ANNAPOLIS, Md., July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PharmAthene, Inc. (NYSE Amex: PIP), a biodefense company developing medical countermeasures against biological and chemical threats, today announced that, effective July 28, 2009, it has closed on the issuance of 2-year, 10% unsecured senior convertible notes ("Notes") and common stock purchase warrants ("Warrants") in a private placement of approximately $19.3 million.
In connection with the private placement, the Company has received gross cash proceeds of approximately $10.5 million from new investors, including an aggregate of approximately $8.5 million from unaffiliated investors, and has exchanged approximately $8.8 million in outstanding principal and unpaid accrued interest under the Company's 8% senior unsecured convertible notes originally issued in August 3, 2007 and due August 3, 2009 (the "Old Notes").
Cash proceeds from the sale of the Notes and Warrants will be used (i) to repay approximately $5.7 million in principal and unpaid accrued interest due to holders of the Old Notes that have not elected to participate in this financing transaction, (ii) to repay all remaining amounts (approximately $2.7 million), including certain prepayment fees, due and owing under the Company's outstanding secured credit facility, and (iii) for other working capital purposes. The Company estimates that at its currently projected rate of net cash consumption, the net proceeds from this financing along with existing sources of cash will be sufficient to fund operations through the end of 2010.
Interest on the Notes will accrue at a rate of ten percent (10%) per year. The Notes are convertible by the holders thereof at any time into shares of PharmAthene's common stock at a conversion price of $2.541667/share, which represents the closing price of the common stock on the NYSE Amex on July 24, 2009 plus $0.041667. Principal and interest are due at maturity two years from the closing of the private placement.
In connection with the transaction, the Company also issued Warrants to purchase up to 2.6 million shares of PharmAthene common stock at $2.50 per share, the closing price of PharmAthene's common stock on the NYSE Amex on July 24, 2009. The Warrants will be exercisable for a period of five years beginning six months after the closing of the private placement. The Company did not engage a placement agent in connection with this transaction.
About the Securities
The securities that are being sold in the transaction have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. PharmAthene has agreed to file a registration statement under the Securities Act to register the shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the notes and upon any exercise of the warrants for public resale from time to time in the future. There can be no assurances that the registration statement will be declared effective. The information contained in this press release does not constitute an offer for the sale of any securities.
About PharmAthene, Inc.
PharmAthene was formed to meet the critical needs of the United States and its allies by developing and commercializing medical countermeasures against biological and chemical weapons. PharmAthene's lead product development programs include:
For more information about PharmAthene, please visit www.PharmAthene.com.
Statement on Cautionary Factors
Except for the historical information presented herein, matters discussed may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements preceded by, followed by, or that include the words "potential"; "believe"; "anticipate"; "intend"; "plan"; "expect"; "estimate"; "could"; "may"; "should"; or similar statements are forward-looking statements. PharmAthene disclaims, however, any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties include risk associated with the reliability of the results of the studies relating to human safety and possible adverse effects resulting from the administration of the Company's product candidates, unexpected funding delays and/or reductions or elimination of U.S. government funding for one or more of the Company's development programs, including without limitation our bid related to SparVax(TM) under the HHS Request for Proposals for an Anthrax Recombinant Protective Antigen (rPA) Vaccine for the Strategic National Stockpile, the award of government contracts to our competitors, unforeseen safety issues, challenges related to the development, scale-up, and/or process validation of manufacturing processes for our product candidates, unexpected determinations that these product candidates prove not to be effective and/or capable of being marketed as products, unexpected financial obligations that could increase the rate of our cash consumption, as well as risks detailed from time to time in PharmAthene's Forms 10-K and 10-Q under the caption "Risk Factors" and in its other reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). We have based our projection of future cash needs on the Company's current and anticipated operations, which do not take into account any potential future government contracts that may be awarded to the Company, merger & acquisition or corporate partnering activities, or unexpected financial obligations. Copies of PharmAthene's public disclosure filings are available from its investor relations department and our website under the investor relations tab at www.PharmAthene.com.
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