Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACRS) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive AgreementItem 1.01.Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
In connection with the closing of the Acquisition (as defined below), on November 30, 2018, Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into an Exclusive Patent License Agreement with Allergan, Inc. (the “License Agreement”), to which Allergan, Inc. granted the Company an exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, fully paid-up and sublicensable license for the Rhofade Licensed Patents (as defined in the APA (as defined below)). to the License Agreement, the Company also assumed the responsibility for the prosecution and maintenance, as well as for the enforcement, of the Rhofade Licensed Patents, subject to certain conditions.
The License Agreement will terminate on the date on which the last patent included in the Rhofade Licensed Patents expires or is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction without further right to appeal.
The foregoing summary of the License Agreement is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the License Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.
Item 2.01.Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets.
On November 30, 2018, the Company closed its previously announced acquisition of the worldwide rights to RHOFADE (oxymetazoline hydrochloride) cream, 1%, which includes an exclusive license to the Rhofade Licensed Patents to the License Agreement, as well as additional intellectual property (the “Acquisition”), from Allergan Sales, LLC (“Allergan”), to the terms of an Asset Purchase Agreement (as amended, the “APA”), dated as of October 15, 2018, by and between the Company and Allergan. Reference is made to the information regarding the Acquisition and the APA contained in Item 1.01 of the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on October 15, 2018, which is incorporated herein by reference.
At the closing of the Acquisition, the Company paid total cash consideration of approximately $66.1 million, consisting of approximately $59.6 million paid to Allergan and $6.5 million placed in escrow. The Company has also agreed to pay Allergan a one-time payment of $5.0 million upon the achievement of a specified development milestone related to the potential development of an additional dermatology product. In addition, the Company has agreed to pay Allergan specified royalty payments, ranging from a mid-single digit percentage to a mid-teen percentage of net sales, subject to specified reductions, limitations and other adjustments, on a country-by-country basis until the date that the patent rights related to a particular product, such as RHOFADE, have expired or, if later, November 30, 2028.In addition, the Company has agreed to assume the obligation to pay specified royalties and milestone payments under agreements with Aspect Pharmaceuticals, LLC and Vicept Therapeutics, Inc. Members of the Company’s management team, including Neal Walker, Frank Ruffo, Christopher Powala and Stuart Shanler, as well as Stephen Tullman, the chairman of the Company’s board of directors, are former stockholders of Vicept Therapeutics, Inc., and Dr. Shanler is also a current member of Aspect Pharmaceuticals, LLC. In their capacities as current or former holders of equity interests in these entities, these individuals may be entitled to receive a portion of the potential future payments payable by the Company.
The foregoing summary of the Acquisition and the APA is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the APA, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 2.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference. The representations, warranties and covenants contained in the APA were made only for the purposes of the APA, were made as of specific dates, and were made solely for the benefit of the parties to the APA and may not have been intended to be statements of fact but, rather, as a method of allocating risk and governing the contractual rights and relationships among the parties to the APA. The assertions embodied in those representations and warranties may be subject to important qualifications and limitations agreed to by the parties in connection with negotiating their respective terms. Moreover, the representations and warranties may be subject to a contractual standard of materiality that may be different from what may be viewed as material to the Company’s stockholders. For the foregoing reasons, none of the Company’s stockholders or any other person should rely on such representations and warranties, or any characterizations thereof, as statements of factual information at the time they were made or otherwise.