Windtree Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: WINT), a biotechnology company focused on developing aerosolized KL4 surfactant therapies for respiratory diseases, today announced that it has initiated a financial restructuring program intended to result in an improved capital structure, which will better enable the Company to raise the necessary additional capital to fund its AEROSURF® respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) program and further develop its pipeline of surfactant products utilizing its proprietary KL4 and aerosol device technologies. As the initial step in this program, the Company has entered into a loan agreement with Lee's Pharmaceutical (HK) Limited ("Lee's"), pursuant to which Lee's has agreed to advance up to $3.9 millionthat will be funded at Lee's discretion in three equal installments in August, September and October, 2017, to support AEROSURF® development activities and sustain the Windtree's operations through October 31, 2017, while the parties negotiate a share purchase agreement for Lee's to acquire a controlling interest in Windtree. The initial installment of the loan was received by the Company on August 15, 2017.
Under the share purchase agreement currently being negotiated, it is contemplated that Lee's would purchase from Windtree $10 million of common stock and acquire a controlling interest of the outstanding shares of Windtree at a price per share based on the average 10-day volume-weighted average price per share (VWAP) through the closing date, plus a premium not to exceed fifteen percent (15%), but in no event greater than $0.25 per share. As partial consideration for the share purchase, any principal amount outstanding under the $3.9 million loan would be retired.
"After the release of AEROSURF phase 2b data in late June, we worked to secure the required funding to enable the continued advancement of the AEROSURF development program as we prepare for phase 3, and to bridge us to a potential strategic transaction. If successfully completed, an agreement with Lee's achieves these objectives in a manner that we believe supports a broader restructuring and materially strengthens the Company for long term financial sustainment and a better ability to realize the full potential of AEROSURF and our KL4 surfactant and aerosol delivery platforms," commented Craig Fraser, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We look forward to sharing our vision and plans for Windtree upon completion of these potential transactions."
In partial consideration for the loan, Lee's and Windtree also have entered into an amendment to the previously announced exclusive license and collaboration agreement for the development and commercialization of KL4 surfactant products in select Asian markets to reduce certain milestone and royalty payments and, in lieu of a future option, added Japan to the licensed territory.
In connection with the loan agreement, affiliates of Deerfield Management Company, L.P. ("Deerfield"), which hold a security interest in substantially all of the Company's assets to secure a $25 million loan, entered into a subordination agreement with Lee's and the Company generally granting Lee's a first payment priority through October 31, 2017, other than with respect to regularly scheduled interest payments under the Deerfield loan, for up to $3.9 million principal amount plus related interest and expenses. In addition, to facilitate the share purchase, Deerfield has agreed to negotiate to restructure its loan, effective as of the closing of the share purchase. Under the loan restructuring as currently contemplated, in exchange for return and retirement of the Deerfield notes, Windtree will (i) pay to Deerfield $2.5 million in cash, and (ii) issue to Deerfield a number of shares of common stock equal to two percent of Windtree's common stock post-closing on a fully-diluted basis (to be defined in the loan restructuring agreement). In addition, Deerfield will be eligible to receive up to $15 million in future AEROSURF regulatory and commercial milestones beginning with the filing for marketing approval in the United States.
"While there is much work to do to finalize the share purchase by Lee's and resulting retirement of the Deerfield debt, we are excited about the prospect of improving our capital structure and eliminating the financial overhang of long-term debt. We believe this will better position us to raise the additional capital necessary to fund continued development of AEROSURF and our future growth," commented John Tattory, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
About Windtree Therapeutics
Windtree Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing novel surfactant therapies for respiratory diseases and other potential applications. Windtree's proprietary technology platform includes a synthetic, peptide-containing surfactant (KL4 surfactant) that is structurally similar to endogenous pulmonary surfactant and novel drug-delivery technologies being developed to enable noninvasive administration of aerosolized KL4 surfactant. Windtree is focused initially on improving the management of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in premature infants and believes that its proprietary technology may make it possible, over time, to develop a pipeline of KL4 surfactant product candidates to address a variety of respiratory diseases for which there are few or no approved therapies.
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