LEUVEN, Belgium, Dec. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TiGenix (Euronext Brussels: TIG) announced today that it has signed a structured debt financing agreement of up to EUR 10 million with Kreos Capital (Kreos), Europe's largest and leading provider of growth debt to high-growth companies.
The funds will supplement the EUR 12 million in equity financing TiGenix recently secured from Gri-Cel SA, and will be used for general growth purposes as TiGenix advances the development of its expanding pipeline of cell therapy products.
"In combination with the recent strategic investment by Gri-Cel/Grifols this funding significantly strengthens our financial position and allows us to aggressively expand our pipeline of proprietary cell therapy products," said Eduardo Bravo, CEO of TiGenix. "Importantly, it enables us to independently finalize the Phase III trial with our lead product Cx601 and file for European registration, and thus capture significantly more value from a potential partnering agreement. The addition of debt financing represents an attractive and, except for a limited warrant component, non-dilutive complement to our existing capital structure. We are delighted to finish the year with a solid balance sheet and additional resources to optimally leverage our world-leading cell therapy technology platform as we move forward."
"Kreos is very pleased to be able to support TiGenix as it further builds its strong cell therapy portfolio," said Maurizio PetitBon, General Partner of Kreos. "TiGenix constitutes one of our first investments in the public market, and we have been very impressed by the quality of the team, the technology platform and the underlying business."
About the loan agreement
Draw down: three tranches at the Company's discretion: EUR 5 million in early February 2014; EUR 2.5 million by end of May, 2014; EUR 2.5 million by end of September, 2014
Term: four years
Amortization: starts at first anniversary
Interest: 12.5% fixed annual interest rate
Structure: security over certain assets; no financial covenants
Warrants: approximately 2 million warrants to be granted to Kreos, subject to shareholder approval; exercise price to equal 30-day average closing price of TiGenix share at date of issue of warrants; if shareholders do not approve the issue of warrants, Kreos is entitled to a payment of EUR 890,000 over 3 years
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TiGenix NV (Euronext Brussels: TIG) is a leading European cell therapy company with a marketed product for cartilage repair, ChondroCelect®, and a strong pipeline with clinical stage allogeneic adult stem cell programs for the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. TiGenix is based out of Leuven (Belgium) and has operations in Madrid (Spain), and Sittard-Geleen (the Netherlands). For more information please visit www.tigenix.com.
Kreos Capital is Europe's largest and leading provider of growth debt to high-growth companies with revenues up to €150 million. Since 1998, as the pioneer growth debt provider across the UK, Western Europe, Scandinavia and Israel, Kreos has completed over 300 transactions and committed over €1 billion in 14 different countries. Kreos has a proven track record of adding value to portfolio companies and helping them to grow with additional capital and flexibility throughout their business cycle whilst working closely with both the portfolio company management team and their equity sponsors. www.kreoscapital.com
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