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Subsequent Event

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Subsequent Event
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2016
Subsequent Events [Abstract]  
Subsequent event
Subsequent events

Viking    

On April 13, 2016, Viking closed its underwritten public offering of 7.5 million shares of common stock and warrants to purchase up to 7.5 million shares of its common stock at a price of $1.25 per share of its common stock and related warrants. The warrant has an exercise price of $1.50 per share, immediately exercisable and will expire on April 13, 2021. As part of this public offering, the Company purchased 560,000 shares of common stock and warrants to purchase 560,000 shares of Viking's common stock for a total purchase price of $0.7 million. The purchased shares of common stock and warrants are subject to the same terms as the shares issued in this offering. In addition, on April 13, 2016, pursuant to the terms of the amendment to the LSA that was entered in January 2016 between Ligand and Viking (see details in Note 4), Viking repaid $0.3 million of the convertible notes in cash, and issued the Company 960,000 shares of its common stock and warrants to purchase 960,000 shares of its common stock as repayment of $1.2 million of the convertible notes. The shares received as part of the repayment are subject to a lock-up period that ends on January 23, 2017 in accordance with the amended LSA. Our equity ownership of Viking decreased to approximately 38% after this public offering and the repayment of the convertible notes.


Sublease    

In April 2016, the Company executed a sublease agreement for our current corporate headquarters facility in La Jolla, California. The sublease term will commence in May 2016 and expire in June 2019. The sublesee is obligated to pay a base rent of approximately $51,000 per month for the first twelve months and is subject to 3% annual increases through the sublease term.

CorMatrix

On May 3, 2016, the Company entered into an agreement to acquire certain economic rights of CorMatrix®. Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, the Company paid $17.5 million in cash to acquire a portion of revenues (“synthetic royalties”) from CorMatrix’s existing marketed products and will have the right to receive potential future synthetic royalties from future marketed products, if any. Ligand is entitled to a minimum of $2.75 million of synthetic royalty annually. The synthetic royalty rate on the pipeline assets is a mid-single digit royalty. The agreement will terminate with respect to each of CorMatrix’s products upon the later of (i) May 3, 2026 and (ii) 10 years from the date of the first commercial sale of such product.
Relationships between the Parties
 
As previously disclosed in Ligand’s filings, Jason Aryeh is a director of both Ligand and CorMatrix. Mr. Aryeh beneficially owns equity of CorMatrix representing approximately .56% of CorMatrix’s outstanding equity. Mr. Aryeh recused himself from all of the board’s consideration of the Purchase Agreement, including any financial analysis, the terms of the Purchase Agreement and the vote to approve the Purchase Agreement and the related transactions. In addition, prior to the board’s consideration of the Purchase Agreement, Mr. David Knott, a member of Ligand’s board, disclosed to the board that he beneficially owns equity of CorMatrix representing approximately .47% of CorMatrix’s outstanding equity. All of the disinterested directors of Ligand approved the Purchase Agreement and related transactions with CorMatrix.