Lombard Medical and MicroPort Scientific Corporation Announce Strategic Partnership and Investment Agreement


Lombard Medical, Inc., a medical device company focused on endovascular aneurysm repair, and MicroPort Scientific Corporation, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of a diversified portfolio of medical devices, have announced a strategic partnership and a significant infusion of capital into Lombard Medical by MicroPort.

This partnership will allow Lombard Medical to accelerate commercialization in key global markets with its two key products: Aorfix™, the only stent graft to hold global approvals to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) with aortic neck angles up to 90 degrees, and Altura, a highly innovative stent graft that offers a simple and predictable treatment option for standard AAA anatomy.

The agreement provides MicroPort the exclusive marketing rights for Lombard Medical’s Aorfix and Altura AAA stent graft product lines in China, as well as the right to a technology license to manufacture the products for the China market. Lombard Medical and MicroPort will also enter into a component supply manufacturing agreement whereby MicroPort will manufacture in its facilities in Shanghai certain components for the Aorfix and Altura product lines. Lastly, MicroPort will also have exclusive marketing rights for both Altura and Aorfix in Brazil.

In exchange, MicroPort has invested $15 million in a combination of Lombard Medical common stock and convertible debt. MicroPort purchased $5 million in common stock at $0.62 per share representing a 29% ownership stake in Lombard Medical based on common stock currently outstanding. MicroPort will have a pro rata purchase right on future equity offerings by Lombard Medical.

In addition, MicroPort was issued a 5-year $10 million unsecured promissory note bearing interest at a rate of six-month LIBOR plus 4.0% from Lombard Medical which is convertible at any time prior to maturity by MicroPort into Lombard Medical common stock at a price of $0.90 per share. Lombard Medical will also appoint two representatives of MicroPort to serve on its board of five non-executive directors.

Following the transaction, Lombard Medical will have 27,950,785 shares of common stock outstanding. Lombard Medical plans to use the proceeds of this investment for general corporate purposes.

Jones Day advised Lombard Medical, Inc. in its sale of a 29% stake to MicroPort Scientific Corporation with a team led by Peter Ekberg.

Involved fees earner: Peter Ekberg – Jones Day;

Law Firms: Jones Day;

Clients: Lombard Medical, Inc.;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti