Zosano Announces $15 Million Debt Financing

FREMONT, Calif., June 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zosano Pharma Corporation (NASDAQ:ZSAN), a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company that has developed a proprietary transdermal microneedle patch system to deliver therapeutics conveniently through the skin for the treatment of a variety of indications, today announced that it has secured $15.0 million in debt financing through Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. (NYSE:HTGC). Zosano amended its existing secured-term loan facility with Hercules to increase the total loan amount to $15.0 million, with an approximately $11.7 advance made to Zosano at closing of the loan amendment.

"This debt financing allows Zosano to improve its overall cost of capital, to extend the original Hercules loan term by 18 months through the payoff of existing debt, and to better align the company's cash runway with its strategic plans," said Vikram Lamba, CEO of Zosano Pharma.

Zosano Pharma has used approximately $11.4 million of the proceeds from this financing to prepay all amounts owing to BioMed Ventures under a 2012 promissory note, and will make interest-only payments to Hercules on the $15.0 million principal balance of the term loan on a monthly basis for twelve months beginning July 1, 2015 (or for 18 months if Zosano satisfies certain financing conditions), with repayment of the principal balance amortized in equal monthly installments of principal and interest after the interest-only period and through the loan's December 1, 2018 maturity date. Under the amended term loan facility, the floating interest rate has been reduced to a per annum rate equal to the greater of (x) 7.95 percent plus the "prime rate" as reported in The Wall Street Journal minus 5.25 percent and (y) 7.95 percent. In addition, Zosano Pharma issued Hercules a warrant to purchase 40,705 shares of its common stock at an exercise price of $7.37 per share.

Further information with the respect to the amendment of the secured term loan facility with Hercules is contained in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed by Zosano Pharma on June 29, 2015 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Zosano Pharma

Zosano Pharma Corporation is a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company that has developed a proprietary transdermal microneedle patch system to deliver drug formulations through the skin for the treatment of a variety of indications. Zosano Pharma's microneedle patch system offers rapid onset, consistent drug delivery, improved ease of use and room-temperature stability, benefits that the company believes often are unavailable using oral formulations or injections. Zosano Pharma's microneedle patch system has the potential to deliver numerous medications for a wide variety of indications in commercially attractive markets. It has been tested in more than 400 patients with over 30,000 patches successfully applied to humans in Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical studies. Learn more at www.zosanopharma.com.

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CONTACT: Zosano Contact: Vikram Lamba Chief Executive Officer 510-745-1200 Investor Contact: Paul Chun Westwicke Partners 858-356-5931 paul.chun@westwicke.com Media Contact: Jamie Lacey-Moreira PressComm PR, LLC 410-299-3310 jamielacey@presscommpr.com

Source:Zosano Pharma Corporation