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Nektar (NKTR) to Sell Royalties for CIMZIA, MIRCERA to Royalty Pharma for $124M

February 29, 2012 9:06 AM EST Send to a Friend
Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR) today announced that it agreed to sell to Royalty Pharma its royalties on future sales of CIMZIA®, under Nektar's agreement with UCB Pharma, and MIRCERA®, under Nektar's agreement with Roche. In consideration for the sale, Royalty Pharma will pay Nektar an aggregate cash payment of $124.0 million.

Nektar intends to use the net proceeds of the transaction towards the repayment of its $215.0 million of convertible debt. For the twelve month period ended December 31, 2011, Nektar recognized $8.3 million in aggregate royalties from net sales of CIMZIA® and MIRCERA®.

Pursuant to the agreement entered into between Nektar and RPI Finance Trust, an affiliate of Royalty Pharma, RPI Finance Trust will receive all royalties on worldwide net sales of CIMZIA® and MIRCERA® from and after January 1, 2012. If certain worldwide net sales thresholds for MIRCERA® are not met for the 12 month periods ending December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2013, Nektar will be required to make a payment to RPI Finance Trust of a maximum of $3.0 million in 2013 and $7.0 million in 2014, respectively.

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