Enzon Sells 25 Percent Interest in Hepatitis C DrugBRIDGEWATER, N.J. -- Enzon Pharmaceuticals today announced the sale of a 25% interest in its royalty from PEG-INTRONÂ®, marketed by Schering-Plough Corporation for $92.5 million to Drug Royalty Corporation, Inc. (DRC). Enzon is also entitled to receive an additional one-time milestone payment of $15 million in 2012 should certain royalty recognition levels be met for PEG-INTRON. A portion of the proceeds will be used for retirement in full of Enzonâ€™s outstanding 4.5% Convertible Notes due 2008. Enzon will retain a 75% interest in the PEG-INTRON royalty, as well as 100% of their other current royalties and any new royalties the company receives.
To date, Enzon has already reduced the outstanding amount of its 2008 convertible debt to $81.9 million through a series of successful open market repurchases at a discount to par.
â€œTodayâ€™s announcement is a result of a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of our options to extinguish our debt due in 2008,â€ said Jeffrey H. Buchalter, chairman and chief executive officer of Enzon. â€œThis transaction now fully removes any risk associated with repayment of the 2008 convertible note, and allows Enzon to continue to focus on its goal of building an innovative oncology company.â€
Currently, Enzon earns royalties on three marketed products that are successfully utilizing Enzonâ€™s proprietary PEGylation platform, namely PEG-INTRON, Pegasys, and Macugen.
PEG-INTRON is a PEG-enhanced version of Schering-Plough's alpha interferon product, INTRONÂ® A, which is used both as a monotherapy and in combination with REBETOLÂ® (ribavirin) capsules for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. Under our license agreement with Schering-Plough, Schering-Plough holds an exclusive worldwide license to PEG-INTRON, and Enzon receives royalties on worldwide sales of PEG-INTRON. Schering-Plough is responsible for all manufacturing, marketing, and development activities for PEG-INTRON. Enzon designed PEG-INTRON to allow for less frequent dosing and to yield greater efficacy, as compared to INTRON A. PEG-INTRON is marketed worldwide by Schering-Plough and its affiliates.
Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development, manufacturing, commercialization of important medicines for patients with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Enzon has a portfolio of four marketed products, OncasparÂ®, DepoCytÂ®, AbelcetÂ® and AdagenÂ®. The Companyâ€™s drug development programs utilize several cutting-edge approaches, including its industry-leading PEGylation technology platform used to create product candidates with benefits such as reduced dosing frequency and less toxicity. Enzonâ€™s PEGylation technology was used to develop two of its products, Oncaspar and Adagen, and has created a royalty revenue stream from licensing partnerships for other products developed using the technology. Enzon also engages in contract manufacturing for several pharmaceutical companies to broaden the Companyâ€™s revenue base. Further information about Enzon and this press release can be found on the Companyâ€™s web site at www.enzon.com.
About Drug Royalty Corporation, Inc. (DRC)
Drug Royalty Corporation ("DRC") is a privately held investment management company, focused on the healthcare industry, with over $1 billion under management. DRC currently manages two funds: the Royalty Monetization Fund and the Structured Finance Fund.
Its Royalty Monetization Fund acquires existing royalty streams at competitive rates from companies, institutions and inventors. DRC is a leader in monetizing royalties, having acquired over $750 million in royalty-based cash flows on commercialized products. Its Structured Finance Fund will soon close with approximately $300 million in committed capital. This Fund provides predominantly non-dilutive financing for product acquisitions and launches, M & A, in-licensing, sales force expansion and general working capital purposes to companies within the healthcare industry. The Fund invests in cash flow monetization structures which can include debt and equity components, custom tailored to fit the needs of clients.
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