rights of omadacycline following approval of omadacycline from the FDA, EMA, or any regulatory agency, but only to the extent the Company had not previously granted such commercialization rights related to omadacycline to another third party as of any such approval. The Company also agreed to pay Novartis a 0.25% royalty, to be paid from net sales received by the Company in any country following the launch of omadacycline in that country and continuing until the later of expiration of the last active valid patent claim covering such product in the country of sale and 10 years from the date of first commercial sale in such country. The amended Novartis Letter Agreement resulted in a long-term liability in the amount of $3.6 million for the year ended March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017 included within “Other Long-Term Liabilities” on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet. There are no other payment obligations to Novartis under the Novartis Agreement or the amended Novartis Letter Agreement.
9. Capital Stock
In October 2015 and February 2017, the Company entered into Controlled Equity OfferingSM Sales Agreements, or the 2015 Sales Agreement and 2017 Sales Agreement, respectively, and collectively, the Sales Agreements, with Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., or Cantor, under which the Company could, at its discretion, from time to time sell shares of its common stock, with a sales value of up to $50 million under each Sales Agreement through Cantor. The Company provided Cantor with customary indemnification rights, and Cantor was entitled to a commission at a fixed rate of 3% of the gross proceeds per share sold. Sales of the shares under the Sales Agreements were to be made in transactions deemed to be “at the market offerings”, as defined in Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Company has sold all $50 million of shares of its common stock under the 2015 Sales Agreement. The Company received $1.8 million in proceeds, after deducting commissions of $0.1 million, from the sale of 96,308 shares of common stock, during the three months ended March 31, 2018, under the 2017 Sales Agreement. As of April 30, 2018, $0.8 million remains available for sale under the 2017 Sales Agreement.
Warrants to Purchase Common Stock
Warrants to purchase preferred stock with intrinsic value issued to HBM Healthcare Investments (Cayman) Ltd., Omega Fund III, L.P., and K/S Danish BioVenture, all beneficial owners of more than 5% of the Company’s common stock, were exchanged for 9,614 warrants to purchase common stock in connection with the Merger. These 9,614 warrants to purchase common stock have an exercise price of $0.15 per share and will, if not exercised, expire in 2021.
As described in Note 13, Long-term Debt, in connection with a Loan and Security Agreement, or the Hercules Loan Agreement, into which the Company entered with Hercules Technology II, L.P. and Hercules Technology III, L.P., together, Hercules, and certain other lenders and Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. (as agent), the Company issued to each of Hercules Technology II, L.P. and Hercules Technology III, L.P. a warrant to purchase 16,346 shares of its common stock (32,692 shares of common stock in total) at an exercise price of $24.47 per share, or the Hercules Warrants, on September 30, 2015, which expire five years from issuance or at the consummation of a Public Acquisition, as defined in each of the Hercules Warrant agreements.
As described in Note 13, Long-term Debt, in connection with the second amendment to the Hercules Loan Agreement on December 12, 2016, the Company issued to each of Hercules Technology II, L.P. and Hercules Technology III, L.P. a warrant to purchase 18,574 shares of its common stock (37,148 shares of common stock in total) at an exercise price of $13.46 per share, or the Loan Amendment Warrants. Additionally, in connection with the borrowing of the Third Tranche (as defined in Note 13, Long-term Debt) on June 27, 2017, the Company issued an additional warrant to Hercules Capital, Inc. to purchase 5,374 shares of its common stock at an exercise price of $23.26 per share, or the Additional Warrant.
The Hercules Warrants, Loan Amendment Warrants and Additional Warrant, collectively referred to as the Warrants, may be exercised on a cashless basis. The Warrants are exercisable for a term beginning on the date of issuance and ending on the earlier to occur of five years from the date of issuance or the consummation of certain acquisitions of the Company as set forth in the various agreements for the Warrants.