TORONTO, June 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Spectral Diagnostics Inc. (TSX: SDI) (OTC QX: DIAGF) (the "Corporation") today announced it has entered into agreements for a non-brokered
private placement of up to $18.2 million (the "Proposed Offering").
"We are very pleased to have reached agreement with certain of our
existing investors for this substantial financing at market, without
the need for a price discount or warrants, and with terms fair to all
shareholders," stated Anthony Businskas, Executive Vice President and
CFO of Spectral. "This financing, and the continued support of our
major shareholders, positions us well and gives us great confidence
that we should have the necessary funds to successfully complete our
EUPHRATES clinical trial," continued Mr. Businskas.
The Corporation intends to use the net proceeds of the Proposed Offering
to fund its EUPHRATES clinical development program for PMX, its lead
theranostics product for the treatment of severe sepsis with septic
shock and for working capital and general corporate purposes.
The Proposed Offering is comprised of a Tranche "A" component and a
Tranche "B" component. The Tranche "A" component is comprised of
45,051,186 common shares of the Corporation ("Shares") at a subscription price of $0.293 per Share (being the 20 day volume
weighted average trading price of the Shares on the TSX for the 20 day
period ending June 6, 2014, the day the Proposed Offering was priced)
for aggregate proceeds of $13.2 million, of which (a) 17,064,846 Shares, for aggregate proceeds of $5 million,
are proposed to be sold by the Corporation to its lead investor Toray
Industries, Inc. ("Toray") pursuant to a private placement agreement between the Corporation and
Toray (the "Toray Private Placement Agreement"); (b) 18,259,382 Shares, for aggregate proceeds of $5.35 million, are
proposed to be sold by the Corporation to other insiders pursuant to
subscription agreements entered into between the Corporation and such
investors; and (c) 9,726,958 Shares, for aggregate proceeds of $2.85
million, are proposed to be sold by the Corporation to other investors
pursuant to subscription agreements entered into between the
Corporation and such investors.
The Tranche "B" component of the Proposed Offering is comprised of
additional Shares to be sold to Toray by the Corporation of up to $5
million, if, as and when the Corporation exercises the right (the "Call Right"), granted by Toray to the Corporation in the Toray Private Placement
Agreement, exercisable by written notice given by the Corporation to
Toray at any time on or after March 1, 2015 until March 15, 2015, to
require Toray to purchase from the Corporation, at a subsequent closing
to occur on April 1, 2015, up to that number of Shares as is determined
by dividing the Call Right amount exercised (up to the $5 million), as
applicable, by the volume weighted average trading price of the Shares
on the TSX for the 20 trading days ending on the business day prior to
the day the Call Right is exercised. The Shares to be sold to Toray in
Tranche "B" will only be sold if the Corporation exercises the Call
In total, an aggregate of 35,324,228 Shares, for aggregate proceeds of
$10,350,000, are proposed to be sold by the Corporation to insiders in
Tranche A of the Proposed Offering. The number of Shares sold to
insiders in Tranche B of the Offering will depend on whether the
Corporation exercises the Call Right, and if so, for what amount, and
will also depend on the market price of the Shares at the time the Call
Right is exercised.
In connection with the Proposed Offering, the board of directors (the "Board") of the Corporation engaged Koger Valuations Inc. ("Koger") to consider the fairness of the Proposed Offering. After the
completion of its review and analysis, Koger delivered its opinion to
the Board and concluded that the Proposed Offering is fair, from a
financial point of view, to the disinterested shareholders of the
Corporation, based upon and subject to the various assumptions,
limitations, qualifications and other considerations set forth in the
The Proposed Offering is subject to certain conditions including, but
not limited to, the receipt of all necessary regulatory and other
approvals, including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange. Given
the participation of insiders of the Corporation in the Proposed
Offering, the completion of the Proposed Offering is also subject to
the approval of disinterested shareholders of the Corporation at a
special meeting called for July 22, 2014 (the "Special Meeting"). The record date for the Special Meeting has been set at June 18,
2014. Subject to obtaining all of the foregoing approvals, the
Proposed Offering is scheduled to close shortly after the Special
All shareholders are encouraged to read the management information
circular of the Corporation with respect to the Proposed Offering,
which is expected to be mailed to shareholders of record on or about
June 24, 2014 and will be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The Board has unanimously recommended that shareholders vote FOR the
Proposed Offering. Further details of the Proposed Offering are also contained in the
Toray Private Placement Agreement and the other subscription
agreements, copies and forms of which have been filed on SEDAR.
Shorecrest Group has been retained as the proxy solicitation agent for
the Special Meeting. For questions or assistance, please contact
Shorecrest toll-free at 1-888-637-5789, locally at 647-931-7454 or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Spectral Diagnostics
Spectral is a Phase III company seeking U.S. FDA approval for its lead
theranostics product for the treatment of severe sepsis with septic
shock. PMX is a therapeutic hemoperfusion device that removes
endotoxin, which can cause sepsis, from the bloodstream. Directed by
the Company's Endotoxin Activity Assay (EAA™), the only FDA cleared
diagnostic for the risk of developing sepsis. Spectral's EUPHRATES
trial is the world's only active and most innovative Phase III study in
the area of septic shock.
PMX has been approved for therapeutic use in Japan and Europe, and has
been used safely and effectively on more than 100,000 patients to date.
In March 2009, Spectral obtained the exclusive development and
commercial rights in the U.S. for PMX, and in November 2010, signed an
exclusive distribution agreement for this product in Canada.
Approximately 350,000 patients are diagnosed with severe sepsis and
septic shock in North America each year, representing a greater than $2
billion market opportunity for Spectral.
Spectral is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SDI,
and on the OTCQX under the symbol DIAGF. For more information please
Information in this news release that is not current or historical
factual information may constitute forward looking information within
the meaning of securities laws. Implicit in this information,
particularly in respect of the future outlook of Spectral and
anticipated events or results, are assumptions based on beliefs of
Spectral's senior management as well as information currently available
to it. While these assumptions were considered reasonable by Spectral
at the time of preparation, they may prove to be incorrect. Readers are
cautioned that actual results are subject to a number of risks and
uncertainties, including the availability of funds and resources to
pursue R&D projects, the successful and timely completion of clinical
studies, the ability of Spectral to take advantage of business
opportunities in the biomedical industry, the granting of necessary
approvals by regulatory authorities as well as general economic, market
and business conditions, and could differ materially from what is
The TSX has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the
adequacy or accuracy of this statement.
SOURCE: Spectral Diagnostics Inc.
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