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Cyclacel Pharma (CYCC) Entes $20M Common Purchase Agreement

December 17, 2012 7:13 AM EST Send to a Friend
On December 14, 2012, Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Delaware corporation (Nasdaq: CYCC), entered into a Common Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with Aspire Capital Fund, LLC, an Illinois limited liability company (“Aspire Capital”), which provides that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions and limitations set forth therein, Aspire Capital is committed to purchase up to an aggregate of $20 million of shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Purchase Shares”) over the two-year term of the Purchase Agreement.

Concurrently with entering into the Purchase Agreement, the Company also entered into a Registration Rights Agreement (the “Registration Rights Agreement”) with Aspire Capital, dated December 14, 2012. The Registration Rights Agreement provides, among other things, that the Company will file one or more registration statements, as necessary, to register under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the sale of the shares of common stock that have been and may be issued to Aspire Capital under the Purchase Agreement (collectively, the “Securities”). The Company agreed to file an initial registration statement registering the sale of the Securities by Aspire Capital with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on or before January 9, 2013. The Company further agreed to keep the registration statement effective and to indemnify Aspire Capital for certain liabilities in connection with the sale of the Securities under the terms of the Registration Rights Agreement.

The Company has two ways it can elect to sell shares of common stock to Aspire Capital on any business day the Company selects: (1) through a regular purchase of up to 100,000 shares at a known price based on the market price of our common stock prior to the time of each sale, and (2) through a VWAP purchase of a number of shares up to 30% of the volume traded on the purchase date at a price equal to the lessor of the closing sale price or 96% of the volume weighted average price for such purchase date.

Under the Purchase Agreement, the Company initially will issue 74,548 shares of its common stock to Aspire Capital in consideration for entering into the Purchase Agreement (the “Commitment Shares”). Immediately upon executing the Purchase Agreement, the Company will sell 158,982 shares to Aspire Capital for an aggregate purchase price of $1,000,000 (the “Initial Shares”). After the SEC declares the initial registration statement effective, on any business day on which the closing sale price of the Company’s common stock equals or exceeds $1.00 per share, over the 24-month term of the Purchase Agreement, the Company has the right, in its sole discretion, to present Aspire Capital with a purchase notice (each, a “Purchase Notice”) directing Aspire Capital to purchase up to 100,000 Purchase Shares per business day; however, no sale pursuant to such Purchase Notice may exceed five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) per business day. The purchase price per Purchase Share pursuant to such Purchase Notice (the “Purchase Price”) is the lower of (i) the lowest sale price for the Company’s common stock on the date of sale or (ii) the arithmetic average of the three lowest closing sale prices for the Company’s common stock during the 12 consecutive business days ending on the business day immediately preceding the purchase date of those securities. The applicable Purchase Price will be determined prior to delivery of any Purchase Notice.

In addition, on any date on which the Company submits a Purchase Notice to Aspire Capital in the amount of 100,000 Purchase Shares, the Company also has the right, in its sole discretion, to present Aspire Capital with a volume-weighted average price purchase notice (each, a “VWAP Purchase Notice”) directing Aspire Capital to purchase an amount of the Company’s common stock equal to a percentage (not to exceed 30%) of the aggregate shares of common stock traded on the next business day (the “VWAP Purchase Date”), subject to a maximum number of shares determined by the Company . The purchase price per Purchase Share pursuant to such VWAP Purchase Notice (the “VWAP Purchase Price”) shall be the lower of (i) the closing sale price on the date of sale and (ii) 96% of the volume weighted average price for the Company’s common stock traded on the Nasdaq Global Market on (i) the VWAP Purchase Date if the aggregate shares to be purchased on that date does not exceed the VWAP Purchase Share Volume Maximum, or (ii) the portion of such business day until such time as the aggregate shares to be purchased will equal the VWAP Purchase Share Volume Maximum. Further, if the sale price of the Company’s common stock falls on the VWAP Purchase Date below the greater of (i) 90% of the closing price of our common stock on the business day immediately preceding the VWAP Purchase Date or (ii) the price set by us in the VWAP Purchase Notice (the “VWAP Minimum Price Threshold”), the VWAP Purchase Price will be determined using the percentage in the VWAP Purchase Notice of the total shares traded for such portion of the VWAP Purchase Date prior to the time that the sale price of the Company’s common stock fell below the VWAP Minimum Price Threshold and the volume weighted average price of the common stock sold during such portion of the VWAP Purchase Date prior to the time that the sale price of the common stock fell below the VWAP Minimum Price Threshold.

The number of Purchase Shares covered by, and the timing of, each Purchase Notice or VWAP Purchase Notice are determined by the Company, at its sole discretion. The Company may deliver multiple Purchase Notices and VWAP Purchase Notices to Aspire Capital from time to time during the term of the Purchase Agreement, so long as the most recent purchase has been completed. There are no trading volume requirements or restrictions under the Purchase Agreement. Aspire Capital has no right to require any sales by the Company, but is obligated to make purchases as directed in accordance with the Purchase Agreement.

The Purchase Agreement contains customary representations, warranties, covenants, closing conditions and indemnification and termination provisions. The Purchase Agreement may be terminated by the Company at any time, at its discretion, without any cost or penalty. Aspire Capital has covenanted not to cause or engage in any manner whatsoever, any direct or indirect short selling or hedging of the Company’s common stock. The Company did not pay any additional amounts to reimburse or otherwise compensate Aspire Capital in connection with the transaction other than the Commitment Shares. There are no limitations on use of proceeds, financial or business covenants, restrictions on future financings, rights of first refusal, participation rights, penalties or liquidated damages in the Purchase Agreement.

The Company’s net proceeds will depend on the Purchase Price, the VWAP Purchase Price and the frequency of the Company’s sales of Purchase Shares to Aspire Capital; provided, however, that the maximum aggregate proceeds from sales of Purchase Shares, including the Initial Shares, is $20 million under the terms of the Purchase Agreement. The Company’s delivery of Purchase Notices and VWAP Purchase Notices will be made subject to market conditions, in light of the Company’s capital needs from time to time and under the limitations contained in the Purchase Agreement. The Company expects to use proceeds from sales of Purchase Shares for general corporate purposes and working capital requirements.

The issuance of the Commitment Shares, Initial Shares and all other shares of common stock that may be issued from time to time to Aspire Capital under the Purchase Agreement is exempt from registration under the Securities Act, pursuant to the exemption for transactions by an issuer not involving any public offering under Section 4(2) of the Securities Act and Rule 506 of Regulation D promulgated thereunder.




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