SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 7, 2022
APTEVO THERAPEUTICS INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Juris-
diction of Incorporation)
2401 4th Avenue, Suite 1050
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (206) 838-0500
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Common Stock, $0.001 par value
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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
On June 7, 2022, Aptevo Therapeutics Inc. (the “Company”) entered into and closed an amendment to its royalty purchase agreement, dated March 30, 2021, (the “Royalty Purchase Agreement”) with an entity managed by HealthCare Royalty Management, LLC (“HCR”) pursuant to which the Company agreed to forego its right to receive 50% of RUXIENCE royalty revenue once HCR received aggregate royalty payments totaling 190% of the $35 million upfront payment plus milestone payments to the extent paid by HCR, based on net sales of RUXIENCE (“Residual Royalty Payments”). Based on RUXIENCE sales performance through March 31, 2022 and recent projections, the Company does not anticipate receiving substantial Residual Royalty Payments. The Royalty Purchase Agreement continues to include the opportunity to earn up to $22.5 million of additional milestone payments (up to $12.5 million and $10 million, for 2022 and 2023 respectively) and the Company anticipates earning the same, which are tied to 2022 and 2023 RUXIENCE net sales thresholds.
Item 8.01 Other Events
As disclosed in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 7, 2022, the Company previously received a letter from The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) indicating that the Company is not in compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(b)(1), which requires companies listed on The Nasdaq Capital Market to maintain a minimum of $2.5 million in stockholders’ equity for continued listing (the “Rule”). As disclosed in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May 31, 2022, the Company presented its plan to regain compliance with the Rule to the Nasdaq Staff within the required period and Nasdaq granted the Company an extension through September 28, 2022, to evidence full compliance with the Rule.
After considering the transactions described in Item 1.01 above, as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K, the Company recognized a gain in the amount of the liability remaining on its balance sheet (approximately $35 million), and, given current operating performance and that the stockholders’ deficit reported on the Company’s 10-Q filed for the period ended March 31, 2022 was approximately $5.9 million, the Company believes it satisfies the minimum $2.5 million stockholders’ equity requirement of the Rule as of the date of this filing. Nasdaq will continue to monitor the Company’s ongoing compliance with the stockholders’ equity requirement and, if at the time of its next periodic report the Company does not evidence compliance, it may be subject to delisting (subject to the Company’s right to request a hearing before an independent Panel). The Company anticipates evidencing compliance at the date of its next periodic report.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
APTEVO THERAPEUTICS INC.
Date: June 8, 2022
/s/ Marvin L. White
Marvin L. White
President and Chief Executive Officer