BEDMINSTER, N.J. & RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. & NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class glaucoma therapies, announced today that it has received a $125 million financing commitment from Deerfield Management Company L.P. (“Deerfield”), a current Aerie shareholder. The financing is expected to be funded before the end of September 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. Aerie intends to use the proceeds from this financing for the continued advancement of development activities for the Company’s clinical-stage product pipeline, general corporate purposes and strategic growth opportunities.
Under the terms of the financing, the notes will be secured and accrue interest at a rate of 1.75% per annum until maturity in September of 2021. The notes are convertible at a conversion price representing a 30% premium over the closing price of Aerie stock on September 8, 2014, resulting in a conversion price of $24.80 per share.
“We believe this level of financing at favorable terms will be significantly beneficial to Aerie. We now have adequate financial resources to complete all of our known clinical requirements for RhopressaTM and RoclatanTM, and to commercialize RhopressaTM later in 2017 if our trials are successful. This financing also provides us with flexibility for potential strategic product in-licenses or acquisitions as we continue to build Aerie into what we believe may become a major ophthalmic pharmaceutical company. We are deeply appreciative of Deerfield’s confidence in Aerie’s product candidates and growth prospects,” commented Vicente Anido, Jr., Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Aerie.
MTS Health Partners acted as financial advisor to Aerie for the financing.
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About Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aerie is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class glaucoma therapies. The Company has commenced two Phase 3 registration trials in the United States for triple-action RhopressaTM, named “Rocket 1” and “Rocket 2,” where the primary efficacy endpoint will be to demonstrate non-inferiority of IOP lowering for RhopressaTM compared to timolol, and has now commenced a third Phase 3 safety trial, named “Rocket 3,” in Canada.
The Company also recently completed a Phase 2b clinical trial for quadruple-action RoclatanTM, which met the primary efficacy endpoint, demonstrating statistical superiority of RoclatanTM to each of its components. RoclatanTM is a fixed-dose combination of RhopressaTM with latanoprost, the market-leading PGA, and if approved has the potential to be the most efficacious IOP-lowering therapy.
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