Optinose Announces $100 Million Debt Financing from Athyrium Capital Management


YARDLEY, Pa., Jan. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Optinose (NASDAQ:OPTN), a pharmaceutical company focused on patients treated by ear, nose and throat (ENT) and allergy specialists, today announced that it has entered into a $100 million debt financing agreement with funds managed by Athyrium Capital Management, LP, a leading global healthcare-focused investment firm.

"This financing increases our financial flexibility as we prepare to launch XHANCE™," stated Chief Executive Officer, Peter Miller. "We are excited to partner with the Athyrium team as we remain focused on bringing XHANCE to market in the second quarter of this year.”

“We are thrilled to work with the leadership team at Optinose with this launch financing,” said Laurent D. Hermouet, Partner, Athyrium Capital Management. “XHANCE has the potential to improve the lives of millions of patients who are searching for new treatment options. We look forward to supporting the commercialization of XHANCE and other initiatives at Optinose.”

At closing of the agreement, $75 million in aggregate principal amount of the Senior Secured Notes were issued. An additional $25 million will be available to Optinose in 2019 subject to the achievement of a sales milestone and certain other conditions. The Senior Secured Notes mature in June 2023. Important information with respect to this debt financing agreement is set forth in a Form 8-K filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 2, 2018.

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. acted as lead financial advisor to Optinose in this transaction. Janney Montgomery Scott also provided financial advisory services. Hogan Lovells US LLP, Hogan Lovells International LLP and Aabø-Evensen & Co Advokatfirma AS served as legal advisors to Optinose. Covington & Burling LLP and Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS served as legal advisors to Athyrium.

About Optinose
Optinose is a specialty pharmaceutical company on a mission to improve lives with a focus on patients cared for by ear, nose and throat (ENT) and allergy specialists. Optinose has corporate offices in the U.S., the U.K. and Norway. To learn more, please visit www.optinose.com.

About Athyrium Capital Management

Athyrium Capital Management, LP, is a specialized asset management company that invests in the global healthcare sector. As of September 30, 2017, Athyrium had over $3.5 billion of assets under management. The Athyrium team has substantial investment experience in the healthcare sector across a wide range of asset classes including public equity, private equity, fixed income, royalties, and other structured securities. Athyrium invests across all healthcare verticals, including biopharma, medical devices and products, and healthcare focused services. The team partners with management teams to implement creative financing solutions to companies’ capital needs. For more information, please visit www.athyrium.com.

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