BiondVax and European Investment Bank sign definitive amendment extending maturity of loan until December 2027 with additional terms in support of BiondVax's new strategy
JERUSALEM, Aug. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: BVXV), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing, and commercializing innovative biological medicinal products for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases and other illnesses, announced today the successful conclusion of negotiations and formal approval by the European Investment Bank (the "EIB") of new terms of its outstanding €24 million loan (the "Loan") to BiondVax.
BiondVax previously announced on March 14, 2022, that general terms of the restructuring had been agreed upon in principle.
The new terms include:
- Loan extension: An extension of the maturity dates from 2023 (€20 million) and 2024 (€4 million) until December 2027.
- Interest accrual: Although the Loan has been outstanding since 2018, interest on the Loan will only begin to accrue starting January 1, 2022, at an annual rate of 7%. The interest payments will be deferred until the new maturity date and will be added to the principal balance at the end of each year during the Loan period.
- Principal repayment: $900,000 will be paid by BiondVax shortly after the execution of the relevant amendment letter with the EIB. This amount will be applied to reduce the outstanding Loan. Going forward 10% of any capital raises until maturity will be used to further repay the Loan principal including any outstanding accrued interest.
- Variable remuneration to the EIB: Once BiondVax's commercial sales exceed €5 million, 3% of BiondVax's topline revenues will be paid to the EIB as royalties until the EIB receives (from the Loan repayment, inter alia the interest and the royalties) the higher of (i) a total of 2.8 times the original €24 million principal (as provided in the original Loan agreement) and (ii) 20% IRR on the principal calculated from January 1, 2022.
- Prepayment indemnity: In case BiondVax decides to discharge all liabilities under the Finance Contract inter alia payments of the variable remuneration BiondVax would need to repay to the EIB an indemnity amount in addition to the Loan principle and the accrued interest. The indemnity will be calculated such that the EIB receives an additional payment equal to the greater of (i) the prepayment amount (i.e. twice the prepayment amount in the aggregate) and (ii) the amount required to realize 20% IRR on the prepayment amount at the time of prepayment.
Amir Reichman, CEO of BiondVax, commented, "I am extremely pleased to announce the achievement of another major milestone in the relaunch of BiondVax; another 'promise made, promise kept'. With the cooperation and support of the EIB, we have signed an amendment to our loan facility extending the maturity to December 2027 and clearing the path for us to aggressively pursue development of a nanosized antibody (NanoAb) pipeline under an exclusive license and related collaboration agreements with the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Science and University Medical Center Gottingen, Germany. Since the March 2022 announcement of an agreement in principle to restructure the loan, all parties have worked diligently and in good faith to finalize documentation consistent with the announced terms, and we are grateful to our counterparties at the EIB for their efforts in this regard and support of our strategy and our team. We can now devote even more attention to the successful development of NanoAbs that address significant unmet medical needs in a patient friendly, efficacious and cost-efficient manner."
BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: BVXV) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing innovative biological medicinal products for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases and other illnesses. Since its inception, the company has executed eight clinical trials including a seven country, 12,400 participant Phase 3 trial of its vaccine candidate and has built a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for biopharmaceutical products. With highly experienced pharmaceutical industry leadership, BiondVax is aiming to develop a pipeline of diversified and commercially viable products and platforms beginning with an innovative nanosized antibody (NanoAb) pipeline. www.biondvax.com.
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