Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 14, 2012


Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)







(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation


File Number)


(IRS Employer
Identification No.)


One Kendall Square, Suite B7201

Cambridge, MA



(Address of Principal Executive Offices)


(Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (617) 441-1000



(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


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Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.


On December 14, 2012, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) received an additional term loan advance of $15.0 million (the “Second Advance”) under its Loan and Security Agreement (the “Loan Agreement”), dated as of November 8, 2012, with Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. (“Hercules”).  The Second Advance represents the final advance under the Loan Agreement and increases the aggregate principal amount under the Company’s term loan with Hercules to $40.0 million.


The term loan bears interest at an annual rate equal to the greater of 10.55% and 10.55% plus the prime rate of interest minus 5.25%, but may not exceed 12.55%.  The Loan Agreement provides for interest-only payments for twelve months and repayment of the aggregate outstanding principal balance of the loan in monthly installments starting on December 1, 2013 and continuing through May 1, 2016.  If the Company receives aggregate gross proceeds of at least $75 million in one or more transactions prior to December 1, 2013, including pursuant to a financing or collaboration, the Company may elect to extend the interest-only period by six months so that the aggregate outstanding principal balance of the loan would be repaid in monthly installments starting on June 1, 2014 and continuing through November 1, 2016.  At the Company’s option, the Company may elect to prepay all or any part of the outstanding term loan without penalty.


The material terms of the Loan Agreement were described in Item 1.01 of the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 14, 2012 and are incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.







Date:   December 17, 2012


/s/ Jeffrey A. Munsie



Jeffrey A. Munsie



Corporate Counsel and Secretary