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Item 8.01. Other Events.
Commitment for Senior Secured Convertible Term Loan
On September 27, 2022, Gamida Cell Ltd. (the “Company”) entered into a commitment letter (the “Commitment Letter”) with Highbridge Tactical Credit Master Fund, L.P. (or one or more of the funds managed, advised or sub-advised by Highbridge Capital Management, LLC and/or for which Highbridge Capital Management LLC acts as trading manager and not in its individual capacity (collectively, “Highbridge”)), as lender (together with the other lenders from time to time party thereto, the “Lenders”), pursuant to which Highbridge has committed to provide a senior secured, convertible term loan (the “Loan”), in the aggregate original principal amount of $25 million, to the Company or its subsidiary, to be issued with a 3% original issue discount. The Commitment Letter does not represent a definitive credit facility and there is no guarantee that we will be able to obtain $25 million in debt financing on the terms set forth in the Commitment Letter or at all. As such, upon further negotiation of the Loan’s definitive agreement, the terms described herein may be subject to material changes.
The commitments of Highbridge under the Commitment Letter are subject to certain conditions, including: (i) the completion of a due diligence review of the material intellectual property of the Company in scope and with results satisfactory to Highbridge in its sole and absolute discretion; (ii) consummation of an equity financing resulting in gross proceeds to the Company of not less than $20 million; (iii) receipt of all applicable corporate and third-party consents, and regulatory approvals, if any, relating to the Loan; (iv) no occurrence of an event that has had or could be reasonably expected to result in a material adverse change after June 30, 2022; (v) no disruption, adverse change or condition in the financial, banking or capital markets generally, or in the market for convertible high yield debt in particular, which in Highbridge’s reasonable judgment has materially impaired, or could materially impair, the economic benefits expected to be realized from the financing of the Loan; (vi) the accuracy and completeness of all representations that the Company and its affiliates made to Highbridge and the Company’s compliance with the terms of the Commitment Letter; (vii) the satisfactory negotiation, execution and delivery of appropriate documents relating to the Loan, to be based upon and substantially consistent with the terms set forth in the Commitment Letter; and (viii) the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
The Commitment Letter provides that the Loan will mature 24 months from the closing date for the Loan (the “Maturity Date”) and bear interest at the annual rate of 7.50%, payable on a quarterly basis, with the interest rate increasing to 12.00% at any time (i) after the 60th day following the closing date that either a registration statement covering the resale of the underlying ordinary shares of the Company is not effective or the ordinary shares issuable pursuant to the Loan are not eligible for resale pursuant to Rule 144 by persons who are not, and have not been for the preceding 90 days, affiliates of the Company, or (ii) upon any event of default under the Loan. To the extent that certain conditions are satisfied (including the effectiveness of a resale registration statement), interest may be paid in the Company’s ordinary shares which will be valued at 95% of the volume weighted average price over a period to be agreed upon (the “VWAP Price”). The Commitment Letter provides that the obligations under the Loan will be secured by substantially all assets of the Company and its subsidiaries.
Pursuant to the Commitment Letter, subject to certain limitations, the Lenders will be entitled to convert the Loan, together with a make-whole premium equal to all accrued and unpaid, and remaining coupons due through the Maturity Date (the “Make Whole Amount”), into the Company’s ordinary shares at a conversion price to be equal to a 35% premium to the arithmetic mean of the volume weighted average price of the Company’s ordinary shares for the three-trading day period commencing on September 28, 2022, which price is subject to adjustment in the event of ordinary share dividends, reclassifications and certain other fundamental transactions affecting the ordinary shares.
The Commitment Letter provides that, subject to certain conditions, the Loan will be immediately callable at any time at a redemption price (the “Optional Redemption Price”) equal to (a) 100% of the principal amount of the Loan to be redeemed, plus (b) accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the redemption date, plus (c) the Make Whole Amount, and plus (d) a redemption premium of 5%. The Commitment Letter provides that commencing four months after the closing date for the Loan, the Company shall make monthly installment payments in an amount equal to (a) a ratable amount of the outstanding principal amount of the Loan divided by the remaining months to Maturity Date plus (b) accrued and unpaid interest on such amount. Such installment payments will include a 5% redemption premium and will be payable in either cash or ordinary shares valued at 95% of the VWAP Price, subject to certain conditions. The Commitment Letter provides that, if certain conditions are satisfied, the Make Whole Amount applicable to a redemption will be payable in either cash or ordinary shares, at the Company’s option; provided that to the extent that the Company elects to pay the Make Whole Amount in ordinary shares, such payment will be made at 95% of the VWAP Price.
The Commitment Letter provides that the loan documentation will contain customary terms, events of default, including a change of control, a minimum liquidity covenant of $20 million, and other covenants, including, without limitation, negative covenants restricting indebtedness, liens, mergers, asset transfers, certain investing activities and other matters customarily restricted in such agreements.
In connection with the Loan, the Company expects to pay certain fees and expenses of Highbridge and to enter into a registration rights agreement, pursuant to which the Company will be required to file a registration statement registering the resale by the Lenders of any ordinary shares of the Company issuable pursuant to the terms of the Loan within 30 days after the closing date for the Loan.
Launch of Public Offering
On September 27, 2022, the Company issued a press release announcing the launch of a public offering of its ordinary shares, a copy of which is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report on Form 8-K.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1||Press Release, dated September 27, 2022: Gamida Cell Announces Launch of Public Offering of Ordinary Shares.|
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|GAMIDA CELL LTD.|
|September 27, 2022||By:||/s/ Shai Lankry|
|Chief Financial Officer|
Gamida Cell Announces Launch of Public Offering of Ordinary Shares
BOSTON, Mass., September 27, 2022 – Gamida Cell Ltd. (Nasdaq: GMDA), the global leader in the development of NAM-enabled cell therapies for patients with hematologic and solid cancers and other serious diseases, today announced the launch of a follow-on public offering of its ordinary shares. In addition, Gamida Cell expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the ordinary shares to be sold in the offering on the same terms and conditions. The offering is subject to market and other conditions, and there can be no assurance as to whether or when the offering may be completed. All of the shares in the offering are to be sold by Gamida Cell.
Gamida Cell intends to use the net proceeds from this offering, together with its existing cash and cash equivalents and trading financial assets: to fund (i) commercial readiness activities to support potential launch of omidubicel, if approved; (ii) the continued clinical development of its NK product candidates, including GDA-201; and (iii) general corporate purposes, including general and administrative expenses and working capital.
Piper Sandler & Co. and JMP Securities, a Citizens Company, are acting as joint book-running managers for this offering.
A registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-259472) relating to the ordinary shares has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and declared effective on April 1, 2022. This offering will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus related to this offering may be obtained, when available, from: Piper Sandler & Co., 800 Nicollet Mall, J12S03, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402, Attention: Prospectus Department, by telephone at (800) 747-3924 or by email at email@example.com, or JMP Securities LLC, 600 Montgomery Street, Suite 1100, San Francisco, California 94111, Attention: Prospectus Department, by calling (415) 835-8985, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Investors may also obtain these documents at no cost by visiting the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities, in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
About Gamida Cell
Gamida Cell is pioneering a diverse immunotherapy pipeline of potentially curative cell therapy candidates for patients with solid tumor and blood cancers and other serious blood diseases. We apply a proprietary expansion platform leveraging the properties of NAM to allogeneic cell sources including umbilical cord blood-derived cells and NK cells to create therapy candidates with potential to redefine standards of care. These include omidubicel, an investigational product with potential as a life-saving alternative for patients in need of bone marrow transplant, and a line of modified and unmodified NAM-enabled NK cells targeted at solid tumor and hematological malignancies.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including with respect to whether Gamida Cell will offer the ordinary shares or consummate the offering, timing, size and use of proceeds of the offering described herein, and its expectations with respect to granting the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase additional ordinary shares. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those that are described in the Risk Factors sections of the preliminary prospectus supplement for such offering to be filed with the SEC, and the documents incorporated by reference therein, including without limitation the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 15, 2022, the accompanying prospectus and other filings that Gamida Cell makes with the SEC from time to time (which are available at http://www.sec.gov), any of which could cause the events and circumstances discussed in such forward-looking statements to not occur on the terms described or at all. Prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Gamida Cell undertakes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date hereof, except as required by law.
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