SYNERGY PHARMACEUTICALS INC. (NASDAQ:SGYP) Files An 8-K Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets
Item 2.01 Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets.
As previously announced, on December12, 2018, Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Synergy Advanced Pharmaceuticals,Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Synergy Advanced” and together with the Company, the “Debtors”) filed voluntary petitions for relief (the “Chapter 11 Cases”) under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”).
On January4, 2019, as previously disclosed, theDebtorsentered into an amended and restated asset purchase agreement (the “Asset Purchase Agreement”) with Bausch Health Companies,Inc. (“BH”) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Bausch Health Ireland Limited (“Purchaser”), to which Purchaser agreed to acquire substantially all of the Debtors’ assets and certain liabilities (the “Sale Transaction”) for an aggregate purchase price of $185.55 million, minus the Cure Costs Deduction (as defined in the Asset Purchase Agreement) and the GTN Adjustment Amount (as defined in the Asset Purchase Agreement), net of any Deposit Funds (as defined below) (the “Cash Consideration”) and an amount in cash equal to the lesser of (x)$14.45 million and (y)the amount of severance obligations payable to certain eligible employees (other than executive officers) to the extent such obligations constitute administrative expenses in the Chapter 11 Cases to Sections 503(b)(1)and 507(a)(2)of the Bankruptcy Code.
On March1, 2019, the Court approved an order authorizing the Sale Transaction with the Purchaser to the Asset Purchase Agreement (the “Sale Order”). A copy of the Sale Order is attached as Exhibit99.1.
On March6, 2019, the Company completed the Sale Transaction. With the closing of the Sale Transaction, the Debtors have completed the disposition of certain assets, including all rights to TRULANCE® (plecanatide), dolcanatide and related intellectual property.
Cautionary Information Regarding Trading in the Company’s Securities.
The Company’s securityholders are cautioned that trading in the Company’s securities during the pendency of the Chapter 11 Filings is highly speculative and poses substantial risks. Trading prices for the Company’s securities may bear little or no relationship to the actual recovery, if any, by holders thereof in the Company’s Chapter 11 Filings. Accordingly, the Company urges extreme caution with respect to existing and future investments in its securities.
A plan of reorganization or liquidation may result in holders of the Company’s capital stock receiving no distribution on account of their interests and cancellation of their existing stock. If certain requirements of the Bankruptcy Code are met, a Chapter 11 plan can be confirmed notwithstanding its rejection by the Company’s equity securityholders and notwithstanding the fact that such equity securityholders do not receive or retain any property on account of their equity interests under the plan.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This Current Report on Form8-K contains forward-looking statements, which are based on our current expectations, estimates, and projections about the businesses and prospects of the Company and its subsidiaries (“we” or “us”), as well as management’s beliefs, and certain assumptions made by management. Words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “may,” “should,” “will” and variations of these words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements speak only as of the date hereof and are subject to change. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Forward-looking statements discuss, among other matters: the potential adverse impact of the Chapter 11 Cases on the Company’s liquidity or results of operations, changes in the Company’s ability to meet financial obligations during the Chapter 11 process or to maintain contracts that are critical to the Company’s wind-down of its affairs, the outcome or timing of the Chapter 11 process, the effect of the Chapter 11 Cases or the Sale Transaction on the Company’s relationships with third parties, regulatory authorities and employees in connection with the Company’s wind-down of its affairs, proceedings that may be brought by third parties in connection with the Chapter 11 process, the ability of the Company to fund the wind-down of its affairs and the timing or amount of any distributions to the Company’s stakeholders, any statements or assumptions underlying any of the foregoing as well as those risks and uncertainties
disclosed under the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Forms 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on May10, 2018, August8, 2018 and November9, 2018 and Form10-K filed with the SEC on March1, 2018, and similar disclosures in subsequent reports filed with the SEC. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Accordingly, actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors.
Additional Information Regarding the Chapter 11 Cases
Information about the Chapter 11 process, as well as court filings and other documents related to the reorganization proceedings, is available through the Company’s claims agent, Prime Clerk, at https://cases.primeclerk.com/Synergy or855-388-4579. Information contained on, or that can be accessed through, such web site or the Court’s web site is not part of this Current Report.
Item 2.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(a)Pro Forma Financial Information
The Company is currently unable to prepare pro forma financial information reflecting the transaction described in Item 2.01 of this Current Report without unreasonable effort or expense and thus such information is not reasonably available to the Company within the meaning of Rule12b-21 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. As a debtor-in-possession under the Bankruptcy Code, the Company files monthly operating reports with the Court, which reports include financial statements that are limited in scope and prepared solely for the purpose of complying with requirements of the Court. The Company cautions investors and potential investors not to place undue reliance upon the information contained in the monthly operating reports, which are not prepared for the purpose of providing the basis for an investment decision relating to any of the securities of the Company.
SYNERGY PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. Exhibit
EX-99.1 2 a19-5985_1ex99d1.htm EX-99.1 Exhibit 99.1 UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK Chapter 11 In re Case No. 18-14010 (JLG) SYNERGY PHARMACEUTICALS INC.,…
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About SYNERGY PHARMACEUTICALS INC. (NASDAQ:SGYP)
Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Synergy) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of gastrointestinal (GI) therapies. The Company’s GI platform includes two lead product candidates: plecanatide and dolcanatide. It is engaged in the discovery, research and development involving uroguanylin analogs for the treatment of functional GI disorders and inflammatory bowel disease. Plecanatide is the Company’s uroguanylin analog being evaluated for use as a once-daily tablet for two functional GI disorders, chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C). Plecanatide is a 16-amino acid peptide that is structurally identical to uroguanylin with the exception of a single amino acid change. Dolcanatide is also its uroguanylin analog being explored for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Dolcanatide is designed to be an analog of uroguanylin with resistance to standard digestive breakdown by proteases in the intestine.