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Item 1.01 - Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
During the period December, 2021 to October, 2022, John Schutte loaned the Company $1,925,000 as evidenced by a series of unsecured promissory notes bearing interest at 5.25% maturing at December 31, 2023. On October 31, 2022, Mr. Schutte assigned these notes to Abuse Deterrent Pharma, LLC (“AD Pharma), of which Mr. Schutte is the Managing Partner. On November 10, 2022, AD Pharma and Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“we” “Acura” or the “Company), entered into an Amended Consolidated and Restated Secured Promissory Note (the “Note”) that encompasses the entire principle and accrued interest of the notes assigned by Mr. Schutte as well as an additional loan of $350,000 from AD Pharma to the Company. This Note totaling $2,319,279 bears interest at 5.25% and matures on December 31, 2023, at which time all principal and interest is due. Events of default under the Note include, among other items, bankruptcy events, failure to pay interest and principal when due and such failure continues for 5 days, and if Acura is generally not, or is unable to, or admits in writing its inability to, pay its debts as they become due. If any amount payable hereunder is not paid when due (without regard to any applicable grace periods), whether at stated maturity, by acceleration, or otherwise, including upon an event of default, such overdue amount shall bear interest at the rate per annum of 7.5% from the date of such non-payment until such amount is paid in full.
The funding provided by AD Pharma enables the Company to continue operations to late December 2022.
There can be no assurance we will be successful entering into and receiving additional financing. In the absence of the receipt of additional financing, we will be required to scale back or terminate operations and/or seek protection under applicable bankruptcy laws. This could result in a complete loss of shareholder value in the Company. Even assuming we are successful in securing additional sources of financing to fund continued operations, there can be no assurance that the proceeds of such financing will be sufficient to fund operations until such time, if at all, that we generate sufficient revenue from our products and product candidates to sustain and grow our operation.
The inclusion of a description of the Note under Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K shall not be deemed an acknowledgement that the Note is a material agreement not made, or deemed not to be made, in the ordinary course of our business.
At October 31, 2022, John Schutte individually, and AD Pharma, directly own approximately 13% and 64%, respectively of the outstanding common stock of the Company. The ownership percentage of the Company held by AD Pharma does not include their warrant to purchase 10.0 million shares of common stock of the Company.
Mr. Schutte directly owns approximately 14% of our common stock as of December 31, 2021. Mr. Schutte also controls MainPointe Pharmaceuticals, LLC and is an investor in Abuse Deterrent Pharma, LLC (“AD Pharma”). AD Pharma directly owns approximately 66% of our common stock as of December 31, 2021, which does not include their warrant to purchase 10.0 million shares of the Company’s common stock.
Item 2.03 - Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant
The contents of Item 1.01 are incorporated herein by reference.
Statements in this Current Report constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to:
|·||our ability to fund or obtain funding for our continuing operations, including the development of our products utilizing our LIMITx and IMPEDE technologies;|
|·||whether we will receive FDA acceptance for an NDA for LTX-03 by the target date;|
|·||whether our licensees will terminate the license prior to commercialization;|
|·||the expected results of clinical studies relating to LTX-03 or any successor product candidate, the date by which such studies will complete and the results will be available and whether any product candidate will ultimately receive FDA approval;|
|·||the ability of LTX-03 single tablets to achieve bioequivalence or to demonstrate efficacy in a clinical study;|
|·||whether our licensing partners will develop any additional products and utilize Acura for such development;|
|·||whether LIMITx will retard the release of opioid active ingredients as dose levels increase;|
|·||whether the extent to which products formulated with the LIMITx technology mitigate respiratory depression risk will be determined sufficient by the FDA;|
|·||our and our licensee’s ability to successfully launch and commercialize our products and technologies;|
|·||our and our licensee’s ability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals and commercialize products utilizing our technologies;|
|·||the market acceptance of, timing of commercial launch and competitive environment for any of our products;|
|·||our ability to develop and enter into additional license agreements for our product candidates using our technologies;|
|·||the ability to avoid infringement of patents, trademarks and other proprietary rights of third parties;|
|·||the ability of our patents to protect our products from generic competition and our ability to protect and enforce our patent rights in any paragraph IV patent infringement litigation;|
|·||the adequacy of the development program for our product candidates, including whether additional clinical studies will be required to support an NDA and FDA approval of our product candidates;|
|·||changes in regulatory requirements;|
|·||adverse safety findings relating to our commercialized products or product candidates in development;|
|·||whether or when we are able to obtain FDA approval of labeling for our product candidates for the proposed indications and whether we will be able to promote the features of our technologies; and|
|·||whether our product candidates will ultimately perform as intended in commercial settings.|
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
|ACURA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Peter A. Clemens|
|Peter A. Clemens|
|Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer|
Date: November 14, 2022