Organization, Plan of Business Operations
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2022
|Organization, Plan of Business Operations|
|Organization, Plan of Business Operations||
Note 1 - Organization, Plan of Business Operations
Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company” or “Avenue”) was incorporated in Delaware on February 9, 2015, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortress Biotech, Inc. (“Fortress”), to develop and market pharmaceutical products for the acute care setting in the United States. The Company is focused on developing its product candidate, an intravenous (“IV”) formulation of tramadol HCl (“IV Tramadol”), for post-operative acute pain, and, to the extent the transactions contemplated by the Contribution Agreement (as defined below) are contemplated, the development of Baergic.
On May 11, 2022, the Company entered into a stock contribution agreement (the “Contribution Agreement”) with Fortress, pursuant to which Fortress agreed to transfer ownership of 100% of its shares (common and preferred) (the “Contributed Shares”) in a private subsidiary company of Fortress, Baergic Bio, Inc. (“Baergic”), to the Company. Under the Contribution Agreement, Fortress also agreed to assign to Avenue certain intercompany agreements existing between Fortress and Baergic, including a Founders Agreement, by and between Fortress and Baergic, dated as of March 9, 2017, and Management Services Agreement, by and between Fortress and Baergic, dated as of March 9, 2017. Consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Contribution Agreement is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions precedent, including, inter alia: (i) the closing of an equity financing by the Company resulting in gross proceeds of at least $7.5 million, (ii) the agreement by minority Avenue shareholder InvaGen Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“InvaGen”) to (A) have 100% of its shares in the Company repurchased by the Company and (B) terminate certain of the agreements into which it entered with the Company and/or Fortress in connection with InvaGen’s 2019 equity investment in the Company, which would eliminate certain negative consent rights of InvaGen over the Company and restore certain rights and privileges of Fortress in the Company (all upon terms to be agreed upon with InvaGen); and (iii) the sustained listing of Avenue’s common stock on The Nasdaq Capital Market.
The transaction is expected to expand Avenue’s development portfolio within neuroscience. Evaluation and negotiation of the Contribution Agreement was overseen, and execution of the Contribution Agreement was approved, by special committees at the Avenue and Fortress levels, both of which exclusively comprised independent and disinterested directors of the respective companies’ boards. See Note 6 below.
Reverse Stock Split
On July 25, 2022, the holders of a majority of the voting power of the capital stock of the Company executed a written consent approving a grant of discretionary authority to the board of directors of the Company (the “Board”) to, without further stockholder approval, (i) effect a reverse stock split of the Company’s issued and outstanding common stock within a range of between 10-for-1 and 20-for-1 (with the Board being authorized to determinate the exact ratio) (the “Reverse Stock Split”) and (ii) reduce the number of the Company’s authorized shares of common stock from 50,000,000 to 20,000,000 (the “Authorized Share Reduction”) by filing an amendment (the “Amendment”) to the Company’s Third Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware. The written consent was signed by the holders of 9,423,429 shares of the Company’s common stock and 250,000 shares of the Company’s Class A Preferred Stock. Each share of common stock entitles the holder thereof to one vote on all matters submitted to stockholders and each share of Class A Preferred Stock has the voting power of 1.1 times (A) the number of outstanding shares of common stock plus (B) the whole shares of Company common stock into which the outstanding shares of Class A Preferred Stock are convertible, divided by the number of outstanding shares of Class A Preferred Stock, or 99 votes per share as of July 25, 2022. Accordingly, the holders of approximately 73% of the voting power of the Company’s capital stock as of July 25, 2022 signed the written consent approving the Reverse Stock Split, the Authorized Share Reduction and the Amendment. The Board also approved the Reverse Stock Split, the Authorized Share Reduction and the Amendment.
The Reverse Stock Split was effective on September 23, 2022 upon filing of the Amendment with the Secretary of State of Delaware, which date was at least twenty (20) days from the mailing of the information statement. Under the Amendment, the number of authorized shares of Common Stock immediately after the Reverse Stock Split (“New Common Stock”) was simultaneously reduced from 50,000,000 to 20,000,000 shares. All share and per share information has been retroactively adjusted to give effect to the Reverse Stock Split for all periods presented, unless otherwise indicated.
As a result of the Reverse Stock Split, every 15 shares of Common Stock outstanding immediately prior to the effectiveness of the Reverse Stock Split were combined and converted into one share of New Common Stock without any change in the par value per share. No fractional shares were issued in connection with the Reverse Stock Split. Stockholders who would otherwise be entitled to a fraction of one share of New Common Stock as a result of the Reverse Stock Split instead received an amount in cash equal to such fraction multiplied by the closing sale price of Common Stock on The Nasdaq Capital Market on September 22, 2022, as adjusted for the Reverse Stock Split.
Proportionate adjustments were made to the per share exercise price and/or the number of shares issuable upon the exercise or vesting of all stock options, restricted stock and warrants outstanding at September 23, 2022, which resulted in a proportional decrease in the number of shares of the Company’s common stock reserved for issuance upon exercise or vesting of such stock options, restricted stock and warrants, and, in the case of stock options and warrants, a proportional increase in the exercise price of all such stock options and warrants.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
The Company is not yet generating revenue, has incurred substantial operating losses since its inception and expects to continue to incur significant operating losses for the foreseeable future as it executes on its product development plan and may never become profitable. As of September 30, 2022, the Company had an accumulated deficit of $81.1 million. Due to uncertainties regarding future operations of the Company for a study protocol that could form the basis for the submission of a complete response to the second Complete Response Letter for IV Tramadol, and the expansion of the Company’s development portfolio within neuroscience with the consummation of the transaction with Baergic, the Company will need to secure additional funds through equity or debt offerings, or other potential sources, the timing of which is unknown at this time. The Company cannot be certain that additional funding will be available to it on acceptable terms, or at all. These factors individually and collectively raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern within one year from the date of filing this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. The unaudited interim condensed financial statements do not contain any adjustments that might result from the resolution of any of the above uncertainty.
The entire disclosure for organization, consolidation and basis of presentation of financial statements disclosure.
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