MONTPELLIER, France, Nov. 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MEDTECH (Euronext, FR0010892950 – ROSA) ("Medtech" or the "Company"), a company specialized in designing, developing and marketing innovative surgical assistance robots, announced today that it has obtained a commitment from Ally Bridge Group ("ABG"), a global healthcare-focused investment group, for a purchase of convertible notes maturing in 2020, otherwise known as OCABSA 2020 (the "Convertible Notes"), and warrants to purchase shares of its common stock (the "Warrants", and together with the Convertibles Notes, the "Securities").
Gross proceeds to the Company are expected to be $15 million, prior to the payment of placement agent fees and expenses.
Net proceeds from the transaction are intended to be used for the development of ROSA™ Brain and ROSA™ Spine, the Company's two major products, as well as general corporate purposes, which may include working capital, continued investment in geographic expansion, research and development, and strategic business development opportunities.
Bertin Nahum, CEO and Founder of Medtech stated: "The investment from Ally Bridge Group provides strong validation for our ROSA™ robotic surgery system and comes at a key juncture in the Company's development. We are continuing to build momentum for ROSA™ adoption in neurosurgery on a global basis and we are in the early stages of launching ROSA™ for spine surgery. We are on track to receive FDA clearance for ROSA™ Spine in the coming months, which will allow us to enter the large U.S. spinal market. In addition, as our installed base grows, we are evaluating opportunities to leverage our strong customer relationships and the capabilities of the ROSA™ robot to expand our business model with complementary surgical product offerings."
"Medtech S.A., with a proven track record in the field of robotic surgery, has developed truly differentiated robotic products to enable high-precision minimally invasive brain and spine surgeries. The Ally Bridge team has visited leading neuro-surgeons at a number of major medical centers in the US, China and Europe and has been impressed by the very positive feedback from them. Particularly, ROSA Brain is establishing itself as the gold standard for minimally invasive epilepsy surgery around the world. In the meantime, ROSA Spine is creating a new standard for minimally invasive spine surgery," said Frank Yu, Founder, CEO and CIO of Ally Bridge Group. "Medtech S.A. represents a new breed of French companies that couple elegant technology with an open, proactive global business approach. Ally Bridge Group looks forward to partnering with the Company to accelerate the adoption of the ROSATM system around the world."
The Convertible Notes will pay interest semi-annually at an annual rate of 2.00%, either in cash or accrued to the Principal Amount at the Company's election. The Notes will be convertible into common shares of the Company at the end of each quarter until expiry, in full or in part, and based on the applicable conversion ratio at such time (which will be set at one Note for one common share of the Company, subject to adjustments). In addition, the holder of the Notes will be entitled to a number of Warrants (0.40 per Note) which may be exercised based on the exercise price of EUR 32.83. A detailed description of the Securities can be found on the Company's website (www.medtech.fr).
On an illustrative basis, the total dilution of the transaction would cause a shareholder holding 1% of Medtech's capital before the issuance to hold a stake of 0.79% in case of full conversion of the Notes and full exercise of the Warrants.
The Company is also currently discussing with other potential investors, and may consider increasing the size of the issuance until 21 days prior to the general assembly meeting to be held on December 10, 2015. In such case, the Company will issue a new press release determining the definitive conditions of the issuance.
The Company shareholders' general meeting will be called to authorize the transaction and waive the preferential subscription rights attached to the shares in favor of a category of investors defined pursuant to Article L. 225-138 of the French Commercial Code (Code de commerce). Only institutional investors will be able to take part in the transaction and no offer of the Securities to the public will be made.
Stifel acted as exclusive placement agent for this transaction.
The transaction is not subject to a prospectus approved by the French Financial Market Authority (Autorité des marchés financiers) (AMF). Detailed information on Medtech is available together with all the press releases and other regulated information about the Company, at the Company's website (www.medtech.fr).
Founded in 2002 by Bertin NAHUM and based near Montpellier, MEDTECH is a European specialist in the design, development and marketing of innovative robotic appliances to assist surgeons during their medico-surgical interventions, thus contributing to the implementation of safer, more efficient, less-invasive treatment.
In 2007, MEDTECH developed ROSA™, an innovative technological device devoted to brain surgery procedures. ROSA™ has been approved in Europe, the United States and Canada.
In 2013 MEDTECH received the "European Company of the Year Award" in the "robotic neurosurgery" category from Frost & Sullivan.
In July 2014, MEDTECH obtained the CE marking for its new product ROSA™ Spine, a robotic- assistive device for minimally invasive surgery of the spine.
In October 2014, MEDTECH won the "Révélation" prize in the Mediterranean Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards.
About ALLY BRIDGE GROUP
Ally Bridge Group ("ABG"), founded and led by Frank Yu, is a global healthcare-focused investment group managing over USD1 billion in assets with a portfolio of innovative healthcare companies in the U.S., Europe and China.
ABG has expertise in cementing strategic partnerships between emerging healthcare companies and industry leaders, and across different geographies between the United States, Europe and China.
On April 30, 2015, ABG announced – and, on August 14, 2015, signed the definitive merger agreement for – the USD3.3 billion take-private deal of WuXi PharmaTech, a leading global life science service company.
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