Ocean Biomedical Announces Loan Commitment from Largest Stockholder; Up to $10 Million
Providence, RI, Oct. 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocean Biomedical, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCEA) announced today that it has entered into a non-binding term sheet with its largest stockholder, Poseidon Bio, LLC, majority owned by Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria, for a proposed debt facility consisting of convertible promissory notes with a principal amount of up to $10 million. The promissory notes may be issued in one or more closings and Ocean Biomedical does not expect to draw the full amount at any one closing.
The promissory notes under the proposed debt facility will be unsecured general obligations of the company, junior to the company’s existing senior lender, and will mature in one year following the issuance date. There will be no restrictions on the use of proceeds and interest would be payable in cash. The conversion price will be $10.34 per share, subject to certain potential adjustments. Poseidon is expected to be provided warrant coverage, with the warrants to have an initial exercise price of $11.50 per share.
“Ocean Biomedical is thrilled with Poseidon’s continued support of the company as evidenced by this loan commitment. We look forward to finalizing the documentation and propelling Ocean Biomedical forward.” – Elizabeth Ng, CEO
Readers are cautioned that the foregoing is a description of certain the proposed terms that are non-binding and subject to further negotiation by the parties, and the financing transaction is subject to the consent of the current senior lender to Ocean Biomedical. There can be no assurance that a definitive agreement will be entered into or that the proposed transaction will be consummated.
Any offer and sale of the notes, the warrants, and any shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the notes or issuable pursuant to any warrants have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”), or any other securities laws, and the notes, warrants and any such shares cannot be offered or sold except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and any other applicable securities laws. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, the notes, warrants or any shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the notes or any exercise of the warrants, nor will there be any sale of the notes, warrants, or any such shares, in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, sale or solicitation would be unlawful. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction.
About Ocean Biomedical
Ocean Biomedical, Inc. is a Providence, Rhode Island-based biopharma company with an innovative business model that accelerates the development and commercialization of scientifically compelling assets from research universities and medical centers. Ocean Biomedical deploys the funding and expertise to move new therapeutic candidates efficiently from the laboratory to the clinic to the world. Ocean Biomedical is currently developing five promising discoveries that have the potential to achieve life-changing outcomes in lung cancer, brain cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, and the prevention and treatment of malaria. The Ocean Biomedical team is working on solving some of the world’s toughest problems for the people who need it most.
To learn more, visit www.oceanbiomedical.com.
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Any discoveries announced by the Company are based solely on laboratory and animal studies. The Company has not conducted any studies that show similar efficacy or safety in humans. There can be no assurances that any treatment tested by the Company will prove safe or effective in humans, and that any clinical benefits of any such treatment is subject to clinical trials and ultimate approval of its use in patients by the FDA. Such approval, if granted, could be years away.
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