Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HALO) announced that it has entered into a $150 million credit agreement, secured by future royalties of ENHANZE™ products, received only from Halozyme’s collaborations with Roche and Baxalta.

“This transaction allows us to continue to execute our two pillar strategy supporting the initiation of our phase 3 study in pancreatic cancer, ongoing studies in non-small cell lung and gastric cancers, and start of our planned trial in breast cancer in collaboration with Eisai,” said Dr. Helen Torley, president and chief executive officer of Halozyme.  “This opportunity for non-dilutive financing further demonstrates how our ENHANZE platform can drive value, and is additive to the $25 million upfront payment from the recently announced licensing and collaboration agreement with Eli Lilly.”

The debt transaction is expected to close in January 2016.  The financing will be facilitated through investment funds managed by Pharmakon Advisors and Athyrium Capital Management.  “We are pleased to partner with Halozyme in this transaction,” said Martin Friedman, managing member of Pharmakon Advisors. “We believe Halozyme’s ENHANZE technology adds tremendous value to biologic products as demonstrated by the strength of Halozyme’s collaborations with Rocheand Baxalta.”  As part of the financing structure, Halozyme formed a wholly-owned subsidiary, Halozyme Royalty LLC (“Halozyme Royalty”), which, subject to satisfaction of certain closing conditions, will borrow $150 million at a per annum interest rate of 8.75 percent plus the three-month LIBOR rate. Under the terms of the loan, the three-month LIBOR rate is subject to a floor of 0.70 percent and a cap of 1.50 percent.

On the closing date, Halozyme will transfer to Halozyme Royalty the right to receive certain royalty payments from the commercial sales of Herceptin SC and MabThera SC under Halozyme’s collaboration agreement with Roche and from the commercial sales of Hyqvia under Halozyme’s collaboration agreement with Baxalta.  Halozyme will continue to record and report royalty revenues over the term of the loan, using the payments from the collaboration agreements as the source of funds to repay the principal and interest on the loan.  Milestone payments received under any current or future collaboration agreements are excluded from the transaction.

Under the terms of the credit agreement, Halozyme Royalty will not be required to apply any of the royalty payments to repay the loan during 2016.  All interest accrued in 2016 will be capitalized and added to the outstanding balance of the loan.  Halozyme Royalty will only be required to apply 50 percent of royalty payments received in 2017 to make principal and interest payments subject to quarterly caps set forth in the credit agreement. Thereafter, subject to quarterly caps set forth in the credit agreement, Halozyme Royalty will apply all of the royalty payments received to repay outstanding principal and interest on the loan. If royalty payments available to repay the loan are insufficient to pay accrued interest due on any quarterly payment date, the unpaid interest will be capitalized and added to the outstanding principal balance of the loan.  Royalty payments received in excess of the quarterly caps will be retained by Halozyme Royalty and distributed to Halozyme.  Loan-related expenses will be deducted from the royalty payments before such amounts are applied to the loan or distributed to Halozyme Royalty.

The final maturity date of the loan will be the earlier of (i) the date when the principal amount and accrued interest are paid in full, (ii) the termination of Halozyme Royalty’s right to receive royalties under the collaboration agreements with Rocheand Baxalta and (iii) December 31, 2050.  Repayment of the loan is the sole obligation of Halozyme Royalty and is intended to be non-recourse to Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. and its other subsidiaries. (Original Source)

Shares of Halozyme Therapeutics closed last Thursday at $17.33, down $0.09 or -0.52%. HALO has a 1-year high of $25.25 and a 1-year low of $9.47. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $16.86 and its 200-day moving average is $18.23.

On the ratings front, Halozyme has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on November 18, Citigroup analyst Joel Beatty initiated coverage with a Buy rating on HALO and a price target of $25, which represents a potential upside of 44.3% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on September 15, Piper Jaffray’s Charles Duncan reiterated a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $24.

According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Joel Beatty and Charles Duncan have a total average return of 5.6% and 5.0% respectively. Beatty has a success rate of 44.4% and is ranked #1517 out of 3648 analysts, while Duncan has a success rate of 44.7% and is ranked #753.

Halozyme Therapeutics Inc is a biopharmaceutical company. It is engaged in research on human enzymes that alter the extracellular matrix and tumor environment.