Valneva Announces Extension of Existing Loan Agreement
Up to an additional $100 million made available in two tranches
Saint-Herblain (France), August 17, 2023 – Valneva SE (Nasdaq: VALN; Euronext Paris: VLA), a specialty vaccine company, today announced an agreement to increase the principal amount of its existing $100 million senior secured debt financing agreement with funds managed by leading U.S. healthcare investment firms Deerfield Management Company and OrbiMed. The add-on loan facility provides Valneva with immediate access to $50 million, with an additional $50 million available at the Company’s discretion until December 31, 2023. The increased funding will be used to further invest in R&D, as well as continued market access preparations and potential commercialization of Valneva’s chikungunya vaccine candidate.
Peter Bühler, Chief Financial Officer of Valneva, said, “We greatly appreciate the continued support from Deerfield and OrbiMed as we continue to execute on our launch preparations for our chikungunya vaccine candidate. Securing access to additional funding at this critical time enables greater flexibility and helps ensure successful launch of our ground-breaking vaccine, for which we anticipate potential FDA approval by the end of November.”
The add-on facility has a three-year interest-only period and will mature in the third quarter of 2028. The loan interest rate remains unchanged.
The original loan agreement was signed in February 20201. Valneva announced amendments to the terms in January 20212 and upsizing in April 20223.
Deerfield is an investment management firm committed to advancing healthcare through investment, information and philanthropy. The Firm works across the healthcare ecosystem to connect people, capital, ideas and technology in bold, collaborative and inclusive ways.
OrbiMed is a leading healthcare investment firm, with $17 billion in assets under management. OrbiMed invests globally across the healthcare industry, from start-ups to large multinational corporations, through private equity funds, public equity funds, and royalty/credit funds. OrbiMed seeks to be a capital provider of choice, providing tailored financing solutions and global team resources to help build world-class healthcare companies. OrbiMed’s team of over 100 professionals is based in New York City, London, San Francisco, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Herzliya, and other key global markets.
About Valneva SE
We are a specialty vaccine company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of prophylactic vaccines for infectious diseases. We take a highly specialized and targeted approach to vaccine development by focusing on vaccine solutions addressing unmet medical needs to ensure we can make a difference to peoples’ lives. We apply our deep understanding of vaccine science, including our expertise across multiple vaccine modalities, and our established vaccine development capabilities, to develop vaccines against diseases which are not yet vaccine-preventable, or for which there are limited effective treatment options. Today, we are leveraging our expertise and capabilities to rapidly advance a broad range of vaccines into and through the clinic, including candidates against Lyme disease, the chikungunya virus.
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