EX-10.5 8 dex105.htm COMMON STOCK PURCHASE WARRANT Common Stock Purchase Warrant

Exhibit 10.5

 

THIS WARRANT AND THE SHARES OF COMMON STOCK ISSUABLE UPON EXERCISE OF THIS WARRANT HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED. THIS WARRANT AND THE COMMON STOCK ISSUABLE UPON EXERCISE OF THIS WARRANT MAY NOT BE SOLD, OFFERED FOR SALE, PLEDGED OR HYPOTHECATED IN THE ABSENCE OF AN EFFECTIVE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AS TO THIS WARRANT UNDER SAID ACT OR AN OPINION OF COUNSEL REASONABLY SATISFACTORY TO TRANSGENOMIC, INC. THAT SUCH REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED.

 

Right to Purchase 15,566 Shares of Common Stock of
Transgenomic, Inc.

 

COMMON STOCK PURCHASE WARRANT

 

Issue Date: March 1, 2004

 

Transgenomic, Inc., a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Delaware (the “Company”), hereby certifies that, for value received, TN Capital Equities, Ltd., or assigns (the “Holder”, or “TN”), is entitled, subject to the terms set forth below, to purchase from the Company from and after the Issuance Date of this Warrant and at any time or from time to time before 5:00 p.m., New York time, through five (5) years after such date (the “Expiration Date”), up to 15,566 fully paid and nonassessable shares of Common Stock (as hereinafter defined), $.01 par value, of the Company, at the Exercise Price (as defined below). The number and character of such shares of Common Stock and the Exercise Price are subject to adjustment as provided herein.

 

As used herein the following terms, unless the context otherwise requires, have the following respective meanings:

 

(a) The term “Company” shall include Transgenomic, Inc. and any corporation which shall succeed or assume the obligations of Transgenomic, Inc. hereunder.

 

(b) The term “Common Stock” includes (a) the Company’s Common Stock, par value $.01 per share, and (b) any other securities into which or for which any of the securities described in (a) may be converted or exchanged pursuant to a plan of recapitalization, reorganization, merger, sale of assets or otherwise.

 

(c) The term “Other Securities” refers to any stock (other than Common Stock) and other securities of the Company or any other person (corporate or otherwise) which the holder of the Warrant at any time shall be entitled to receive, or shall have received, on the exercise of the Warrant, in lieu of or in addition to Common Stock, or which at any time shall be issuable or shall have been issued in exchange for or in replacement of Common Stock or Other Securities pursuant to Section 4 or otherwise.

 

(d) The term “Exercise Price” shall be as follows: $ 3.18.

 

2. Exercise of Warrant.

 

From and after the date hereof through and including the Expiration Date, the Holder shall be entitled to receive, upon exercise of this Warrant in whole or in part, by delivery of an original or fax copy of the exercise notice attached hereto as Exhibit A (the “Exercise Notice”), shares of Common Stock of the Company.

 

3. Procedure for Exercise.

 

3.1 Delivery of Stock Certificates, etc. on Exercise. The Company agrees that the shares of Common Stock purchased upon exercise of this Warrant shall be deemed to be issued to the Holder as the record owner of such shares as of the close of business on the date on which this Warrant shall have been surrendered and


payment made for such shares as aforesaid. As soon as practicable after the exercise of this Warrant in full or in part, and in any event within 3 business days thereafter, the Company at its expense (including the payment by it of any applicable issue taxes) will cause to be issued in the name of and delivered to the Holder, or as such Holder (upon payment by such holder of any applicable transfer taxes) may direct in compliance with applicable securities laws, a certificate or certificates for the number of duly and validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable shares of Common Stock (or Other Securities) to which such Holder shall be entitled on such exercise, plus, in lieu of any fractional share to which such holder would otherwise be entitled, cash equal to such fraction multiplied by the then Fair Market Value of one full share, together with any other stock or other securities and property (including cash, where applicable) to which such Holder is entitled upon such exercise pursuant to Section 1 or otherwise.

 

3.2 Exercise. Payment may be made either in (i) cash or by certified or official bank check payable to the order of the Company equal to the applicable aggregate Exercise Price, (ii) by delivery of the Warrant, Common Stock and/or Common Stock receivable upon exercise of the Warrant in accordance with Section (b) below, or (iii) by a combination of any of the foregoing methods, for the number of Common Shares specified in such form (as such exercise number shall be adjusted to reflect any adjustment in the total number of shares of Common Stock issuable to the holder per the terms of this Warrant) and the Holder shall thereupon be entitled to receive the number of duly authorized, validly issued, fully-paid and non-assessable shares of Common Stock (or Other Securities) determined as provided herein.

 

3.3 Cashless Exercise. This Warrant may also be exercised by the Holder through a cashless exercise, as described in this Section 3.3. This Warrant may be exercised, in whole or in part, by (i) the delivery to the Company of a duly executed Exercise Form specifying the number of Warrant Shares to be applied to such exercise, and (ii) the surrender to a common carrier for overnight delivery to the Company, or as soon as practicable following the date the Holder delivers the Exercise Form to the Company, of this Warrant (or an indemnification undertaking with respect to this Warrant in the case of its loss, theft or destruction). The number of shares of Common Stock to be issued upon exercise of this Warrant pursuant to this Section 3.3 shall equal the value of this Warrant (or the portion thereof being canceled) computed as of the date of delivery of this Warrant to the Company using the following formula:

 

X = Y(A-B)A

 

where:

 

X = the number of shares of Common Stock to be issued to the Holder under this Section 3.3;

Y = the number of Warrant Shares identified in the Exercise Form as being applied to the subject exercise;

A = the Current Market Price on such date; and

B = the Exercise Price on such date

 

For purposes of this Section 3.3, the “Current Market Price” per share of Common Stock on any day shall mean: (i) if the principal trading market for such securities is a national or regional securities exchange, the closing price on such exchange on such day; or (ii) if sales prices for shares of Common Stock are reported by the NASDAQ National Market System or NASDAQ Small Cap Market (or a similar system then in use), the last reported sales price (regular way) so reported on such day; or (iii) if neither (i) nor (ii) above are applicable, and if bid and ask prices for shares of Common Stock are reported in the over-the-counter market by NASDAQ (or, if not so reported, by the National Quotation Bureau), the average of the high bid and low ask prices so reported on such day. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if there is no reported closing price, last reported sales price, or bid and ask prices, as the case may be, for the day in question, then the Current Market Price shall be determined as of the latest date prior to such day for which such closing price, last reported sales price, or bid and ask prices, as the case may be, are available, unless such securities have not been traded on an exchange or in the over-the-counter market for 30 or more days immediately prior to the day in question, in which case the Current Market Price shall be determined in good faith by, and reflected in a formal resolution of, the Board of Directors of the Company.

 

The Company acknowledges and agrees that this Warrant was issued on March 1, 2004 (the “Issuance Date”). Consequently, the Company acknowledges and agrees that, if the Holder conducts a cashless exercise pursuant to this Section 3.3, the period during which the Holder held this Warrant may, for purposes of Rule 144 promulgated

 

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under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), be “tacked” to the period during which the Holder holds the Warrant Shares received upon such cashless exercise.

 

4. Effect of Reorganization.

 

4.1 Reorganization, Consolidation, Merger, etc. In case at any time or from time to time, the Company shall (a) effect a reorganization, (b) consolidate with or merge into any other person, or (c) transfer all or substantially all of its properties or assets to any other person under any plan or arrangement contemplating the dissolution of the Company, then, in each such case, as a condition to the consummation of such a transaction, proper and adequate provision shall be made by the Company whereby the Holder of this Warrant, on the exercise hereof as provided in Section 1 at any time after the consummation of such reorganization, consolidation or merger or the effective date of such dissolution, as the case may be, shall receive, in lieu of the Common Stock (or Other Securities) issuable on such exercise prior to such consummation or such effective date, the stock and other securities and property (including cash) to which such Holder would have been entitled upon such consummation or in connection with such dissolution, as the case may be, if such Holder had so exercised this Warrant, immediately prior thereto, all subject to further adjustment thereafter as provided in Section 4.

 

4.2 Dissolution. In the event of any dissolution of the Company following the transfer of all or substantially all of its properties or assets, the Company, prior to such dissolution, shall at its expense deliver or cause to be delivered the stock and other securities and property (including cash, where applicable) receivable by the Holder of the Warrant after the effective date of such dissolution pursuant to Section 3.1 to a bank or trust company having its principal office in New York, NY, as trustee for the Holder of the Warrant.

 

4.3 Continuation of Terms. Upon any reorganization, consolidation, merger or transfer (and any dissolution following any transfer) referred to in this Section 4, this Warrant shall continue in full force and effect and the terms hereof shall be applicable to the shares of stock and other securities and property receivable on the exercise of this Warrant after the consummation of such reorganization, consolidation or merger or the effective date of dissolution following any such transfer, as the case may be, and shall be binding upon the issuer of any such stock or other securities, including, in the case of any such transfer, the person acquiring all or substantially all of the properties or assets of the Company, whether or not such person shall have expressly assumed the terms of this Warrant as provided in Section 5. In the event this Warrant does not continue in full force and effect after the consummation of the transactions described in this Section 4, then only in such event will the Company’s securities and property (including cash, where applicable) receivable by the holders of the Warrant be delivered to the Trustee as contemplated by Section 4.2.

 

5. Reservation of Stock.

 

The Company will at all times reserve and keep available, solely for issuance and delivery on the exercise of the Warrant, shares of Common Stock (or Other Securities) from time to time issuable on the exercise of the Warrant.

 

6. Exchange of Warrant.

 

Subject to compliance with applicable securities laws, this Warrant, and the rights evidenced hereby, may be transferred by any registered holder hereof (a “Transferor”) with respect to any or all of the Shares. On the surrender for exchange of this Warrant, with the Transferor’s endorsement in the form of Exhibit B attached hereto (the “Transferor Endorsement Form”) and together with evidence reasonably satisfactory to the Company demonstrating compliance with applicable securities laws, which shall include, without limitation, a legal opinion from the Transferor’s counsel that such transfer is exempt from the registration requirements of applicable securities laws, the Company at its expense) but with payment by the Transferor of any applicable transfer taxes) will issue and deliver to or on the order of the Transferor thereof a new Warrant of like tenor, in the name of the Transferor and/or the transferee(s) specified in such Transferor Endorsement Form (each a “Transferee”), calling in the aggregate on the face or faces thereof for the number of shares of Common Stock called for on the face or faces of the Warrant so surrendered by the Transferor.

 

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7. Replacement of Warrant.

 

On receipt of evidence reasonably satisfactory to the Company of the loss, theft, destruction or mutilation of this Warrant and, in the case of any such loss, theft or destruction of this Warrant, on delivery of an indemnity agreement or security reasonably satisfactory in form and amount to the Company or, in the case of any such mutilation, on surrender and cancellation of this Warrant, the Company at its expense will execute and deliver, in lieu thereof, a new Warrant of like tenor.

 

8. Registration Rights.

 

The Holder of this Warrant has been granted certain registration rights by the Company. These registration rights are set forth in a Registration Rights Agreement a copy of which is attached as Exhibit C.

 

9. Warrant Agent.

 

The Company may, by written notice to the each holder of the Warrant, appoint an agent for the purpose of issuing Common Stock (or Other Securities) on the exercise of this Warrant pursuant to Section 1, exchanging this Warrant pursuant to Section 7, and replacing this Warrant pursuant to Section 8, or any of the foregoing, and thereafter any such issuance, exchange or replacement, as the case may be, shall be made at such office by such agent.

 

10. Transfer on the Company’s Books.

 

Until this Warrant is transferred on the books of the Company, the Company may treat the registered holder hereof as the absolute owner hereof for all purposes, notwithstanding any notice to the contrary.

 

11. Notices.

 

All notices and other communications from the Company to the Holder of this Warrant shall be mailed by first class registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, at such address as may have been furnished to the Company in writing by such holder or, until any such Holder furnishes to the Company an address, then to, and at the address of, the last Holder of this Warrant who has so furnished an address to the Company.

 

12. Voluntary Adjustment by Company.

 

The Company may at any time during the term of this Warrant reduce the then current Exercise Price to any amount and for any period of time deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors of the Company.

 

13. Representations and Warranties of TN.

 

TN hereby represents and warrants to Company as follows:

 

(a) TN has all necessary power and authority under all applicable provisions of law to execute and deliver this Agreement and the Ancillary Agreements and to carry out their provisions. All corporate action on TN’ part required for the lawful execution and delivery of this Agreement and the Ancillary Agreements have been or will be effectively taken prior to the Closing Date. Upon their execution and delivery, this Agreement and the other Ancillary Agreements will be valid and binding obligations of TN, enforceable in accordance with their terms, except (1) as limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other laws of general application affecting enforcement of creditors’ rights, and (2) as limited by general principles of equity that restrict the availability of equitable and legal remedies.

 

(b) TN understands that the Securities are being offered and sold pursuant to an exemption from registration contained in the 1933 Act based in part upon TN’s representations contained in this Agreement, including, without limitation, that TN is an “accredited investor” within the meaning of Regulation D. TN has had an opportunity to ask questions and receive answers from Company regarding Company’s business, management

 

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and financial affairs and the terms and conditions of the offering and the Securities and to obtain additional information (to the extent Company possessed such information or could acquire it without unreasonable effort or expense) necessary to verify any information furnished to TN or to which TN had access.

 

(c) TN has substantial experience in evaluating and investing in private placement transactions of securities in companies similar to Company so that it is capable of evaluating the merits and risks of its investment in Company and has the capacity to protect its own interests. TN must bear the economic risk of this investment until the Securities are sold pursuant to (i) an effective registration statement under the 1933 Act, or (ii) an exemption from registration is available.

 

(d) TN is acquiring the Securities for its own account and only for investment purposes, and not as a nominee or agent and not with a view towards or for resale in connection with their distribution.

 

(e) By reason of its, or of its management’s, business and financial experience, TN has the capacity to evaluate the merits and risks of its investment in the Securities and to protect its own interests in connection with the transactions contemplated in this Agreement, and the other Ancillary Agreements. Further, TN is aware of no publication of any advertisement in connection with the transactions contemplated in the Agreement or the other Ancillary Agreements.

 

(f) TN will not make any resale of the Securities under any Registration Statement (as defined in the Registration Rights Agreement) without effectively complying with the prospectus delivery requirement under the Securities Act.

 

(g) TN has no present intention of distributing any Securities or any arrangement or understanding with any other persons regarding the distribution of any Securities within the meaning of Section 2(11) of the Securities Act. TN has no entered into any agreement, understanding or arrangement with any broker-dealer regarding any resale of the Securities and will promptly notify Company if it enters into such arrangement.

 

14. Miscellaneous.

 

This Warrant and any term hereof may be changed, waived, discharged or terminated only by an instrument in writing signed by the party against which enforcement of such change, waiver, discharge or termination is sought. The individuals executing this Warrant on behalf of the Company agree to submit to the jurisdiction of such courts and waive trial by jury. The prevailing party shall be entitled to recover from the other party its reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. In the event that any provision of this Warrant is invalid or unenforceable under any applicable statute or rule of law, then such provision shall be deemed inoperative to the extent that it may conflict therewith and shall be deemed modified to conform with such statute or rule of law. Any such provision which may prove invalid or unenforceable under any law shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Warrant. The headings in this Warrant are for purposes of reference only, and shall not limit or otherwise affect any of the terms hereof. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision hereof shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. The Company acknowledges that legal counsel participated in the preparation of this Warrant and, therefore, stipulates that the rule of construction that ambiguities are to be resolved against the drafting party shall not be applied in the interpretation of this Warrant to favor any party against the other party.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has executed this Warrant under seal as of the date first written above.

 

TRANSGENOMIC, INC.

By:

 

/s/ Michael J. Draper


Name:

 

Michael J. Draper

Title:

 

CFO

 

Witness:

/s/ Jerry Pearson


 

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Exhibit A

 

FORM OF SUBSCRIPTION

 

(To be signed only on exercise of Warrant)

 

TO:        Transgenomic, Inc.

 

The undersigned, pursuant to the provisions set forth in the attached Warrant (No.            ), hereby irrevocably elects to purchase (check applicable box):

 

                      shares of the Common Stock covered by such Warrant; or

 

                      the maximum number of shares of Common Stock covered by such Warrant pursuant to the cashless exercise procedure set forth in Section 2.

 

The undersigned herewith makes payment of the full Exercise Price for such shares at the price per share provided for in such Warrant, which is $            . Such payment takes the form of (check applicable box or boxes):

 

         $             in lawful money of the United States; and/or

 

         the cancellation of such portion of the attached Warrant as is exercisable for a total of              shares of Common Stock (using a Fair Market Value of $             per share for purposes of this calculation); and/or

 

         the cancellation of such number of shares of Common Stock as is necessary, in accordance with the formula set forth in Section 2, to exercise this Warrant with respect to the maximum number of shares of Common Stock purchaseable pursuant to the cashless exercise procedure set forth in Section 2.

 

The undersigned requests that the certificates for such shares be issued in the name of, and delivered to                      whose address is                             

 

                            .

 

The undersigned represents and warrants that all offers and sales by the undersigned of the securities issuable upon exercise of the within Warrant shall be made pursuant to registration of the Common Stock under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) or pursuant to an exemption from registration under the Securities Act.

 

Dated:            

 
    (Signature must conform to name of holder as specified on the face of the Warrant)
   

 


   

(Address)

 

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Exhibit B

 

FORM OF TRANSFEROR ENDORSEMENT

(To be signed only on transfer of Warrant)

 

For value received, the undersigned hereby sells, assigns, and transfers unto the person(s) named below under the heading “Transferees” the right represented by the within Warrant to purchase the percentage and number of shares of Common Stock of Transgenomic, Inc. to which the within Warrant relates specified under the headings “Percentage Transferred” and “Number Transferred,” respectively, opposite the name(s) of such person(s) and appoints each such person Attorney to transfer its respective right on the books of Transgenomic, Inc. with full power of substitution in the premises.

 

Transferees


 

Percentage Transferred


 

Number Transferrred


 

Dated:            

 

 


    (Signature must conform to name of holder as specified on the face of the Warrant)

 

Signed in the presence of:    

 


 

 


(Name)   (address)

ACCEPTED AND AGREED:

 

 


[TRANSFEREE]

  (address)

 


   
(Name)    

 

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Exhibit C

 

REGISTRATION RIGHTS AGREEMENT

 

This Registration Rights Agreement (this “Agreement”) is made and entered into as of March 1, 2004, by and between Transgenomic, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and TN Capital Equities, Ltd. (the “Purchaser”).

 

This Agreement is made pursuant to the Warrant Agreement, dated as of the date hereof, among the Purchaser and the Company and pursuant to the Warrants.

 

The Company and the Purchaser hereby agree as follows:

 

1) Definitions. Capitalized terms used and not otherwise defined herein that are defined in the Security Agreement shall have the meanings given such terms in the Security Agreement. As used in this Agreement, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

 

“Filing Date” means, with respect to each Registration Statement required to be filed hereunder, no later than thirty days following the Effective Date of this Agreement.

 

“Holder” or “Holders” means the Purchaser or any of its affiliates or transferees to the extent any of them hold Registrable Securities.

 

“Indemnified Party” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(c).

 

“Indemnifying Party” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(c).

 

“Losses” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(a).

 

“Notes” has the meaning given to the term Minimum Borrowing Notes as set forth in the Security Agreement.

 

“Proceeding” means an action, claim, suit, investigation or proceeding (including, without limitation, an investigation or partial proceeding, such as a deposition), whether commenced or threatened.

 

“Prospectus” means the prospectus included in a Registration Statement (including, without limitation, a prospectus that includes any information previously omitted from a prospectus filed as part of an effective registration statement in reliance upon Rule 430A promulgated under the Securities Act), as amended or supplemented by any prospectus supplement, with respect to the terms of the offering of any portion of the Registrable Securities covered by such Registration Statement, and all other amendments and supplements to the Prospectus, including post-effective amendments, and all material incorporated by reference or deemed to be incorporated by reference in such Prospectus.

 

“Registrable Securities” means the shares of Common Stock issued upon the conversion of each Note and issuable upon exercise of the Warrants.

 

“Registration Statement” means each registration statement required to be filed hereunder, including the Prospectus, amendments and supplements to such registration statement or Prospectus, including pre- and post-effective amendments, all exhibits thereto, and all material incorporated by reference or deemed to be incorporated by reference in such registration statement.

 

“Rule 144” means Rule 144 promulgated by the Commission pursuant to the Securities Act, as such Rule may be amended from time to time, or any similar rule or regulation hereafter adopted by the Commission having substantially the same effect as such Rule.

 

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“Rule 415” means Rule 415 promulgated by the Commission pursuant to the Securities Act, as such Rule may be amended from time to time, or any similar rule or regulation hereafter adopted by the Commission having substantially the same effect as such Rule.

 

“Rule 424” means Rule 424 promulgated by the Commission pursuant to the Securities Act, as such Rule may be amended from time to time, or any similar rule or regulation hereafter adopted by the Commission having substantially the same effect as such Rule.

 

“Warrants” means the Common Stock purchase warrants issued pursuant to the Security Agreement.

 

2) Registration.

 

On or prior to each Filing Date, the Company shall prepare and file with the Commission a Registration Statement covering the Registrable Securities for an offering to be made on a continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415. Each Registration Statement shall be on Form S-3 (except if the Company is not then eligible to register for resale the Registrable Securities on Form S-3, in which case such registration shall be on another appropriate form in accordance herewith). The Company shall cause each Registration Statement to become effective and remain effective as provided herein. The Company shall use its reasonable commercial efforts to cause each Registration Statement to be declared effective under the Securities Act as promptly as possible after the filing thereof, but in any event no later than the Effectiveness Date, and shall keep each Registration Statement continuously effective under the Securities Act until the date which is the earlier date of when (i) all Registrable Securities have been sold or (ii) all Registrable Securities may be sold immediately without registration under the Securities Act and without volume restrictions pursuant to Rule 144(k), as determined by the counsel to the Company pursuant to a written opinion letter to such effect, addressed and acceptable to the Company’s transfer agent and the affected Holders (the “Effectiveness Period”).

 

3) Registration Procedures.

 

3.1 If and whenever the Company is required by the provisions hereof to effect the registration of the Registrable Securities under the Act, the Company will, as expeditiously as possible:

 

(a) prepare and file with the SEC a registration statement with respect to such securities, promptly as possible respond to any comments received from the SEC and use its best efforts to cause such registration statement to become and remain effective for the period of the distribution contemplated thereby (determined as herein provided);

 

(b) prepare and file with the SEC such amendments and supplements to such registration statement and the prospectus used in connection therewith as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act with respect to the disposition of all securities covered by the registration statement and to keep such registration statement effective until the earlier of: (i) six months after the latest exercise period of the Warrants; (ii) four years after the Closing Date, or (iii) the date on which the Purchaser has disposed of all of the Registrable Securities covered by such registration statement in accordance with the Purchaser’s intended method of disposition set forth in such registration statement for such period;

 

(c) furnish to the Purchaser such number of copies of the registration statement and the prospectus included therein (including each preliminary prospectus) as the Purchaser reasonably may request to facilitate the public sale or disposition of the securities covered by such registration statement;

 

(d) use its commercially reasonable efforts to register or qualify the Purchaser’s Registrable Securities covered by such registration statement under the securities or “blue sky” laws of such jurisdictions as the Purchaser, provided, however, that the Company shall not for any such purpose be required to qualify generally to transact business as a foreign corporation in any jurisdiction where it is not so qualified or to consent to general service of process in any such jurisdiction;

 

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(e) list the Registrable Securities covered by such registration statement with any securities exchange on which the Common Stock of the Company is then listed;

 

(f) immediately notify the Purchaser at any time when a prospectus relating thereto is required to be delivered under the Securities Act, of the happening of any event of which the Company has knowledge as a result of which the prospectus contained in such registration statement, as then in effect, includes an untrue statement of a material fact or omits to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading in light of the circumstances then existing; and

 

4) Registration Expenses.

 

All expenses relating to the Company’s compliance with Sections 2 and 3 hereof, including, without limitation, all registration and filing fees, printing expenses, fees and disbursements of counsel and independent public accountants for the Company, fees and expenses (including reasonable counsel fees) incurred in connection with complying with state securities or “blue sky” laws, fees of the NASD, transfer taxes, fees of transfer agents and registrars, fees of, and disbursements incurred by, one counsel for the Holders, and costs of insurance are called “Registration Expenses”. All selling commissions applicable to the sale of Registrable Securities, including any fees and disbursements of any special counsel to the Holders beyond those included in Registration Expenses, are called “Selling Expenses.” The Company shall be responsible for all Registration Expenses.

 

5) Indemnification.

 

In the event of a registration of the Registrable Securities under the Securities Act pursuant to this Agreement, the Purchaser will indemnify and hold harmless the Company, and its officers, directors and each other person, if any, who controls the Company within the meaning of the Securities Act, against all losses, claims, damages or liabilities, joint or several, to which the Company or such persons may become subject under the Securities Act or otherwise, insofar as such losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof) arise out of or are based upon any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of any material fact which was furnished in writing by the Purchaser to the Company expressly for use in (and such information is contained in) the registration statement under which such Registrable Securities were registered under the Securities Act pursuant to this Agreement, any preliminary prospectus or final prospectus contained therein, or any amendment or supplement thereof, or arise out of or are based upon the omission or alleged omission to state therein a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, and will reimburse the Company and each such person for any reasonable legal or other expenses incurred by them in connection with investigating or defending any such loss, claim, damage, liability or action, provided, however, that the Purchaser will be liable in any such case if and only to the extent that any such loss, claim, damage or liability arises out of or is based upon an untrue statement or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission so made in conformity with information furnished in writing to the Company by the Purchaser specifically for use in any such document. Notwithstanding the provisions of this paragraph, the Purchaser shall not be required to indemnify any person or entity in excess of the amount of the aggregate net proceeds received by the Purchaser of Registrable Securities in connection with any such registration under the Securities Act.

 

6) Representations and Warranties.

 

6.1 The Common Stock of the Company is registered pursuant to Section 12(b) or 12(g) of the Exchange Act and the Company has timely filed all proxy statements, reports, schedules, forms, statements and other documents required to be filed by it under the Exchange Act. The Company has filed (i) its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2002 and (ii) its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2003, June 30, 2003 and September 30, 2003 (collectively, the “SEC Reports”). The Company is eligible to file with the Commission a registration statement on Form S-3 pursuant to Instruction I.B.3 thereof. Each SEC Report was, at the time of its filing, in substantial compliance with the requirements of its respective form and none of the SEC Reports, nor the financial statements (and the notes thereto) included in the SEC Reports, as of their respective filing dates, contained any untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. The financial statements of the Company included in the SEC Reports comply as to form in all material respects with applicable accounting requirements and the published rules

 

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and regulations of the Commission or other applicable rules and regulations with respect thereto. Such financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) applied on a consistent basis during the periods involved (except (i) as may be otherwise indicated in such financial statements or the notes thereto or (ii) in the case of unaudited interim statements, to the extent they may not include footnotes or may be condensed) and fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, the results of operations and the cash flows of the Company and its subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, as of, and for, the periods presented in each such SEC Report.

 

6.2 The Company Common Stock is listed for trading on the Nasdaq National Market and satisfies all requirements for the continuation of such listing. The Company has not received any notice that its Common Stock will be delisted from the Nasdaq National Market or that the Common Stock does not meet all requirements for the continuation of such listing.

 

6.3 Neither the Company, nor any of its affiliates, nor any person acting on its or their behalf, has directly or indirectly made any offers or sales of any security or solicited any offers to buy any security under circumstances that would cause the offering of the Securities pursuant to this Agreement to be integrated with prior offerings by the Company for purposes of the Securities Act which would prevent the Company from selling the Common Stock pursuant to Rule 506 under the Securities Act, or any applicable exchange-related stockholder approval provisions. Nor will the Company or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries take any action or steps that would cause the offering of the Securities to be integrated with other offerings.

 

6.4 The Registrable Securities are restricted securities under the Securities Act as of the date of this Agreement. The Company will not issue any stop transfer order or other order impeding the sale and delivery of any of the Registrable Securities at such time as the Registrable Securities are registered for public sale or an exemption from registration is available, except as required by federal or state securities laws.

 

6.5 The Company understands the nature of the Registrable Securities issuable upon the conversion of each Note and the exercise of each Warrant and recognizes that the Registrable Securities may have a potential dilutive effect. The Company specifically acknowledges that its obligation to issue the Registrable Securities is binding upon the Company and enforceable regardless of the dilution such issuance may have on the ownership interests of other shareholders of the Company.

 

6.6 Except for agreements made in the ordinary course of business, there is no agreement that has not been filed with the SEC as an exhibit to a registration statement or to a form required to be filed by the Company under the Securities Exchange Act the breach of which could have a material and adverse effect on the Company and its subsidiaries, or would prohibit or otherwise interfere with the ability of the Company to enter into and perform any of its obligations under this Agreement in any material respect.

 

6.7 The Company will at all times have authorized and reserved a sufficient number of shares of Common Stock for the full conversion of each Note and exercise of each Warrant.

 

7) Miscellaneous.

 

7.1 In the event of a breach by the Company or by a Holder, of any of their obligations under this Agreement, each Holder or the Company, as the case may be, in addition to being entitled to exercise all rights granted by law and under this Agreement, including recovery of damages, will be entitled to specific performance of its rights under this Agreement.

 

7.2 Except as and to the extent specified in Schedule 6(b) hereto, neither the Company nor any of its security holders (other than the Holders in such capacity pursuant hereto) may include securities of the Company in any Registration Statement other than the Registrable Securities, and the Company shall not after the date hereof enter into any agreement providing any such right for inclusion of shares in the Registration Statement to any of its security holders. Except as and to the extent specified in Schedule 6(b) hereto, the Company has not previously entered into any agreement granting any registration rights with respect to any of its securities to any Person that has not been fully satisfied.

 

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7.3 Each Holder covenants and agrees that it will comply with the prospectus delivery requirements of the Securities Act as applicable to it in connection with sales of Registrable Securities pursuant to the Registration Statement.

 

7.4 Each Holder agrees by its acquisition of such Registrable Securities that, upon receipt of a notice from the Company of the occurrence of a Discontinuation Event, such Holder will forthwith discontinue disposition of such Registrable Securities under the applicable Registration Statement until such Holder’s receipt of the copies of the supplemented Prospectus and/or amended Registration Statement or until it is advised in writing (the “Advice”) by the Company that the use of the applicable Prospectus may be resumed, and, in either case, has received copies of any additional or supplemental filings that are incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in such Prospectus or Registration Statement. The Company may provide appropriate stop orders to enforce the provisions of this paragraph. For purposes of this Section 7(d), a “Discontinuation Event” shall mean when the Commission notifies the Company whether there will be a “review” of such Registration Statement and whenever the Commission comments in writing on such Registration Statement (the Company shall provide true and complete copies thereof and all written responses thereto to each of the Holders); (iii) any request by the Commission or any other Federal or state governmental authority for amendments or supplements to such Registration Statement or Prospectus or for additional information; (iv) the issuance by the Commission of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of such Registration Statement covering any or all of the Registrable Securities or the initiation of any Proceedings for that purpose; (v) the receipt by the Company of any notification with respect to the suspension of the qualification or exemption from qualification of any of the Registrable Securities for sale in any jurisdiction, or the initiation or threatening of any Proceeding for such purpose; and (vi) the occurrence of any event or passage of time that makes the financial statements included in such Registration Statement ineligible for inclusion therein or any statement made in such Registration Statement or Prospectus or any document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated therein by reference untrue in any material respect or that requires any revisions to such Registration Statement, Prospectus or other documents so that, in the case of such Registration Statement or Prospectus, as the case may be, it will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.

 

7.5 If at any time during the Effectiveness Period there is not an effective Registration Statement covering all of the Registrable Securities and the Company shall determine to prepare and file with the Commission a registration statement relating to an offering for its own account or the account of others under the Securities Act of any of its equity securities, other than on Form S-4 or Form S-8 (each as promulgated under the Securities Act) or their then equivalents relating to equity securities to be issued solely in connection with any acquisition of any entity or business or equity securities issuable in connection with stock option or other employee benefit plans, then the Company shall send to each Holder written notice of such determination and, if within fifteen days after receipt of such notice, any such Holder shall so request in writing, the Company shall include in such registration statement all or any part of such Registrable Securities such holder requests to be registered, subject to customary underwriter cutbacks applicable to all holders of registration rights and subject to the consent of any selling stockholder(s) under such registration statement.

 

7.6 The provisions of this Agreement, including the provisions of this sentence, may not be amended, modified or supplemented, and waivers or consents to departures from the provisions hereof may not be given, unless the same shall be in writing and signed by the Company and the Holders of the then outstanding Registrable Securities. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a waiver or consent to depart from the provisions hereof with respect to a matter that relates exclusively to the rights of certain Holders and that does not directly or indirectly affect the rights of other Holders may be given by Holders of at least a majority of the Registrable Securities to which such waiver or consent relates; provided, however, that the provisions of this sentence may not be amended, modified, or supplemented except in accordance with the provisions of the immediately preceding sentence.

 

7.7 Any notice or request hereunder may be given to the Company or Purchaser at the respective addresses set forth below or as may hereafter be specified in a notice designated as a change of address under this Section 7(g). Any notice or request hereunder shall be given by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, hand delivery, overnight mail or telecopy (confirmed by mail). Notices and requests shall be, in the case of those by hand delivery, deemed to have been given when delivered to any officer of the party to whom it is addressed, in the case of those by mail or overnight mail, deemed to have been given when deposited in the mail or

 

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with the overnight mail carrier, and, in the case of a telecopy, when confirmed. The address for such notices and communications shall be as follows:

 

If to the Company:

 

Transgenomic, Inc.

12325 Emmet Street

Omaha, Nebraska 68164

Attention: Chief Financial Officer

Facsimile:

 

If to a Purchaser:

 

TN Capital Equities, Ltd.

14 East 60th Street, Suite 701

New York, NY 10022

Attention: John Steinmetz

Facsimile: 212-355-6727

 

or such other address as may be designated in writing hereafter, in the same manner, by such Person.

 

7.8 This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the successors and permitted assigns of each of the parties and shall inure to the benefit of each Holder. The Company may not assign its rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of each Holder. Each Holder may assign their respective rights hereunder in the manner and to the Persons as permitted under the Notes.

 

7.9 This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which when so executed shall be deemed to be an original and, all of which taken together shall constitute one and the same Agreement. In the event that any signature is delivered by facsimile transmission, such signature shall create a valid binding obligation of the party executing (or on whose behalf such signature is executed) the same with the same force and effect as if such facsimile signature were the original thereof.

 

7.10 All questions concerning the construction, validity, enforcement and interpretation of this Agreement shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Delaware, without regard to the principles of conflicts of law thereof. Each party hereto hereby irrevocably waives personal service of process and consents to process being served in any such Proceeding by mailing a copy thereof via registered or certified mail or overnight delivery (with evidence of delivery) to such party at the address in effect for notices to it under this Agreement and agrees that such service shall constitute good and sufficient service of process and notice thereof. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to limit in any way any right to serve process in any manner permitted by law. Each party hereto hereby irrevocably waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any and all right to trial by jury in any legal proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby.

 

7.11 The remedies provided herein are cumulative and not exclusive of any remedies provided by law.

 

7.12 If any term, provision, covenant or restriction of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, void or unenforceable, the remainder of the terms, provisions, covenants and restrictions set forth herein shall remain in full force and effect and shall in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated, and the parties hereto shall use their reasonable efforts to find and employ an alternative means to achieve the same or substantially the same result as that contemplated by such term, provision, covenant or restriction. It is hereby stipulated and declared to be the intention of the parties that they would have executed the remaining terms, provisions, covenants and restrictions without including any of such that may be hereafter declared invalid, illegal, void or unenforceable.

 

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7.13 The headings in this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and shall not limit or otherwise affect the meaning hereof.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Registration Rights Agreement as of the date first written above.

 

TRANSGENOMIC, INC.

By:

 

 


Name:

   

Title:

   
TN Capital Equities Ltd.

By:

 

 


Name:

   

Title:

   

 

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