ATHERSYS, INC 8-K 2013
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): October 22, 2013
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (216) 431-9900
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
After market close on October 22, 2013, Athersys, Inc. (the Company, we, us or our), entered into a common stock purchase agreement (the Purchase Agreement) with Aspire Capital Fund, LLC, an Illinois limited liability company (Aspire Capital), which provides that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions and limitations set forth therein, Aspire Capital is committed to purchase up to an aggregate of $25.0 million of shares of the Companys common stock over the 24-month term of the Purchase Agreement. In consideration for entering into the Purchase Agreement, concurrently with the execution of the Purchase Agreement, the Company issued to Aspire Capital 333,333 shares of its common stock (the Commitment Shares).
Concurrently with entering into the Purchase Agreement, the Company also entered into a registration rights agreement with Aspire Capital (the Registration Rights Agreement), pursuant to which the Company agreed to file one or more registration statements, as permissible and necessary to register under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), the sale of the shares of the Companys common stock that have been and may be issued to Aspire Capital under the Purchase Agreement.
Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement and the Registration Rights Agreement, we intend to register under the Securities Act the sale of 10,000,000 shares of our common stock, which includes the Commitment Shares and an additional 9,666,667 shares of common stock that we may issue to Aspire Capital after the registration statement referred to above (the Registration Statement) is declared effective under the Securities Act.
After the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) has declared effective the Registration Statement, on any business day on which the closing sale price of the Companys common stock equals or exceeds $1.00 per share (the Floor Price), we have the right, in our sole discretion, to present Aspire Capital with a purchase notice (each, a Purchase Notice), directing Aspire Capital (as principal) to purchase up to 200,000 shares of our common stock per trading day (each, a Purchase Share), provided that the aggregate price of such purchase shall not exceed $500,000 per trading day, up to $25.0 million of our common stock in the aggregate. The purchase price per Purchase Share pursuant to such Purchase Notice (the Purchase Price) is the lower of (i) the lowest sale price for the Companys common stock on the date of sale or (ii) the arithmetic average of the three lowest closing sale prices for the Companys common stock during the 12 consecutive business days ending on the business day immediately preceding the purchase date of those securities. The applicable Purchase Price will be determined prior to delivery of any Purchase Notice.
The Purchase Agreement provides that the number of shares that may be sold pursuant to the Purchase Agreement shall be limited to 11,972,186 (the Exchange Cap), which represents 19.99% of our outstanding shares of common stock as of October 21, 2013, unless stockholder approval or an exception pursuant to the rules of the NASDAQ Capital Market is obtained to issue more than 19.99%. This limitation shall not apply if, at any time the Exchange Cap is reached and at all times thereafter, the average price paid for all shares issued under the Purchase Agreement is equal to or greater than $1.73, which was the closing sale price of our common stock on October 22, 2013. We are not required or permitted to issue any shares of common stock under the Purchase Agreement if such issuance would breach our obligations under the rules or regulations of the NASDAQ Capital Market. If we elect to sell more than the 11,972,186 shares of our common stock, we must first obtain the approval of our stockholders to do so, if necessary, and register under the Securities Act the sale of any additional shares we may elect to sell to Aspire Capital before we can put such additional shares to Aspire Capital under the Purchase Agreement.
In addition, on any date on which we submit a Purchase Notice to Aspire Capital in an amount of at least 100,000 shares, we also have the right, in our sole discretion, to present Aspire Capital with a volume-weighted average price purchase notice (each, a VWAP Purchase Notice) directing Aspire Capital to purchase an amount of the Companys common stock equal to a percentage (not to exceed 30%) of the aggregate shares of common stock traded on The NASDAQ Capital Market on the next business day (the VWAP Purchase Date), subject to a maximum number of shares determined by the Company (the VWAP Purchase Share Volume Maximum). The purchase price per Purchase Share pursuant to such VWAP Purchase Notice (the VWAP Purchase Price) shall be the lower of (i) the closing sale price on the date of sale and (ii) 95% of the volume weighted average price for the Companys common stock traded on The NASDAQ Capital Market on (i) the VWAP Purchase Date if the aggregate shares to be purchased on that date does not exceeded the VWAP Purchase Share Volume Maximum, or (ii) the portion of such business day until such time as the aggregate shares to be purchased will equal the VWAP Purchase Share Volume Maximum. Further, if the sale price of the Companys common stock falls on the VWAP Purchase Date below the greater of (i) 90% of the closing price of our common stock on the business day immediately preceding the VWAP Purchase Date or (ii) the price set by us in the VWAP Purchase Notice (the VWAP Minimum Price Threshold), the VWAP Purchase Price will be determined using the percentage in the VWAP Purchase Notice of the total shares traded for such portion of the VWAP Purchase Date prior to the time that the sale price of our common stock fell below the VWAP Minimum Price Threshold and the volume weighted average price of our common stock sold during such portion of the VWAP Purchase Date prior to the time that the sale price of our common stock fell below the VWAP Minimum Price Threshold.
The Floor Price and the respective prices and share numbers in the preceding paragraphs shall be appropriately adjusted for any reorganization, recapitalization, stock dividend, stock split, reverse stock split or other similar transaction. Additionally, the Purchase Agreement provides that the Company and Aspire Capital shall not effect any sales under the Purchase Agreement if such shares proposed to be issued and sold, when aggregated with all other shares of the Companys common stock that Aspire Capital and its affiliates beneficially own, would result in Aspire Capital and its affiliates beneficially owning more than 19.99% of the Companys then issued and outstanding common stock.
There are no trading volume requirements or restrictions under the Purchase Agreement, and we will control the timing and amount of any sales of our common stock to Aspire Capital. Aspire Capital has no right to require any sales by us, but is obligated to make purchases from us as we direct in accordance with the Purchase Agreement. The Company may deliver multiple Purchase Notices and VWAP Purchase Notices to Aspire Capital from time to time during the term of the Purchase Agreement, so long as the most recent purchase has been completed. There are no limitations on use of proceeds, financial or business covenants, restrictions on future fundings, rights of first refusal, participation rights, penalties or liquidated damages in the Purchase Agreement. The Purchase Agreement may be terminated by us at any time, at our discretion, without any penalty or cost to us. Also, Aspire Capital has agreed that neither it nor any of its agents, representatives and affiliates shall engage in any direct or indirect short-selling or hedging, which establishes a net short position with respect to our common stock during any time prior to the termination of the Purchase Agreement.
The Purchase Agreement provides for customary events of default, upon the occurrence of which Aspire Capital may terminate the Purchase Agreement. Such events of default include, without limitation:
The foregoing is a summary description of certain terms of the Purchase Agreement and the Registration Rights Agreement. For a full description of all terms, please refer to copies of the Purchase Agreement and the Registration Rights Agreement that are filed herewith as Exhibits 10.1 and 10.2, respectively, to this Current Report on Form 8-K and are incorporated herein by reference. All readers are encouraged to read the entire text of the Purchase Agreement and the Registration Rights Agreement.
The issuance of the Commitment Shares and all other shares of common stock that may be issued from time to time to Aspire Capital under the Purchase Agreement is exempt from registration under the Securities Act, pursuant to the exemption for transactions by an issuer not involving any public offering under Section 4(2) of the Securities Act and Rule 506 of Regulation D promulgated thereunder.
Item 1.02 Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.
The company had previously entered into a common stock purchase agreement (the Former Purchase Agreement) with Aspire Capital on November 11, 2011, as amended. Pursuant to the terms of the Former Purchase Agreement, the Company sold an aggregate of 8.0 million shares of its common stock to Aspire Capital. In connection with the entry into the Purchase Agreement, the Former Purchase Agreement was terminated.
Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition
As of September 30, 2013, the Company had $17.8 million of cash and cash equivalents.
Item 3.02 Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities.
The information contained above in Item 1.01 is hereby incorporated by reference into this Item 3.02.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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.
Date: October 23, 2013