Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that it has secured a $27.5 million debt financing facility through Oxford Finance. Pacira will use the proceeds from this financing to refinance the remaining principal of its outstanding term loan and for general corporate purposes. The refinancing allows Pacira to defer the first monthly payment of principal until December 1, 2013. In addition, the refinancing was achieved at a lower interest rate compared to the existing term loan rate and the interest rate is fixed, eliminating any future interest rate risk.
"This debt refinancing, coupled with our recently announced equity financing that resulted in $63.2 million of net proceeds, secures the strong balance sheet that we need to fully leverage the value-generating opportunities inherent in EXPAREL(R) (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension)," said James S. Scibetta, chief financial officer of Pacira. "We recently launched EXPAREL in the United States, and we will have six quarters of sales behind us by the time our initial monthly principal obligation begins at the end of 2013. Our reinforced balance sheet should also allow us to expand the indications for EXPAREL and pursue potential ex-U.S. partnerships from a position of strength."
The facility includes an interest rate of 9.75% and requires monthly interest-only payments until December 2013, followed by a 30-month principal amortization period. In addition, Oxford Finance will receive warrants to purchase an aggregate of 162,885 shares of Pacira common stock at an exercise price of $10.97.
The description of the debt financing in this press release does not purport to be a complete description. The statements in this press release are qualified in their entirety by reference to the description of the debt financing transaction contained in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed by Pacira with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the debt financing documents that will be attached as exhibits to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that will be filed by Pacira with the SEC.