Cerulean Pharma (CERU) Enters $20M Stock Purchase Agreement at $1.25/Share

October 19, 2016 8:11 AM EDT

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Cerulean Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: CERU) announced that it has entered into a $20 million common stock purchase agreement (Purchase Agreement) and a registration rights agreement (Registration Rights Agreement) with Aspire Capital Fund, LLC (Aspire), a Chicago-based institutional investor. These agreements constitute a firm commitment at-the-market equity facility. Immediately following the execution of the Purchase Agreement, Aspire purchased 800,000 shares of common stock for $1.25 per share.

Cerulean has the right to sell up to the remaining $19.0 million of its common stock to Aspire over a 24-month period, at prices based on a formula linked to current market prices at the time of each sale. Aspire has the obligation to purchase common stock from Cerulean in amounts and timing determined by Cerulean in its sole discretion, subject to certain limits. The Purchase Agreement does not contain any restrictions on the use of any of the proceeds, financial or business covenants, restrictions on future financings, rights of first refusal, participation rights, penalties or liquidated damages. In connection with entering into the Purchase Agreement, Cerulean issued 700,000 commitment shares to Aspire. There are no warrants associated with this transaction. The Purchase Agreement may be terminated by Cerulean at any time, at its discretion, without any cost.

“This agreement with Aspire provides us access to capital to support our ongoing clinical efforts,” said Christopher D.T. Guiffre, President & CEO of Cerulean. “Our relationship with Aspire allows us to strengthen our balance sheet over time without banking commissions or warrants. Controlling the timing and amount of common stock being sold is key, as we can use this facility to opportunistically strengthen our balance sheet without unnecessary dilution as we advance our CRLX101 and CRLX301 programs. Aspire has been a longtime shareholder, and we appreciate their continued support.”

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