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July 3, 2019
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TransEnterix, Inc.
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Item 1.01    Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

Sale of AutoLap Assets
On July 3, 2019, TransEnterix, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a System Sale Agreement (the “Sale Agreement”) with Great Belief International Limited (the “Buyer”). Pursuant to the Sale Agreement, the Company sold the AutoLap laparoscopic vision system (“AutoLap”) and related assets to the Buyer for $47,000,000. The Company acquired AutoLap and its related assets from MST Medical Surgical Technologies Ltd. in October 2018. The assets include inventory, spare parts, production equipment, testing equipment and certain intellectual property specifically related to the AutoLap. In addition, the Company will enter into a cross‑license agreement with the Buyer to retain rights to use any AutoLap-related intellectual property sold to the Buyer, and to non-exclusively license additional intellectual property to the Buyer.
The purchase price is to be paid in three installments, $5,000,000 paid at the first closing on July 31, 2019, $30,00,000 paid by the purchase of 15,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at $2.00 per share (the “Shares”), to be paid by September 30, 2019, and the remaining $12,000,000 to be paid upon the transfer of the AutoLap and related assets. The final closing is anticipated to occur in November 2019. Pursuant to a Subscription Agreement executed by the parties with respect to the issuance of the Shares, upon their issuance, the Shares will be subject to a lock-up agreement between the Buyer and the Company pursuant to which the Buyer agreed, subject to certain exceptions, not to sell, transfer or otherwise convey any of the Shares for two years following the date of the second closing. The Company also agreed to provide the Buyer with registration rights for the Shares upon the expiration of the lock-up period.
The Sale Agreement contains customary representations and warranties of the parties, including consent of the Company’s Lender to the transfer of the AutoLap assets, and the parties have customary indemnification obligations, which are subject to certain limitations described further in the Sale Agreement.
The foregoing description of the Sale Agreement is only a summary and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Sale Agreement. The Company will file the Sale Agreement as an exhibit to its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ending June 30, 2019.
Amendment to Loan and Security Agreement
On May 23, 2018, the Company and its domestic subsidiaries, as co-borrowers, entered into a Loan and Security Agreement (the “Hercules Loan Agreement”) with several banks and other financial institutions or entities from time to time party to the Loan Agreement (collectively, the “Lender”) and Hercules Capital, Inc., as administrative agent and collateral agent (the “Agent”). Under the Hercules Loan Agreement, the Lender has agreed to make certain term loans to the Company in the aggregate principal amount of up to $40 million, with funding of the first $20 million tranche occurring on May 23, 2018 (the “Initial Funding Date”). On October 23, 2018, the Lender funded the second tranche of $10 million under the Hercules Loan Agreement.


Effective April 30, 2019, the Hercules Loan Agreement was amended (the “Hercules Amendment”) to eliminate the availability of the Tranche III Loan facility, add a new Tranche IV Loan facility of up to $20 million, revise certain financial covenants and make other changes. The availability of advances under the Tranche IV Loan is not milestone-based, rather the Company can request advances in minimum $5 million increments at any time during the period from July 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020, subject to the funding discretion of the Lender. The monthly trailing six month net revenue financial covenant was amended to be tested quarterly and to change the projected net revenue percentage to be met for the six months ending on the last day of each fiscal quarter. If such quarterly financial covenant is not achieved as of the last day of any fiscal quarter, as tested on the thirtieth day after quarter end, the Company must comply with the waiver conditions in the Hercules Amendment from such test date until the next quarterly test date.
In connection with the entry into the Sale Agreement with respect to the AutoLap assets, the Company commenced discussions with the Agent in order to obtain the required consent of the Agent and the Lender. In connection with obtaining such consent, the Company entered into the Consent and Second Amendment to the Loan and Security Agreement on July 10, 2019 (the “Second Amendment”). Under the Second Amendment, in consideration for the consent to the sale of, and the release of the Lender’s security interest on, the AutoLap assets, the Company will reduce its indebtedness under the Hercules Loan Agreement by repaying $15 million of the $30 million of outstanding indebtedness thereunder, without any prepayment penalties, amendment fee or acceleration of the end of term charges, and will receive adjustments to the quarterly financial covenants and related waiver conditions to reflect the decreased outstanding indebtedness. The foregoing description of the Second Amendment is only a summary of the material terms of the Second Amendment, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Second Amendment. The Company will file the Second Amendment as an exhibit to its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ending June 30, 2019.
Press Release
The press release announcing the entry into the Sale Agreement and the Second Amendment, and the transactions contemplated thereby is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated by reference herein.
Item 9.01    Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Exhibit No.     Description
99.1Press Release, issued July 10, 2019.


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, thereunto duly authorized.

Date: July 10, 2019                    /s/ Joseph P. Slattery                
Joseph P. Slattery
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Exhibit 99.1

TransEnterix, Inc. Announces Sale of AutoLap Assets
July 10, 2019 at 12:48PM ET

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- July 10, 2019-- TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE American:TRXC), a medical device company that is digitizing the interface between the surgeon and the patient to improve minimally invasive surgery, today announced the sale of certain AutoLap® image-based laparoscope positioning system (AutoLap) assets to Great Belief International Limited (GBIL), for total proceeds of $47.0 million.

The total proceeds to be paid to the Company for the AutoLap product and intellectual property assets is $17 million, payable in the amount of $5 million by July 31, 2019 and $12 million by November 30, 2019. In addition, GBIL is making an equity investment of $30.0 million in TransEnterix common stock at $2.00 per share, payable on or before September 30, 2019. As a part of the sale agreement, the Company retains ownership of the broader intellectual property portfolio it acquired from M.S.T. - Medical Surgery Technologies in October 2018, and will enter into a cross-license agreement with GBIL under which it gains a license to use the AutoLap-related IP sold, and grants GBIL a non-exclusive license to use additional IP in connection with the AutoLap. The Company has entered into an Amendment to its Loan Agreement as part of the process to obtain the consent of its Lender prior to transferring the AutoLap assets to GBIL.

“AutoLap has a track record of success with laparoscopic surgeons across a wide variety of procedures around the globe. GBIL has been a great partner for us in the past, and we believe they will be successful in bringing the benefits of the AutoLap product to the greatest number of laparoscopic surgeons worldwide," said Todd M. Pope, TransEnterix President and CEO. “This divestiture aligns with our continued focus on commercializing the Senhance Surgical System platform and progressing digital laparoscopy, while securing additional funds for our operations.”

AutoLap is an image-based scope positioning system used for traditional laparoscopic procedures. The Company acquired the AutoLap as part of the October 2018 acquisition of the assets of M.S.T. - Medical Surgical Technologies. “We see a tremendous commercial opportunity for the AutoLap System and are extremely enthusiastic to work with TransEnterix to bring this product to China along with the rest of the world,” said Rachel Wang, President of GBIL. “

About Great Belief International Limited (GBIL)
GBIL is a BVI based company dedicated in investment and asset management in the healthcare industry. Their main business revenues are from investment in the Chinese medical sector.

About TransEnterix
TransEnterix is a medical device company that is digitizing the interface between the surgeon and the patient to improve minimally invasive surgery by addressing the clinical and economic challenges associated with current laparoscopic and robotic options in today's value-based healthcare environment. The Company is focused on the commercialization of the Senhance™ Surgical System, which digitizes laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery. The system allows for robotic precision, haptic feedback, surgeon camera control via eye sensing and improved ergonomics while offering responsible economics. The Senhance Surgical System is available for sale in the US, the EU, Japan and select other countries. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes statements relating to the sale of the AutoLap assets. These statements and other statements regarding our future plans and goals constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict, are beyond our control and which may cause results to differ materially from expectations and include whether the Autolap assets divestiture allows TransEnterix to continue to focus its efforts on commercializing the Senhance System platform and progressing digital laparoscopy, and whether the consideration will be paid on the anticipated timeline. For a discussion of the risks and uncertainties associated with TransEnterix's business, please review our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, filed with the SEC on February 27, 2019 and our other filings we make with the SEC. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward looking statements, which are based on our expectations as of the date of this press release and speak only as of the origination date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For TransEnterix, Inc.
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Joanna Rice, + 1-951-751-1858