22nd Century Group Eliminates $7.7 Million of Warrant Liability

CLARENCE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE MKT:XXII) today announced that the Company entered into warrant amendments yesterday with existing warrant holders to eliminate virtually all of the Company’s “derivative warrant liability.” 22nd Century Group had previously issued certain warrants that contained anti-dilution provisions.

These anti-dilution provisions are accounted for as “derivative warrant liability” on the Company’s financial statements. “Derivative warrant liability” is not an actual cash obligation (or cash expense) and is classified and reported as a derivative liability for accounting purposes and marked-to-market at the balance sheet date, which negatively impacts the Company’s balance sheet and statement of operations. Upon the exercise of a warrant or elimination of the anti-dilution feature of a warrant, the derivative warrant liability is reduced and equity (capital in excess of par value) is increased accordingly.

As of December 31, 2013, the Company’s derivative warrant liability was approximately $3.8 million. However, as a result of the 52% appreciation of 22nd Century Group’s share price in the first quarter of 2014, the Company’s derivative warrant liability would have increased to approximately $7.7 million by the end of the first quarter 2014 if the Company and certain warrant holders did not amend the warrants containing anti-dilution provisions.

Seven out of nine non-management warrant holders agreed to eliminate the anti-dilution provisions over a total of 756,953 warrant shares in consideration for reduced exercise prices, which averaged $0.18 per warrant share. Additionally, three 22nd Century Group executive officers, the CEO, President and VP of R&D, voluntarily eliminated the anti-dilution provisions in their 3,052,961 warrant shares and declined to receive any consideration for these warrant amendments.

By foregoing the consideration offered to the non-management warrant holders, Company officers personally forfeited a total of $570,632 in value (warrant shares multiplied by reduction in exercise price). As a result of these warrant amendments, as of March 31, 2014, there are now only two Company warrants outstanding that contain an anti-dilution provision, which have a cumulative derivative warrant liability of approximately $560,000.

Joseph Pandolfino, Founder and CEO of 22nd Century Group, stated, “We are pleased that 22nd Century Group has eliminated virtually all its derivative warrant liability as we prepare to begin manufacturing and marketing our own tobacco products nationally. Our quarterly financial results will no longer be clouded by a substantial warrant liability on our balance sheet or the related expense on our statement of operations.”

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About 22nd Century Group, Inc.

22nd Century is a plant biotechnology company whose proprietary technology allows for the levels of nicotine and other nicotinic alkaloids (e.g., nornicotine, anatabine and anabasine) in the tobacco plant to be decreased or increased through genetic engineering and plant breeding. 22nd Century owns or is the exclusive licensee of 114 issued patents in 78 countries plus an additional 38 pending patent applications. Goodrich Tobacco Company, LLC and Hercules Pharmaceuticals, LLC are wholly-owned subsidiaries of 22nd Century. Goodrich Tobacco is focused on commercial tobacco products and potential less harmful cigarettes. Hercules Pharmaceuticals is focused on X-22, a prescription smoking cessation aid in development.

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Source: 22nd Century Group, Inc.