SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA — Eargo, Inc. (Nasdaq: EAR) announced this week that Patient Square Capital has become the majority equity owner of the company. Patient Square’s equity ownership of Eargo resulted from the conversion of Patient Square’s senior secured convertible notes per its previously announced investment in June 2022 and following the recent closing of Eargo’s successful rights offering of common stock.
Patient Square now holds approximately 316.4 million shares of Eargo, or approximately 76.3% of the company’s outstanding common stock. As a result of the conversion of Patient Square’s convertible notes, Eargo currently has no debt for borrowed money outstanding. Together with the gross proceeds from subscriptions in the rights offering, Eargo raised total net proceeds of approximately $32.3 million pursuant to the rights offering, including an additional investment of $5.5 million by Patient Square and after deducting approximately $2.5 million in estimated offering-related expenses.
The company plans to use these net proceeds for working capital purposes and to fund the company’s omni-channel growth strategy.
“The ownership and support of Patient Square Capital, which we believe is one of the most well-respected investment firms in the health care industry, underscores their commitment to our long-term success and demonstrates their belief in our technology, mission and growth strategy.”
–Christian Gormsen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eargo
Nearly 45 million adults in the United States suffer from hearing loss, but only approximately 25% own hearing aids, primarily because of cost, fear of stigma or inconvenience. Eargo “has developed six generations of virtually invisible, completely-in-canal (“CIC”), FDA-regulated hearing aids that are offered direct to consumers online”.
In October of this year, FDA regulations establishing a new regulatory category of over-the-counter (“OTC”) hearing aids became effective, allowing people with mild to moderate hearing loss to buy OTC hearing aids without supervision, prescription or other order, involvement or intervention of a licensed practitioner, whether online, at retail locations or over the phone.
“Eargo’s innovative technology, established telecare infrastructure, and direct-to-consumer experience position the Company well for future growth, particularly now that the new FDA rules are increasing patient access and that the Company has a strengthened balance sheet,” said Justin Sabet-Peyman, Managing Director at Patient Square Capital. “We are excited to partner with Eargo’s talented team as the majority owner in the Company to continue executing on Eargo’s mission of improving the lives of people with hearing loss.”
**Interested readers can watch a recently conducted interview with Eargo’s CEO, Christian Gormsen, exploring the company’s approach to hearing care and how he views the future of the industry:
Eargo is a medical device company on a mission to improve hearing health. Our innovative products and go-to-market approach address the major challenges of traditional hearing aid adoption, including social stigma, accessibility and cost. We believe our Eargo hearing aids are the first virtually invisible, rechargeable, completely-in-canal, FDA-regulated, Class I or Class II exempt devices indicated to compensate for mild to moderate hearing loss. Our differentiated, consumer-first approach empowers consumers to take control of their hearing. Consumers can purchase online, at retail locations or over the phone and get personalized and convenient consultation and support from hearing professionals via phone, text, email or video chat. Eargo hearing aids are offered to consumers at approximately half the cost of competing hearing aids purchased through traditional channels in the United States.
Eargo’s sixth generation device, Eargo 6, is an FDA Class II exempt hearing device featuring Sound Adjust technology that automatically optimizes the soundscape as the user moves between environments.
About Patient Square Capital
Patient Square Capital (www.patientsquarecapital.com) is a dedicated health care investment firm that partners with best-in-class management teams whose products, services and technologies improve health. Patient Square utilizes deep industry expertise, a broad network of relationships and a true partnership approach to make investments in companies grow and thrive. Patient Square invests in businesses that strive to improve patient lives, strengthen communities, and create a healthier world. Patient Square’s team of industry-leading executives is differentiated by the depth of focus in health care, the breadth of health care investing experience, and the network it can activate to drive differentiated outcomes.