St. Paul, MN — EnteroMedics Inc. (NASDAQ: ETRM), the developer of medical devices using neuroblocking technology to treat obesity, metabolic diseases and other gastrointestinal disorders, today announced it has entered into a securities purchase agreement with four institutional investors to issue $25.0 million of Senior Amortizing Convertible Notes (the “Notes”). The Company currently intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to continue its commercialization efforts for the Maestro Rechargeable System, for clinical and product development activities and for other working capital and general corporate purposes.
The Notes will be payable in monthly installments, will accrue interest at a rate of 7.0% per annum from the date of issuance and will mature 24 months after the initial closing. $1.5 million of the Notes will be funded at the initial closing, and the balance will be funded in two tranches of $11.0 million and $12.5 million which are subject to the shareholders of the Company approving a reverse stock split of the Company’s common stock and the approval of the issuance of the securities purchased by the Investors. At each issuance, the Notes may be repaid, at the Company’s election, in either cash or shares of the Company’s common stock at a discount to the then-current market price. The Notes are also convertible from time to time, at the election of the holders, into shares of the Company’s common stock at an initial conversion price of $0.29 per share. Additionally, in connection with each issuance of the Notes, the Company will also issue to the investors warrants to purchase a certain number of shares of common stock equal to approximately 30% of the number of shares that would be issued if the principal were converted. The warrants are callable under certain circumstances. The offering is expected to close on or around November 9, 2015.
The Company intends to hold a Special Shareholder meeting to authorize the Company to carry out a reverse stock split using a conversion ratio within an approved range and to approve the terms of the agreement.
Northland Securities, Inc. acted as exclusive placement agent for the offering.
The securities are being offered by the Company pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-195855) and a second registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-205353), which were declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) as of May 22, 2014 and June 30, 2015, respectively. A prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained at the SEC’s website, http://www.sec.gov or by contacting Northland Securities, Inc. at 45 South Seventh Street, Suite 2000, Minneapolis, MN 55402, or by calling toll free 800-851-2920, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About EnteroMedics Inc.
EnteroMedics is a medical device company focused on the development and commercialization of its neuroscience based technology to treat obesity and metabolic diseases. vBloc® Neurometabolic Therapy, delivered by a pacemaker-like device called the Maestro® Rechargeable System, is designed to intermittently block the vagus nerves using high-frequency, low-energy, electrical impulses. EnteroMedics’ Maestro Rechargeable System has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval, CE Mark and is listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.
Forward-Looking Safe Harbor Statement:
This press release contains forward-looking statements about EnteroMedics Inc. Our actual results could differ materially from those discussed due to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors including our limited history of operations; our losses since inception and for the foreseeable future; our lack of commercial sales experience with our Maestro® Rechargeable System for the treatment of obesity in the United States or in any foreign market other than Australia and the European Community; our ability to comply with the Nasdaq continued listing requirements; our ability to commercialize our Maestro System; our dependence on third parties to initiate and perform our clinical trials; the need to obtain regulatory approval for any modifications to our Maestro System; physician adoption of our Maestro System and vBloc® Neurometabolic Therapy; our ability to obtain third party coding, coverage or payment levels; ongoing regulatory compliance; our dependence on third party manufacturers and suppliers; the successful development of our sales and marketing capabilities; our ability to raise additional capital when needed; international commercialization and operation; our ability to attract and retain management and other personnel and to manage our growth effectively; potential product liability claims; potential healthcare fraud and abuse claims; healthcare legislative reform; and our ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for our technology and products. These and additional risks and uncertainties are described more fully in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those factors identified as “risk factors” in the annual report on Form 10-K filed March 13, 2015. We are providing this information as of the date of this press release and do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document as a result of new information, future events or otherwise