Santhera Announces Results of Bondholders’ Meeting
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Pratteln, Switzerland, March 9, 2021 – Santhera Pharmaceuticals (SIX: SANN) announces that while a large majority of 89 % of bondholders represented at yesterday’s bondholders’ meeting voted in favor of the resolutions proposed by the Company, the required threshold of 2/3 of all bonds outstanding to pass such resolutions was not met. Bondholders may still cast their vote for the resolution that would enable a restructuring of the CHF 60 million 5% Convertible Bonds due 2022.
A total principal amount of CHF 39,130,000 (65%) of the bonds was represented at the meeting and thereof CHF 34,775,000 or 89% voted in favor of the resolution. However, these votes in favor, representing 58% of the total bonds outstanding did not meet the required threshold of 2/3 (or CHF 40 million) for the resolution to be passed. Bondholders who have not yet cast a vote may still do so within a period of a maximum two months, unless the Company would decide on a shorter period to apply.
Santhera has determined that a restructuring of the Bonds is required to enable Santhera to raise additional financing, if the pivotal VISION-DMD readout expected for Q2-2021 is positive, and is therefore also crucial to preserve the Company as a going concern until after such subsequent financing.
“We are very thankful to the bondholders who already supported our motions. At the same time, and in order to achieve this crucial resolution for Santhera, I encourage all bondholders who have not voiced their opinion yet to submit their votes in order for the resolution to still be approved,” said Dario Eklund, CEO of Santhera. “In anticipation of continued bondholder support, we are looking forward to the EGM and hope that our proposals will be approved by our shareholders.”
Santhera has called an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders to be held on March 18, 2021, where the Board will propose to the shareholders, among other items, the authorization and issuance of the shares required to restructure its outstanding bonds.
Related DocumentsForms to cast bondholder votes are available here.Invitation to the Bondholders’ Meeting (March 8, 2021), the EGM (March 18, 2021) and accompanying documents: http://www.santhera.com/investors-and-media/investor-toolbox/share-bondholder-meetings Press release “Santhera Announces Corporate Update and Proposal to Strengthen Capital Structure”: Link.
Corporate calendarMarch 18, 2021 Extraordinary General Meeting April 27, 2021 Publication of annual results and Annual Report 2020June 22, 2021 Annual General Meeting
About Santhera Santhera Pharmaceuticals (SIX: SANN) is a Swiss specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative medicines for rare neuromuscular and pulmonary diseases with high unmet medical need. Santhera has an exclusive license for all indications worldwide to vamorolone, a first-in-class dissociative steroid with novel mode of action, currently investigated in a pivotal study in patients with DMD as an alternative to standard corticosteroids. The clinical stage pipeline also includes lonodelestat (POL6014) to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) and other neutrophilic pulmonary diseases as well as an exploratory gene therapy approach targeting congenital muscular dystrophies. Santhera out-licensed ex-North American rights to its first approved product, Raxone® (idebenone), for the treatment of Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) to Chiesi Group. For further information, please visit www.santhera.com.
Raxone® is a trademark of Santhera Pharmaceuticals.
Disclaimer / Forward-looking statements This publication is not intended to constitute an offer or solicitation to purchase or invest in securities of Santhera Pharmaceuticals Holding AG in any jurisdiction. The securities referred to in this publication, including in connection with the contemplated transaction described in this publication, may not be publicly offered, directly or indirectly, in Switzerland within the meaning of the Swiss Financial Services Act ("FinSA"). Neither this communication nor any other information material relating to the securities referred to in this publication constitutes advertisement within the meaning of the FinSA or a prospectus pursuant to the FinSA, and no such prospectus has been or will be prepared for or in connection with the transaction described in this publication. This publication does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase, any securities in the United States. The securities of Santhera Pharmaceuticals Holding AG to which these materials relate have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. There will not be a public offering of securities in the United States.This publication may contain certain forward-looking statements concerning Santhera Pharmaceuticals Holding AG and its business. Such statements involve certain risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause the actual results, financial condition, performance or achievements of Santhera Pharmaceuticals Holding AG to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements. Readers should therefore not place undue reliance on these statements, particularly not in connection with any contract or investment decision. Santhera Pharmaceuticals Holding AG disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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