Aspen Group Strengthens Balance Sheet to Begin 2020
$10 Million of Secured Debt Exchanged for $10 Million Secured Convertible Notes Lowering Interest Costs
NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- January 23, 2020 – Aspen Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASPU) (“the Company” or “Aspen” or “AGI”), an education technology holding company, today announced the closing of the refinancing of our secured $10 million term loan bearing an interest rate of 12%. The Company has exchanged the secured $10 million term loan for $10 million of secured convertible notes at an interest rate of 7%.
The convertible notes have a three year term and are convertible into Aspen Group common stock at a conversion price of $7.15 per share. The notes also have a mandatory conversion feature if the closing price of the common stock is at least 150% of the conversion price or $10.725 over a 20 consecutive trading day period, beginning July 20, 2022. As a result, the Company’s annual interest expense will be reduced by approximately $500,000. The prior term notes were due in September 2020, subject to a one year extension and payment of a fee. For further details, please consult the Company’s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 23, 2020.
In addition to the issuance of the convertible notes, the Company yesterday announced the closing of an underwritten public offering of 2,415,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $7.15 per share. Net proceeds from the offering to Aspen are approximately $16 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by Aspen. Canaccord Genuity LLC acted as the sole bookrunning manager of the offering. Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC and Roth Capital Partners acted as lead managers of the offering.
“These financing initiatives help to strengthen our balance sheet and support the Company’s long-term strategic roadmap, and we are very pleased with the market reaction to the offering,” commented Frank Cotroneo, Aspen Group Inc. Chief Financial Officer.
“The sale of equity provides growth capital for our strategic initiatives, in particular our BSN pre-licensure campus expansion plans. In addition, we completed the exchange of secured notes for convertible notes of equal amounts at a significantly lower interest rate with a reasonable conversion ratio. This transaction decreases our annual interest expense by $500,000 and represents one example of our continued emphasis on financial discipline with an eye toward sustained profitability and funding our future growth,” stated Michael Mathews, Aspen Group Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
About Aspen Group, Inc.:
Aspen Group, Inc. is an education technology holding company that leverages its infrastructure and expertise to allow its two universities, Aspen University and United States University, to deliver on the vision of making college affordable again.
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Released January 23, 2020