Biopharma Credit — New transaction of up to US$50m

BioPharma Credit (LSE: BPCR)

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Biopharma Credit — New transaction of up to US$50m

BioPharma Credit (BPCR) has entered into a new senior secured loan agreement for up to US$50m to be provided to UroGen Pharma, a Nasdaq-listed biotech company focused on the treatment of urothelial and speciality cancers. BPCR and BioPharma fund V will each invest US$37.5m in the first tranche and up to a further US$12.5m available to be drawn by end-2022. Following the transaction, BPCR is fully invested and would require additional external capital for new investments (by a further drawdown of its credit facility or a new share issue).

Milosz Papst

Written by

Milosz Papst

Director, Financials

Investment Companies

BioPharma Credit

New transaction of up to US$50m

Investment trusts
Debt: Direct lending

16 March 2022

Price

US$1.01

Market cap

US$1,387.6m

NAV*

US$1,373.9m

NAV per share*

US$1.00

Premium/(discount) to NAV

1.0%

*At end-January 2022

Yield

7.2%

Shares in issue

1,373.9m

Code Ord/A-share

BPCR

Primary exchange

LSE

AIC sector

Debt – Direct Lending

52-week high/low

US$1.04

US$0.95

US$1.01

US$0.99

Gearing

Net cash at end-January 2022

10%

Fund objective

BioPharma Credit was incorporated in the UK in October 2016. It aims to generate predictable income for shareholders over the long term through a diversified portfolio of loans and other instruments, backed by royalties or other cash flows derived from sales of approved life sciences products. This includes senior secured notes, royalty debt instruments and priority royalty tranches.

Bull points

Strong and predictable income generation.

Loans backed by approved and marketed products.

High dividend yield (7% target).

Bear points

The life sciences sector is inherently risky and characterised by high R&D spending.

Fixed-income characteristic limits investor upside potential close to coupon rate.

Loans are often prepaid, creating a temporary cash drag (although normally at least partially offset by prepayment fees).

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Milosz Papst

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Michal Mordel

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BioPharma Credit (BPCR) has entered into a new senior secured loan agreement for up to US$50m to be provided to UroGen Pharma, a Nasdaq-listed biotech company focused on the treatment of urothelial and speciality cancers. BPCR and BioPharma fund V will each invest US$37.5m in the first tranche and up to a further US$12.5m available to be drawn by end-2022. Following the transaction, BPCR is fully invested and would require additional external capital for new investments (by a further drawdown of its credit facility or a new share issue).

BPCR’s net cash as percentage of NAV

Source: BioPharma Credit. Note: *Pro forma at end-January 2022 after accounting for the first UroGen tranche and financing of BDSI takeover by Collegium Pharmaceutical. Edison Investment Research calculation.

Interest at Libor + 8.25% and 1.75% upfront fee

UroGen currently markets Jelmyto (mitomycin), a prescription medicine used to treat adults with a type of cancer of the lining of the upper urinary tract including the kidney called low-grade upper tract urothelial cancer (LG-UTUC). UroGen reported net sales of US$32m in 9M21 and EvaluatePharma consensus indicates that sales are expected to reach US$311m by 2026. The loan, which matures in March 2027, bears interest at three-month Libor + 8.25%, subject to a Libor floor of 1.25% (vs the current rate of 0.7%). BPCR will receive a 1.75% upfront fee with reference to the total loan amount (ie c US$0.9m) on funding of the first tranche.

Deal activity triggering a credit facility drawdown

We consider the recent pick-up in BCPR’s activity as an indication of continued strong deal flow, supported by the recent softening valuations of listed biotech stocks. At end-January 2022 (last reported figure), BPCR had US$130m in cash (10% of the portfolio). Since then it has agreed to provide debt funding to Collegium to fund the acquisition of BDSI of US$172m (on a net basis after repayment of existing loans granted to both Collegium and BDSI) and the above-mentioned UroGen loan. To finance its recent activity, BPCR tapped its available credit line (recently expanded to US$200m from US$50m). The recently agreed loans (Evolus, Coherus and UroGen) have a total outstanding commitment of US$137.5m under tranches yet to be drawn. We believe that BPCR has sufficient capital to finance these commitments by drawing on its remaining credit facility. BPCR may decide to expand its facility and/or conduct a new equity issue to fund additional investments, but this should not affect its attractive dividend policy.

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