- € 140 M BRIDGE LOAN WAS DRAWN TO SECURE EVOTEC’S VALUE CHAIN EXPANSION BY SUCCESSFUL ACQUISITION OF APTUIT IN AUGUST 2017
- STRONG OPERATIONAL CASH FLOW ENABLES FULL REPAYMENT WITHIN LESS THAN TWO YEARS WHILE MAINTAINING STRONG CASH POSITION
Hamburg, Germany, 18 April 2019:
Evotec SE (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, MDAX/TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) today announced that it has completed the repayment of the € 140 m debt bridge facility Evotec drew down in context of the acquisition of Aptuit in 2017. Effective August 2017, Evotec acquired Aptuit, a partner research organisation for integrated outsourced drug discovery and development, for € 253.2 m in cash. This acquisition was financed through existing cash reserves and a new € 140 m senior debt bridge facility.
In July 2018, Evotec announced that the Company had repaid € 70 m of the € 140 m loan within the first year of the loan term. This repayment of the second half of the debt bridge less than nine months later was enabled mainly due to the strong cash inflow from Evotec’s operational activities and through refinancing at more attractive conditions.
Enno Spillner, Chief Financial Officer of Evotec, commented: “The swift repayment of the bridge loan ahead of schedule while maintaining a solid cash position is a further testament to Evotec’s strong financial performance. It demonstrates that through its strong operational progress, Evotec not only creates sustainable shareholder value but also adds to the Company’s cash-generating operations.”