Eliminates long-term debt with flexibility of a new term loan commitment to fund future expansion, if needed
MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J., Dec. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO), a critical care immunotherapy leader commercializing its CytoSorb® blood purification technology to treat deadly inflammation in critically ill and cardiac surgery patients around the world, announces it has closed on the Third Amendment (the “Amendment”) of its Amended Loan and Security Agreement with Bridge Bank. Under the terms of the Amendment, which closed on December 4, 2020 (the “Closing Date”), the Company repaid the outstanding principal balance of its existing $15 million term loans and simultaneously received a commitment from Bridge Bank to provide a new term loan of $15 million (the “New Term Loan”), if needed.
“As a result of the $57.5 million equity raise that the Company completed in July 2020, the Company has enough cash to meet our needs for the foreseeable future. Following a thorough review of different options, we concluded it was prudent to repay our outstanding term loan to avoid the payment of interest expense. Bridge Bank was simultaneously able to provide us with an additional $15 million term loan commitment, which is exercisable at our sole discretion over the next 12 months, should we need additional funding for expansion.” stated Ms. Kathleen P. Bloch, CPA, MBA, Chief Financial Officer of CytoSorbents. “We are pleased to continue to build on our excellent relationship with Bridge Bank, a premier lending institution with a broad scope of financial services.”
“We have been working with CytoSorbents for the past five years and are excited to continue our partnership with this rapidly growing and dynamic company that is helping to save lives,” said Ms. Lindsay Fouty, Vice President of Portfolio Management in Bridge Bank’s Life Sciences Group. “We are pleased to be a part of the success and evolution of the Company by providing attractive growth capital and flexible payment terms.”
Under the terms of the Amendment, the Company may, at its sole discretion, draw down the New Term Loan at any time over the next twelve months. The New Term Loan, if drawn, shall bear interest at the Index Rate (defined in the Amendment as the greater of 3.25% or the Prime Rate as published by the Wall Street Journal on the last business date of the month the immediately preceding the month in which the interest will accrue) plus 1.25%. In addition, the Company would be required to make payments of interest-only commencing on the first day of the month after the New Term Loan was made until January 2023. The interest-only period may be further extended through July 2023 if the Company maintains compliance certain conditions as outlined in the Amendment. Following the interest-only period, the Company will be required to make equal monthly payments of principal and interest until maturity of the New Term Loan. The maturity date of the New Term Loan is December 1, 2024.
About Bridge Bank
Bridge Bank, a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, helps business clients realize their ambitions. Founded in 2001 in Silicon Valley, Bridge Bank offers a better way to bank for small-market and middle-market businesses across many industries, as well as emerging technology companies and the private equity community. Geared to serving both venture-backed and non-venture-backed companies, Bridge Bank delivers a broad scope of financial solutions including capital, equipment and working capital credit facilities, venture debt, treasury management, asset-based lending, SBA and commercial real estate loans, ESOP finance and a full line of international products and services. Based in San Jose, Bridge Bank has 16 offices in major markets across the country along with Western Alliance Bank’s powerful array of specialized financial services. Western Alliance Bank is the primary subsidiary of Phoenix-based Western Alliance Bancorporation. One of the country’s top-performing banking companies, Western Alliance has ranked in the top 10 on the Forbes “Best Banks in America” list for five consecutive years, 2016-2020, and was named #1 best-performing of the 50 largest public U.S. banks for 2019 by S&P Global Market Intelligence. For more information, visit bridgebank.com.
About CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO)
CytoSorbents Corporation is a leader in critical care immunotherapy, specializing in blood purification. Its flagship product, CytoSorb® is approved in the European Union with distribution in 66 countries around the world, as an extracorporeal cytokine adsorber designed to reduce the “cytokine storm” or “cytokine release syndrome” that could otherwise cause massive inflammation, organ failure and death in common critical illnesses. These are conditions where the risk of death is extremely high, yet no effective treatments exist. CytoSorb® is also being used during and after cardiac surgery to remove inflammatory mediators that can lead to post-operative complications, including multiple organ failure. CytoSorb® has been used in more than 110,000 human treatments to date. CytoSorb has received CE-Mark label expansions for the removal of bilirubin (liver disease), myoglobin (trauma) and both ticagrelor and rivaroxaban during cardiothoracic surgery. CytoSorb has also received FDA Emergency Use Authorization in the United States for use in critically ill COVID-19 patients with imminent or confirmed respiratory failure, in defined circumstances. CytoSorb has also been granted FDA Breakthrough Designation for the removal of ticagrelor in a cardiopulmonary bypass circuit during emergent and urgent cardiothoracic surgery.
CytoSorbents’ purification technologies are based on biocompatible, highly porous polymer beads that can actively remove toxic substances from blood and other bodily fluids by pore capture and surface adsorption. Its technologies have received non-dilutive grant, contract, and other funding of more than $38 million from DARPA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Air Force Material Command (USAF/AFMC), and others. The Company has numerous products under development based upon this unique blood purification technology protected by many issued U.S. and international patents and multiple applications pending, including ECOS-300CY™, CytoSorb-XL™, HemoDefend-RBC™, HemoDefend-BGA™, VetResQ™, K+ontrol™, ContrastSorb, DrugSorb, and others. For more information, please visit the Company’s websites at www.cytosorbents.com and www.cytosorb.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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