Apollo Endosurgery to Acquire Lpath (LPTN)

September 8, 2016 4:09 PM EDT
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Lpath, Inc. (Nasdaq: LPTN) and Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which the security holders of Apollo would become the majority owners of Lpath. Under terms of the agreement, Lpath will issue new shares of its common stock or rights to acquire its common stock to Apollo security holders. The Apollo security holders are expected to own approximately 95.8 percent of the combined company and the Lpath security holders are expected to own approximately 4.2 percent of the combined company, subject to adjustments as described in the merger agreement.

Concurrent with the closing of the merger, Apollo's major investors have committed to invest approximately $29 million of new equity in the combined company, which will form part of the Apollo 95.8 percent ownership. The major investors include affiliates of PTV Healthcare Capital, H.I.G. BioHealth Partners, Remeditex Ventures, Novo A/S, and CPMG Inc. As of June 30, 2016 Apollo's cash was approximately $11.6 million and long term debt was approximately $50 million. Apollo's consolidated revenue for the calendar year ended December 31, 2015 was approximately $68 million.

The boards of directors of both Lpath and Apollo have unanimously approved the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the stockholders of each of Lpath and Apollo. The merger agreement contains certain termination rights for both Lpath and Apollo.

The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2016. Upon closing of the transaction Lpath will be renamed Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. and the combined company intends to apply for listing on The NASDAQ Global Market under a new trading symbol.

Todd Newton, chief executive officer of Apollo, said, "Executing this transaction with Lpath is an expedient way to introduce our company to the public market. With the additional equity support we will receive from Apollo's major investors as part of this transaction, we will have the resources to meet our near-term business needs."

Gary Atkinson, Lpath's chief executive officer added, "Following an extensive and thorough review of strategic alternatives, we have chosen to merge with Apollo because we believe the transaction provides Lpath stockholders with an attractive opportunity for value appreciation."

Piper Jaffray & Co. is the exclusive financial advisor for Apollo in this transaction and Cooley LLP is Apollo's legal counsel. Lpath's exclusive financial advisor in the transaction is Torreya Partners LLC and Lpath's legal counsel is Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP.

Management and Organization

The directors and executive officers of Lpath will resign from their positions with Lpath upon the closing of the proposed merger, and the combined company will be under the leadership of Apollo's Newton and its current executive management team. Following the closing of the proposed merger, the Board of Directors of the combined company is expected to consist of nine members all of whom will be designated by Apollo, including representatives of each of Apollo's five major investors. Chairman of the Board of the combined company will be Richard J. Meelia, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Covidien Ltd. The corporate headquarters will be located in Austin, TX.

Conference Call & Webcast

Management of both Apollo and Lpath will host a joint conference call to discuss the transaction on Monday, September, 12 at 4:30 p.m. EST. Interested participants and investors may access the conference call by dialing 1-855-239-3117 for domestic callers or 1-412-542-4126 for international callers or 1-855-669-9657 for Canada callers and ask to join the Lpath conference call. The conference call will be webcast live under the investor relations section of the Lpath website at www.Lpath.com and will be archived there for 60 days following the call.

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