RICHMOND HILL, ON / ACCESSWIRE / May 13, 2021 / Helix BioPharma Corp. (TSX:HBP) ("Helix" or the "Company"), an immuno-oncology company developing innovative drug candidates for the prevention and treatment of cancer, today announced that it has closed the first tranche of the previously announced private placement pursuant to the convertible security funding agreement (the "Agreement") with Lind Global Macro Fund, LP, a New York based institutional investment fund managed by The Lind Partners, LLC (together, "Lind") for gross proceeds of CAD$3.5 million (the "First Tranche").
Pursuant to the First Tranche, the Company has issued a convertible security (the "Convertible Security") with a two-year term and a face value of $4,112,500 and an aggregate of 1,957,056 common share purchase warrants exercisable into common shares in the capital of the Company ("Common Shares") for a period of 48 months at an exercise price of CAD$1.0283 per Common Share. The Convertible Security accrues a simple interest rate obligation of 8.75% per annum on the amount funded, which interest is prepaid and attributed to the face value of the Convertible Security. The Company has paid Lind a 3% commitment fee on the amount funded under the First Tranche and Alpha Bronze LLC is entitled to a finder's fee equal to 5% of the amount funded.
As previously disclosed, Lind is entitled to convert the Convertible Security into Common Shares over the two year term, subject to certain limitations, at a conversion price equal to 85% of the five-day trailing volume-weighted average price of the Common Shares prior to the date a notice of conversion is provided to the Company by Lind. The Agreement includes certain restrictions on the maximum face value of each of the Convertible Securities that may be converted in any particular month. In addition, Helix has the option to buy-back 66.7% of the Convertible Security in cash at any time with no penalty, subject to the option of Lind to convert up to 1/3 of the face value of the Convertible Security into Common Shares at the time of such buy-back. If the Convertible Security is repaid by the Company within 180 days of issuance, the face value amount owed will be reduced pursuant to the terms of the Agreement. Lind is also entitled to accelerate its conversion right to the full amount of the face value or demand repayment of the face value in cash upon a default and other designated events as set out in the Agreement. To the extent that the full face value of the Convertible Security has not been converted at the maturity date of the Convertible Security, the outstanding balance of such face value shall be to be repaid to Lind by the Company in cash.
The securities issued in connection with the First Tranche are subject to a hold period pursuant to Canadian securities laws, expiring on September 14, 2021.
The Agreement also contemplates the issuance of a second Convertible Security upon the mutual agreement of the Company and Lind for gross proceeds to the Company of up to CAD$6.5 million.
About Helix BioPharma Corp.
Helix BioPharma Corp. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing unique therapies in the field of immuno-oncology for the prevention and treatment of cancer based on our proprietary technological platform DOS47. Helix is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "HBP".
About The Lind Partners
The Lind Partners is an institutional fund manager and leading provider of growth capital to small- and mid-cap companies publicly traded in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. Lind makes direct investments ranging from US$1 to US$30 million, invests in syndicated equity offerings and selectively buys on market. Lind has completed more than 100 direct investments totaling over US$1 Billion in value and has been a flexible and supportive capital partner to investee companies since 2011.
For more information, please contact:
Helix BioPharma Corp.
9120 Leslie Street, Suite 205
Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3J9
Tel: 905-841-2300 x 233
Frank Michalargias, Chief Financial Officer
Alpha Bronze, LLC
Mr. Pascal Nigen
Phone: + 1 (917) 385-2160
Forward-Looking Statements and Risks and Uncertainties
This news release contains forward-looking statements and information (collectively, "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking statements are statements and information that are not historical facts but instead include financial projections and estimates, statements regarding plans, goals, objectives, intentions and expectations with respect to the Company's future business, operations, research and development, including the Company's activities relating to DOS47, statements with respect to the closing of the second tranche, and other information in future periods. Forward-looking statements can further be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "ongoing", "estimates", "expects", or the negative thereof or any other variations thereon or comparable terminology referring to future events or results, or that events or conditions "will", "may", "could", or "should" occur or be achieved, or comparable terminology referring to future events or results.
Forward-looking statements are statements about the future and are inherently uncertain, and are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that are also uncertain. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Forward-looking statements, including financial outlooks, are intended to provide information about management's current plans and expectations regarding future operations, including without limitation, future financing requirements, and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Certain material factors, estimates or assumptions have been applied in making forward-looking statements in this news release, including, but not limited to, the safety and efficacy of L-DOS47; that sufficient financing will be obtained in a timely manner to allow the Company to continue operations and implement its clinical trials in the manner and on the timelines anticipated; the timely provision of services and supplies or other performance of contracts by third parties; future costs; the absence of any material changes in business strategy or plans; and the timely receipt of required regulatory approvals and strategic partner support.
The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements contained in this news release as a result of numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, the risk that the Company's assumptions may prove to be incorrect; receipt of final approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange for the transactions contemplated under the Agreement; the risk that additional financing may not be obtainable in a timely manner, or at all, and that clinical trials may not commence or complete within anticipated timelines or the anticipated budget or may fail; third party suppliers of necessary services or of drug product and other materials may fail to perform or be unwilling or unable to supply the Company, which could cause delay or cancellation of the Company's research and development activities; necessary regulatory approvals may not be granted or may be withdrawn; the Company may not be able to secure necessary strategic partner support; general economic conditions, intellectual property and insurance risks; changes in business strategy or plans; and other risks and uncertainties referred to elsewhere in this news release, any of which could cause actual results to vary materially from current results or the Company's anticipated future results. Certain of these risks and uncertainties, and others affecting the Company, are more fully described in the Company's annual management's discussion and analysis for the year ended July 31, 2020 under the heading "Risks and Uncertainties" and Helix's Annual Information Form, in particular under the headings "Forward-looking Statements" and "Risk Factors", and other reports filed under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com from time to time. Forward-looking statements and information are based on the beliefs, assumptions, opinions and expectations of Helix's management on the date of this new release, and the Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statement or information should those beliefs, assumptions, opinions or expectations, or other circumstances change, except as required by law.
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