September 5, 2017
Alliqua BioMedical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALQA) (“Alliqua or the “Company”), a regenerative technologies company committed to restoring tissue and rebuilding lives, today announced that Alliqua sold all assets associated with its TheraBond® 3D Antimicrobial Barrier Systems (“TheraBond”) product line to Argentum Medical, LLC (“Argentum”), an industry-leading manufacturer of metallic silver-based, antimicrobial wound dressings and portfolio company of Shore Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused exclusively on the health care industry. Alliqua will use the proceeds from the sale for working capital purposes and to reduce its outstanding debt balance. As a result of this transaction, the Company’s lender has agreed to defer all principal payments until January 31, 2018.
“We are excited to announce the sale of our TheraBond product line to Argentum, which we believe represents an important strategic decision for our enterprise for two primary reasons,” said David Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Alliqua. “First, this transaction provides support to our balance sheet with an influx of capital to fund our operations. Second, the sale of our TheraBond product line aligns with our goal to focus on our core capability as a regenerative technology company and execute on our targeted sales and marketing strategy for our regenerative products, Biovance®, Interfyl™ and UltraMIST®. We have updated our fiscal year 2017 financial outlook in today’s release to reflect our business on a continuing operations basis. Alliqua’s products revenue growth profile is stronger as a result of the strategic transactions we have announced over the last year with our Sorbion and TheraBond product lines. Specifically, we expect our fiscal year 2017 guidance will reflect product revenue growth – on a continuing operations basis – in a range of 21% to 27% year-over-year.”
“Alliqua has done an excellent job establishing the TheraBond products as reliable, high-quality solutions for managing burns and other advanced wound care applications,” said Raul Brizuela, President and CEO of Argentum. “We are excited to add the TheraBond products to Argentum’s existing market leading Silverlon® silver plated nylon product portfolio, further strengthening our clinically proven and cost-effective offering for clinicians and patients in all advanced wound care settings.”
The aggregate purchase price for the TheraBond product line was approximately $3.8 million, subject to customary holdbacks for indemnification obligations and earn out payments due upon performance of certain transition services. Net of payments to Alliqua’s senior secured lender of $1.65 million, Alliqua received proceeds of approximately $1.65 million at the closing.
The above description of the definitive agreements does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the definitive agreements, which Alliqua included as exhibits to its Form 8-K filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The TheraBond product line includes contact dressings, island dressings and wraps. Based on a proprietary and patented manufacturing process, silver is bonded to the entire surface of all fibers of the TheraBond dressing. When TheraBond products are placed on the wound, bioactive ionic silver is released in the dressing at a controlled rate, promoting an optimal wound healing environment by creating an antimicrobial barrier that helps protect against infection. With its one-piece construction and unique struts between the contact and outer layers, TheraBond also enables efficient transfer of fluid and exudate away from the wound and into an outer absorptive dressing, while providing rapid, sustained antimicrobial protection. Alliqua acquired the TheraBond product line in connection with its purchase of the outstanding equity interest of Choice Therapeutics, Inc. on May 5, 2014.
Founded in 2001 and located in Geneva, IL, Argentum manufactures and sells innovative wound care products across a wide number of clinical applications, including the Silverlon® (“Silverlon”) brand, its rapidly-growing, proprietary range of silver-based antimicrobial products. The core platform technology in Silverlon is a uniquely designed silver-plated nylon matrix that provides the powerful antimicrobial properties of silver ions in the dressing without staining the skin and without increasing bioburden. Silverlon dressings are used today by surgeons and other healthcare professionals around the world on surgical wounds, burns, chronic wounds, IV catheter-related wounds, and for negative pressure wound therapy. Argentum sells Silverlon’s products in the North America, South America, Middle East, Africa, and Western Europe.
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