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Arena Pharmaceuticals to Receive $100 Million from Deerfield Management
Date:6/17/2009

SAN DIEGO, June 17, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARNA) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Deerfield Management, a leading healthcare investment organization and significant Arena stockholder, to provide Arena with $100 million in funding through a credit facility.

"We are pleased that Deerfield, a leader in healthcare investing, sees the potential of our business and that we have the opportunity to expand our relationship through this funding commitment," stated Jack Lief, Arena's President and Chief Executive Officer. "This funding will put us in a stronger financial position as we complete the lorcaserin Phase 3 pivotal program and prepare its NDA submission while advancing our various partnering discussions for lorcaserin and our earlier-stage drug candidates."

Under the terms of the credit facility, Deerfield will provide Arena with $100 million within fifteen business days of signing. The closing is subject to customary closing conditions. Arena has agreed to pay Deerfield a transaction fee of 2.25% at the time of funding. The outstanding principal accrues interest until maturity in June 2013 at a rate of 7.75% per annum, payable quarterly, unless repaid earlier. The principal is required to be repaid as follows: 10% at the end of the first year, 20% at the end of the second year, 30% at the end of the third year and the remainder at the end of the fourth year. At any time Arena may, at its option, redeem any or all of the notes at par and apply such redemption amount against this repayment schedule.

At the closing of the $100 million funding, Arena will issue Deerfield warrants for 28 million shares of its common stock with an exercise price of $5.42 per share.

During the next two years, Deerfield may elect to provide Are
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