ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Oxford Finance LLC ("Oxford"), a specialty finance firm that provides senior debt to life sciences and healthcare services companies, today announced a $50 million round of debt financing for Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. ("Apollo"). Oxford served as the lead lender, joined by MidCap Financial, LLC and East West Bancorp. Proceeds of the term loan are being used to acquire the obesity intervention division of Allergan, Inc. and for working capital.
"The acquisition of Allergan's obesity intervention division is an excellent opportunity for Apollo to expand its product line," said Christopher A. Herr, managing director for Oxford Finance. "This savvy business decision also will enhance the market potential for Apollo's novel endoscopic surgical tools."
"We are excited to partner with Oxford, MidCap, and East West on this transformative transaction for Apollo. From Apollo's inception, our goal has been to revolutionize the field of minimally invasive surgery," said Dennis McWilliams, CEO and Founder of Apollo Endosurgery. "Our partnership with Oxford enabled us to quickly build a strong debt syndicate to acquire the Obesity Health Division of Allergan and accelerate our vision."
About Oxford Finance LLC
Oxford Finance is a specialty finance firm providing senior secured loans to public and private life science and healthcare services companies worldwide. For over 20 years, Oxford has delivered flexible financing solutions to its clients, enabling these companies to maximize their equity by leveraging their assets. In recent years, Oxford has originated over $2 billion in loans, with lines of credit ranging from $500 thousand to $50 million. Oxford is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, with additional offices in California, Illinois, Massachusetts and North Carolina. For more information visit www.oxfordfinance.com.
About Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. is dedicated to revolutionizing patient care through the adoption of less invasive bariatric and endoscopic surgical solutions. Apollo Endosurgery was cofounded with the Apollo Group, a unique collaboration of physicians from the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. This collaboration developed a broad portfolio of patents in the field of endoscopic surgery that became the foundation of Apollo Endosurgery. For more information regarding Apollo Endosurgery, go to www.apolloendo.com.
About MidCap Financial, LLC
MidCap Financial is a commercial finance company focused on middle market lending, with emphasis on the broad national healthcare industry. MidCap specializes in $5 million to $200 million loans. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles, and focuses in four areas:
- Asset-Based working capital loans collateralized by third-party accounts receivable and other assets;
- Leveraged loans to companies backed by private equity sponsors;
- Life Sciences loans to VC-backed and public pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies; and
- Real Estate loans to skilled nursing facilities, senior housing properties, and medical office buildings.
Additional information about MidCap Financial can be found at www.midcapfinancial.com.
About East West Bancorp
East West Bancorp (NASDAQ: EWBC) through its wholly owned subsidiary, East West Bank, is one of the largest independent banks headquartered in California. East West is a premier bank focused exclusively on the United States and Greater China markets and operates over 120 locations worldwide, including in the United States markets of California, New York, Georgia, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington. With assets over $24 billion, East West Bank provides a full array of products and services to companies in various industries. The Technology and Life Science group is a national practice, with teams based in the Silicon Valley, Boston and China, that provides financing, treasury management and international banking services to its clients. For more information on East West Bancorp, visit the Company's website at www.eastwestbank.com.
SOURCE Oxford Finance