warrantholder by the Company under this Agreement is due in the State of California. This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed and enforced in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, excluding conflict of laws principles that would cause the application of laws of any other jurisdiction.
(o) Consent to Jurisdiction and Venue . All judicial proceedings arising in or under or related to this Agreement may be brought in any state or federal court of competent jurisdiction located in the State of California. By execution and delivery of this Agreement, each party hereto generally and unconditionally: (i) consents to personal jurisdiction in Santa Clara County, State of California; (ii) waives any objection as to jurisdiction or venue in Santa Clara County, State of California; (iii) agrees not to assert any defense based on lack of jurisdiction or venue in the aforesaid courts; and (iv) irrevocably agrees to be bound by any judgment rendered thereby in connection with this Agreement. Service of process on any party hereto in any action arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be effective if given in accordance with the requirements for notice set forth in Section 12(g), and shall be deemed effective and received as set forth in Section 12(g). Nothing herein shall affect the right to serve process in any other manner permitted by law or shall limit the right of either party to bring proceedings in the courts of any other jurisdiction.
(p) Mutual Waiver of Jury Trial . Because disputes arising in connection with complex financial transactions are most quickly and economically resolved by an experienced and expert person and the parties wish applicable state and federal laws to apply (rather than
arbitration rules), the parties desire that their disputes arising under or in connection with this Warrant be resolved by a judge applying such applicable laws. EACH OF THE COMPANY AND THE WARRANTHOLDER SPECIFICALLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE TO TRIAL BY JURY OF ANY CAUSE OF ACTION, CLAIM, CROSS-CLAIM, COUNTERCLAIM, THIRD PARTY CLAIM OR ANY OTHER CLAIM (COLLECTIVELY, CLAIMS ) ASSERTED BY THE COMPANY AGAINST THE WARRANTHOLDER OR ITS ASSIGNEE OR BY THE WARRANTHOLDER OR ITS ASSIGNEE AGAINST THE COMPANY RELATING TO THIS WARRANT. This waiver extends to all such Claims, including Claims that involve persons or entities other the Company and the Warrantholder; Claims that arise out of, or are in any way connected to the relationship between the Company and the Warrantholder; and any Claims for damages, breach of contract, specific performance, or any equitable or legal relief of any kind, arising out of this Agreement.
(q) Arbitration . If the Mutual Waiver of Jury Trial set forth in Section 13(p) is ineffective or unenforceable, the parties agree that all Claims shall be submitted to binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of JAMS (the Rules ), such arbitration to occur before one arbitrator, which arbitrator shall be a retired California state judge or a retired Federal court judge. Such proceeding shall be conducted in Santa Clara County, State of California, with California rules of evidence and discovery applicable to such arbitration. The decision of the arbitrator shall be binding on the parties, and shall be final and nonappealable to the maximum extent permitted by law. Any judgment rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in a court of competent jurisdiction and enforced by the prevailing party as a final judgment of such court.
(r) Pre-arbitration Relief . In the event Claims are to be resolved by arbitration, either party may seek from a court of competent jurisdiction identified in Section 13(o), any prejudgment order, writ or other relief and have such prejudgment order, writ or other relief enforced to the fullest extent permitted by law notwithstanding that all Claims are otherwise subject to resolution by binding arbitration.
(s) Counterparts . This Agreement and any amendments, waivers, consents or supplements hereto may be executed in any number of counterparts (including by facsimile or electronic delivery (PDF)), and by different parties hereto in separate counterparts, each of which when so delivered shall be deemed an original, but all of which counterparts shall constitute but one and the same instrument.
(t) Specific Performance . The parties hereto hereby declare that it is impossible to measure in money the damages which will accrue to the Warrantholder by reason of the Companys failure to perform any of the obligations under this Agreement and agree that the terms of this Agreement shall be specifically enforceable by the Warrantholder. If the Warrantholder institutes any action or proceeding to specifically enforce the provisions hereof, any person against whom such action or proceeding is brought hereby waives the claim or defense therein that the Warrantholder has an adequate remedy at law, and such person shall not offer in any such action or proceeding the claim or defense that such remedy at law exists.
(u) Lost, Stolen, Mutilated or Destroyed Warrant . If this Warrant is lost, stolen, mutilated or destroyed, the Company may, on such terms as to indemnity or otherwise as it may reasonably impose (which shall, in the case of a mutilated Warrant, include the surrender thereof), issue a new Warrant of like denomination and tenor as this Warrant so lost, stolen, mutilated or destroyed. Any such new Warrant shall constitute an original contractual obligation
of the Company, whether or not the allegedly lost, stolen, mutilated or destroyed Warrant shall be at any time enforceable by anyone.
(v) Legends . To the extent required by applicable laws, this Warrant and the shares of Common Stock issuable hereunder (and the securities issuable, directly or indirectly, upon conversion of such shares of Common Stock, if any) may be imprinted with a restricted securities legend in substantially the following form:
THIS SECURITY HAS NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE ACT), OR ANY APPLICABLE STATE SECURITIES LAWS, AND MAY NOT BE SOLD, OFFERED FOR SALE, PLEDGED, OR HYPOTHECATED IN THE ABSENCE OF AN EFFECTIVE REGISTRATION RELATED THERETO OR, SUBJECT TO SECTION 11 OF THE WARRANT AGREEMENT DATED NOVEMBER 23, 2016 BETWEEN THE COMPANY AND HERCULES CAPITAL, INC., AN OPINION OF COUNSEL (WHICH MAY BE COMPANY COUNSEL) REASONABLY SATISFACTORY TO THE COMPANY THAT SUCH REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED UNDER THE ACT, OR ANY APPLICABLE STATE SECURITIES LAWS.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Warrant Agreement to be executed by its officers thereunto duly authorized as of the Effective Date.
|COMPANY:||SORRENTO THERAPEUTICS, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Henry Ji, Ph.D.|
|Name:||Henry Ji, Ph.D.|
|Title:||President and Chief Executive Officer|
|WARRANTHOLDER:||HERCULES CAPITAL, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Jennifer Choe|
|Title:||Assistant General Counsel|
NOTICE OF EXERCISE
Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.
The undersigned Warrantholder hereby elects to purchase [ ] shares of the Common Stock of Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (the Company ), pursuant to the terms of the Warrant Agreement dated November 23, 2016 (the Agreement ) between the Company and Hercules Capital, Inc., and tenders herewith payment of the Purchase Price in full, together with all applicable transfer taxes, if any. [NET ISSUANCE: elects pursuant to Section 3(a) of the Agreement to effect a Net Issuance.]
Please issue a certificate or certificates or book-entry credit(s) representing said shares of Common Stock in the name of the undersigned or in such other name as is specified below.
|WARRANTHOLDER:||HERCULES CAPITAL, INC.|
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF EXERCISE
The undersigned [ ], hereby acknowledges receipt of the Notice of Exercise from Hercules Capital, Inc. to purchase [ ] shares of the Common Stock of Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc., pursuant to the terms of the Warrant Agreement by and between Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. and Hercules Capital, Inc., dated November 23, 2016 (the Warrant Agreement ), and further acknowledges that [ ] shares remain subject to purchase under the terms of the Warrant Agreement.
|COMPANY:||SORRENTO THERAPEUTICS, INC.|
(To transfer or assign the foregoing Agreement execute this form and supply required information. Do not use this form to purchase shares.)
FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the foregoing Agreement and all rights evidenced thereby are hereby transferred and assigned to
|whose address is|
NOTE: The signature to this Transfer Notice must correspond with the name as it appears on the face of the Agreement, without alteration or enlargement or any change whatever. Officers of corporations and those acting in a fiduciary or other representative capacity should file proper evidence of authority to assign the foregoing Agreement.
Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. Secures $75 Million Loan Facility
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: SRNE) (Sorrento), an antibody-centric, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing new treatments for cancer and other unmet medical needs, announces it has entered into a loan and security agreement with Hercules Capital, Inc. (NYSE: HTGC) (Hercules) for a term loan of up to $75.0 million subject to funding in three tranches. The proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes allowing Sorrento the flexibility to consolidate core programs and more rapidly advance product opportunities in various therapeutic areas.
A first tranche of $50.0 million was funded upon execution of the loan agreement on November 23, 2016. Prior to the funding by Hercules, Sorrento paid off all obligations of its prior term loan debt with other lenders. Under the terms of the loan agreement, Sorrento may, but is not obligated to, draw on two additional tranches. The second tranche of up to $10.0 million is available until September 30, 2017 subject to the achievement of certain funding and corporate milestones. The third tranche of up to $15.0 million is available until June 30, 2018 subject to Hercules approval. The term loan will mature on December 1, 2020.
We are pleased to announce this debt facility and relationship with Hercules, a leader in life science debt financing, said Kevin Herde, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Sorrento. This debt facility strengthens our financial position, lowers our overall cost of capital, and provides further financial flexibility to execute our strategy as we prepare to meaningfully advance multiple product candidates over the near term.
Hercules is pleased to enter into this financing partnership with Sorrento at this important stage to allow them to continue to advance their pipeline and achieve their growth objectives, said Scott Bluestein, Chief Investment Officer at Hercules Capital. This investment in Sorrento provides another example of our ability to finance life sciences companies through multiple stages of development and through various value inflection points.
The debt is in the form of a secured loan, secured by Sorrentos and certain of its domestic subsidiaries assets, excluding intellectual property, and bearing interest at a calculated prime-based variable rate currently at 9.25%. Payments under the loan agreement are interest only until the first payment of principal on July 1, 2018 (or if Sorrento draws the second tranche, the interest only period is extended with the first payment of principal on January 1, 2019), followed by equal monthly payments of principal and interest through the scheduled maturity date on December 1, 2020. In connection with the loan agreement, Sorrento issued Hercules a warrant to purchase shares of Sorrento Common Stock.
About Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.
Sorrento is an antibody-centric, clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing new treatments for cancer, inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Sorrentos lead products are multiple late-stage biosimilar and biobetter antibodies, as well as clinical CAR-T therapies targeting solid tumors.
About Hercules Capital, Inc.
Hercules Capital, Inc. (NYSE: HTGC) is the leading and largest specialty finance company focused on providing senior secured venture growth loans to high-growth, innovative venture capital-backed companies in a broad variety of technology, life sciences and sustainable and renewable technology industries. Since inception (December 2003), Hercules has committed more than $6.3 billion to over 360 companies and is the lender of choice for entrepreneurs and venture capital firms seeking growth capital financing.
This press release and any statements made for and during any presentation or meeting contain forward-looking statements related to Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. and its subsidiaries, under the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the potential use of debt proceeds and potential benefits of the transaction. Risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in our forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to: risks related to Sorrentos and its subsidiaries technologies and prospects and other risks that are described in Sorrentos most recent periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Sorrentos Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, as amended. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement in this press release except as required by law.
Sorrento ® and the Sorrento logo are registered trademarks of Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.
All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.
SOURCE: Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.
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