SHARE PURCHASE AGREEMENT
THIS SHARE PURCHASE AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) is made as of April 14, 2021, by and between Ocumension Therapeutics, incorporated in the Cayman Islands with limited liability (“Investor”), and Alimera Sciences, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”).
WHEREAS, pursuant to the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement, the Company desires to issue and sell to Investor, and Investor desires to acquire from the Company, at the Closing (as defined below), 1,144,945 shares (the “Shares”) of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Common Stock”), for an aggregate purchase price of 10 Million Dollars ($10,000,000) (the “Purchase Price”).
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing recitals, and the following mutual representations, warranties, promises and obligations, and for other good and valuable consideration, the adequacy and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, Investor and the Company agree as follows:
1.1 Defined Terms. When used in this Agreement, the following terms shall have the respective meanings specified therefor below:
“Affiliate” means, with respect to a specified Person, any other Person that controls, is controlled by or is under common control with the applicable Person. As used herein, “controls,” “control” and “controlled” means the possession, direct or indirect, of the power to direct the management and policies of a Person, whether through the ownership of voting interests of such Person, through Contract or otherwise; provided, however, that the Company and its Subsidiaries shall not be deemed Affiliates of Investor or its subsidiaries.
“Agreement” has the meaning set forth in the Preamble, including all exhibits, schedules and appendices attached hereto.
“Beneficially Own” and words of similar import have the meaning assigned to such terms pursuant to Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act.
“Board” shall mean the board of directors of the Company.
“Business Day” means a day on which commercial banking institutions in New York, New York are open for business.
“Common Stock” has the meaning given in the preamble.
“Confidential Information” means, with respect to a Party, all confidential and proprietary information regardless of whether any such information is marked “confidential” or “proprietary” or communicated to the other Party by or on behalf of the disclosing Party in oral, written, visual, graphic, or electronic form.
“Contract” means, with respect to any Person, any written or oral contracts, agreements, deeds, mortgages, indentures, bonds, loans, leases, subleases, licenses, sublicenses, statements of work, instruments, notes, commitments, commissions, undertakings, arrangements and understandings to which such Person is a party or by which any of its properties or assets are subject.
“Derivative Securities” means any securities or rights convertible into, or exercisable or exchangeable for (in each case, directly or indirectly), Common Stock, including options, warrants, restricted stock units, deferred stock units or performance-based stock units.
“Disposition” or “Dispose of” means (a) pledge, sale, contract to sell, sale of any option or Contract to purchase, purchase of any option or Contract to sell, grant of any option, right or warrant for the sale of, or other disposition of or transfer of any shares of Common Stock, or any Derivative Securities, including, without limitation, any “short sale” or similar arrangement, or (b) swap, hedge, derivative instrument or any other agreement or any transaction that transfers, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, the economic consequence of ownership of shares of Common Stock, whether any such swap or transaction is to be settled by delivery of securities, in cash or otherwise.
“Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
“Governmental Authority” means any applicable government authority, court, tribunal, arbitrator, agency, department, legislative body, commission or other instrumentality of (a) any government of any country or territory, (b) any nation, state, province, county, city or other political subdivision thereof or (c) any supranational body.
“Law” or “Laws” means all laws, statutes, rules, regulations, orders, judgments, injunctions and/or ordinances of any Governmental Authority.
“License Agreement” shall mean the Exclusive License Agreement between the Company and Ocumension (Hong Kong) Limited, a 100% owned subsidiary of Investor and thus an Affiliate of Investor, dated as of the date hereof.
“Material Adverse Effect” means a material adverse effect on the business, assets (including intangible assets), liabilities, financial condition, property, prospects or results of operations of the Company; provided, however, that a seasonal decline of 20% or more in the Company’s revenues in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the fourth quarter of 2020 (as disclosed by the Company in its earnings call on February 25, 2021) and a corresponding decrease in the Company’s cash position at March 31, 2021 shall not be deemed to be a “Material Adverse Effect.”
“Material Contract” means all Contracts that are required to be filed as exhibits by the Company with the SEC pursuant to Items 601(b)(4) and 601(b)(10) of Regulation S-K promulgated by the SEC.
“New Securities” means, collectively, equity securities of the Company, whether or not currently authorized, as well as rights, options, or warrants to purchase such equity securities, or
securities of any type whatsoever that are, or may become, convertible or exchangeable into or exercisable for such equity securities.
“Organizational Documents” means (a) the restated certificate of incorporation of the Company, as amended and restated from time to time and as in effect as of the date of this Agreement, and (b) the amended and restated bylaws of the Company, as amended and restated from time to time and as in effect as of the date of this Agreement.
“Party” means the Company or Investor.
“Permitted Transferee” means an Affiliate of Investor; provided, however, that no such Person shall be deemed a Permitted Transferee for any purpose under this Agreement unless: (a) the Permitted Transferee, prior to or simultaneously with any Disposition, shall have agreed in writing to be subject to and bound by all restrictions and obligations set forth in this Agreement (including the lock-up restrictions set forth in Section 6.5) as though it were Investor hereunder, and (b) Investor acknowledges that it continues to be bound by all restrictions and obligations set forth in this Agreement.
“Person” means any individual, partnership, limited liability company, firm, corporation, trust, unincorporated organization, government or any department or agency thereof or other entity.
“Prospectus” means the prospectus (including any preliminary, final or summary prospectus) included in any Registration Statement, all amendments and supplements to such prospectus and all other material incorporated by reference in such prospectus.
“Register,” “Registered” and “Registration” means a registration effected by preparing and filing (a) a Registration Statement in compliance with the Securities Act (and any post-effective amendments filed or required to be filed) and the declaration or ordering of effectiveness of such Registration Statement, or (b) a Prospectus and/or Prospectus supplement in respect of an appropriate effective Registration Statement.
“Registrable Securities” means the Shares; provided, however, that any Shares will cease to be Registrable Securities when such Shares (A) have been sold or otherwise Disposed of or (B) may be sold under Rule 144 without regard to volume restrictions.
“Registration Statement” means a registration statement of the Company that covers the resale of any Registrable Securities pursuant to the provisions of Appendix 1 filed with, or to be filed with, the SEC under the rules and regulations promulgated under the Securities Act, including the related Prospectus, amendments and supplements to each such registration statement or Prospectus, including pre- and post-effective amendments, all exhibits thereto, financial information and all other material incorporated by reference or deemed to be incorporated by reference in such registration statement.
“Rule 144” means Rule 144 under the Securities Act.
“SEC” means the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
“Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
“Series A Preferred Stock” means the Company’s Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share.
“Subsidiary” means any corporation, association trust, limited liability company, partnership, joint venture or other business association or entity (a) at least 50% of the outstanding voting securities of which are at the time owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the Company or (b) with respect to which the Company possesses, directly or indirectly, the power to direct or cause the direction of the affairs or management of such Person.
“Tax” or “Taxes” shall mean all federal, state, local, and foreign income, excise, gross receipts, gross income, ad valorem, profits, gains, property, capital, sales, transfer, use, payroll, employment, severance, withholding, duties, intangibles, franchise, backup withholding, value-added, and other taxes imposed by a Governmental Authority, together with all interest, penalties and additions to tax imposed with respect thereto.
“Third Party” means any Person other than Investor, the Company, or any Affiliate of Investor or the Company.
“Transaction Agreements” means, collectively, this Agreement, the License Agreement, the Warrant Subscription Agreement, the Voting Agreement, all exhibits and schedules thereto and hereto and any other documents or agreements executed in connection with the transactions contemplated hereunder.
“Transactions” means the issuance of the Shares by the Company, and the acquisition of the Shares by Investor, in accordance with the terms hereof, and any other transactions contemplated by the Transaction Agreements.
“Underwriter” means, with respect to any Underwritten Offering, a securities dealer who purchases any Registrable Securities as a principal in connection with a distribution of such Registrable Securities.
“Underwritten Offering” means a public offering of securities Registered under the Securities Act in which an Underwriter participates in the distribution of such securities, including on a firm commitment basis for reoffer and resale to the public, including any such offering that is a “bought deal” or a block trade.
“Voting Agreement” means the Voting and Investor Rights Agreement to be entered into by and between the Company and Investor, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A.
“Warrant Subscription Agreement” means the Warrant Subscription Agreement to be entered into by and between the Company and Investor, substantially in the form of Exhibit B attached hereto.
2. Purchase and Sale of Common Stock. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, at the Closing, the Company shall issue and sell to Investor and Investor shall acquire from the Company the Shares for the Purchase Price, which shall be paid in cash.
3. Closing Date; Deliveries.
3.1 Closing Date. The closing of the acquisition and issuance of the Shares hereunder (the “Closing”) shall be held by electronic exchange of signature pages and Shares simultaneously with the execution of this Agreement or at such other time and date as the parties may mutually agree in writing. The date the Closing occurs is hereinafter referred to as the “Closing Date.”
3.2 Deliveries. At the Closing, (a) the Company shall deliver or cause to be delivered to Investor (i) the Shares registered in the name of Investor in book-entry form, (ii) the Voting Agreement, duly executed by the Company, (iii) the License Agreement, duly executed by the Company; and (iv) the Warrant Subscription Agreement, duly executed by the Company, and (b) Investor shall deliver or cause to be delivered to the Company (I) the Purchase Price by wire transfer of immediately available funds to an account designated by the Company in writing to Investor, with such designation to be made not less than three (3) Business Days prior to the Closing Date, (II) the Voting Agreement, duly executed by Investor, (III) the License Agreement, duly executed by an Affiliate of Investor, and (IV) the Warrant Subscription Agreement, duly executed by Investor.
4. Representations and Warranties of the Company. The Company hereby represents and warrants to Investor that the following representations are true and complete as of the date of the Closing, except as otherwise indicated:
4.1 Organization. The Company is a corporation duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware. The Company has all requisite corporate power and authority to enter into this Agreement, to issue the Shares and to perform its obligations under and to carry out the Transactions contemplated by this Agreement. The Company is duly qualified as a foreign corporation to transact business and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which such qualification is required, whether by reason of the ownership or leasing of property or the conduct of business, except whether the failure to so qualify or be in good standing would not, individually or in the aggregate, constitute a Material Adverse Effect. The Company is not in violation of, in conflict with, or in default under its Organizational Documents in any material respect. True and correct copies of the Organizational Documents, as in effect on the date of this Agreement, are available for public access via the SEC’s EDGAR system.
(a) All requisite corporate action on the part of the Company required by applicable U.S. Law for the authorization, execution and delivery by the Company of the Transaction Agreements and the performance of all obligations of the Company hereunder and thereunder, including the authorization, issuance and delivery of the Shares, has been taken.
(b) The Transaction Agreements have been duly executed and delivered by the Company, and upon the due execution and delivery of the same by Investor, the Transaction Agreements will constitute valid and legally binding obligations of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with its terms, except as limited by: (i) applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, fraudulent conveyance and other Laws of general application relating to or affecting enforcement of creditors’ rights generally; and (ii) as limited by
Laws relating to the availability of specific performance, injunctive relief or other equitable remedies (the exceptions set forth in (i) and (ii), the “Enforceability Exceptions”).
(c) On or prior to the date hereof, the Board has duly adopted resolutions authorizing and approving each of the Transaction Agreements and the Transactions.
4.3 No Conflicts. Except as set forth in a written notice provided by the Company to Investor prior to the execution of this Agreement and referencing this Section 4.3, the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement, and compliance with the provisions hereof, and the issuance of the Shares by the Company do not and shall not: (a) subject to receipt of the Required Approvals (as defined below), violate any provision of applicable U.S. Law or any ruling, writ, injunction, order, permit, judgment or decree of any U.S. Governmental Authority to which the Company is subject; (b) result in any encumbrance upon any of the Shares, other than restrictions on resale pursuant to U.S. securities Laws or as set forth in this Agreement; (c) result in a default, modification, acceleration of payment or termination under, give any Person a right of termination or cancellation under, result in the loss of a benefit or imposition of any obligation under, any Material Contract; or (d) violate or conflict with any of the provisions of the Organizational Documents, except, in the case of subsections (a) and (c) as would not, individually or in the aggregate, constitute a Material Adverse Effect.
4.4 No Approval. No consent, approval, authorization or other order of, or filing with, or notice to, any U.S. Governmental Authority or U.S. Third Party is required to be obtained or made by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries in connection with the authorization, execution and delivery by the Company of the Transaction Agreements or with the authorization, issuance and sale by the Company of the Shares, or the consummation of the Transactions, except (a) such filings as may be required to be made with the SEC and with any state blue sky or securities regulatory authority within the U.S., which filings shall be made in a timely manner in accordance with all applicable U.S. Laws; (b) such filings as may be required to be made with The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”); and (c) those that have been made or obtained prior to the date of this Agreement (the items referred to in clauses (a) through (c), the “Required Approvals”).
4.5 Valid Issuance of Shares. When issued, sold and delivered in accordance with the terms hereof, the Shares will be duly authorized, validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable, free from any liens, encumbrances or restrictions on transfer, including preemptive rights, rights of first refusal, purchase option, call option, subscription right or other similar rights, other than as arising pursuant to this Agreement or under U.S. federal or state securities Laws. Assuming the accuracy of the representations and warranties of Investor in this Agreement and subject to the Required Approvals, the Shares will be issued in compliance with all applicable U.S. federal and state securities Laws. As of the date hereof, the authorized capital of the Company consists of 150,000,000 shares of Common Stock and 10,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share. The Company has not issued any capital stock since the SEC filing date of its most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K other than in connection with the exercise of stock options, which issuances have not had, individually or in the aggregate, a material effect on the number of issued and outstanding shares of capital stock, stock options and other securities. As of April 12, 2021, there were (i) 5,753,492 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding (38,750 of which are restricted shares that are subject to forfeiture), (ii) 600,000 shares of Series A Preferred Stock issued and outstanding; (iii) options to purchase 1,083,124 shares of Common
Stock issued and outstanding; and (iv) warrants to purchase 30,582 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding. Other than the Common Stock and the Series A Preferred Stock, there are no other shares of any other class or series of capital stock of the Company issued or outstanding. Except as stated above, there are no existing options, warrants, calls, subscriptions or other rights, agreements, arrangements or commitments of the Company relating to the issued or unissued capital stock of the Company, obligating the Company to issue, transfer, sell, redeem, purchase, repurchase or otherwise acquire or cause to be issued, transferred, sold, redeemed, purchased, repurchased or otherwise acquired any capital stock of the Company or securities or rights convertible into or exchangeable for such shares or equity interests or obligations of the Company to grant, extend or enter into any such option, warrant, call, subscription or other right, agreement, arrangement or commitment. The issuance of Shares pursuant to any provision of this Agreement will not give rise to any preemptive rights or rights of first refusal on behalf of any Person or result in the triggering of any anti-dilution rights.
4.6 Company SEC Reports.
(a) The Company has timely filed or furnished, as applicable, all reports, schedules, forms, statements and other documents required to be filed or furnished by it with the SEC pursuant to the reporting requirements of the Exchange Act in each case during the 24-month period immediately preceding the date of this Agreement (all of the foregoing filed prior to the date of this Agreement and all exhibits included therein and financial statements and schedules thereto and documents (other than exhibits) incorporated by reference therein, collectively, the “Company SEC Reports”), each of which complied at the time of filing in all material respects with all applicable requirements of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, as applicable, in each case as in effect on the dates such forms, reports and documents were filed. As of its respective date, and if amended, as of the date of the last such amendment, no Company SEC Report, when filed, contained any untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. All Material Contracts to which the Company or any Subsidiary is a party, or to which the property or assets of the Company or any Subsidiary are subject, that are required to be included as part of or specifically identified in the Company SEC Reports, are so included or specifically identified. True and complete copies of the Company SEC Reports are available for public access via the SEC’s EDGAR system.
(b) As of their respective dates, the consolidated financial statements included or incorporated in the most recent Company SEC Reports (the “Financial Statements”), and the related notes, complied as to form in all material respects with applicable accounting requirements and the published rules and regulations of the SEC with respect thereto. The Financial Statements and the related notes have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, consistently applied, during the periods involved (except (i) as may be otherwise indicated in the Financial Statements or the notes thereto, or (ii) in the case of unaudited interim statements, to the extent they may not include footnotes, may be condensed or summary statements or may conform to the SEC’s rules and instructions for Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q) and fairly present in all material respects the consolidated financial position and the results of the operations of the Company and its Subsidiaries, retained earnings (loss), and cash flows, as the case may be, for the periods then ended (subject, in the case of unaudited statements, to normal and recurring year-end audit adjustments).
(c) The Company has established and maintains disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15 and 15d-15 under the Exchange Act) that (i) are designed to ensure that material information relating to the Company, including each consolidated Subsidiary, is made known to the Company’s principal executive officer and its principal financial officer by others within those entities, particularly during the periods in which the periodic reports required under the Exchange Act are being prepared; (ii) have been evaluated by management of the Company for effectiveness as of the end of the Company’s most recent fiscal quarter; and (iii) are effective in all material respects to perform the functions for which they were established. Since the end of the Company’s most recent audited fiscal year, there have been no significant deficiencies or material weaknesses in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting (whether or not remediated) and no change in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.
(d)As of the date hereof, the Company is not in violation of the listing requirements of Nasdaq and has no knowledge of any facts that would reasonably lead to delisting or suspension of the Common Stock from Nasdaq, or terminating the registration of the Common Stock under the Exchange Act. As of the date hereof, the Company has not received any notification that, and has no knowledge that, the SEC or Nasdaq is contemplating terminating such listing or registration.
4.7 Foreign Investment. The Company has conducted an assessment, and to the best of its knowledge, the Company and its U.S. subsidiaries (i) do not, individually or collectively, produce, design, test, manufacture, fabricate, or develop any critical technologies as that term is defined in 31 C.F.R. § 800.215; (ii) do not, individually or collectively, perform the functions as set forth in column 2 of appendix A to 31 C.F.R. Part 800 with respect to covered investment critical infrastructure, as that term is defined in 31 C.F.R. § 800.212; and (iii) do not, individually or collectively, maintain or collect sensitive personal data and have no demonstrated business objective to do so in the future, as described in 31 C.F.R. § 800.241, and, therefore, neither the Company nor any of its U.S. subsidiaries is a “TID U.S. business” as defined in 31 C.F.R. § 800.248.
4.8Litigation. Except as set forth in the Company SEC Reports, there is no action, suit, proceeding or investigation pending (of which the Company or its Subsidiary have received notice or otherwise have knowledge) or, to the Company’s knowledge, threatened, against the Company or its Subsidiary or which the Company or its Subsidiary intend to initiate which has had or would be reasonably likely to have a Material Adverse Effect.
4.9Material Adverse Change. Since December 31, 2020, no event or series of events has or have occurred that would, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect on the Company.
5. Representations and Warranties of Investor. Investor hereby represents and warrants to the Company as of the date hereof as follows:
5.1 Organization. Investor is a corporation duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the Cayman Islands. Investor has all requisite power and authority to
enter into this Agreement, to purchase the Shares and to perform its obligations under and to carry out the Transactions.
(a) All requisite corporate action on the part of Investor, required by applicable U.S. Law for the authorization, execution and delivery by Investor of the Transaction Agreements and the performance of all of its obligations hereunder and thereunder, including the acquisition of the Shares, has been taken.
(b) The Transaction Agreements have been duly executed and delivered by Investor, and upon the due execution and delivery thereof by the Company, will constitute valid and legally binding obligations of Investor, enforceable against Investor in accordance with its terms, except as limited by the Enforceability Exceptions.
(c) On or prior to the date hereof, the board of directors of Investor has duly adopted resolutions authorizing and approving each of the Transaction Agreements and the Transactions.
5.3 No Conflicts. The execution, delivery and performance of the Transaction Agreements and compliance with the provisions thereof, by Investor do not and shall not: (a) violate any provision of applicable U.S. Law or any ruling, writ, injunction, order, permit, judgment or decree of any Governmental Authority, or (b) violate or conflict with any of the provisions of Investor’s organizational documents (including any articles or memoranda of organization or association, charter, by-laws or similar documents), except as would not materially impair or affect in a material adverse manner the ability of Investor to consummate the Transactions and perform its obligations under the Transaction Agreements.
5.4 No Approval. No consent, approval, authorization or other order of any Governmental Authority or Third Party is required to be obtained by Investor in connection with the authorization, execution and delivery of the Transaction Agreements or with the subscription for and purchase of the Shares, or the consummation of the Transactions, except (a) such filings as may be required to be made with The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, which filings shall be made in a timely manner in accordance with all applicable Laws; and (b) those that have been made or obtained prior to the date of this Agreement.
5.5 Acquisition Entirely for Own Account. The Shares shall be acquired for investment for Investor’s own account, not as a nominee or agent, and not with a view to the resale or distribution of any part thereof, and Investor has no present intention of selling, granting any participation or otherwise distributing the Shares. Investor does not have any Contract, undertaking or arrangement with any Person to sell, transfer or grant participation to a Person any of the Shares.
5.6 Investment Experience and Accredited Investor Status. Investor is an “accredited investor” (as defined in Regulation D under the Securities Act). Investor has conducted its own due diligence on the Company to its satisfaction and has such knowledge and experience in financial or business matters that it is capable of evaluating the merits and risks of the investment in the Shares to be purchased hereunder. Investor and its advisors, if any, have been furnished with all materials relating to the business, finances and operations of the Company and materials relating to the offer and sale of the Shares that have been requested by Investor. Investor and its
advisors, if any, have been afforded the opportunity to ask questions of the Company. Investor understands that its investment in the Shares involves a high degree of risk. Investor has sought such accounting, legal and tax advice as it has considered necessary to make an informed investment decision with respect to its acquisition of the Shares.
5.7 Restricted Securities. Investor understands that the Shares, when issued, will be “restricted securities” under the U.S. federal securities Laws inasmuch as they are being acquired from the Company in a transaction not involving a public offering and that under such U.S. Laws the Shares may be resold without Registration under the Securities Act only in certain limited circumstances. Investor represents that it is familiar with Rule 144.
5.8 Legends. In addition to any other legend required by Law or this Agreement, the book-entry or certificated form of the Shares shall bear any legend required by the “blue sky” Laws of any state and a restrictive legend in substantially the following form:
THESE SECURITIES HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED. THEY MAY NOT BE SOLD, OFFERED FOR SALE, PLEDGED OR HYPOTHECATED IN THE ABSENCE OF A REGISTRATION STATEMENT IN EFFECT WITH RESPECT TO THE SECURITIES UNDER SUCH ACT OR AN OPINION OF COUNSEL SATISFACTORY TO THE ISSUER THAT SUCH REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED PURSUANT TO RULE 144 OF SUCH ACT.
5.9 Acquiring Person. As of the date of this Agreement and immediately prior to the Closing, neither Investor nor any of its controlled Affiliates Beneficially Owns, or will Beneficially Own any securities of the Company.
5.10 No General Solicitation. Investor is not acquiring the Shares as a result of (a) any advertisement, article, notice or other communication published in any newspaper, magazine or similar media or broadcast over television, radio or the Internet, in each case, relating to the Company, or (b) any seminar or meeting whose attendees, including Investor, have been invited by any general solicitation or general advertising related to the Company.
5.11 Foreign Investor. If Investor is not a United States person (as defined by Section 7701(a)(30) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended), Investor hereby represents that it has satisfied itself as to the full observance of the Laws of its jurisdiction in connection with any invitation to subscribe for the Shares or any use of this Agreement, including (a) the legal requirements within its jurisdiction for the purchase of the Shares, (b) any foreign exchange restrictions applicable to such purchase, (c) any governmental or other consents that may need to be obtained, and (d) the income tax and other tax consequences, if any, that may be relevant to the purchase, holding, redemption, sale, or transfer of the Shares. Investor’s subscription and payment for and continued beneficial ownership of the Shares will not violate any applicable securities Laws or other Laws of Investor’s jurisdiction.
6.1 Reasonable Best Efforts. Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, each Party shall use its reasonable best efforts to do or cause to be done all things necessary or appropriate to satisfy the conditions to the Closing and to consummate the Transactions as promptly as practicable. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, each Party shall use its reasonable best efforts to cause the Closing to occur. Each Party shall not, and shall not permit any of its respective Affiliates to, take any action that would, or that would reasonably be expected to, result in any of the conditions set forth in Section 7 or Section 8 not being satisfied.
6.2 Registration Rights. The Company hereby agrees to grant Investor the registration rights set forth on Appendix 1 attached hereto, which is hereby incorporated in and made a part of this Agreement as if set forth in full herein.
6.3 Purchase Rights. For so long as Investor owns a number of Shares equal to at least 75% of the Shares it purchases on the Closing Date (as adjusted for any stock split, stock dividend, combination, or other recapitalization or reclassification effected after the date hereof), and subject to Section 6.3(f), if the Company proposes to offer or sell any New Securities (a “Subsequent Financing”), the Company shall offer such New Securities to Investor as follows:
(a) The Company shall give notice (the “Offer Notice”) to Investor (y) in the case of a private placement of New Securities, no later than five Business Days prior to the date of a definitive agreement related thereto and (z) in the case of a Registered offering of New Securities, on the date of the final prospectus related thereto, in each case, stating (i) its bona fide intention to offer such New Securities, (ii) the number of such New Securities to be offered, and (iii) the price and terms, if any, upon which it proposes to offer such New Securities; provided, however, that in the event of a private placement, the Offer Notice shall include such information regarding the number of New Securities to be offered and the price and terms of such offering that is known to the Company at such time of delivery of the Offer Notice, with such additional information to be provided promptly after such additional information becomes available to the Company.
(b)By notification to and received by the Company within five (5) Business Days after the date the Offer Notice is given (the “Notice Termination Time”), Investor may elect to purchase or otherwise acquire in a separate Private Placement (as defined below), at the price and on the terms specified in the Offer Notice, up to such number of New Securities which equals the proportion that the Common Stock then held by Investor bears to the total Common Stock of the Company then outstanding, assuming the sale of New Securities in the Subsequent Financing and the full conversion and/or exercise, as applicable, of all Derivative Securities then outstanding. If the Company receives no such notice from Investor as of such Notice Termination Time, Investor shall be deemed to have notified the Company that it does not elect to participate in such Private Placement. Any offer made pursuant to Section 6.3(a) or sale pursuant to this Section 6.3(b) shall be made without Registration under the Securities Act pursuant to the exemption provided by Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act and Rule 506 promulgated thereunder as a transaction not involving a public offering (“Private Placement”). The closing of any sale pursuant to this Section 6.3(b) shall be subject to the closing of the Subsequent Financing and must occur within the later
of 90 days of (i) the date that the Offer Notice is given and (ii) the date of the initial sale of New Securities pursuant to Section 6.3(c).
(c) In the event of any sale of New Securities to Investor pursuant to this Section 6.3, the Company shall grant registration rights to Investor with respect to such New Securities on terms no less favorable than those set forth in Appendix 1.
(d)The rights in this Section 6.3 shall not be applicable to:
(i)shares of Common Stock or Derivative Securities issued in connection with any merger, acquisition, or business combination;
(ii) shares of Common Stock or Derivative Securities issued in connection with any commercial transaction approved by the Board (including but not limited to the licensing of technology and intellectual property);
(iii) shares of Common Stock or Derivative Securities issued as a dividend, stock split, reverse stock split, split-up or other distribution on shares of Common Stock;
(iv) shares of Common Stock or Derivative Securities issued to employees or directors of, or consultants or advisors or contractors to, the Company or any of its Subsidiaries pursuant to a plan, agreement or arrangement approved by the Board or the compensation committee of the Board, including inducement awards issued pursuant to applicable Nasdaq rules;
(v) shares of Common Stock or Derivative Securities actually issued upon the exercise, conversion, exchange or settlement of Derivative Securities, provided such issuance is pursuant to the terms of such Derivative Security;
(vi) shares of Common Stock or Derivative Securities issued to banks, equipment lessors or other financial institutions, or to real property lessors, pursuant to a debt financing, equipment leasing, or real property leasing transaction approved by the Board;
(vii) shares of Common Stock issued pursuant to at-the-market or equity line of credit programs; and
(viii) shares of Common Stock issued pursuant to an employee stock purchase plan, including the Company’s 2010 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, as may be amended from time to time.
(e) Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, Investor may not exercise its rights pursuant to this Section 6.3 in a manner or situation that would require the Company to obtain a vote of its stockholders under applicable Nasdaq rules.
(f)The rights and obligations set forth in this Section 6.3 shall automatically terminate and be of no further force and effect immediately upon Investor owning a number of Shares that is either (i) less than 75% of the Shares it purchases on the Closing Date (as adjusted for any stock
split, stock dividend, combination, or other recapitalization or reclassification effected after the date hereof) or (ii) less than 10% of the shares of Common Stock outstanding as a result of voluntary sale, transfer or other disposal by the Investor.
6.4 Facilitation of Sales Pursuant to Rule 144. For as long as Investor or its Affiliates Beneficially Own any Shares, to the extent that the Company shall be required to do so under the Exchange Act, the Company shall use reasonable best efforts to timely file the reports required to be filed by it under the Exchange Act or the Securities Act (including the reports under Sections 13 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act referred to in subparagraph (c)(1) of Rule 144), and shall use reasonable best efforts to take such further necessary action as Investor may reasonably request in connection with the removal of any restrictive legend on the Shares being sold, all to the extent required from time to time to enable such holder to sell the Shares without Registration under the Securities Act within the limitations of the exemption provided by Rule 144. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company shall not have any obligations pursuant to this section during any time when a Registration Statement covering the Shares is effective.
6.5 Lock-Up. Neither Investor nor any Affiliate or subsidiary thereof shall, from the date hereof and ending at 10:00 p.m. (New York City time) on the first anniversary of the date hereof, Dispose of any of the Shares or any other equity interests of the Company; provided, however, Investor may at any time transfer Shares (A) to any Permitted Transferee; or (B) to give effect to any acquisition, sale or merger involving a majority of the assets, properties or equity securities of the Company that has been recommended or approved by the Board. In furtherance of the provisions of this Section 6.5, the book-entry or certificated form of the Shares may bear the restrictive legend substantially in the following form:
THESE SECURITIES MAY NOT BE SOLD, ASSIGNED, TRANSFERRED, ENCUMBERED OR IN ANY MANNER DISPOSED OF, EXCEPT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE TERMS OF THAT CERTAIN SHARE PURCHASE AGREEMENT, DATED APRIL 14, 2021, BETWEEN THE COMPANY AND THE REGISTERED HOLDER OF THE SECURITIES.
6.6 Information Rights. For so long as Investor owns any of the Shares it purchases on the Closing Date, the Company will furnish to Investor (i) as soon as practicable after the end of each fiscal year, copies of the Annual Report of the Company containing the balance sheet of the Company as of the close of such fiscal year and statements of income, stockholders’ equity and cash flows for the year then ended and the opinion thereon of the Company’s independent public or certified public accountants; (ii) as soon as practicable after the filing thereof, copies of each proxy statement, Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, Current Report on Form 8-K or other public report filed by the Company with the SEC or any securities exchange; and (iii) as soon as available, copies of any report or communication of the Company furnished or made available generally to holders of its capital stock; provided, however, that the requirements of this Section 6.6 shall be satisfied to the extent that such reports, statement, communications, financial statements or other documents are available on the SEC’s EDGAR system.
7. Conditions to the Company’s Obligations. The obligations of the Company under Section 2 hereof are subject to the fulfillment prior to or on the Closing Date of all of the following conditions, any of which may be waived in whole or in part by the Company.
7.1 Representations and Warranties. The representations and warranties of Investor contained in this Agreement shall be true and correct in all respects on and as of the Closing Date.
7.2 Performance. Investor shall have performed and complied in all material respects with all agreements, obligations and conditions contained in this Agreement that are required to be performed or complied with it on or before the Closing.
7.3 Transaction Agreements. Investor shall have executed and delivered the Transaction Agreements (other than the License Agreement which shall have been executed and delivered by an Affiliate of Investor), and each of the Transaction Agreements shall not have been terminated and shall remain effective in accordance with its terms.
7.4 No Stockholder Approval Required. No approval on the part of the stockholders of the Company shall be required in connection with the execution and delivery by the Company of this Agreement and the consummation of the Transactions.
7.5 Qualification Under U.S. State Securities Laws. All registrations, qualifications, permits and approvals, if any, required to be obtained prior to the Closing under applicable U.S. state securities Laws shall have been obtained for the lawful execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement or the other Transaction Agreements, including, without limitation, the offer and sale of the Shares.
7.6 Absence of Litigation. No proceeding challenging the Transaction Agreements or the Transactions, or seeking to prohibit, alter, prevent or materially delay the Closing, shall have been instituted by any Governmental Authority or any Third Party.
8. Conditions to Investor’s Obligations. The obligations of Investor under Section 2 hereof are subject to the fulfillment prior to or on the Closing Date of all of the following conditions, any of which may be waived in whole or in part by Investor.
8.1 Representations and Warranties. The representations and warranties of the Company contained in this Agreement shall be true and correct in all respects on and as of the Closing Date.
8.2 Performance. The Company shall have performed and complied in all material respects with all agreements, obligations and conditions contained in this Agreement that are required to be performed or complied with it on or before the Closing.
8.3 Transaction Agreements. The Company shall have executed and delivered the Transaction Agreements, and each of the Transaction Agreements shall not have been terminated and shall remain effective in accordance with its terms.
8.4 No Stockholder Approval Required. No approval on the part of the stockholders of the Company shall be required in connection with the execution and delivery by the Company of this Agreement and the consummation of the Transactions.
8.5 Qualification Under U.S. State Securities Laws. All registrations, qualifications, permits and approvals, if any, required to be obtained prior to the Closing under applicable U.S.
state securities Laws shall have been obtained for the lawful execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement or the other Transaction Agreements, including, without limitation, the offer and sale of the Shares.
8.6 Absence of Litigation. No proceeding challenging the Transaction Agreements or the Transactions, or seeking to prohibit, alter, prevent or materially delay the Closing, shall have been instituted by any Governmental Authority or any Third Party.
9. Survival. The representations and warranties contained in this Agreement shall survive the Closing of the Transactions until the date that is two years following the date of this Agreement. The covenants and agreements contained in this Agreement shall survive the Closing of the Transactions, and each such surviving covenant and agreement shall survive the Closing for so long as Investor owns any Share of the Company (except as specifically provided elsewhere in this Agreement). The rights and remedies that may be exercised by Investor shall not be limited or otherwise affected by or as a result of any information furnished to, or any investigation made by or knowledge of, Investor or its representatives.
10.1 Nondisclosure. Each Party agrees that a Party (the “Receiving Party”) which receives the Confidential Information of the other Party (the “Disclosing Party”) pursuant to this Agreement shall: (a) maintain in confidence such Confidential Information using not less than the efforts that such Receiving Party uses to maintain in confidence its own proprietary information of similar kind and value, but in no event less than a reasonable degree of efforts; (b) not disclose such Confidential Information to any Third Party without first obtaining the prior written consent of the Disclosing Party, except for disclosures expressly permitted pursuant to this Section 10; and (c) not use such Confidential Information for any purpose except those permitted under this Agreement. The obligations of confidentiality, non-disclosure, and non-use under this Section 10.1 shall be in full force and effect from the execution of this Agreement until the later of: (i) the two-year anniversary of the date of this Agreement, (ii) the date that is the one-year anniversary of expiration or termination of the rights and obligations set forth in Section 6.3 and Appendix 1 of this Agreement, and (iii) the expiration or termination of the Voting Agreement.
10.2 Exceptions. Section 10.1 shall not apply with respect to any portion of the Confidential Information of the Disclosing Party to the extent that such Confidential Information:
(a) was known to the Receiving Party or any of its Affiliates, as evidenced by written records, without any obligation to keep it confidential or any restriction on its use, prior to disclosure by the Disclosing Party;
(b) is subsequently disclosed to the Receiving Party or any of its Affiliates by a Third Party lawfully in possession thereof and without any obligation to keep it confidential or any restriction on its use;
(c) is published by a Third Party or otherwise becomes publicly available or enters the public domain, either before or after it is disclosed to the Receiving Party, without any breach by the Receiving Party of its obligations hereunder; or
(d) is independently developed by or for the Receiving Party or any of its Affiliates, as evidenced by written records, without reference to or reliance upon the Disclosing Party’s Confidential Information.
10.3 Authorized Disclosure.
(a) Disclosure. Notwithstanding Section 10.1, the Receiving Party may disclose Confidential Information belonging to the Disclosing Party in the following instances:
(i)subject to Section 10.5, to comply with (A) applicable Laws, including the rules and regulations of the SEC or any national securities exchange in any applicable jurisdiction (collectively, the “Securities Regulators”) or (B) judicial process (including prosecution or defense of litigation) if, in the reasonable opinion of the Receiving Party’s counsel, such disclosure is necessary for such compliance or for such judicial process (including prosecution or defense of litigation); and
(ii)disclosure to its advisors (including attorneys and accountants) in connection with activities under this Agreement; provided, however, that prior to any such disclosure, each such disclosee is bound by written obligations of confidentiality, non-disclosure, and non-use no less restrictive than the obligations set forth in this Section 10 (provided, however, that in the case of legal advisors, no written agreement shall be required), to maintain the confidentiality thereof and not to use such Confidential Information except as expressly permitted by this Agreement; and further provided, that in each of the above situations in this Section 10.3(a)(ii), the Receiving Party shall remain responsible for any failure by any Person who receives Confidential Information from such Receiving Party pursuant to this Section 10.3(a)(ii) to treat such Confidential Information as required under this Section 10.
(b) Terms of Disclosure. If and whenever any Confidential Information is disclosed in accordance with this Section 10.3, such disclosure shall not cause any such information to cease to be Confidential Information, except to the extent that such disclosure results in a public disclosure of such information other than by breach of this Agreement.
10.4 Terms of this Agreement. The Parties agree that this Agreement and the terms hereof shall be deemed to be Confidential Information of both Parties (with each Party being the Receiving Party of such Confidential Information), and each Party agrees not to disclose this Agreement or any terms hereof without obtaining the prior written consent of the other Party; provided, however, that each Party may disclose this Agreement or any terms hereof in accordance with the provisions of Section 10.2, Section 10.3 or Section 10.5, as applicable, and further provided, that the Company is hereby specifically authorized to file any Transaction Agreement with the SEC, and Investor is hereby specifically authorized to file any Transaction Agreement (or summary of key terms thereof) with the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
10.5 Securities Filings; Disclosure under Applicable Law. Each Party acknowledges and agrees that the other Party may submit any Transaction Agreement to, or publicly file any Transaction Agreement (or summary of key terms thereof) with, the Securities Regulators or to other Persons as may be required by applicable Law.
10.6 Publicity. The Parties shall mutually agree to a press release or public announcement regarding this Agreement and the terms hereof, such press release or public announcement to be issued promptly after the Closing, or as otherwise agreed by the Parties.
11.1 Governing Law; Submission to Jurisdiction. This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the Laws of the state of Delaware, without regard to its conflicts of laws rules. Each Party (a) irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction in the state court sitting in Delaware (collectively, the “Courts”), for purposes of any action, suit or other proceeding arising out of this Agreement, and (b) agrees not to raise any objection at any time to the laying or maintaining of the venue of any such action, suit or proceeding in any of the Courts, irrevocably waives any claim that such action, suit or other proceeding has been brought in an inconvenient forum and further irrevocably waives the right to object, with respect to such action, suit or other proceeding, that such Court does not have any jurisdiction over such Party. Either Party may serve any process required by such Courts by way of notice under this Agreement.
11.2 No Waiver, Modifications. It is agreed that no waiver by a party hereto of any breach or default of any of the covenants or agreements set forth herein shall be deemed a waiver as to any subsequent or similar breach or default. The failure of either party to insist on the performance of any obligation hereunder shall not be deemed a waiver of any such obligation. No amendment, modification, waiver, release or discharge to this Agreement shall be binding upon the parties unless in writing and duly executed by authorized representatives of both parties.
11.3 Notices. All notices, instructions and other communications hereunder or in connection herewith shall be in writing, shall be sent to the address specified in this Section 4.6 and shall be: (a) delivered personally; (b) sent via a reputable international courier service (such as FedEx, UPS or DHL Express); or (c) sent by email. Any such notice, instruction or communication shall be deemed to have been delivered upon receipt if delivered by hand or sent via a reputable international courier service, or when transmitted with confirmation of receipt, if transmitted by email (if such transmission is on a Business Day; otherwise, on the next Business Day following such transmission).
Notices to the Company shall be addressed to:
Alimera Sciences, Inc.
6120 Windward Parkway, Suite 290
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Attn: Rick Eiswirth, President and CEO
Attn: Chris Visick, General Counsel
with a copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
201 17th Street, NW, Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30363
Attn: Charles D. Vaughn
Telephone: (404) 322-6189
Attn: Mike Bradshaw
Notices to Investor shall be addressed to:
502-1 Want Want Plaza
No. 211 Shimen Yi Road
Jing’an District, Shanghai
People’s Republic of China
Attn: Ye Liu
with a copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:
Kirkland & Ellis
26th Floor, Gloucester Tower
15 Queen's Road Central
Attn: Mengyu Lu
Either Party may change its address by giving notice to the other Party in the manner provided above.
11.4 Entire Agreement. This Agreement (including all exhibits, schedules and appendices attached hereto), the Voting Agreement, the License Agreement, the Warrant Subscription Agreement and that certain Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement, dated August 10, 2020, among the Company, Investor and other parties named therein contain the entire agreement among the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and thereof and supersede all prior and contemporaneous arrangements or understandings, whether written or oral, with respect hereto and thereto.
11.5 Headings; Nouns and Pronouns; Section References. Headings in this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and shall not be considered in construing this Agreement. Whenever the context may require, any pronouns used herein shall include the corresponding masculine, feminine or neuter forms, and the singular form of names and pronouns shall include
the plural and vice-versa. References in this Agreement to a section or subsection shall be deemed to refer to a section or subsection of this Agreement unless otherwise expressly stated.
11.6 Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable under any present or future Law, (a) such provision shall be fully severable, (b) this Agreement shall be construed and enforced as if such illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision had never comprised a part hereof, (c) the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and shall not be affected by the illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision or by its severance herefrom, and (d) in lieu of such illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision, the parties shall negotiate in good faith a substitute legal, valid and enforceable provision as similar in terms to such illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision as possible and as reasonably acceptable to the parties.
11.7 Assignment. Except for an assignment by Investor of this Agreement or any rights hereunder to a Permitted Transferee (which assignment will not relieve Investor of any obligation hereunder), neither this Agreement nor any of the rights or obligations hereunder may be assigned by either Investor or the Company without (a) the prior written consent of Company in the case of any assignment by Investor or (b) the prior written consent of Investor in the case of an assignment by the Company.
11.8 Successors and Assigns. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and permitted assigns.
11.9 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in multiple counterparts and transmitted by facsimile, by electronic mail in portable document format (“PDF”) form or by any other electronic means intended to preserve the original graphic and pictorial appearance of a party’s signature, with each such counterpart, facsimile or PDF signature constituting an original that shall create a valid and binding obligation of the party executing it (or on whose behalf such signature page is executed) and all of which together shall constitute one and the same original.
11.10 Third Party Beneficiaries. None of the provisions of this Agreement shall be for the benefit of or enforceable by any Third Party, including any creditor of any party hereto. No Third Party shall obtain any right under any provision of this Agreement or shall by reason of any such provision make any claim in respect of any debt, liability or obligation (or otherwise) against any party hereto.
11.11 No Strict Construction. This Agreement has been prepared jointly and will not be construed against either party. No presumption as to construction of this Agreement shall apply against either party with respect to any ambiguity in the wording of any provision(s) of this Agreement irrespective of which party may be deemed to have authored the ambiguous provision(s).
11.12 Remedies. The rights, powers and remedies of the parties under this Agreement are cumulative and not exclusive of any other right, power or remedy which such parties may have under any other Contract or Law. No single or partial assertion or exercise of any right, power or remedy of a party hereunder shall preclude any other or further assertion or exercise thereof. The parties hereby acknowledge and agree that the rights of the parties hereunder are special, unique
and of extraordinary character, and that if any party refuses or otherwise fails to act, or to cause its Affiliates to act, in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement, such refusal or failure would result in irreparable injury to the Company or Investor as the case may be, the exact amount of which would be difficult to ascertain or estimate and the remedies at law for which would not be reasonable or adequate compensation. Accordingly, if any party refuses or otherwise fails to act, or to cause its Affiliates to act, in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement, then, in addition to any other remedy which may be available to any damaged party at law or in equity, such damaged party will be entitled to seek specific performance and injunctive relief, without posting bond or other security, and without the necessity of proving actual or threatened damages, which remedy such damaged party will be entitled to seek in any court of competent jurisdiction.
11.13 Expenses. Each party shall pay its own fees and expenses in connection with the preparation, negotiation, execution, delivery and performance of the Transaction Agreements.
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