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Silicon Valley Bank Provides $25MM Term Loan to Arcadia Biosciences

January 04, 2016, 07:38 AM
Filed Under: Agriculture

Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an agricultural technology company, announced the closing of a debt facility with Silicon Valley Bank, the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and their investors. The new debt facility includes a $25 million senior secured term loan, the proceeds from which were used to prepay amounts outstanding under existing loan agreements with affiliates of Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC and Mahyco International Pte. Ltd. With this refinancing, all outstanding Arcadia debt is consolidated into a single debt instrument with a more favorable interest rate, reduced payment amounts and a significantly reduced cost of capital.

“This refinancing prudently consolidates our debt into a single lower-cost instrument, significantly reducing our periodic and overall costs,” said Eric Rey, president and CEO of Arcadia. “As evidenced by the numerous technical and business developments we’ve announced over the past several months in soybeans, rice, wheat, and most recently corn, we continue to deploy capital in a targeted and efficient manner to augment the major investments being made by our licensees and collaborators.”

“We’re excited to partner with Arcadia Biosciences as it continues to develop and commercialize plant traits that will increase yields in some of the most important global crops,” said Jonathan Norris, managing director of life science for Silicon Valley Bank. “Our life science team is dedicated to supporting companies like Arcadia and the broader life science sectors as these companies make incredible advancements for both people and the planet.”

Based in Davis, CA, with additional facilities in Seattle, Wash. and Phoenix, Ariz., Arcadia Biosciences develops agricultural products that create added value for farmers while benefitting the environment and enhancing human health. Arcadia’s agronomic performance traits, including Nitrogen Use Efficiency, Water Use Efficiency, Salinity Tolerance, Heat Tolerance and Herbicide Tolerance, are all aimed at making agricultural production more economically efficient and environmentally sound. Arcadia’s nutrition traits and products are aimed at creating healthier ingredients and whole foods with lower production costs.

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