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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
SCHEDULE TO
(Rule 13e-4)
Tender Offer Statement Under Section 14(d)(1) or 13(e)(1)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
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TRICIDA, INC.
(Name of Subject Company (Issuer) and Filing Person (Offeror))
Options to Purchase Common Stock, Par Value $0.001 Per Share
(Title of Class of Securities)
89610F101
(CUSIP Number of Class of Securities)

Gerrit Klaerner
Chief Executive Officer and President
TRICIDA, INC.
7000 Shoreline Court, Suite 201
South San Francisco, California 94080
(415) 429-7800
(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person Authorized to Receive Notices and
Communications on Behalf of Filing Person)
Copies to:
Geoffrey W. Levin, Esq.
Istvan A. Hajdu, Esq.
Sidley Austin LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: (212) 839-5300
Fax: (212) 839-5599
Robert McKague
EVP, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
TRICIDA, INC.
7000 Shoreline Court, Suite 201
South San Francisco, California 94080
(415) 429-7800
CALCULATION OF FILING FEE
Transaction Valuation1
Amount of Filing Fee2
$30,550,121$3,333.02





1Estimated solely for purposes of calculating the amount of the filing fee. The calculation of the transaction valuation assumes that all stock options to purchase shares of the issuer’s common stock that may be eligible for repricing in the offer will be tendered pursuant to this offer. This calculation assumes stock options to purchase an aggregate of 1,581,144 shares of the issuer’s common stock, having an aggregate value of $30,550,121 as of July 14, 2021, calculated based on a Black-Scholes option pricing model, will be exchanged or cancelled pursuant to this offer.
2The amount of the filing fee, calculated in accordance with Rule 0-11(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, equals $109.10 per $1,000,000 of the aggregate amount of the Transaction Valuation (or 0.01091% of the aggregate Transaction Valuation). The Transaction Valuation set forth above was calculated for the sole purpose of determining the filing fee and should not be used for any other purpose.
Check the box if any part of the fee is offset as provided by Rule 0-11(a)(2) and identify the filing with which the offsetting fee was previously paid. Identify the previous filing by registration statement number, or the Form or Schedule and the date of its filing.
Amount Previously Paid:Not applicableFiling Party:Not applicable
Form or Registration No.:Not applicableDate Filed:Not applicable

Check the box if the filing relates solely to preliminary communications made before the commencement of a tender offer.
Check the appropriate boxes below to designate any transactions to which the statement relates:
third party tender offer subject to Rule 14d-1.
Issuer tender offer subject to Rule 13e-4.
going-private transaction subject to Rule 13e-3.
amendment to Schedule 13D under Rule 13d-2.
Check the following box if the filing is a final amendment reporting the results of the tender offer:
If applicable, check the appropriate box(es) below to designate the appropriate rule provision(s) relied upon:
Rule 13e-4(i) (Cross-Border Issuer Tender Offer)
Rule 14d-1(d) (Cross-Border Third-Party Tender Offer)
Item 1.Summary Term Sheet.
The information set forth under “Summary Term Sheet—Overview” and “Summary Term Sheet—Questions and Answers” in the Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options dated July 16, 2021 (the “Exchange Offer”), attached hereto as Exhibit (a)(1)(A), is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 2.Subject Company Information.
(a) Name and Address.
TRICIDA, INC., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), is the issuer of the securities subject to the Exchange Offer. The Company’s principal executive offices are located at 7000 Shoreline Court, Suite 201, South San Francisco, California 94080, and the telephone number of its principal executive offices is (415) 429-7800.




(b) Securities.
This Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO relates to an offer by the Company to certain employee optionholders, subject to specified conditions, to exchange some or all of their outstanding options to purchase shares of common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Stock”), for new options to purchase shares of the Company’s Common Stock. The Company’s named executive officers, as disclosed in the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 23, 2021, and members of the Company’s board of directors will not be eligible to participate in this offer.
An option will be eligible for exchange (an “Eligible Option”) if it was granted under the Company’s 2018 Equity Incentive Plan and has an exercise price equal to or greater than $20.00 per share. As of July 14, 2021, Eligible Options to purchase 1,581,144 shares of Common Stock were outstanding.
Pursuant to the Exchange Offer, in exchange for the tender and cancellation of Eligible Options, the Company will grant new options (each, a “New Option”) following the Expiration Time (as defined in the Exchange Offer) for a reduced number of shares of Common Stock and subject to the terms and conditions described in the Exchange Offer and in the related accompanying Election Form, the form of which is attached hereto as Exhibit (a)(1)(C).
The information set forth in the Exchange Offer under “Summary Term Sheet—Overview” and “Summary Term Sheet—Questions and Answers” and the information set forth under Section 1 (“Eligible Holders; Eligible Options; the Proposed Exchange; Expiration and Extension of the Exchange Offer”), Section 5 (“Acceptance of Eligible Options for Exchange; Grant of New Options”) and Section 7 (“Price Range of Our Common Stock”) of the Offering Memorandum for the Exchange Offer contained in the Exchange Offer (the “Offering Memorandum”) are incorporated herein by reference.
(c) Trading Market and Price.
The information set forth under Section 7 (“Price Range of Our Common Stock”) of the Offering Memorandum is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 3.Identity and Background of Filing Person.
(a) Name and Address.
The Company is both the filing person and the subject company. The information set forth under Item 2(a) above and under Section 9 (“Interests of Directors and Executive Officers; Transactions and Arrangements Concerning Our Securities”) of the Offering Memorandum are incorporated herein by reference.
The address of each executive officer and director of the Company is:
TRICIDA, INC.
7000 Shoreline Court, Suite 201
South San Francisco, California 94080




The directors and executive officers of the Company are set forth below:
Executive OfficersTitle
Gerrit Klaerner, Ph.D.Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Geoffrey M. ParkerEVP, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Dawn Parsell, Ph.D.EVP, Clinical Development
Robert McKagueEVP, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Wilhelm Stahl, Ph.D.EVP, Chief Technology Officer
Directors
Klaus Veitinger, M.D., Ph.D.Chairman of the Board
Robert J. Alpern, M.D.Director
David Bonita, M.D.Director
Sandra I. Coufal, M.D.Director
Kathryn FalbergDirector
David Hirsch, M.D., Ph.D.Director

Item 4.Terms of the Transaction.
(a) Material Terms.
The information set forth in the Exchange Offer under “Summary Term Sheet—Overview” and “Summary Term Sheet—Questions and Answers” and the information set forth in the Offering Memorandum under Section 1 (“Eligible Holders; Eligible Options; the Proposed Exchange; Expiration and Extension of the Exchange Offer”), Section 3 (“Procedures for Tendering Eligible Options”), Section 4 (“Withdrawal Rights”), Section 5 (“Acceptance of Eligible Options for Exchange; Grant of New Options”), Section 6 (“Conditions of the Exchange Offer”), Section 8 (“Information Concerning Tricida; Financial Information”), Section 10 (“Accounting Consequences of the Exchange Offer”), Section 11 (“Legal Matters; Regulatory Approvals”), Section 12 (“Material United States Tax Consequences”) and Section 13 (“Extension of the Exchange Offer; Termination; Amendment”) are incorporated herein by reference.
(b) Purchases.
The information set forth under Section 9 (“Interests of Directors and Executive Officers; Transactions and Arrangements Concerning Our Securities”) of the Offering Memorandum is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 5.Past Contacts, Transactions, Negotiations and Agreements.
(e) Agreements Involving the Subject Company’s Securities.
The information set forth under Section 9 (“Interests of Directors and Executive Officers; Transactions and Arrangements Concerning Our Securities”) of the Offering Memorandum is incorporated herein by reference. The documents incorporated herein by reference as Exhibit (d)(1) also contain information regarding agreements relating to securities of the Company.
Item 6.Purposes of the Transaction and Plans or Proposals.
(a) Purposes.
The information set forth under Section 2 (“Purpose of the Exchange Offer; Additional Considerations”) of the Offering Memorandum is incorporated herein by reference.




(b) Use of Securities Acquired.
The information set forth under Section 5 (“Acceptance of Eligible Options for Exchange; Grant of New Options”) of the Offering Memorandum is incorporated herein by reference.
(c) Plans.
The information set forth under Section 2 (“Purpose of the Exchange Offer; Additional Considerations”) of the Offering Memorandum is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 7.Source and Amount of Funds or Other Consideration.
(a) Source of Funds.
The information set forth under Section 14 (“Consideration; Fees and Expenses”) of the Offering Memorandum is incorporated herein by reference.
(b) Conditions.
The information set forth under Section 6 (“Conditions of the Exchange Offer”) of the Offering Memorandum is incorporated herein by reference.
(d) Borrowed Funds.
Not applicable.
Item 8.Interest in Securities of the Subject Company.
(a) Securities Ownership.
The information set forth under Section 9 (“Interests of Directors and Executive Officers; Transactions and Arrangements Concerning Our Securities”) of the Offering Memorandum is incorporated herein by reference.
(b) Securities Transactions.
The information set forth under Section 9 (“Interests of Directors and Executive Officers; Transactions and Arrangements Concerning Our Securities”) of the Offering Memorandum is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.Persons/Assets, Retained, Employed, Compensated or Used.
(a) Solicitations or recommendations.
Not applicable.
Item 10.Financial Statements.
(a) Financial Information.
The information set forth under Section 8 (“Information Concerning Tricida; Financial Information”), including Schedule A, and Section 15 (“Additional Information”) of the Offering Memorandum is incorporated herein by reference.
(b) Pro Forma Information.
Not applicable.




Item 11.Additional Information.
(a) Agreements, Regulatory Requirements and Legal Proceedings.
(1)
The information set forth under Section 9 (“Interests of Directors and Executive Officers; Transactions and Arrangements Concerning Our Securities”) of the Offering Memorandum is incorporated herein by reference.
(2)
The information set forth under Section 11 (“Legal Matters; Regulatory Approvals”) of the Offering Memorandum is incorporated herein by reference.
(3)Not applicable.
(4)Not applicable.
(5)Not applicable.
(c) Other Material Information.
Not applicable.
Item 12.Exhibits.
Exhibit
Number
Description
(a)(1)(A)
(a)(1)(B)
(a)(1)(C)
(a)(1)(D)
(a)(1)(E)
(a)(1)(F)
(a)(1)(G)
(a)(1)(H)
(a)(1)(I)
(a)(1)(J)
(a)(1)(K)
(b)Not applicable
(d)(1)2018 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1/A (File No. 333-225420), filed with the SEC on June 25, 2018).
(g)Not applicable
(h)Not applicable

Item 13.Information Required by Schedule 13E-3.
Not applicable.






SIGNATURES
After due inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete, and correct.
TRICIDA, INC.
By:/s/ Gerrit Klaerner
Gerrit Klaerner
Chief Executive Officer and President
Dated: July 15, 2021


Document

Exhibit (a)(1)(A)
TRICIDA, INC.
7000 SHORELINE COURT, SUITE 201
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 94080
OFFER TO EXCHANGE ELIGIBLE OPTIONS FOR NEW OPTIONS
JULY 16, 2021

TRICIDA, INC.
SUMMARY TERM SHEET — OVERVIEW
OFFER TO EXCHANGE ELIGIBLE OPTIONS FOR NEW OPTIONS
This offer and withdrawal rights will expire at 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time,
on August 12, 2021, unless extended
By this Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options (as the context requires, this document and the actions taken hereby, the “Exchange Offer”), TRICIDA, INC., which we refer to in this document as “we,” “us,” “our” or “Tricida,” is giving each Eligible Holder (as defined below) the opportunity to exchange one or more Eligible Options (as defined below) for New Options (as defined below), as discussed below and in the Offering Memorandum for the Exchange Offer beginning on page 14 (the “Offering Memorandum”).
The “Expiration Time” of the Exchange Offer is 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021. If we extend the period of time during which this Exchange Offer remains open, the term “Expiration Time” will refer to the last time and date on which this Exchange Offer expires.
You are an “Eligible Holder” if:
on the New Option Grant Date (as defined below), you are employed by Tricida (including employees who transitioned from consultant status);
you are not a “named executive officer” of Tricida (each, a “Named Executive Officer”), as set forth in Tricida’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A (File No. 001-38558) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 23, 2021; and
you are not a member of Tricida’s board of directors (the “Board”).
An “Eligible Option” is an outstanding option that:
is held by an Eligible Holder;
has an exercise price equal to or greater than $20.00 per share; and
was granted under our 2018 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2018 Plan”).
If you choose to participate in the Exchange Offer and tender Eligible Options for exchange, and if we accept your tendered Eligible Options, then we will grant you an award of stock options (each, a “New Option”) with the following terms (collectively, the “New Option Terms”):
Each New Option will have an exercise price equal to the closing price of our common stock reported on The Nasdaq Global Select Market (“Nasdaq”) on the date the New Option is granted.

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Each New Option will represent your right to purchase a number of shares of our common stock that is calculated using an exchange ratio based on the exercise price of your tendered Eligible Option. The chart below sets forth the applicable exchange ratios for outstanding Eligible Options based on the dollar range of the exercise prices of such Eligible Options.

Eligible Option Exercise Price RangeExchange Ratio
(Surrendered Eligible
Options: New Options)*
$20.00 to $29.992 to 1
$30.00 and above2.5 to 1
*Rounded up to the nearest share
Your New Options will be granted under our 2018 Plan.
Each New Option will be granted as a nonqualified stock option (“NSO”).
Each New Option will have a maximum term of seven (7) years.
To the extent any Eligible Option that you tender for exchange is partially vested as of the Expiration Time, you will receive one New Option in exchange for the vested shares underlying such Eligible Option and one New Option in exchange for the unvested shares underlying such Eligible Option.
New Options will not be vested on the grant date of the New Option. The vesting terms of your New Options will be as follows:
Each New Option granted in exchange for the vested shares underlying an Eligible Option will fully vest on the one-year anniversary following the grant date of the New Option.
Each New Option granted in exchange for the unvested shares underlying an Eligible Option will vest one-third on the one-year anniversary following the grant date of the New Option and followed by equal monthly amounts over the remaining two-year period.
As with any unvested equity award under our 2018 Plan, you must remain in continuous service with Tricida through each vesting date. Other than in connection with a qualifying termination following a change in control of Tricida, in the event that your service with Tricida terminates for any reason prior to the vesting date of any unvested portion of your New Option, such unvested portion will expire on your termination date. In the event your service with Tricida is terminated without cause within 12 months following a change in control of Tricida, your option will become fully vested as of such termination, subject to your execution and non-revocation of a waiver and release of claims and subject to the other conditions prescribed by the Company as set forth in the relevant stock option agreement for such New Options.
The commencement date of the Exchange Offer is July 16, 2021. We are making the Exchange Offer upon the terms and subject to the conditions described in the Offering Memorandum and in the related Election Form distributed with the Offering Memorandum. The Exchange Offer is voluntary with respect to each Eligible Option you hold. You are not required to participate in the Exchange Offer. If you hold more than one option grant that qualifies as an Eligible Option and elect to participate in the Exchange Offer, you will be allowed to tender for exchange as few or as many of your Eligible Option grants as you wish. Eligible Options properly tendered in this Exchange Offer and accepted by us for exchange will be cancelled, and your New Options will be granted with the New Option Terms effective promptly following the Expiration Time (such date, the “New Option Grant Date”).
See the “Risk Factors” section of this Exchange Offer beginning on page 12 for a discussion of risks and uncertainties that you should consider before agreeing to exchange your Eligible Options for New Options. You should consider, among other things, these risks and uncertainties before deciding whether to participate in the Exchange Offer.
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Shares of our common stock are quoted on Nasdaq under the symbol “TCDA.” On July 14, 2021, the closing price of our common stock as reported on Nasdaq was $3.85 per share. We recommend that you obtain current market quotations for our common stock before deciding whether to elect to participate in the Exchange Offer.
You should direct any questions about the Exchange Offer or requests for assistance (including requests for additional or paper copies of the Offering Memorandum, the Election Form, the Notice of Withdrawal or any other documents relating to the Exchange Offer) by email to optionexchange@tricida.com.

IMPORTANT
If you choose to participate in the Exchange Offer, you must properly complete and sign the accompanying Election Form and deliver the properly completed and signed Election Form to us so that we receive it before 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021 (or such later date as may apply if the Exchange Offer is extended), by the Election Form sent via DocuSign.
You are responsible for making sure that the Election Form is delivered as indicated above. You must allow for sufficient time to complete, sign and deliver your Election Form to ensure that we receive your Election Form before the Expiration Time.
You do not need to return your stock option agreements for your Eligible Options to be cancelled and exchanged in the Exchange Offer. We will provide you with a written confirmation of the cancellation of any such options along with a stock option agreement for your New Options shortly following the grant of your New Options.
Although the Board has approved the Exchange Offer, consummation of the Exchange Offer is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions described in Section 6 of the Offering Memorandum (“Conditions of the Exchange Offer”). Neither we nor the Board (or the compensation committee thereof) makes any recommendation as to whether you should participate, or refrain from participating, in the Exchange Offer. You must make your own decision whether to participate. You should consult your personal financial and tax advisors if you have questions about your financial or tax situation as it relates to the Exchange Offer.
Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of this transaction or passed upon the fairness or merits of this transaction or the accuracy or adequacy of the information contained in the Exchange Offer. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
WE HAVE NOT AUTHORIZED ANY PERSON TO MAKE ANY RECOMMENDATION ON OUR BEHALF AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOU SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE EXCHANGE OFFER. YOU SHOULD RELY ONLY ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT OR IN DOCUMENTS TO WHICH WE HAVE REFERRED YOU.
WE HAVE NOT AUTHORIZED ANYONE TO GIVE YOU ANY INFORMATION OR TO MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE EXCHANGE OFFER OTHER THAN THE INFORMATION AND REPRESENTATIONS CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT OR IN THE RELATED ELECTION FORMS. IF ANYONE MAKES ANY RECOMMENDATION OR REPRESENTATION TO YOU OR GIVES YOU ANY INFORMATION, YOU SHOULD NOT RELY UPON THAT RECOMMENDATION, REPRESENTATION OR INFORMATION AS HAVING BEEN AUTHORIZED BY TRICIDA.


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SUMMARY TERM SHEET — QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
OFFER TO EXCHANGE ELIGIBLE OPTIONS FOR NEW OPTIONS
Set forth below are answers to some of the questions that you may have about the Exchange Offer. We encourage you to carefully read the remainder of this Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options and the accompanying Election Form. Where appropriate, we have included references to the relevant sections of the Offering Memorandum where you can find a more complete description of the topics in this summary.
No.QuestionPage
Q1.Why is Tricida making the Exchange Offer?5
Q2.Who is eligible to participate in the Exchange Offer?5
Q3.Which options are subject to the Exchange Offer?5
Q4.Will the terms and conditions of my New Options be the same as my exchanged options?6
Q5.How many New Options will I receive for the Eligible Options I exchange?6
Q6.Will my New Options have an exercise or purchase price?6
Q7.When will my New Options vest?6
Q8.Do I need to exercise my New Option in order to receive shares?7
Q9.If I participate in the Exchange Offer, when will my New Options be granted?7
Q10.What happens to my New Options if I terminate my employment with Tricida?7
Q11.Must I participate in the Exchange Offer?7
Q12.How should I decide whether or not to participate in the Exchange Offer?8
Q13.How do I find out how many Eligible Options I have and what their exercise prices are?8
Q14.Can I tender for exchange stock options that I have already fully exercised?8
Q15.Can I tender for exchange the remaining unexercised portion of an Eligible Option that I have already partially exercised?9
Q16.Can I tender for exchange a portion of an Eligible Option?9
Q17.What if I am on an authorized leave of absence during the Exchange Offer?9
Q18.What happens if my employment with Tricida terminates before the Expiration Time?9
Q19.Will I owe taxes if I participate in the Exchange Offer?9
Q20.Will I owe taxes if I do not participate in the Exchange Offer?10
Q21.What will happen to my Eligible Options if I participate in the Exchange Offer?10
Q22.Is it possible for my New Options to become underwater?10
Q23.What happens to Eligible Options that I choose not to tender or that are not accepted for exchange in the Exchange Offer?10
Q24.How long do I have to decide whether to participate in the Exchange Offer?10
Q25.How do I tender my Eligible Options for exchange?10
Q26.Can I withdraw previously tendered Eligible Options?11
Q27.How will I know whether you have received my Election Form or my Notice of Withdrawal?11
Q28.What will happen if I do not return my Election Form by the deadline?11
Q29.What if I have any questions regarding the Exchange Offer?12



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Q1. Why is Tricida making the Exchange Offer?
Stock options are a critical component of our compensation philosophy, the focal point of which is to increase long-term stockholder value. We believe stock options help us achieve this objective in several important ways, including by aligning our employees’ interests with those of our stockholders; by motivating employees’ performance toward our long-term success; and by encouraging our employees who have received option grants to continue their employment with us.
The price of our common stock has significantly decreased since December 2019. As of July 14, 2021, the closing price of our common stock on Nasdaq was $3.85 per share, resulting in approximately 90% of the outstanding stock options held by our employees, other than our Named Executive Officers, being “underwater,” meaning the exercise price of each of those options is greater than our current stock price. This means that these underwater stock options may no longer be effective as incentives to motivate or retain employees holding these options.
Our Board believes that the Exchange Offer is in the best interests of our stockholders and Tricida, as we believe that new stock options granted under the Exchange Offer will provide a better incentive and motivation to employees than the underwater options they currently hold and would surrender. We believe that the receipt of new options at a lower exercise price will increase the retention of our employees, reduce the costs and disruptions associated with employee resignations and better ensure our performance as a company. As an alternative to increased cash compensation, the Exchange Offer will allow us to devote more of our cash resources toward the development and commercialization of our investigational drug candidate, veverimer. In addition, it will provide the opportunity to reduce the “overhang” of outstanding stock options, a substantial portion of which have an exercise price that is significantly greater than our current stock price. Our Board also recognizes our competition’s ability to attract and recruit top talent and views it as critical that Tricida be able to retain and motivate key employees in this way. Our Board believes that it has a responsibility to address these issues and to properly incentivize our employees.
See Section 2 of the Offering Memorandum (“Purpose of The Exchange Offer; Additional Considerations”) for more information.
Q2. Who is eligible to participate in the Exchange Offer?
Only Eligible Holders are eligible to participate in the Exchange Offer. You are an “Eligible Holder” if:
on the New Option Grant Date you are employed by Tricida (including employees who transitioned from consultant status);
you are not a Named Executive Officer; and
you are not a member of our Board.
See Section 1 of the Offering Memorandum (“Eligible Holders; Eligible Options; the Proposed Exchange; Expiration and Extension of the Exchange Offer”) for more information.
Q3. Which options are subject to the Exchange Offer?
Under the Exchange Offer, Eligible Holders will be able to elect to tender outstanding Eligible Options for exchange.
An “Eligible Option” is an outstanding option that:
is held by an Eligible Holder;
has an exercise price equal to or greater than $20.00 per share; and

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was granted under our 2018 Plan.
See Section 1 of the Offering Memorandum (“Eligible Holders; Eligible Options; the Proposed Exchange; Expiration and Extension of the Exchange Offer”) for more information.
Q4. Will the terms and conditions of my New Options be the same as my exchanged options?
No. The terms and conditions of your New Options, including the exercise price, vesting schedule, term and the potential tax treatment of your New Options, will be different than your tendered Eligible Options. In addition, your New Options will be treated as NSOs, even if all or a portion of the tendered Eligible Options were incentive stock options (“ISOs”).
Q5. How many New Options will I receive for the Eligible Options I exchange?
The number of shares to be granted to you under each New Option will be determined using an exchange ratio that takes into account the exercise price of your tendered Eligible Option. The chart below sets forth the applicable exchange ratio for outstanding Eligible Options based on the dollar range of the exercise prices of such Eligible Options.
Eligible Option Exercise Price RangeExchange Ratio
(Surrendered Eligible
Options: New Options)*
$20.00 to $29.992 to 1
$30.00 and above2.5 to 1
*Rounded up to the nearest share
To the extent any Eligible Option that you tender for exchange is partially vested as of the Expiration Time, you will receive one New Option in exchange for the vested shares underlying such Eligible Option and one New Option in exchange for the unvested shares underlying such Eligible Option.
Q6. Will my New Options have an exercise or purchase price?
Your New Options will have an exercise price equal to the closing price of our common stock as reported on Nasdaq on the date that we grant your New Options, i.e., the New Option Grant Date, which is currently expected to be Monday, August 16, 2021. Each New Option will represent your right to purchase a number of shares of our common stock that was calculated based on the applicable exchange ratio set forth above.
See Section 1 of the Offering Memorandum (“Eligible Holders; Eligible Options; the Proposed Exchange; Expiration and Extension of the Exchange Offer”) for more information and Section 7 of the Offering Memorandum (“Price Range of Our Common Stock”) for information concerning the historical prices of our common stock.
Q7. When will my New Options vest?
Each New Option granted in exchange for the vested shares underlying an Eligible Option will fully vest on the one-year anniversary following the grant date of the New Option.
Each New Option granted in exchange for the unvested shares underlying an Eligible Option will vest one-third on the one-year anniversary following the grant date of the New Option and followed by equal monthly amounts over the remaining two-year period.
As with any unvested equity award under our 2018 Plan, you must remain in continuous service with Tricida through each vesting date. Other than in connection with a qualifying termination following a change in control of
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Tricida, in the event that your service with Tricida terminates for any reason prior to the vesting date of any unvested portion of your New Option, such unvested portion shall expire on your termination date. In the event your service with Tricida is terminated without cause within 12 months following a change in control of Tricida, your option will become fully vested as of such termination, subject to your execution and non-revocation of a waiver and release of claims and subject to the other conditions prescribed by the Company as set forth in the relevant stock option agreement for such New Options.
Q8. Do I need to exercise my New Option in order to receive shares?
Yes. You will need to exercise the vested portion of your New Option and pay the purchase price to receive shares of common stock.
Q9. If I participate in the Exchange Offer, when will my New Options be granted?
Unless we amend or terminate the Exchange Offer in accordance with its terms, we will grant you New Options in exchange for Eligible Options with respect to which you properly made a valid election (and did not validly revoke that election), effective as of the New Option Grant Date, which is currently expected to be Monday, August 16, 2021. The New Options will reflect the New Option Terms.
See Section 1 of the Offering Memorandum (“Eligible Holders; Eligible Options; the Proposed Exchange; Expiration and Extension of the Exchange Offer”) for more information.
Q10. What happens to my New Options if I terminate my employment with Tricida?
Vesting of your New Options will cease upon termination of your service with Tricida. Your unvested New Options will be forfeited to us.
In general, pursuant to the 2018 Plan, the vested portion of your New Options may be exercised until three months following termination of your service with Tricida unless (i) your employment is terminated by reason of your death or you die within three months following your termination for any reason other than for cause, in which case the New Option may be exercised (to the extent vested on the effective date of such termination of employment) until and including the earlier to occur of (A) 18 months after the date of such termination and (B) the expiration date of the New Option, (ii) your employment is terminated by reason of your disability, in which case the New Option may be exercised (to the extent vested on the effective date of such termination of employment) until and including the earlier to occur of (A) 12 months after the date of such termination and (B) the expiration date of the New Option, or (iii) you are terminated for cause, in which case the New Option will cease to be exercisable immediately upon your termination.
Nothing in the Exchange Offer should be construed to confer upon you the right to remain employed by Tricida. The terms of your employment with Tricida remain unchanged. We cannot guarantee or provide you with any assurance that you will not be subject to involuntary termination or that you will otherwise remain employed by Tricida until the expiration of the Exchange Offer, the New Option Grant Date or thereafter during the vesting period of the New Options. In addition, we cannot provide any assurance that your employment with Tricida will continue past the vesting date of any New Option issued in exchange for an Eligible Option that would have been vested and exercisable as of your termination date had the Eligible Option not been exchanged for a New Option.
See Section 1 of the Offering Memorandum (“Eligible Holders; Eligible Options; the Proposed Exchange; Expiration and Extension of the Exchange Offer”) and Section 5 of the Offering Memorandum (“Acceptance of Eligible Options for Exchange; Grant of New Options”) for more information.
Q11. Must I participate in the Exchange Offer?
No. Participation in the Exchange Offer is voluntary and no response to the Exchange Offer is required. However, if (1) any of your Eligible Options are currently treated as ISOs, (2) we extend the Exchange Offer beyond the original Expiration Time of Thursday, August 12, 2021, and it remains outstanding for more than 29 days, and (3) you do not reject this Exchange Offer within the first 29 days in which it is outstanding (that is, by Friday, August 13, 2021),
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then your Eligible Options may cease to be treated as ISOs as of Friday, August 13, 2021. If the fair market value of our common stock as of the Expiration Time is less than the exercise price currently in effect for your Eligible Options, the Board can take action to “retest” your Eligible Options to determine if they can again be treated as ISOs. However, even if they can again be treated as ISOs, your holding period under your Eligible Options (as further described below in the section called “Taxation of Incentive Stock Options”) will start over on the Expiration Time. Therefore, if we extend the Exchange Offer beyond the original Expiration Time on Thursday, August 12, 2021 and it remains outstanding for more than 29 days, and you wish to avoid the possible impact on your ISO status, you must reject this Exchange Offer by completing and submitting the Election Form on or prior to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, August 13, 2021.
If you hold more than one option grant under our 2018 Plan that qualifies as an Eligible Option and would like to participate in the Exchange Offer, you will be allowed to elect to tender for exchange as few or as many of your Eligible Option grants as you wish. If you choose not to participate in the Exchange Offer, then your Eligible Options will remain outstanding and subject to their current terms and the limitations noted above.
Q12. How should I decide whether or not to participate in the Exchange Offer?
We are providing substantial information to assist you in making your own informed decision. Please read all the information contained in the various sections of the Offering Memorandum below, including the information in Section 2 (“Purpose of The Exchange Offer; Additional Considerations”), Section 7 (“Price Range of Our Common Stock”), Section 8 (“Information Concerning Tricida; Financial Information”), Section 9 (“Interests of Directors and Executive Officers; Transactions and Arrangements Concerning Our Securities”), Section 12 (“Material United States Tax Consequences”) and Section 15 (“Additional Information”) of the Offering Memorandum. You should seek further advice from your legal counsel, accountant and financial advisor. Participation in the Exchange Offer is entirely your decision and should be made based on your personal circumstances. No one from Tricida is, or will be, authorized to provide you with legal, tax, financial or other advice or recommendations regarding whether you should participate in the Exchange Offer.
In addition to reviewing the materials provided, please note the following:
The Exchange Offer is not a one-for-one exchange. Any New Options you receive will be exercisable for fewer shares than your Eligible Options, based on the applicable exchange ratio.
Options provide value upon exercise only if the price of our common stock increases after the grant date. Also, because the exchange ratios for the option exchange are not one-for-one, it is possible that, at some point in the future, Eligible Options you choose to exchange could be economically more valuable than the New Options you receive pursuant to the Exchange Offer.
New Options granted in the Exchange Offer will be subject to new, longer vesting schedules, even if the Eligible Options you exchange are fully vested at the time of the exchange.
New Options granted in the Exchange Offer will have a maximum term of seven (7) years, even if the Eligible Options you exchange have a longer term.
You should carefully consider the potential tax consequences of your exchange of Eligible Options for New Options.
Please also review the “Risk Factors” that appear on page 12.
Q13. How do I find out how many Eligible Options I have and what their exercise prices are?
The Election Form distributed along with the Exchange Offer includes a list of your Eligible Options as of July 16, 2021. At any time during the Exchange Offer, you may review your grants in E*TRADE or contact us via email at optionexchange@tricida.com to confirm the number of option grants that you have and the grant dates, remaining term, exercise prices, vesting schedule and other information regarding such option grants.
Q14. Can I tender for exchange stock options that I have already fully exercised?
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No. The Exchange Offer applies only to outstanding Eligible Options. An option that has been fully exercised is no longer outstanding and is therefore not an Eligible Option.
Q15. Can I tender for exchange the remaining unexercised portion of an Eligible Option that I have already partially exercised?
Yes. If you exercised an Eligible Option in part before the Expiration Time, the remaining unexercised portion of the Eligible Option can be tendered for exchange in the Exchange Offer.
See Section 3 of the Offering Memorandum (“Procedures for Tendering Eligible Options”) for more information.
Q16. Can I tender for exchange a portion of an Eligible Option?
Partial exchange of an Eligible Option grant will be permitted. If you elect to tender an Eligible Option for exchange, you may tender all or any portion of that Eligible Option. In addition, you may elect to tender as few or as many of your Eligible Option grants as you wish.
See Section 3 of the Offering Memorandum (“Procedures for Tendering Eligible Options”) for more information.
Q17. What if I am on an authorized leave of absence during the Exchange Offer?
Any Eligible Holder who is on an authorized leave of absence will be eligible to participate in the Exchange Offer.
See Section 1 of the Offering Memorandum (“Eligible Holders; Eligible Options; the Proposed Exchange; Expiration and Extension of the Exchange Offer”) for more information.
Q18. What happens if my employment with Tricida terminates before the Expiration Time?
If you have tendered Eligible Options under the Exchange Offer and your employment with Tricida terminates for any reason prior to the New Option Grant Date, you will no longer be eligible to participate in the Exchange Offer. Accordingly, we will not accept your Eligible Options for exchange, and you will not be eligible to receive New Options. In such a case, you may be able to exercise the vested portion of your existing Eligible Options for a limited time after your termination date, subject to and in accordance with their original terms.
Nothing in the Exchange Offer should be construed to confer upon you the right to remain an employee or other service provider of Tricida. The terms of your employment with Tricida remain unchanged. We cannot guarantee or provide you with any assurance that you will not be subject to involuntary termination or that you will otherwise remain in our service until the Expiration Time, the New Option Grant Date or thereafter. In addition, we cannot provide any assurance that your employment with Tricida will continue past the vesting date of any New Option granted in exchange for an Eligible Option that would have been vested and exercisable as of your termination date had the Eligible Option not been exchanged for a New Option.
See Section 1 (“Eligible Holders; Eligible Options; the Proposed Exchange; Expiration and Extension of the Exchange Offer”) and Section 5 (“Acceptance of Eligible Options for Exchange; Grant of New Options”) of the Offering Memorandum for more information.
Q19. Will I owe taxes if I participate in the Exchange Offer?
Neither the acceptance of your Eligible Options for exchange nor the grant of any New Options will be a taxable event for U.S. federal income tax purposes.
You should consult with your tax advisor to determine the personal tax consequences of participating in the Exchange Offer. If you are an Eligible Holder who is subject to the tax laws of a country other than the United States or of more than one country, you should be aware that there may be additional or different tax consequences that may apply to you. We advise all Eligible Holders who may consider tendering their Eligible Options for
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exchange to consult with their own tax advisors with respect to the federal, state, local and foreign tax consequences of participating in the Exchange Offer.
See Section 12 of the Offering Memorandum (“Material United States Tax Consequences”) for more information regarding the tax aspects of the Exchange Offer.
Q20. Will I owe taxes if I do not participate in the Exchange Offer?
In general, your rejection of the Exchange Offer will not be a taxable event for U.S. federal income tax purposes.
See Section 12 of the Offering Memorandum (“Material United States Tax Consequences”) for more information.
Q21. What will happen to my Eligible Options if I participate in the Exchange Offer?
We will cancel all Eligible Options tendered by you and accepted by Tricida for exchange in the Exchange Offer.
Q22. Is it possible for my New Options to be or become underwater?
Yes. The New Options will have an exercise price equal to the closing price of our common stock reported on Nasdaq on the New Option Grant Date. If the price of our common stock reported on Nasdaq falls below this exercise price at any time after the New Option Grant Date, then your New Options will be underwater.
Q23. What happens to Eligible Options that I choose not to tender or that are not accepted for exchange in the Exchange Offer?
Generally, there will be no impact to Eligible Options that you choose not to tender for exchange prior to the original Expiration Time.
We will not accept for exchange any options that are tendered that do not qualify as Eligible Options. If you tender an option that is not accepted for exchange, we will send you a separate email following the Expiration Time notifying you that your tendered option was not accepted for exchange.
Q24. How long do I have to decide whether to participate in the Exchange Offer?
The Exchange Offer expires at 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021 (or such later date as may apply if the Exchange Offer is extended). We will not make any exceptions to this deadline. However, although we do not currently intend to do so, we may, in our sole discretion, extend the expiration date of the Exchange Offer at any time. If we extend the Exchange Offer, we will publicly announce the extension and the new expiration date no later than 6:00 a.m., Pacific Time, on the next business day after the last previously scheduled or announced expiration date.
See Section 13 of the Offering Memorandum (“Extension of Exchange Offer; Termination; Amendment”) for more information.
Q25. How do I tender my Eligible Options for exchange?
If you are an Eligible Holder, you may tender your Eligible Options for exchange at any time before the Exchange Offer expires at 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021 (or such later date as may apply if the Exchange Offer is extended).
To validly tender your Eligible Options, you must deliver a properly completed and signed Election Form, and any other documents required by the Election Form via DocuSign.
You do not need to return your stock option agreements relating to any tendered Eligible Options as they will be automatically cancelled effective as of the New Option Grant Date if we accept your Eligible Options for exchange. We will separately provide to you the grant documents relating to your New Options for your acceptance through E*TRADE following the New Option Grant Date.
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Your Eligible Options will not be considered tendered until we receive your properly completed and signed Election Form. We must receive your properly completed and signed Election Form before 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021 (or such later date as may apply if the Exchange Offer is extended). If you miss this deadline, you will not be permitted to participate in the Exchange Offer.
We will accept delivery of the signed Election Form only via DocuSign. You are responsible for making sure that the Election Form is submitted via DocuSign. You must allow for sufficient time to complete and deliver your Election Form to ensure that we receive your Election Form before the Expiration Time.
We reserve the right to reject any or all tenders of Eligible Options that we determine are not in appropriate form or that we determine would be unlawful to accept. Subject to our rights to extend, terminate and amend the Exchange Offer, we expect to accept all properly tendered Eligible Options on Thursday, August 12, 2021 following the Expiration Time.
See Section 3 of the Offering Memorandum (“Procedures for Tendering Eligible Options”) for more information.
Q26. Can I withdraw previously tendered Eligible Options?
Yes. You may withdraw your tendered Eligible Options at any time before the Exchange Offer expires at 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021 (or such later date as may apply if the Exchange Offer is extended).
To withdraw tendered Eligible Options, you must deliver to us a properly completed and signed Notice of Withdrawal of Election Form (a “Notice of Withdrawal”) with the required information prior to the Expiration Time. The Notice of Withdrawal must be delivered by email (by PDF or similar imaged document file) to optionexchange@tricida.com.
If you miss the deadline to withdraw but remain an Eligible Holder, any previously tendered Eligible Options will be exchanged pursuant to the Exchange Offer. You may change your mind as many times as you wish, but you will be bound by the last properly submitted Election Form or Notice of Withdrawal that we receive before the Expiration Time.
You are responsible for making sure that you properly submit a Notice of Withdrawal for any tendered Eligible Option that you wish to subsequently withdraw. You must allow sufficient time to complete, sign and deliver your Notice of Withdrawal to ensure that we receive it before the Expiration Time.
Once you have withdrawn Eligible Options, you may re-tender such Eligible Options by submitting a new Election Form and following the procedures for validly tendering Eligible Options in the Exchange Offer described in Question 25 above.
See Section 4 of the Offering Memorandum (“Withdrawal Rights”) for more information.
Q27. How will I know whether you have received my Election Form or my Notice of Withdrawal?
We will send you an email or other form of communication, as appropriate, to confirm receipt of your Election Form or Notice of Withdrawal, as applicable, shortly after we receive it. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive your Election Form or Notice of Withdrawal, as applicable, prior to the Expiration Time.
See Section 3 of the Offering Memorandum (“Procedures for Tendering Eligible Options”) for more information.
Q28. What will happen if I do not return my Election Form by the deadline?
If we do not receive an Election Form from you by the Expiration Time, then all of your Eligible Options will remain outstanding at their original exercise price and subject to their original terms. If you prefer not to tender any of your Eligible Options for exchange in the Exchange Offer, you do not need to do anything. However, if we extend the Exchange Offer beyond the original Expiration Time on Thursday, August 12, 2021 and it remains outstanding for more than 29 days, and you wish to avoid the possible impact on the ISO status of any of your
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Eligible Options, you must reject this Exchange Offer by completing and submitting the Election Form on or prior to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, August 13, 2021.
See Section 3 of the Offering Memorandum (“Procedures for Tendering Eligible Options”) for more information.
Q29. What if I have any questions regarding the Exchange Offer?
You should direct questions about the Exchange Offer (including requests for additional or paper copies of the Exchange Offer and other Exchange Offer documents which we will promptly furnish to you at our expense) by email to optionexchange@tricida.com.

RISK FACTORS
Participation in the Exchange Offer involves a number of potential risks and uncertainties, including those described below. You should consider, among other things, these risks and uncertainties before deciding whether or not to request that we exchange your Eligible Options in the manner described in the Exchange Offer. You should carefully review the risk factors set forth below and those contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and in our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), as well as the other information provided in the Exchange Offer and the other materials that we have filed with the SEC, before making a decision as to whether or not to tender your Eligible Options. See Section 15 of the Offering Memorandum (“Additional Information”) for more information regarding reports we file with the SEC and how to obtain copies of or otherwise review these reports.
Risks Related to the Exchange Offer
Your cancelled Eligible Options may be worth more than the New Options that you receive in exchange.
Because the number of shares issuable to you upon exercise of your New Options will be fewer than the number of shares issuable to you upon exercise of your Eligible Options, it is possible that, at some point in the future, due to potential increases in our stock price, those Eligible Options would have been more economically valuable than the New Options granted pursuant to the Exchange Offer.
Your cancelled Eligible Options may have a term that expires later than the term of the New Options that you receive in exchange for them.
Because your New Options could expire on a date earlier than your cancelled Eligible Options are currently set to expire, you may not have the same amount of time to benefit from any appreciation in our stock price.
If your service with Tricida terminates before your New Options vest, you will not be able to receive value for your unvested New Options, but you may have been able to receive value for the Eligible Options you exchanged for the New Options.
The New Options will be subject to a new vesting schedule that differs from the vesting schedules of the Eligible Options that you exchange. Accordingly, if your service with Tricida terminates after you exchange your Eligible Options for New Options, you may not be able to realize as much value from your New Options as you could have realized from the Eligible Options you exchanged. For example, if you do not exchange your vested Eligible Options for New Options, and your service with Tricida terminates, if our stock price increases above the exercise price per share of your vested Eligible Options, you would still be able to exercise and sell the underlying shares of common stock for these vested Eligible Options at a gain. However, if you exchange your vested Eligible Options for New Options, and your service with Tricida terminates after you receive New Options but before such New Options have vested and can be exercised, you will receive no value from the unvested portion of the New Options if our stock price increases.
You may incur additional taxes in connection with the exercise of the New Options for U.S. tax purposes.
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For more detailed information regarding the tax treatment of stock options, including ISOs and NSOs, see Section 12 of the Offering Memorandum (“Material United States Tax Consequences”).
























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OFFERING MEMORANDUM
OFFER TO EXCHANGE ELIGIBLE OPTIONS FOR NEW OPTIONS
Table of Contents
Page
Section 1. Eligible Holders; Eligible Options; the Proposed Exchange; Expiration and Extension of the Exchange Offer15
Section 2. Purpose of the Exchange Offer; Additional Considerations17
Section 3. Procedures for Tendering Eligible Options19
Section 4. Withdrawal Rights20
Section 5. Acceptance of Eligible Options for Exchange; Grant of New Options21
Section 6. Conditions of the Exchange Offer21
Section 7. Price Range of Our Common Stock23
Section 8. Information Concerning Tricida; Financial Information24
Section 9. Interests of Directors and Executive Officers; Transactions and Arrangements Concerning Our Securities24
Section 10. Accounting Consequences of the Exchange Offer25
Section 11. Legal Matters; Regulatory Approvals25
Section 12. Material United States Tax Consequences25
Section 13. Extension of the Exchange Offer; Termination; Amendment27
Section 14. Consideration; Fees and Expenses27
Section 15. Additional Information28
Section 16. Miscellaneous28
Schedule A: Selected Financial Data29






















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OFFERING MEMORANDUM
OFFER TO EXCHANGE ELIGIBLE OPTIONS FOR NEW OPTIONS
Section 1. Eligible Holders; Eligible Options; the Proposed Exchange; Expiration and Extension of the Exchange Offer.
TRICIDA, INC. (“Tricida,” “we,” “us” or “our”) is offering eligible employees the opportunity to exchange certain outstanding stock options for replacement stock options with modified terms. As described in this Section 1 of this Offering Memorandum—Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options (this “Offering Memorandum”), Eligible Options that are validly tendered prior to the Expiration Time will be exchanged for New Options in exchange for an Eligible Holder’s agreement to accept fewer shares, a revised vesting schedule, a new option term and the tax treatment of the New Options. Each capitalized term that is used in this paragraph without being defined has the meaning set forth below.
We are making the offer on the terms and subject to the conditions described in this Offering Memorandum, as they may be amended from time to time, and these terms and conditions constitute the “Exchange Offer.” The Exchange Offer is not conditioned on the acceptance of the Exchange Offer by a minimum number of optionholders or the tender of elections to exchange options covering a minimum number of shares.
Eligible Holders
All individuals who hold Eligible Options and who, as of the date the Exchange Offer commences and as of the New Option Grant Date (as defined below), are current employees of Tricida, except for our Named Executive Officers (as defined below), may participate in the Exchange Offer (the “Eligible Holders”). To be an Eligible Holder, you must continue to be employed by Tricida (including employees who transitioned from consultant status) on the New Option Grant Date.
You will not be eligible to tender Eligible Options for exchange in the Exchange Offer if you cease to be an Eligible Holder for any reason prior to or as of the New Option Grant Date, including due to your voluntary resignation, retirement, involuntary termination, layoff, death or disability. An individual who is on an authorized leave of absence and is otherwise an Eligible Holder on the New Option Grant Date will be eligible to tender Eligible Options in the Exchange Offer. A leave of absence is considered “authorized” if it was approved in accordance with Tricida’s policies.
Your employment with Tricida will remain at will, regardless of your participation in the Exchange Offer, and can be terminated by you or Tricida at any time. Nothing in the Exchange Offer should be construed to confer upon you the right to remain employed by or otherwise in a service relationship with Tricida. The terms of your employment with Tricida remain unchanged. We cannot guarantee or provide you with any assurance that you will not be subject to involuntary termination or that you will otherwise remain employed by or in a service relationship with Tricida until the New Option Grant Date or any vesting date of your New Options in the future.
Tricida’s named executive officers (each, a “Named Executive Officer”) set forth in Tricida’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A (File No. 001-38558), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 23, 2021 (the “Proxy Statement”) are not eligible to participate in the Exchange Offer. Our Named Executive Officers are Gerrit Klaerner, Geoffrey Parker, Dawn Parsell, Robert McKague, Wilhelm Stahl and Susannah Cantrell. In addition, none of the members of our board of directors (our “Board”) is eligible to participate in the Exchange Offer.
Eligible Options
An “Eligible Option” is an outstanding option that:
is held by an Eligible Holder;
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has an exercise price equal to or greater than $20.00 per share; and
was granted under our 2018 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2018 Plan”).
The Proposed Exchange
If you choose to participate in the Exchange Offer and tender Eligible Options for exchange, and if we accept your tendered Eligible Options, then we will grant you new options (each, a “New Option”) with the following terms (collectively, the “New Option Terms”):
Each New Option will have an exercise price equal to the closing price of our common stock reported on The Nasdaq Global Select Market (“Nasdaq”) on the date the New Option is granted (the “New Exercise Price”).
Each New Option will represent your right to purchase a number of shares of our common stock that is calculated using an exchange ratio based on the exercise price of your tendered Eligible Option. The chart below sets forth the applicable exchange ratios for outstanding Eligible Options based on the dollar range of the exercise prices of such Eligible Options.
Eligible Option Exercise Price RangeExchange Ratio
(Surrendered Eligible
Options: New Options)*
$20.00 to $29.992 to 1
$30.00 and above2.5 to 1
*Rounded up to the nearest share
Your New Options will be granted under our 2018 Plan.
Each New Option will be granted as a nonqualified stock option (“NSO”).
Each New Option will have a maximum term of seven (7) years.
To the extent any Eligible Option that you tender for exchange is partially vested as of the Expiration Time, you will receive one New Option in exchange for the vested shares underlying such Eligible Option and one New Option in exchange for the unvested shares underlying such Eligible Option.
The vesting terms of your New Options will be as follows:
Each New Option granted in exchange for the vested shares underlying an Eligible Option will fully vest on the one-year anniversary following the grant date of the New Option.
Each New Option granted in exchange for the unvested shares underlying an Eligible Option will vest one-third on the one-year anniversary following the grant date of the New Option and followed by equal monthly amounts over the remaining two-year period.
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As with any unvested equity award under our 2018 Plan, you must remain in continuous service with Tricida through each vesting date. Other than in connection with a qualifying termination following a change in control of Tricida, in the event that your service with Tricida terminates for any reason prior to the vesting date of any unvested portion of your New Option, such unvested portion shall expire on your termination date. In the event your service with Tricida is terminated without cause within 12 months following a change in control of Tricida, your option will become fully vested as of such termination, subject to your execution and non-revocation of a waiver and release of claims and subject to the other conditions prescribed by the Company as set forth in the relevant stock option agreement for such New Options.
You are not required to participate in the Exchange Offer. If you hold more than one option grant that qualifies as an Eligible Option and elect to participate in the Exchange Offer, you will be allowed to tender for exchange as few or as many of your Eligible Option grants as you wish. Eligible Options properly tendered in this Exchange Offer and accepted by Tricida for exchange will be cancelled and your New Options will be granted with the New Option Terms effective on a date on or promptly following the Expiration Time (such date, the “New Option Grant Date”).
Expiration and Extension of the Exchange Offer
The Exchange Offer is scheduled to expire at 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021, unless we, in our sole discretion, extend the expiration date of the Exchange Offer (such time and date referred to herein as the “Expiration Time”). See Section 13 (“Extension of Exchange Offer; Termination; Amendment”) for a description of our rights to extend, terminate and amend the Exchange Offer.
If you do not elect to tender your Eligible Options before the Expiration Time, such Eligible Options will remain subject to their current terms, including the current exercise prices and vesting schedules.
Section 2. Purpose of the Exchange Offer; Additional Considerations.
Stock options are a critical component of our compensation philosophy, the focal point of which is to increase long-term stockholder value. Our Board believes that the Exchange Offer is in the best interests of our stockholders and the Company, as we believe that New Options granted under the Exchange Offer will provide a better incentive and motivation to employees than the underwater options they currently hold and would surrender. We believe that the receipt of New Options at a lower exercise price will increase the retention of our employees, reduce the costs and disruptions associated with employee resignations and better ensure our performance as a company. Rather than providing increased cash compensation to our employees, the Exchange Offer will allow us to devote more of our cash resources toward the development and commercialization of our investigational drug candidate, veverimer. In addition, it will provide the opportunity to reduce the “overhang” of outstanding stock options, many of which are well out of the money.
We evaluated several alternatives to the Exchange Offer in order to remain competitive within our industry and with our employees, including granting additional stock options or restricted stock unit awards, exchanging underwater options for full value shares or exchanging underwater options for a cash payment. While equity awards and cash compensation are part of our overall compensation packages, we believe that relying exclusively on such forms of compensation is not an ideal use of our resources. For example, granting additional stock options or restricted stock unit awards would cause dilution to our current stockholders, and increasing cash compensation would reduce the cash resources we can devote to our research and development programs. Accordingly, we determined that the Exchange Offer was the most attractive alternative for stockholders.
The price of our common stock has significantly decreased over the last few years. As of July 14, 2021, approximately 90% of the outstanding stock options held by our employees, excluding our Named Executive Officers, are “underwater,” meaning the exercise price of those options is greater than our current stock price. This means that a substantial portion of these stock options may have little or no perceived value to our employees who hold them and therefore may no longer be effective as incentives to motivate or retain these individuals.
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We designed the Exchange Offer to restore equity value, increase retention and motivation in a competitive labor market, provide non-cash compensation incentives and better align our employee and stockholder interests for long-term growth. We believe that underwater stock option awards are of limited benefit in motivating and retaining our employees. Through the Exchange Offer, we believe that we will be able to enhance long-term stockholder value by increasing our ability to retain experienced employees and by better aligning the interests of these individuals with the interests of our stockholders. Because many of our employees’ stock options are underwater (and for a large number of employees, significantly so), we may face a considerable challenge in retaining these employees, and there is a possibility that our competitors may be able to offer equity incentives or other forms of compensation that are more attractive and that, in some cases, could make the terms of employment at a new employer more attractive than what we offer to our existing employees. The Exchange Offer is designed to address these concerns as well as improve morale among our employees generally and reinvigorate a culture where equity compensation is a key component of our overall compensation package.
In deciding whether to tender one or more Eligible Options pursuant to the Exchange Offer, you should know that we continually evaluate and explore strategic opportunities as they arise. At any given time, we may be engaged in discussions or negotiations with respect to one or more corporate transactions of the type described below. We also grant equity awards in the ordinary course of business to our directors and our current and new employees, including our executive officers. Our directors and employees, including our executive officers, from time to time may acquire or dispose of our securities. We may from time to time repurchase our own outstanding securities after we have announced any decision by the Board to authorize us to do so, in accordance with applicable securities laws. In addition, we may pursue opportunities to raise additional capital through the issuance of equity or convertible debt securities. If this occurs, the percentage ownership of our stockholders could be significantly diluted, and these newly-issued securities may have rights, preferences or privileges senior to those of existing stockholders. We cannot assure you that additional financing will be available on terms favorable to Tricida, or at all.
Subject to the foregoing and except as otherwise disclosed in the Exchange Offer or in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), we currently have no plans, proposals or negotiations that relate to or would result in:
any extraordinary corporate transaction, such as a material merger, reorganization or liquidation, involving Tricida;
any purchase, sale or transfer of a material amount of our assets;
any material change in our present dividend policy or our indebtedness or capitalization;
any material change in our Board or executive management team, excluding any plans to fill any existing vacancies on the Board or executive management team;
any other material change in our corporate structure or business;
our common stock not being traded on a national securities exchange;
our common stock becoming eligible for termination of registration pursuant to Section 12(g)(4) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”);
the suspension of our obligation to file reports pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act;
the acquisition by any person of any of our securities or the disposition of any of our securities, other than in the ordinary course of business or pursuant to existing options or other rights; or
any change in our certificate of incorporation or bylaws, or any actions that may impede the acquisition of control of us by any person.
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WE DO NOT MAKE ANY RECOMMENDATION AS TO WHETHER YOU SHOULD TENDER YOUR ELIGIBLE OPTIONS, NOR HAVE WE AUTHORIZED ANY PERSON TO MAKE ANY SUCH RECOMMENDATION. YOU SHOULD EVALUATE CAREFULLY ALL OF THE INFORMATION IN THE EXCHANGE OFFER AND CONSULT YOUR OWN FINANCIAL AND TAX ADVISORS. YOU MUST MAKE YOUR OWN DECISION WHETHER TO TENDER YOUR ELIGIBLE OPTIONS FOR EXCHANGE.
Section 3. Procedures for Tendering Eligible Options.
If you wish to tender your Eligible Options for exchange, you must properly complete and sign the accompanying Election Form and deliver the properly completed and signed document to us so that we receive it before the Expiration Time via DocuSign.
Except as described in the following sentence, the Election Form must be signed by the Eligible Holder who holds the Eligible Options to be tendered using the same name for such Eligible Holder as appears on the applicable stock option agreement. If the signature is by an attorney-in-fact or another person acting in a fiduciary or representative capacity, the signer’s full title and proper evidence of the authority of such person to act in such capacity must be identified on the Election Form.
Your Eligible Options will not be considered tendered until we receive the properly completed and signed Election Form. We must receive your properly completed and signed Election Form before the Expiration Time. If you miss this deadline or submit an Election Form that is not properly completed as of the deadline, you will not be permitted to participate in the Exchange Offer.
We will accept delivery of the signed Election Form only via DocuSign. You are responsible for making sure that the Election Form is delivered via DocuSign. You must allow for sufficient time to complete and deliver your Election Form to ensure that we receive your Election Form before the Expiration Time.
You do not need to return your stock option agreements relating to any tendered Eligible Options, as they will be automatically cancelled in exchange for New Options if we accept your Eligible Options for exchange.
Determination of Validity; Rejection of Eligible Options; Waiver of Defects; No Obligation to Give Notice of Defects.
To validly tender your Eligible Options pursuant to the Exchange Offer, you must remain an Eligible Holder through the New Option Grant Date and your employment with us must not have terminated for any other reason, including due to your voluntary resignation, retirement, involuntary termination, layoff, death or disability, prior to or as of the New Option Grant Date.
If you hold multiple option grants that each qualify as an Eligible Option and elect to participate in the Exchange Offer, you will be able to elect to tender as few or as many of your Eligible Option grants as you wish. In addition, if you tender an Eligible Option, you may tender all or any portion of that Eligible Option.
We will determine all questions as to form of documents and the validity, eligibility, time of receipt and acceptance of any tender of Eligible Options. Neither Tricida nor any other person is obligated to give notice of any defects or irregularities in tenders. No tender of Eligible Options will be deemed to have been properly made until all defects or irregularities have been cured by the tendering Eligible Holder or waived by Tricida. Subject to any order or decision by a court or arbitrator of competent jurisdiction, our determination of these matters will be final and binding on all parties.
The Exchange Offer is a one-time offer, and we will strictly enforce the offer period, subject only to any extension of the Expiration Time that we may grant in our sole discretion. Subject to Rule 13e-4 under the Exchange Act, we also reserve the right to waive any of the conditions of the Exchange Offer or any defect or irregularity in any tender with respect to any particular Eligible Option or any particular Eligible Holder.
Our Acceptance Constitutes an Agreement.
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Your tender of Eligible Options pursuant to the procedures described above constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions of the Exchange Offer and will be controlling, absolute and final, subject to your withdrawal rights under Section 4 (“Withdrawal Rights”) and our acceptance of your tendered Eligible Options in accordance with Section 5 (“Acceptance of Eligible Options for Exchange; Grant of New Options”). Our acceptance for exchange of Eligible Options that you tender pursuant to the Exchange Offer will constitute a binding agreement between Tricida and you upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Exchange Offer.
Subject to our rights to terminate and amend the Exchange Offer in accordance with Section 6 (“Conditions of the Exchange Offer”), and as described in Section 1 of this Offering Memorandum, on the New Option Grant Date, we expect to accept for exchange all properly tendered Eligible Options that have not been validly withdrawn by the Expiration Time, and we expect to cancel the Eligible Options that we accept in exchange for the grant of New Options with the New Option Terms. We expect the New Option Grant Date to occur on or promptly following the Expiration Time. However, if the exercise price of your New Options would be above the exercise price of your Eligible Option tendered in the Exchange Offer, we will not accept your tendered awards and they will not be exchanged. If the Expiration Time is extended, then the New Option Grant Date will be similarly extended.
Section 4. Withdrawal Rights.
If you elect to accept the Exchange Offer with respect to some or all of your Eligible Options and later change your mind, you may withdraw any tendered Eligible Options by following the procedure described in this Section 4. Just as you may tender all or any part of an Eligible Option grant, you also may withdraw your election with respect to all or any part of an Eligible Option grant.
We will permit any Eligible Options tendered in the Exchange Offer to be withdrawn at any time during the period the Exchange Offer remains open. Please note that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Exchange Offer, we expect to accept for exchange all Eligible Options properly tendered and not validly withdrawn by the Expiration Time.
To validly withdraw tendered Eligible Options, you must deliver to us (using the same delivery method described in Section 3) a properly completed and signed Notice of Withdrawal of Election Form (“Notice of Withdrawal”) during a period in which you have the right to withdraw the tendered Eligible Options. Your tendered Eligible Options will not be considered withdrawn until we receive your properly completed and signed Notice of Withdrawal. If you miss the deadline for withdrawal but remain an Eligible Holder, we will exchange any previously tendered Eligible Options pursuant to the Exchange Offer and your previously submitted Election Form.
You are responsible for making sure that, if you wish to withdraw tendered Eligible Options, the Notice of Withdrawal is delivered as indicated in Section 3 above. The Notice of Withdrawal must specify the Eligible Options to be withdrawn. Except as described in the following sentence, the Notice of Withdrawal must be signed by the Eligible Holder who holds the Eligible Options to be tendered using the same name for such Eligible Holder as appears on the applicable stock option agreement and the previously submitted Election Form. If the signature is by an attorney-in-fact or another person acting in a fiduciary or representative capacity, the signer’s full title and proper evidence of the authority of such person to act in such capacity must be identified on the Notice of Withdrawal. We have filed a form of the Notice of Withdrawal as an exhibit to the Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO filed by Tricida with the SEC on July 15, 2021 (the “Schedule TO”). We will deliver a copy of the Notice of Withdrawal form to all Eligible Holders.
You may not rescind any withdrawal, and any Eligible Options you withdraw will thereafter be deemed not properly tendered for purposes of the Exchange Offer unless you properly re-tender those Eligible Options before the Expiration Time by following the procedures described in Section 3 of this Offering Memorandum.
Neither we nor any other person is obligated to give notice of any defects or irregularities in any Notice of Withdrawal, nor will anyone incur any liability for failing to give notice of any defects or irregularities. We will determine all questions as to the form and validity, including time of receipt, of Notices of Withdrawal. Subject to any order or decision by a court or arbitrator of competent jurisdiction, our determinations of these matters will be final and binding.
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Section 5. Acceptance of Eligible Options for Exchange; Grant of New Options.
Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Exchange Offer, we expect to accept for exchange all Eligible Options properly tendered and not validly withdrawn by the Expiration Time. On the New Option Grant Date, we expect to cancel the Eligible Options we have accepted in exchange for the grant of the New Options with the New Option Terms. If the Expiration Time is extended, then the New Option Grant Date will be similarly extended.
To the extent any Eligible Option that you tender for exchange is partially vested as of the Expiration Time, you will receive one New Option in exchange for the vested shares underlying such Eligible Option and one New Option in exchange for the unvested shares underlying such Eligible Option.
Promptly after we grant the New Options, we will send each tendering Eligible Holder a confirmation email with respect to the Eligible Options that we have accepted for exchange. In addition, we will separately provide to each tendering Eligible Holder for acceptance via E*TRADE the stock option documentation relating to the Eligible Holder’s New Options. We have filed a form of such confirmation email as an exhibit to the Schedule TO.
If you have tendered Eligible Options under the Exchange Offer and your employment terminates for any reason, before the New Option Grant Date, you will no longer be eligible to participate in the Exchange Offer, and we will not accept your Eligible Options for exchange. In that case, you may be able to exercise your existing vested Eligible Options for a limited time after your termination date in accordance with and subject to their terms.
Section 6. Conditions of the Exchange Offer.
Notwithstanding any other provision of the Exchange Offer, we will not be required to accept any Eligible Options tendered for exchange, and we may terminate or amend the Exchange Offer, in each case subject to Rule 13e-4(f)(5) under the Exchange Act, if at any time on or after the date hereof and prior to the Expiration Time, any of the following events has occurred, or if we have determined, in our reasonable judgment, that any of the following events has occurred:
there shall have been threatened or instituted any action or proceeding by any government or governmental, regulatory or administrative agency, authority or tribunal or other person, domestic or foreign, before any court, authority, agency or tribunal that (i) directly or indirectly challenges the making of the Exchange Offer or the exchange of some or all of the Eligible Options tendered for exchange, (ii) otherwise relates in any manner to the Exchange Offer, or (iii) in our reasonable judgment, could materially affect our business, condition (financial or other), assets, income, operations, prospects or stock ownership;
there shall have been threatened, instituted or taken, any action, or any approval, exemption or consent shall have been withheld, or any statute, rule, regulation, judgment, order or injunction shall have been proposed, sought, promulgated, enacted, entered, amended, interpreted, enforced or deemed to be applicable to the Exchange Offer or Tricida, by or from any court or any regulatory or administrative authority, agency or tribunal that, in our reasonable judgment, would directly or indirectly:
make it illegal for us to accept some or all of the tendered Eligible Options for exchange, otherwise restrict or prohibit consummation of the Exchange Offer or otherwise relate in any manner to the Exchange Offer;
delay or restrict our ability, or render us unable, to accept the tendered Eligible Options for exchange; or
impair the contemplated benefits of the Exchange Offer to Tricida;
there will have occurred:
any general suspension of trading in, or limitation on prices for, securities on any national securities exchange or automated quotation system or in the over-the-counter market;
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the declaration of a banking moratorium or any suspension of payments with respect to banks in the United States;
any limitation, whether or not mandatory, by any governmental, regulatory or administrative agency or authority on, or any event that, in our reasonable judgment, might affect the extension of credit to us by banks or other lending institutions in the United States;
in our reasonable judgment, any extraordinary or material adverse change in United States financial markets generally, including a decline of at least 10% in either the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index from the date of commencement of the Exchange Offer;
the commencement or escalation of a war or other national or international calamity directly or indirectly involving the United States, which could reasonably be expected to affect materially or adversely, or to delay materially, the completion of the Exchange Offer; or
any of the situations described above which existed at the time of commencement of the Exchange Offer, where such situation, in our reasonable judgment, deteriorates materially after commencement of the Exchange Offer.
a tender or exchange offer (other than the Exchange Offer) with respect to some or all of our capital stock, or a merger or acquisition proposal for Tricida, shall have been proposed, announced or publicly disclosed or we shall have learned that:
any person, entity or group (where “group” has the meaning given within Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act) has acquired more than 5% of our outstanding common stock, other than a person, entity or group that had publicly disclosed such ownership with the SEC prior to the date of commencement of the Exchange Offer;
any such person, entity or group that had publicly disclosed such ownership prior to such date has acquired additional common stock constituting more than 1% of our outstanding shares; or
any new group has been formed that beneficially owns more than 5% of our outstanding common stock that, in our judgment in any such case, and regardless of the circumstances, makes it inadvisable to proceed with the Exchange Offer or with such acceptance of Eligible Options for exchange;
any change, development, clarification or position taken in generally accepted accounting principles that could or would require us to record for financial reporting purposes compensation expense against our earnings in connection with the Exchange Offer, other than as contemplated as of the commencement date of this Exchange Offer (as described in Section 10 of this Offering Memorandum, “Accounting Consequences of this Exchange Offer”);
any changes occur in our business, financial condition, assets, income, operations, prospects or stock ownership that, in our reasonable judgment, is or may be material to Tricida;

Any event or events occur that have resulted or may result, in our reasonable judgment, in a material impairment of the contemplated benefits of the Exchange Offer to Tricida (see Section 2 of this Offering Memorandum, “Purpose of the Exchange Offer; Additional Consideration,” for a description of the contemplated benefits of the Exchange Offer to Tricida); and
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Any rules or regulations by any governmental authority, Nasdaq, or other regulatory or administrative authority or any national securities exchange have been enacted, enforced, or deemed applicable to us that have resulted or may result, in our reasonable judgment, in a material impairment of the contemplated benefits of the Exchange Offer to Tricida (see Section 2 of this Offering Memorandum, “Purpose of the Exchange Offer; Additional Consideration,” for a description of the contemplated benefits of the Exchange Offer to Tricida).
The conditions to the Exchange Offer are for Tricida’s benefit. We may assert them prior to the Expiration Time regardless of the circumstances giving rise to them (other than circumstances caused by our action or inaction). We may waive the conditions, in whole or in part, at any time and from time to time prior to our acceptance of your tendered Eligible Options for exchange, whether or not we waive any other condition to the Exchange Offer. Subject to any order or decision by a court or arbitrator of competent jurisdiction, any determination we make concerning the events described in this Section 6 will be final and binding upon all persons.
Section 7. Price Range of Our Common Stock.
The Eligible Options give Eligible Holders the right to acquire shares of our common stock. None of the Eligible Options are traded on any trading market. Our common stock trades on Nasdaq under the symbol “TCDA.
The following table sets forth the high and low per share sales prices of our common stock on Nasdaq during the periods indicated.
Year Ending December 31, 2021HighLow
First quarter$7.80 $4.52 
Second quarter$5.41 $3.95 
Year Ended December 31, 2020HighLow
First quarter$38.04 $18.43 
Second quarter$31.55 $21.21 
Third quarter$26.93 $8.56 
Fourth quarter$9.46 $4.37 
Year Ended December 31, 2019HighLow
First quarter$38.62 $19.96 
Second quarter$39.46 $31.16 
Third quarter$42.22 $29.87 
Fourth quarter$43.71 $29.60 
Year Ended December 31, 2018HighLow
First quarter$— $— 
Second quarter$29.90 $26.00 
Third quarter$39.35 $22.50 
Fourth quarter$32.33 $23.57 
As of July 14, 2021, we had 379 stockholders of record, and 50,428,734 shares of our common stock were issued and outstanding. Because brokers and other institutions hold many of our shares on behalf of stockholders, we are unable to estimate the total number of beneficial stockholders represented by these record holders. On July 14, 2021, the closing price for our common stock as reported on Nasdaq was $3.85 per share. We recommend that you obtain current market quotations for our common stock before deciding whether or not to tender your Eligible Options for exchange. The price of our common stock has been, and in the future may be, volatile and could decline. The trading price of our common stock has fluctuated in the past and is expected to continue to do so in the future as a result of a
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number of factors, many of which are outside our control. In addition, the stock market has experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations that have affected the market prices of many companies and that have often been unrelated or disproportionate to the operating performance of those companies.
Section 8. Information Concerning Tricida; Financial Information.
Information Concerning Tricida.
We are a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of our investigational drug candidate, veverimer (also known as TRC101), a non-absorbed, orally-administered polymer designed to treat metabolic acidosis by binding and removing acid from the gastrointestinal tract. Metabolic acidosis is a serious condition commonly caused by chronic kidney disease, or CKD, and is believed to accelerate the progression of kidney deterioration. It can also lead to bone loss, muscle wasting and impaired physical function. Metabolic acidosis in patients with CKD is typically a chronic disease and, as such, requires long-term treatment to mitigate its deleterious consequences. 
We were incorporated on May 22, 2013 in the State of Delaware.
Our principal offices are located at 7000 Shoreline Court, Suite 201, South San Francisco, CA 94080, and our telephone number is (415) 429-7800. Our website address is www.tricida.com. Information found on, or accessible through, our website is not a part of, and is not incorporated into, this Exchange Offer.
Financial Information.
A summary of certain financial information is attached as Schedule A to this Offering Memorandum and should be read in conjunction with the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K (File No. 001-38558) for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the SEC on February 26, 2021 (our “Annual Report”), and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (File No. 001-38558) for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, filed with the SEC on May 7, 2021 (our “Quarterly Report”), which are incorporated herein by reference. The fair market value per share of our common stock as of March 31, 2021 was $5.29 per share as reported on Nasdaq.
Additional Information.
For more information about Tricida, please refer to our Annual Report, our Quarterly Report and our other filings made with the SEC. We recommend that you review the materials that we have filed with the SEC before making a decision on whether or not to tender your Eligible Options. We will also provide without charge to you, upon your written or oral request, a copy of any or all of the documents to which we have referred you. See Section 15 (“Additional Information”) for more information regarding reports we file with the SEC and how to obtain copies of or otherwise review such reports.
Section 9. Interests of Directors and Executive Officers; Transactions and Arrangements Concerning Our Securities.
Our Named Executive Officers and members of our Board are not eligible to participate in the Exchange Offer. Accordingly, none of these individuals are Eligible Holders, and they do not hold any Eligible Options. We do not have any executive officers other than our Named Executive Officers.
Other than outstanding stock option and other equity awards granted to our directors, executive officers and other employees and consultants pursuant to our various equity incentive plans, which are described in the notes to our financial statements as set forth in our Annual Report and Quarterly Report, neither Tricida nor, to our knowledge, any of our executive officers or directors, any person controlling Tricida or any executive officer or director of such control person, is a party to any agreement, arrangement or understanding with respect to any of our securities, including any agreement, arrangement or understanding concerning the transfer or the voting of any of our securities, joint ventures, loan or option arrangements, puts or calls, guarantees of loans, guarantees against loss or the giving or withholding of proxies, consents or authorizations.
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During the 60-day period prior to the date of this Offering Memorandum, we have not granted any options that are Eligible Options, and no Eligible Options have been exercised. During such 60-day period, neither we, nor, to the best of our knowledge, any member of our Board or any of our executive officers, nor any of our affiliates, has engaged in any transaction involving the Eligible Options.
Section 10. Accounting Consequences of the Exchange Offer.
We have adopted the provisions of the Financial Accounting Standard Board’s Accounting Standards Update 2014-12, Compensation—Stock Compensation (Topic 718) (“ASC Topic 718”) regarding accounting for share-based payments. Under ASC Topic 718, we will recognize the grant date fair value of the tendered Eligible Options plus the incremental compensation cost of the New Options. The incremental compensation cost will be measured as the excess, if any, of the fair value of the New Options over the fair value of the original Eligible Options prior to exchange. The fair value of New Options will be measured as of the New Option Grant Date and the fair value of the Eligible Options surrendered will be measured as of the Expiration Time. This incremental compensation cost will be recognized in compensation expense ratably over the vesting period of the New Options.
The amount of compensation cost will depend on a number of factors, including the level of participation in the Exchange Offer and the exercise price per share of Eligible Options, as applicable, exchanged in the Exchange Offer. Since these factors cannot be predicted with any certainty as of the date of this Offering Memorandum and will not be known until the Expiration Time, we cannot predict the exact amount of the charge (if any) that will result from the Exchange Offer.
Section 11. Legal Matters; Regulatory Approvals.
We are not aware of any material pending or threatened legal actions or proceedings relating to the Exchange Offer. We are not aware of any margin requirements or anti-trust laws applicable to the Exchange Offer. We are not aware of any license or regulatory permit that appears to be material to our business that might be adversely affected by our acceptance of Eligible Options for exchange and grant of New Options as contemplated by the Exchange Offer, or of any regulatory requirements that we must comply with or approval or other action by any government or governmental, administrative or regulatory authority or agency, domestic or foreign, that would be required for the completion of the Exchange Offer as contemplated herein. Should any such compliance or approval or other action be required, we currently contemplate that we will use commercially reasonable efforts to comply with such requirements or seek such approval or take such other action. We cannot assure you that any such compliance or approval or other action, if needed, would be achieved or obtained or would be achieved or obtained without substantial conditions or that the failure to achieve such compliance or obtain any such approval or other action would not adversely affect our business. Our obligation under the Exchange Offer to accept tendered Eligible Options for exchange and to grant New Options with the New Option Terms would be subject to achieving such compliance or obtaining any such governmental approval or other action.
Section 12. Material United States Tax Consequences.
The following is a summary of the anticipated material United States federal income tax consequences of the Exchange Offer. This tax summary does not discuss all of the tax consequences that may be relevant to you in light of your particular circumstances (including the consequences of any state or local taxes), nor is it intended to apply in all respects to all categories of Eligible Holders. The tax consequences for individuals who are subject to the tax laws of a country other than the United States or of more than one country may differ from the United States federal income tax consequences summarized herein. The rules governing the tax treatment of stock options are complex. You should consult with your tax advisor to determine the personal tax consequences to you of rejecting or participating in the Exchange Offer.
Tax Effects of Rejecting the Offer
In general, your rejection of the Exchange Offer will not be a taxable event for United States federal income tax purposes. However, if (1) any of your Eligible Options are currently treated as ISOs, (2) the Exchange Offer remains outstanding for more than 29 days (that is, if we extend the Exchange Offer beyond the original Expiration Time on
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Thursday, August 12, 2021), and (3) you do not reject this Exchange Offer within the first 29 days in which it is outstanding (that is, by Friday, August 13, 2021), your Eligible Options may cease to be treated as ISOs as of Friday, August 13, 2021. If the fair market value of our common stock as of the Expiration Time is less than the exercise price currently in effect for your Eligible Options, the Board can take action to “retest” your Eligible Options to determine if they can again be treated as ISOs. However, even if they can again be treated as ISOs, your 2-Year Holding Period (as defined below) under your Eligible Options (as further described below in the section called “Taxation of Incentive Stock Options”) will start over on the original Expiration Time. Therefore, if we extend the Exchange Offer beyond the original Expiration Time on Thursday, August 12, 2021 and it remains outstanding for more than 29 days, and you wish to avoid the possible impact on ISO status, you must reject this Exchange Offer by completing and submitting the Election Form on or prior to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time on August 13, 2021.
Tax Effects of Accepting the Offer
Neither your acceptance of the Exchange Offer nor the exchange of your Eligible Options will be a taxable event for United States federal income tax purposes. You will not recognize any income, gain or loss as a result of the exchange and cancellation of your Eligible Options for New Options for United States federal income tax purposes.
Taxation of Incentive Stock Options
Generally, an optionholder will not recognize any income, gain or loss on the granting of an ISO. Upon the exercise of an ISO, an optionholder is typically not subject to United States federal income tax except for the possible imposition of alternative minimum tax. Rather, the optionholder is taxed for United States federal income tax purposes at the time he or she disposes of the stock subject to the option.
If the date upon which the optionholder disposes of the stock subject to an ISO is more than two years from the date on which the ISO was granted (the “2-Year Holding Period”) and more than one year from the date on which the optionholder exercised the option (the “1-Year Holding Period”), then the optionholder’s entire gain or loss on such disposition is characterized as long-term capital gain or loss, rather than as ordinary income. However, if the optionholder fails to satisfy both the 2-Year Holding Period and the 1-Year Holding Period, then a portion of the optionholder’s profit from the sale of the stock subject to the ISO will be characterized as ordinary income and a portion may be short-term capital gain if the 1-Year Holding Period has not been satisfied. The portion of the profit that is characterized as ordinary income will be equal to the lesser of (a) the excess of the fair market value of the stock on the date of exercise over the exercise price of the option and (b) the excess of the value of the proceeds received on such disposition over the exercise price of the option. This deferral of the recognition of tax until the time of sale of the stock, as well as the possible treatment of the “spread” as long-term capital gain, are the principal advantages of your options being treated as ISOs.
If you tender your Eligible Options for exchange in the Exchange Offer, all New Options that you are granted will be NSOs (as defined below). Accordingly, you will lose the benefits of having ISO status, as described in the paragraph above, for any of your Eligible Options that are ISOs.
Taxation of Nonstatutory Stock Options (“NSOs”)
Generally, an optionholder will not recognize any income, gain or loss on the granting of an NSO. Upon the exercise of an NSO, an optionholder will recognize ordinary income on each purchased share equal to the difference between the fair market value of the stock on the date of exercise and the exercise price of the NSO.
If and when an optionholder sells the stock purchased upon the exercise of an NSO, any additional increase or decrease in the fair market value on the date of sale, as compared to the fair market value on the date of exercise, will be treated as a capital gain or loss. If the optionholder has held those shares for more than one year from the date of exercise, such gain or loss will be a long-term capital gain or loss. If the optionholder has held those shares for not more than one year from the date of exercise, such gain or loss will be a short-term capital gain or loss.
Withholding
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We will withhold all required local, state, federal, foreign and other taxes and any other amount required to be withheld by any governmental authority or law with respect to ordinary compensation income recognized with respect to the exercise of a stock option by an Eligible Holder. We will require any such Eligible Holder to make arrangements to satisfy this withholding obligation prior to the delivery or transfer of any shares of our common stock.
Section 13. Extension of the Exchange Offer; Termination; Amendment.
We may, from time to time, extend the period of time during which the Exchange Offer is open and delay accepting any Eligible Options tendered to us by disseminating notice of the extension to Eligible Holders by public announcement, written notice, including electronically posted or delivered notices, or otherwise as permitted by Rule 13e-4(e)(3) under the Exchange Act. If the Exchange Offer is extended, we will provide appropriate notice of the extension and the new Expiration Time no later than 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time on the next business day following the previously scheduled Expiration Time. For purposes of the Exchange Offer, a “business day” means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or United States federal holiday and consists of the time period from 12:00 a.m. through 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time.
We also expressly reserve the right, in our reasonable judgment, prior to the Expiration Time, to terminate or amend the Exchange Offer upon the occurrence of any of the conditions specified in Section 6 (“Conditions of the Exchange Offer”), by disseminating notice of such termination or amendment to Eligible Holders by public announcement, written notice, including electronically posted or delivered notices, or otherwise as permitted by applicable law.
Subject to compliance with applicable law, we further reserve the right, in our discretion, and regardless of whether any event set forth in Section 6 (“Conditions of the Exchange Offer”) has occurred or we deem any such event to have occurred, to amend the Exchange Offer in any respect prior to the Expiration Time. We will promptly disseminate any notice of such amendment required pursuant to the Exchange Offer or applicable law to Eligible Holders in a manner reasonably designed to inform Eligible Holders of such change and will file such notice with the SEC as an amendment to the Schedule TO.
If we materially change the terms of the Exchange Offer or the information concerning the Exchange Offer, or if we waive a material condition of the Exchange Offer, we will extend the Exchange Offer to the extent required by Rules 13e-4(d)(2) and 13e-4(e)(3) under the Exchange Act. Under these rules, the minimum period during which a tender or Exchange Offer must remain open following material changes in the terms of or information concerning a tender or Exchange Offer, other than a change in price or a change in percentage of securities sought, will depend on the facts and circumstances, including the relative materiality of such terms or information.
In addition, we will publicly notify or otherwise inform Eligible Holders in writing if we decide to take any of the following actions and will keep the Exchange Offer open for at least 10 business days after the date of such notification:
we increase or decrease the amount of consideration offered for the Eligible Options; or
we increase or decrease the number of Eligible Options that may be tendered in the Exchange Offer.
Section 14. Consideration; Fees and Expenses.
Each Eligible Holder who properly tenders an Eligible Option to be exchanged and accepted by Tricida pursuant to this Exchange Offer will receive a New Option. Options are equity awards under which the holder can purchase shares of common stock for a predetermined exercise price, provided that the vesting criteria are satisfied, and otherwise subject to compliance with the applicable option terms.
Subject to the terms and conditions of this Exchange Offer, upon our acceptance of your properly tendered Eligible Options, you will be entitled to receive New Options for a number of shares of common stock calculated using an
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exchange ratio based on the exercise price of your tendered Eligible Options, as described in Section 1 of this Offering Memorandum. New Options will be unvested as of the New Option Grant Date and will be subject to a new vesting schedule, as described in Section 1 of this Offering Memorandum. If you receive New Options, you do not have to make any cash payment to Tricida to receive your New Options, but upon exercise of your vested New Options, you will be required to pay the per share exercise price (and related withholding taxes) to receive any shares of common stock subject to your New Options.
If we receive and accept tenders from Eligible Holders of all Eligible Options (comprising a total of options to purchase 1,581,144 shares outstanding as of July 14, 2021) subject to the terms and conditions of this Exchange Offer, we will grant New Options covering a total of approximately 693,169 shares of common stock.
We will not pay any fees or commissions to any broker, dealer or other person for soliciting tenders of Eligible Options pursuant to the Exchange Offer. You will be responsible for any expenses that you incur in connection with your election to participate in the Exchange Offer, including mailing, faxing and telephone expenses, as well as any expenses associated with any tax, legal or other advisor that you consult or retain in connection with the Exchange Offer.
Section 15. Additional Information.
With respect to the Exchange Offer, we have filed the Schedule TO, as may be amended, of which the Exchange Offer is a part. The Exchange Offer document does not contain all of the information contained in the Schedule TO and the exhibits to the Schedule TO. Before making a decision on whether or not to tender your Eligible Options, we highly recommend that you review the Schedule TO, as may be amended, including its exhibits, and the following materials that we have filed with the SEC:
our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the SEC on February 26, 2021;
our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, filed with the SEC on May7, 2021;
our Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for our 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, filed with the SEC on April 23, 2021;
our Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on January 11, 2021; February 22, 2021; February 25, 2021; March 2, 2021; March 16, 2021; April 1, 2021; May 6, 2021; June 15, 2021 and
the description of our common stock contained in our Registration Statement on Form 8-A, filed with the SEC on June 25, 2018 pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act, including any amendments or reports filed for the purpose of updating such description.
Our SEC filings are available to the public on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. We also make available on or through our corporate website, free of charge, copies of these reports as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file or furnish them to the SEC.
We will also promptly provide without charge to each Eligible Holder to whom we deliver a copy of the Exchange Offer, upon written or oral request, a copy of any or all of the documents to which we have referred you, other than exhibits to such documents (unless specifically incorporated by reference into such documents). Written requests should be directed to optionexchange@tricida.com.
The information about us contained in the Exchange Offer should be read together with the information contained in the documents to which we have referred you.
Section 16. Miscellaneous.
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The Exchange Offer and our SEC reports referred to above include forward-looking statements. Words such as “believes,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “plans,” “objectives,” and other similar statements of expectation identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including those described in this Offering Memorandum, our Annual Report and our Quarterly Report, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. While we believe our plans, intentions and expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these plans, intentions or expectations may not be achieved.
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO REVIEW THE RISK FACTORS CONTAINED IN OUR ANNUAL REPORT AND QUARTERLY REPORT BEFORE YOU DECIDE WHETHER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EXCHANGE OFFER.
WE HAVE NOT AUTHORIZED ANY PERSON TO MAKE ANY RECOMMENDATION ON OUR BEHALF AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOU SHOULD TENDER YOUR ELIGIBLE OPTIONS PURSUANT TO THE EXCHANGE OFFER. YOU SHOULD RELY ONLY ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT OR IN DOCUMENTS TO WHICH WE HAVE REFERRED YOU. WE HAVE NOT AUTHORIZED ANYONE TO GIVE YOU ANY INFORMATION OR TO MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE EXCHANGE OFFER OTHER THAN THE INFORMATION AND REPRESENTATIONS CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT OR IN THE RELATED DOCUMENTS. IF ANYONE MAKES ANY RECOMMENDATION OR REPRESENTATION TO YOU OR GIVES YOU ANY INFORMATION, YOU SHOULD NOT RELY UPON THAT RECOMMENDATION, REPRESENTATION OR INFORMATION AS HAVING BEEN AUTHORIZED BY US.

Schedule A
Selected Financial Data
The following financial information should be read in conjunction with the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and the audited financial statements and the notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the SEC on February 26, 2021, and the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and the unaudited financial statements and the notes thereto included in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, filed with the SEC on May 7, 2021, each of which is incorporated herein by reference.

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TRICIDA, Inc.
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

March 31,
2021
December 31,
2020
 
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$40,510 $137,857 
Short-term investments177,221 171,670 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets2,989 4,488 
Total current assets220,720 314,015 
Long-term investments— 22,757 
Property and equipment, net1,053 1,112 
Operating lease right-of-use assets13,395 13,801 
Total assets$235,168 $351,685 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$5,321 $3,508 
Current operating lease liabilities2,341 2,079 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities32,543 28,671 
Total current liabilities40,205 34,258 
Term Loan, net— 76,638 
Convertible Senior Notes, net120,775 118,670 
Non-current operating lease liabilities12,627 13,046 
Other long-term liabilities— 202 
Total liabilities173,607 242,814 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 5)
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 40,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020.— — 
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 400,000,000 shares authorized as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 50,272,725 and 50,210,779 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.50 50 
Additional paid-in capital748,712 742,555 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)(41)64 
Accumulated deficit(687,160)(633,798)
Total stockholders’ equity61,561 108,871 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$235,168 $351,685 


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TRICIDA, INC.
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 Three Months Ended
March 31,
 20212020
Operating expenses:
Research and development$32,175 $49,381 
General and administrative9,895 23,526 
Total operating expenses42,070 72,907 
Loss from operations(42,070)(72,907)
Other income (expense), net445 813 
Interest expense(5,613)(2,020)
Loss on early extinguishment of Term Loan(6,124)— 
Net loss(53,362)(74,114)
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Net unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale investments, net of tax(105)(232)
Total comprehensive loss$(53,467)$(74,346)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$(1.06)$(1.49)
Weighted-average number of shares outstanding, basic and diluted50,247,698 49,841,407 

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TRICIDA, INC.
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
(in thousands, except share amounts)
 Common StockAdditional Paid-in CapitalAccumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)Accumulated DeficitTotal Stockholders’ Equity
 SharesAmount
Balance at December 31, 202050,210,779 $50 $742,555 $64 $(633,798)$108,871 
Issuance of common stock under equity incentive plans61,946 — 115 — — 115 
Stock-based compensation— — 6,042 — — 6,042 
Net unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale investments, net of tax— — — (105)— (105)
Net loss— — — — (53,362)(53,362)
Balance at March 31, 202150,272,725 $50 $748,712 $(41)$(687,160)$61,561 
 Common StockAdditional Paid-in CapitalAccumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)Accumulated DeficitTotal Stockholders’ Equity
 SharesAmount
Balance at December 31, 201949,763,176 $50 $632,647 $193 $(369,007)$263,883 
Issuance of common stock under equity incentive plans150,056 — 550 — — 550 
Stock-based compensation— — 8,374 — — 8,374 
Net unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale investments, net of tax— — — (232)— (232)
Net loss— — — — (74,114)(74,114)
Balance at March 31, 202049,913,232 $50 $641,571 $(39)$(443,121)$198,461 




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TRICIDA, INC.
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 Three Months Ended
March 31,
 20212020
Operating activities:
Net loss$(53,362)$(74,114)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization134 230 
Non-cash operating lease costs248 320 
Accretion (amortization) of premiums and discounts on investments209 (341)
Accretion of Term Loan and Convertible Senior Notes2,628 751 
Loss on early extinguishment of Term Loan6,124 — 
Stock-based compensation6,042 8,374 
Changes in fair value of compound derivative liability
(202)846 
Other non-cash items(29)— 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Prepaid expenses and other assets1,520 (777)
Accounts payable1,815 4,892 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities3,895 8,910 
Operating lease liabilities— (125)
Net cash used in operating activities(30,978)(51,034)
Investing activities:
Purchases of investments(59,932)(46,045)
Proceeds from maturities of investments76,824 88,867 
Purchases of property and equipment(76)(360)
Net cash provided by investing activities16,816 42,462 
Financing activities:
Proceeds from issuance of common stock under equity incentive plans115 567 
Repayment of leasehold improvement loan(15)(14)
Cash paid for early extinguishment of Term Loan(83,285)— 
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities(83,185)553 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents(97,347)(8,019)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period137,857 18,574 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$40,510 $10,555 
Supplemental disclosures
Cash paid for interest$1,774 $1,211 
Supplemental disclosures of non-cash investing and financing activities
Purchases of property and equipment included in accounts payable and accrued expenses$— $206 

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Exhibit (a)(1)(B)
FORM OF ANNOUNCEMENT EMAIL TO ELIGIBLE HOLDERS
Subject:TRICIDA, INC. Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options
To:All Eligible Holders
Date:July 16, 2021
We are pleased to announce that TRICIDA, INC. (“Tricida,” “we,” “us” or “our”) is commencing an Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options (the “Exchange Offer”) today, Friday, July 16, 2021. You are receiving this email because you are currently eligible to participate and exchange certain outstanding stock options for replacement stock options with modified terms. The terms of the Exchange Offer are described in detail in the attached Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options, dated July 16, 2021 (the “Offer Documents”), that has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and can be accessed using the following link:
[URL to Offer Documents]
You will receive a separate email via DocuSign with an Election Form listing your “Eligible Options,” which includes all outstanding stock options granted to you with an exercise price equal to or greater than $20.00 per share. Please notify us immediately if you find any discrepancy or have any questions regarding the Eligible Options listed in your Election Form.
If you participate in the Exchange Offer, we will cancel your tendered Eligible Options and grant you one or more “New Options” with modified terms, as described in the Offer Documents. The terms of your New Options, including the exercise price, term, vesting schedule and potential tax treatment, will be different than your Eligible Options, and in exchange for your receipt of such New Options, all corresponding Eligible Options will be irrevocably cancelled.
The Election Form should be submitted via DocuSign. All other documents, communications and questions regarding the Exchange Offer should be delivered to and received from our designated email account (the “Exchange Account”): optionexchange@tricida.com.
Please carefully read all of the Offer Documents before making any decisions regarding this Exchange Offer. To participate in the Exchange Offer, please deliver your completed and signed Election Form to the Exchange Account. If you later decide to withdraw your election, please deliver your completed and signed Notice of Withdrawal, a copy of which is attached to this email, to the Exchange Account.
The Exchange Offer will expire at 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021 (the “Expiration Time”). We may extend this expiration date and time in our discretion, in which case references to the “Expiration Time” shall refer to any such extended date and time. If you would like to tender Eligible Options under the Exchange Offer, Tricida must receive your properly completed and signed Election Form by the Expiration Time. Similarly, if you would like to withdraw a prior election, Tricida must receive your Notice of Withdrawal by the Expiration Time.
We cannot advise you on whether or not to participate in the Exchange Offer. Participation in the Exchange Offer is entirely your decision and at your discretion, and you should make the decision about whether to participate based on your personal circumstances. Tricida recommends that you consult your tax and financial advisors to address questions regarding your decision.
This notice does not constitute an offer. The full terms of the Exchange Offer are described in the Schedule TO-I and accompanying documents, which you may access on our website at ir.tricida.com/financial-information/sec-filings or through the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined in this email shall have the meanings set forth in the Offer Documents.
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Exhibit (a)(1)(C)
TRICIDA, INC.
7000 Shoreline Court, Suite 201
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94080
OPTION EXCHANGE – ELECTION FORM
THIS OFFER AND YOUR WITHDRAWAL RIGHTS WILL EXPIRE AT 6:00 P.M., PACIFIC TIME,
ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2021, UNLESS EXTENDED
Before completing and signing this Election Form, we encourage you to read the documents that make up this tender offer, including (1) the Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options, dated July 16, 2021, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and separately delivered to you by email from TRICIDA, INC. (“Tricida”), describing the terms of the Exchange Offer (the “Offer Documents”); (2) the email from Tricida on July 16, 2021 announcing the commencement of the Exchange Offer; and (3) this Election Form, including the Agreement to the Terms of Election and Instructions to Election Form attached below. The Exchange Offer is subject to the terms set forth in the Offer Documents, as they may be amended. The Exchange Offer expires at 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021, unless extended. All capitalized terms used in this Election Form but not defined herein shall have the meanings given in the Offer Documents.
PLEASE CAREFULLY REVIEW AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW AND ATTACHED TO THIS FORM.
If you wish to participate in the Exchange Offer with respect an Eligible Option, please check the box next to “Yes, exchange Eligible Option for New Option” in order to tender all of such Eligible Option in exchange for the grant of New Option under the terms of the Exchange Offer. If you wish to tender part of an Eligible Option, please check the box next to “Yes, exchange ______ Partial Eligible Option for New Option” and write in the whole number of options you wish to tender. If you check the box next to “No, retain Eligible Option” with respect to an Eligible Option, such Eligible Option will remain outstanding subject to its original terms, and no New Options will be granted to you in exchange for such Eligible Option.
If you make no election, or do not return this Election Form before the Expiration Time, you will retain your Eligible Options subject to their original terms, and no New Options will be granted to you.
If you wish to reject the Exchange Offer and retain all of your Eligible Options, you may check the box next to “No, reject the Exchange Offer and retain all Eligible Options” above the table set forth below.
If Tricida extends the expiration of the Exchange Offer past the original Expiration Time on August 12, 2021, to the extent any of your Eligible Options are currently treated as “incentive stock options” (“ISOs”) and you would like to retain the ISO status of such Eligible Options, you must affirmatively elect to retain such Eligible Options by checking the box(es) below next to “No, retain Eligible Option” with respect to such Eligible Options, or, if applicable, the box next to “No, reject the Exchange Offer and retain all Eligible Options,” and return this Election Form to Tricida on or before 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021.
Please complete this Election Form to Tricida via DocuSign.
See the Instructions to Election Form attached to this Election Form for additional information.
Employee Name: [Name]
No, reject the Exchange Offer and retain all Eligible Options. If you check this box, you do not need to make any elections in the table below.
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Eligible OptionsNew OptionsElection to tender Eligible
Option in exchange for New
Option(s)
Grant
Number
Grant
Date
Grant
Type
Exercise
Price
Eligible SharesRatioShares
[ ] vested shares
[ ] shares*
☐ Yes, exchange Eligible Option for New Option
☐ No, retain Eligible Option

☐ Yes, exchange _________ Partial Eligible Option for New Option
[ ] unvested shares
[ ] shares**
☐ Yes, exchange Eligible Option for New Option
☐ No, retain Eligible Option

☐ Yes, exchange _________ Partial Eligible Option for New Option
[ ] vested shares
[ ] shares*
☐ Yes, exchange Eligible Option for New Option
☐ No, retain Eligible Option

☐ Yes, exchange _________ Partial Eligible Option for New Option
[ ] unvested shares
[ ] shares**
☐ Yes, exchange Eligible Option for New Option
☐ No, retain Eligible Option

☐ Yes, exchange _________ Partial Eligible Option for New Option
*New Options will fully vest on the one-year anniversary of the grant date of the New Option, as further described in the Agreement to Terms of Election below.
**New Options will vest one-third on the one-year anniversary of the grant date of the New Option and followed by equal monthly amounts over the remaining two-year period, as further described in the Agreement to Terms of Election below.
YOUR SIGNATURE AND SUBMISSION OF THIS ELECTION FORM INDICATES THAT YOU AGREE TO ALL TERMS OF THE EXCHANGE OFFER AS SET FORTH IN THE OFFER DOCUMENTS, AS WELL AS THE AGREEMENT TO THE TERMS OF THE ELECTION ATTACHED HERETO.
Please note that you may change your election by submitting a new properly completed and signed Election Form prior to the expiration time, which is 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021, unless extended. The last valid election submitted to Tricida prior to the expiration of the Exchange Offer shall be effective and supersede any prior Election Forms you submit.
Employee Name: [Name]
(Signature)
(Print Name)
(Date)
AGREEMENT TO THE TERMS OF ELECTION
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To:
TRICIDA, INC. (“Tricida”)
7000 Shoreline Court, Suite 201
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Email: optionexchange@tricida.com
By signing and submitting this Election Form, I acknowledge and agree that:
1.
I have received from Tricida the Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options, including the Summary Term Sheet – Questions and Answers, dated July 16, 2021 (collectively, the “Offer Documents”), and upon making an election herein, I agree to all of the terms and conditions of the Offer Documents.
2.I tender to Tricida for exchange the Eligible Options specified on this Election Form and understand that, upon acceptance by Tricida, this Election Form will constitute a binding agreement between Tricida and me. I have checked the box(es) corresponding to the Eligible Options that I elect to tender for exchange. I understand that any election that I make to tender an option for exchange that does not qualify as an Eligible Option will not be accepted, and such options will remain outstanding subject to their original terms following the expiration of the Exchange Offer.
3.If I validly tender an Eligible Option for exchange and such Eligible Option is accepted by Tricida, such Eligible Option will automatically be cancelled by Tricida in exchange for the grant of one or more New Options with the applicable New Option terms described in the Offer Documents, including, without limitation:
Each New Option will have an exercise price equal to the closing price of Tricida’s common stock reported on The Nasdaq Global Select Market on the date that the New Option is granted.
Each New Option will represent the right to purchase a reduced number of shares of our common stock based on the exchange ratio specified in the Offer Documents and referenced on the Election Form.
Each New Option will have a maximum term of seven (7) years following the grant date of the New Option.
The vesting schedule of my New Options will be as follows:
With respect to any New Option granted in exchange for shares underlying an Eligible Option that are vested as of the grant date of the New Option (the “Exchange Date”), such New Option will fully vest on the one-year anniversary of the grant date of the New Option.
With respect to any New Option granted in exchange for shares underlying an Eligible Option that are unvested as of the Exchange Date, such New Option vest one-third on the one-year anniversary of the grant date of the New Option and followed by equal monthly amounts over the remaining two-year period.
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4.
To remain eligible to tender Eligible Options for exchange pursuant to the Exchange Offer, I must remain an Eligible Holder on the date the New Option is granted, which will occur on or promptly following the Expiration Time, which is currently scheduled to be 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021, unless extended. I understand that if my employment with Tricida ceases prior to the date on which the New Option is granted, Tricida will not accept my Eligible Options for exchange and I or my estate or beneficiaries, as the case may be, will retain my Eligible Options subject to their original terms and conditions. If I cease providing services to Tricida for any reason before the shares underlying my New Options vest, I will forfeit any unvested portion of my New Options, subject to the terms of Tricida’s 2018 Equity Incentive Plan.
5.Neither the ability to participate in the Exchange Offer nor actual participation in the Exchange Offer will be construed as a right to continued employment or service with Tricida.
6.
This election is entirely voluntary, and I am aware that I may change or withdraw my decision to tender my Eligible Options at any time until the Expiration Time, as described in the Instructions to Election Form. I understand that this decision to tender my Eligible Options will be irrevocable as of 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, Thursday, August 12, 2021, unless the Exchange Offer is extended. Participation in the Exchange Offer is entirely my decision and should be made based on my personal circumstances. Tricida has not authorized any person to make any recommendation on its behalf as to whether or not I should participate in the Exchange Offer.
7.I may receive certain future confirmation letters or other communications from Tricida in connection with the Exchange Offer, including a communication confirming that Tricida has received this Election Form and whether Tricida ultimately accepts or rejects this Election Form.
INSTRUCTIONS TO ELECTION FORM
1.
DEFINED TERMS. All capitalized terms used in this Election Form but not defined herein have the meanings given in the Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options, dated July 16, 2021, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and separately delivered to you by email from Tricida. The use of “Tricida,” “we,” “us” and “our” in this Election Form refers to TRICIDA, INC.
2.
EXPIRATION TIME. The Exchange Offer and any rights to tender or to withdraw a tender of Eligible Options expire at 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, Thursday, August 12, 2021, unless the Exchange Offer is extended.
3.
DELIVERY OF ELECTION FORM. If you intend to tender Eligible Options under the Exchange Offer, a signed copy of this Election Form must be received by Tricida via DocuSign before 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021 (or such later date as may apply if the Exchange Offer is extended).
Your Election Form will be effective only upon receipt by us. You are responsible for making sure that the Election Form is delivered via DocuSign as indicated above. You must allow for sufficient time to complete and submit this Election Form to ensure that we receive your Election Form on time.
You are not required to tender any of your Eligible Options for exchange. If you choose to tender one or more of your Eligible Options for exchange, please check the box on your Election Form corresponding to each Eligible Option that you wish to tender for exchange. You do not need to return your stock option agreements relating to any tendered Eligible Options, as they will be automatically cancelled if we accept your Eligible Options for exchange and grant you New Options.
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4.
WITHDRAWAL OF ELECTION. Tenders of Eligible Options made under the Exchange Offer may be withdrawn at any time before 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021, unless we extend the expiration date, in which case withdrawals must be received before such later expiration date and time.
To withdraw tendered Eligible Options, you must deliver a properly completed and signed Notice of Withdrawal via email (by PDF or similar imaged document file) to: optionexchange@tricida.com.
Withdrawals may not be rescinded unless the withdrawn Eligible Options are properly re-tendered before the Expiration Time by following the procedures described in Instruction 3 above.
5.
SIGNATURES. Please sign and date this Election Form via DocuSign. Except as described in the following sentence, this Election Form must be signed by the Eligible Holder who holds the Eligible Options to be tendered using the same name for such Eligible Holder as appears on the applicable stock option agreement. If the signature is by an attorney-in-fact or another person acting in a fiduciary or representative capacity, the signer’s full title and proper evidence of the authority of such person to act in such capacity must be identified on this Election Form.
6.
REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE OR ADDITIONAL COPIES. Any questions or requests for assistance regarding the Exchange Offer (including requests for additional or hard copies of the Offer Documents or this Election Form) should be directed via email to optionexchange@tricida.com.
7.
IRREGULARITIES. We will determine all questions as to the number of shares subject to Eligible Options tendered and the validity, form, eligibility (including time of receipt) and acceptance of any tender of Eligible Options for exchange. Subject to any order or decision by a court or arbitrator of competent jurisdiction, our determination of these matters will be final and binding on all parties. We may reject any or all tenders of Eligible Options for exchange that we determine are not in appropriate form or that we determine are unlawful to accept. We may waive any defect or irregularity in any tender with respect to any particular Eligible Options or any particular Eligible Holder before the Expiration Time. No Eligible Options will be accepted for exchange until the Eligible Holder exchanging the Eligible Options has cured all defects or irregularities to our satisfaction, or they have been waived by us, prior to the Expiration Time. Neither we nor any other person is obligated to give notice of any defects or irregularities involved in the exchange of any Eligible Options.
8.
ALTERNATIVE, CONDITIONAL OR CONTINGENT OFFERS. We will not accept any alternative, conditional or contingent tenders.
9.
IMPORTANT U.S. TAX INFORMATION. You should refer to Section 12 of the Offering Memorandum included in the Offer Documents, which contains important U.S. tax information. We encourage you to consult with your own financial and tax advisors if you have questions about your financial or tax situation.
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Exhibit (a)(1)(D)
INSTRUCTIONS TO NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF ELECTION FORM
If you previously elected to accept the offer by TRICIDA, INC. (“Tricida”) to exchange some or all of your outstanding Eligible Options for New Options, subject to the terms and conditions of the Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options, dated July 16, 2021 (the “Exchange Offer”), and you would like to change your election and withdraw the tender of any of your Eligible Options for exchange, you must complete and sign this Notice of Withdrawal of Election Form (this “Notice of Withdrawal”) and return it to Tricida before 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021. Once you have completed and signed this Notice of Withdrawal, please return it to Tricida by the following means:
Return via email (by PDF or similar imaged document file) to: optionexchange@tricida.com
Your tendered Eligible Options will not be considered withdrawn from the Exchange Offer until we receive your properly completed and signed Notice of Withdrawal. If you miss the deadline to submit the Notice of Withdrawal but remain an Eligible Holder, any previously tendered Eligible Options will be cancelled pursuant to the Exchange Offer in exchange for the grant of New Options. You must sign the Notice of Withdrawal using the same name that appears on the Election Form you previously submitted. If your signature is by an attorney-in-fact or another person acting in a fiduciary or representative capacity for you, the signer’s full title and proper evidence of the authority of that person to act in that capacity must be identified on this Notice of Withdrawal.
You should receive a confirmation of receipt within three (3) business days after submitting your Notice of Withdrawal. If you have not received a confirmation of receipt before Thursday, August 12, 2021, please contact us promptly via email at optionexchange@tricida.com to confirm that we received your Notice of Withdrawal.
DO NOT COMPLETE AND RETURN THIS NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL UNLESS YOU WISH TO WITHDRAW A PREVIOUS TENDER OF ELIGIBLE OPTIONS FOR EXCHANGE PURSUANT TO THE EXCHANGE OFFER.

TRICIDA, INC.
7000 Shoreline Court, Suite 201
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94080
NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF ELECTION FORM
Return via email (by PDF or similar imaged document file) to: optionexchange@tricida.com
I previously received from Tricida the Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options, dated July 16, 2021, and the Election Form. I signed and returned the Election Form, in which I elected to tender some or all of my Eligible Options in exchange for New Options. By submitting this Notice of Withdrawal of Election Form (this “Notice of Withdrawal”), I am revoking that election and hereby withdraw from the Exchange Offer with respect to the Eligible Options listed below:
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Eligible Options
Withdrawal of election to
tender Eligible Option for
New Option(s)
Grant NumberGrant DateGrant TypeExercise PriceEligible Shares
ISO
NSO
XXXXX
( vested,
unvested)
Revoke election
ISO
NSO
XXXXX
( vested,
unvested)
Revoke election
ISO
NSO
XXXXX
( vested,
unvested)
Revoke election
I understand that, by signing this Notice of Withdrawal and delivering it to Tricida, I withdraw my acceptance of the Exchange Offer with respect to the Eligible Options listed above. By rejecting the Exchange Offer with respect to the Eligible Options listed above, I understand that such Eligible Options will not be cancelled in exchange for the grant of New Options, and I will retain these Eligible Options subject to their existing exercise price, term, vesting schedule and other terms and conditions. I agree that Tricida has made no representations or warranties to me regarding my rejection of the Exchange Offer. The withdrawal of the Eligible Options listed above is at my sole and exclusive discretion. I agree that Tricida will not be liable for any costs, taxes, losses or damages I may incur as a result of my decision to withdraw the Eligible Options listed above.
By signing below, I hereby revoke my prior election to tender the Eligible Options listed above.
(Signature)
(Print Name)
(Date)
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Exhibit (a)(1)(E)
FORM OF EMAIL
CONFIRMING RECEIPT OF ELECTION FORM
From: TRICIDA, INC.
Re:Confirmation of Receipt of Election Form
This message confirms that TRICIDA, INC. (“Tricida”) has received your Election Form. This confirmation should not, however, be construed to imply that the Election Form you submitted has been properly completed or signed or that we have accepted any of your Eligible Options for exchange.
If your Election Form has been properly completed and signed, and all eligibility requirements are met, we expect to accept the Eligible Options you have elected to exchange and to grant you New Options promptly following the Expiration Time, subject to the terms and conditions of the Exchange Offer. If you have included in your Election Form an election to tender options for exchange that do not qualify as Eligible Options, such options will not be accepted by Tricida and will remain outstanding subject to their original terms following the expiration of the Exchange Offer. If you do not deliver a signed Notice of Withdrawal before the Expiration Time, and we accept your tendered Eligible Options for exchange, we will provide you with a confirmation letter promptly following the Expiration Time confirming that your Eligible Options have been accepted for exchange. In addition, we will separately provide you with stock option agreements for your New Options for acceptance via E*TRADE.
Your Election Form may be changed or withdrawn by subsequently delivering a new, properly completed and signed Election Form or Notice of Withdrawal at any time before 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021, unless the Exchange Offer is extended.
You should direct questions about the Exchange Offer or requests for assistance (including requests for additional or paper copies of the Exchange Offer, Election Form, Notice of Withdrawal or any other documents relating to the Exchange Offer) by email to optionexchange@tricida.com.
Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined in this email shall have the meanings set forth in the Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options, dated July 16, 2021.
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Exhibit (a)(1)(F)
FORM OF EMAIL
CONFIRMING RECEIPT OF NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF ELECTION FORM
From: TRICIDA, INC.
Re:Confirmation of Receipt of Notice of Withdrawal of Election Form
This message confirms that TRICIDA, INC. (“Tricida”) has received your Notice of Withdrawal of Election Form (“Notice of Withdrawal”). This confirmation should not, however, be construed to imply that the Notice of Withdrawal or any other documents that you have submitted have been properly completed.
If your Notice of Withdrawal is properly completed and signed and timely received by us, you will have revoked your prior election to exchange your Eligible Options as set forth in your previously submitted Election Form. With respect to the Eligible Options listed on your Notice of Withdrawal, we will neither cancel nor exchange such awards for New Options, and you will retain your Eligible Options subject to their original terms, exercise price and vesting schedule. Unless you deliver a new, properly completed and signed Election Form before 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021, or a later date if extended, the Eligible Options listed on your Notice of Withdrawal will remain outstanding following the expiration of the Exchange Offer.
You should direct questions about the Exchange Offer or requests for assistance (including requests for additional or paper copies of the Exchange Offer, Election Form or any other documents relating to the Exchange Offer) by email to optionexchange@tricida.com.
Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined in this email shall have the meaning set forth in the Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options, dated July 16, 2021.
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Exhibit (a)(1)(G)
FORM OF REMINDER EMAIL TO ELIGIBLE HOLDERS
REGARDING THE EXPIRATION OF THE EXCHANGE OFFER
From: TRICIDA, INC.
Re:REMINDER – Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options
This email serves as a reminder that we are nearing the expiration of the Exchange Offer described in the Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options, dated July 16, 2021 (the “Offer Documents”). The Exchange Offer and your withdrawal rights will expire at 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on Thursday, August 12, 2021, unless extended. You must submit your Election Forms and/or Notice of Withdrawals via DocuSign by the Expiration Time. We cannot accept late submissions.
You should direct questions about the Exchange Offer or requests for assistance (including requests for additional or paper copies of the Offer Documents, Election Form, Notice of Withdrawal or any other documents relating to the Exchange Offer) by email to optionexchange@tricida.com.
This notice does not constitute an offer. The full terms of the Exchange Offer are described in the Schedule TO-I and accompanying documents, which you may access on our website at https://ir.tricida.com/financial-information/sec-filings or through the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined in this email shall have the meanings set forth in the Offer Documents.
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Exhibit (a)(1)(H)
FORM OF EMAIL TO ELIGIBLE HOLDERS
CONFIRMING ACCEPTANCE OF ELIGIBLE OPTIONS
From: TRICIDA, INC.
Re:Confirmation of Acceptance of Eligible Options
Thank you for your submission of the Election Form pursuant to the Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options, dated July 16, 2021 (the “Offer Documents”). With this letter, we confirm that TRICIDA, INC. (“Tricida”) has accepted the Eligible Options listed on your Election Form for exchange in the Exchange Offer. Subject to the terms and conditions of the Exchange Offer, as described in the Offer Documents, your Eligible Options will be cancelled and New Options will be granted to you. Your New Options will appear shortly in E*TRADE, and your stock option agreement(s) will be available for electronic acceptance. If you have included in your Election Form an election to tender any options for exchange that do not qualify as Eligible Options, such options will not be accepted by Tricida and will remain outstanding subject to their original terms following the expiration of the Exchange Offer. If you have any questions, please contact optionexchange@tricida.com.
Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined herein shall have the meanings set forth in the Offer Documents.
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Exhibit (a)(1)(I)
FORM OF EMAIL NOTICE
REGARDING REJECTION OF OPTIONS FOR EXCHANGE
From: TRICIDA, INC.
Re:Notice of Rejection of Options for Exchange
Thank you for your submission of the Election Form pursuant to the Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options, dated July 16, 2021 (the “Exchange Offer”). With this letter, we are notifying you that TRICIDA, INC. (“Tricida”) has rejected for exchange the options listed on your Election Form. Accordingly, your options will remain outstanding and subject to their original terms. For additional information regarding the rejection of your options for exchange, please contact optionexchange@tricida.com.
Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined herein shall have the meanings set forth in the Exchange Offer.
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Exhibit (a)(1)(J)
FORM OF EXPIRATION NOTICE EMAIL
From: TRICIDA, INC.
Re:Expiration of the Exchange Offer
The Exchange Offer described in the Offer to Exchange Eligible Options for New Options, dated July 16, 2021 (the “Offer Documents”), has expired, and no additional Election Forms or Notices of Withdrawal may be submitted. If you are an Eligible Holder and delivered a properly completed and signed Election Form to tender your Eligible Options before the Expiration Time, and did not subsequently deliver a Notice of Withdrawal, you will receive a separate email confirming our acceptance of your tendered Eligible Options. Any Eligible Options you did not tender for exchange will remain outstanding and subject to their original terms. If you have any questions regarding the stock options you hold, please contact optionexchange@tricida.com.
Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined in this email shall have the meanings set forth in the Offer Documents.
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Exhibit (a)(1)(K)
Tricida, Inc.
2018 Equity Incentive Plan


Option Award Notice

[Name of Holder]
You have been awarded an option to purchase shares of Common Stock of Tricida, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Tricida, Inc. 2018 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) and the Stock Option Agreement (together with this Award Notice, the “Agreement”). Copies of the Plan and the Stock Option Agreement are attached hereto. Capitalized terms not defined herein shall have the meanings specified in the Plan or the Agreement.
Option:        You have been awarded a(n) option to purchase from the Company [ ] shares of its Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Stock”), subject to adjustment as provided in Section 4.2 of the Agreement
Option Date:        [ , ]
Vesting        
Commencement Date:     [ , ]

Exercise Price:    [ ] per share, subject to adjustment as provided in Section 4.2 of the Agreement.
Vesting Schedule:    Except as otherwise provided in the Plan, the Agreement or any other agreement between the Company or any of its Subsidiaries and Optionee, the Option shall vest [INSERT VESTING SCHEDULE], if, and only if, you are, and have been, continuously (except for any absence for vacation, leave, etc. in accordance with the Company's or its Subsidiaries' policies): (i) employed by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (ii) serving as a Non-Employee Director or (iii) providing services to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as an advisor or consultant, in each case, from the date of this Agreement through and including the applicable vesting date.
Expiration Date:    Except to the extent earlier terminated pursuant to Section 2.2 of the Agreement or earlier exercised pursuant to Section 2.3 of the



Agreement, the Option shall terminate at 5:00 p.m., U.S. Pacific time, on [ , 2028].
TRICIDA, INC.

    
Name:
Title:

                            
Acknowledgment, Acceptance and Agreement:
By signing below, I hereby acknowledge receipt of the Agreement and the Plan, accept the Option granted to me and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Award Notice, the Agreement and the Plan.

[Name of Holder]
Optionee











Tricida, Inc.
2018 Equity Incentive Plan
Stock Option Agreement
Tricida, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), hereby grants to the individual (“Optionee”) named in the award notice attached hereto (the “Award Notice”) as of the date set forth in the Award Notice (the “Option Date”), pursuant to the provisions of the Tricida, Inc. 2018 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”), an option to purchase from the Company the number of shares of the Company’s Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share (“Common Stock”), set forth in the Award Notice at the price per share set forth in the Award Notice (the “Exercise Price”) (the “Option”), upon and subject to the terms and conditions set forth below, in the Award Notice and in the Plan. Capitalized terms not defined herein shall have the meanings specified in the Plan.
1.Option Subject to Acceptance of Agreement. The Option shall be null and void unless Optionee shall accept this Agreement by executing the Award Notice in the space provided therefor and returning an original execution copy of the Award Notice to the Company (or electronically accepting this Agreement within the Optionee’s stock plan account with the Company’s stock plan administrator according to the procedures then in effect).
2.Time and Manner of Exercise of Option.
2.1.Maximum Term of Option. In no event may the Option be exercised, in whole or in part, after the expiration date set forth in the Award Notice (the “Expiration Date”).
2.2.Vesting and Exercise of Option. The Option shall become vested and exercisable in accordance with the Vesting Schedule set forth in the Award Notice. The Option shall be vested and exercisable following a termination of Optionee’s employment according to the following terms and conditions:
(a) Termination of Employment due to Disability. If Optionee’s employment with the Company terminates by reason of Optionee’s Disability, then the Option, to the extent vested on the effective date of such termination of employment, may thereafter be exercised by Optionee until and including the earlier to occur of (i) 12 months after the date of such termination of employment and (ii) the Expiration Date (except as otherwise provided pursuant to Section 2.2(b) below).
(b)Optionee’s Death. If (i) Optionee’s employment with the Company terminates by reason of Optionee’s death or (ii) if Optionee dies within three months following Optionee’s termination of employment from the Company for any reason other than for Cause, then the Option, to the extent vested on the effective date of such termination of employment, may thereafter be exercised by Optionee until and including the earlier to occur of (i) 18 months after the date of such termination of employment and (ii) the Expiration Date.
(c)Termination by Company without Cause following a Change in Control. If the Optionee’s employment with the Company is terminated by the Company without Cause



within 12 months following a Change in Control, subject to Optionee’s execution and non-revocation of a waiver and release of claims in the form prescribed by the Company within 60 days following the date of such termination of employment, the Option shall be 100% vested upon such termination of employment and may thereafter be exercised by Optionee until and including the earlier to occur of (i) three months after the date of such termination of employment and (ii) the Expiration Date; provided, however, if Optionee is a Non-Exempt Employee (as defined below) whose employment terminates within six months of the Option Date, the Option shall be exercisable until the later of (x) the date that is seven months after the Option Date and (y) the date that is three months after the date of such termination of employment (but in any event not beyond the Expiration Date).
(d)Termination by Company for Cause. If Optionee’s employment with the Company terminates by reason of the Company’s termination of Optionee’s employment for Cause, then the Option, whether or not vested, shall terminate immediately upon such termination of employment.
(e)Termination Other than for Cause, Death, Disability or Within 12 Months Following a Change in Control or by Optionee. If Optionee’s employment with the Company terminates for any reason other than as set forth in Sections 2.2(a) through 2.2(d) hereof, then the Option, to the extent vested on the effective date of such termination of employment, may thereafter be exercised by Optionee until and including the earlier to occur of (i) the date which is three months after the date of such termination of employment and (ii) the Expiration Date (except as otherwise provided pursuant to Section 2.2(b) above).
(f)Definitions.
(i)Cause” means the occurrence of any of the following events, as determined by the Company in its sole discretion: (A) your commission of any felony or crime involving fraud, dishonesty, or moral turpitude under the laws of the United States or any state thereof; (B) your attempted commission of, or participation in, a fraud or act of dishonesty against the Company; (C) your intentional, material violation of any contract or agreement between you and the Company or of any statutory duty owed to the Company; (D) your unauthorized use or disclosure of the Company’s confidential information or trade secrets; or (E) your gross misconduct.
(ii)Disability” means Optionee’s inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or that has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve months as provided in Sections 22(e)(3) of the Code.
2.3.Method of Exercise. Subject to the limitations set forth in this Agreement, the Option, to the extent vested, may be exercised by Optionee (a) by delivering to the Company an exercise notice in the form prescribed by the Company specifying the number of whole shares of Common Stock to be purchased and by accompanying such notice with payment therefor in full (or by arranging for such payment to the Company’s satisfaction) either (i) in cash, (ii) by delivery to the Company (either actual delivery or by attestation procedures established by the



Company) of shares of Common Stock having an aggregate Fair Market Value, determined as of the date of exercise, equal to the aggregate purchase price payable pursuant to the Option by reason of such exercise, (iii) by authorizing the Company to withhold whole shares of Common Stock which would otherwise be delivered having an aggregate Fair Market Value, determined as of the date of exercise, equal to the amount necessary to satisfy such obligation, (iv) except as may be prohibited by applicable law, in cash by a broker-dealer acceptable to the Company to whom Optionee has submitted an irrevocable notice of exercise or (v) by a combination of (i), (ii) and (iii), and (b) by executing such documents as the Company may reasonably request. Any fraction of a share of Common Stock which would be required to pay such purchase price shall be disregarded and the remaining amount due shall be paid in cash by Optionee. No certificate representing a share of Common Stock shall be issued or delivered until the full purchase price therefor and any withholding taxes thereon, as described in Section 6.1, have been paid.
2.4.Termination of Option. In no event may the Option be exercised after it terminates as set forth in this Section 2.4. The Option shall terminate, to the extent not earlier terminated pursuant to Section 2.1 or Section 2.2 or exercised pursuant to Section 2.3, on the Expiration Date. Upon the termination of the Option, the Option and all rights hereunder shall immediately become null and void.
2.5.Non-Exempt Employees. Except as provided in Section 2.2, if Optionee is an employee eligible for overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended (that is, a “Non-Exempt Employee”), Optionee may not exercise the Option until he or she has completed at least six months of continuous employment, measured from the Option Date.
3.Transfer Restrictions and Securities Laws Restrictions.
3.1.Nontransferability of Option. The Option may not be transferred by Optionee other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution or pursuant to the designation of one or more beneficiaries on the form prescribed by the Company. Except to the extent permitted by the foregoing sentence, (a) during Optionee’s lifetime the Option is exercisable only by Optionee or Optionee’s legal representative, guardian or similar person and (b) the Option may not be sold, transferred, assigned, pledged, hypothecated, encumbered or otherwise disposed of (whether by operation of law or otherwise) or be subject to execution, attachment or similar process. Upon any attempt to so sell, transfer, assign, pledge, hypothecate, encumber or otherwise dispose of the Option, the Option and all rights hereunder shall immediately become null and void.
1.2.Investment Representation. Optionee hereby represents and covenants that (a) any shares of Common Stock purchased upon exercise of the Option will be purchased for investment and not with a view to the distribution thereof within the meaning of the Securities Act unless such purchase has been registered under the Securities Act and any applicable state securities laws; (b) any subsequent sale of any such shares shall be made either pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act and any applicable state securities laws, or pursuant to an exemption from registration under the Securities Act and such state securities laws; and (c) if requested by the Company, Optionee shall submit a written



statement, in a form satisfactory to the Company, to the effect that such representation (i) is true and correct as of the date of any purchase of any shares hereunder or (ii) is true and correct as of the date of any sale of any such shares, as applicable. As a further condition precedent to any exercise of the Option, Optionee shall comply with all regulations and requirements of any regulatory authority having control of or supervision over the issuance or delivery of the shares and, in connection therewith, shall execute any documents which the Board or the Committee shall in its sole discretion deem necessary or advisable.
4.Additional Terms and Conditions.
4.1.Tax Matters.
(a)Withholding Taxes. As a condition precedent to the issuance of Common Stock following the exercise of the Option, Optionee shall, upon request by the Company, pay to the Company in addition to the purchase price of the shares, such amount as the Company may be required, under all applicable federal, state, local or other laws or regulations, to withhold and pay over as income or other withholding taxes (the “Required Tax Payments”) with respect to such exercise of the Option. If Optionee shall fail to advance the Required Tax Payments after request by the Company, the Company may, in its discretion, deduct any Required Tax Payments from any amount then or thereafter payable by the Company to Optionee.     Optionee may elect to satisfy his or her obligation to advance the Required Tax Payments by any of the following means: (i) a cash payment to the Company; (ii) delivery to the Company (either actual delivery or by attestation procedures established by the Company) of previously owned whole shares of Common Stock having an aggregate Fair Market Value, determined as of the date on which such withholding obligation arises (the “Tax Date”), equal to the Required Tax Payments; (iii) authorizing the Company to withhold whole shares of Common Stock which would otherwise be delivered to Optionee upon exercise of the Option having an aggregate Fair Market Value, determined as of the Tax Date, equal to the Required Tax Payments; (iv) except as may be prohibited by applicable law, a cash payment by a broker-dealer acceptable to the Company to whom Optionee has submitted an irrevocable notice of exercise or (v) any combination of (i), (ii) and (iii). Shares of Common Stock to be delivered or withheld may not have a Fair Market Value in excess of the minimum amount of the Required Tax Payments (or such higher withholding rate permitted by the Committee and which does not result in adverse accounting consequences to the Company). Any fraction of a share of Common Stock which would be required to satisfy any such obligation shall be disregarded and the remaining amount due shall be paid in cash by Optionee. No share of Common Stock or certificate representing a share of Common Stock shall be issued or delivered until the Required Tax Payments have been satisfied in full.
(b)Tax Status. If the Option is designated as an “Incentive Stock Option” on the Award Notice, then the Option granted hereby is intended to qualify as an “incentive stock option” under Section 422 of the Code. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Option shall not qualify as an “incentive stock option” if any of the following events occur: (i) the Optionee disposes of the Common Stock acquired pursuant to the Option at any time during the two-year period following the Option Date or the one-year period following the date of any exercise of the



Option; (ii) except in the event of the Optionee’s death or Disability, the Optionee is not employed by the Company or a Subsidiary at all times during the period beginning on the Option Date and ending on the day that is three months before the date of any exercise of the Option; or (iii) the aggregate fair market value of the Common Stock subject to “incentive stock options” held by the Optionee which become exercisable for the first time in any calendar year (under all plans of the Company or a Subsidiary) exceeds $100,000. For purposes of clause (iii) above, the “fair market value” of the Common Stock shall be determined as of the Option Date. To the extent that all or a portion of the Option does not qualify as an “incentive stock option,” it shall not affect the validity of the Option (or portion thereof) and shall constitute a separate non-qualified stock option without any further action by the Company or the Optionee.
4.2.Adjustment. In the event of any equity restructuring (within the meaning of Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718, Compensation—Stock Compensation) that causes the per share value of shares of Common Stock to change, such as a stock dividend, stock split, spinoff, rights offering or recapitalization through an extraordinary dividend, the number and class of securities subject to the Option and the Exercise Price shall be equitably adjusted by the Committee, such adjustment to be made in accordance with Section 409A of the Code. In the event of any other change in corporate capitalization, including a merger, consolidation, reorganization, or partial or complete liquidation of the Company, such equitable adjustments described in the foregoing sentence may be made as determined to be appropriate and equitable by the Committee (or, if the Company is not the surviving corporation in any such transaction, the board of directors of the surviving corporation) to prevent dilution or enlargement of rights of participants. The decision of the Committee regarding any such adjustment shall be final, binding and conclusive.
4.3.Compliance with Applicable Law. The Option is subject to the condition that if the listing, registration or qualification of the shares subject to the Option upon any securities exchange or under any law, or the consent or approval of any governmental body, or the taking of any other action is necessary or desirable as a condition of, or in connection with, the purchase or issuance of shares hereunder, the Option may not be exercised, in whole or in part, and such shares may not be issued, unless such listing, registration, qualification, consent, approval or other action shall have been effected or obtained, free of any conditions not acceptable to the Company. The Company agrees to use reasonable efforts to effect or obtain any such listing, registration, qualification, consent, approval or other action.
4.4.Issuance or Delivery of Shares. Upon the exercise of the Option, in whole or in part, the Company shall issue or deliver, subject to the conditions of this Agreement, the number of shares of Common Stock purchased against full payment therefor. Such issuance shall be evidenced by the appropriate entry on the books of the Company or of a duly authorized transfer agent of the Company. The Company shall pay all original issue or transfer taxes and all fees and expenses incident to such issuance, except as otherwise provided in Section 6.1.
4.5.Option Confers No Rights as Stockholder. Optionee shall not be entitled to any privileges of ownership with respect to shares of Common Stock subject to the Option unless and until such shares are purchased and issued upon the exercise of the Option, in whole



or in part, and Optionee becomes a stockholder of record with respect to such issued shares. Optionee shall not be considered a stockholder of the Company with respect to any such shares not so purchased and issued.
1.6.Option Confers No Rights to Continued Employment. In no event shall the granting of the Option or its acceptance by Optionee, or any provision of this Agreement or the Plan, give or be deemed to give Optionee any right to continued employment by the Company, any Subsidiary or any affiliate of the Company or affect in any manner the right of the Company, any Subsidiary or any affiliate of the Company to terminate the employment of any person at any time.
4.7.Decisions of Board or Committee. The Board or the Committee shall have the right to resolve all questions which may arise in connection with the Option or its exercise. Any interpretation, determination or other action made or taken by the Board or the Committee regarding the Plan or this Agreement shall be final, binding and conclusive.
4.8.Successors. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of any successor or successors of the Company and any person or persons who shall, upon the death of Optionee, acquire any rights hereunder in accordance with this Agreement or the Plan.
4.9.Notices. All notices, requests or other communications provided for in this Agreement shall be made, if to the Company, to Tricida, Inc., Attention: Corporate Secretary, 7000 Shoreline Court, Suite 201, South San Francisco, CA 94080, and if to Optionee, to the last known mailing address of Optionee contained in the records of the Company. All notices, requests or other communications provided for in this Agreement shall be made in writing either (a) by personal delivery, (b) by facsimile or electronic mail with confirmation of receipt, (c) by mailing in the United States mails or (d) by express courier service. The notice, request or other communication shall be deemed to be received upon personal delivery, upon confirmation of receipt of facsimile or electronic mail transmission or upon receipt by the party entitled thereto if by United States mail or express courier service; provided, however, that if a notice, request or other communication sent to the Company is not received during regular business hours, it shall be deemed to be received on the next succeeding business day of the Company.
4.10.Governing Law. This Agreement, the Option and all determinations made and actions taken pursuant hereto and thereto, to the extent not governed by the Code or the laws of the United States, shall be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware and construed in accordance therewith without giving effect to principles of conflicts of laws.
4.11.Agreement Subject to the Plan. This Agreement is subject to the provisions of the Plan and shall be interpreted in accordance therewith. In the event that the provisions of this Agreement and the Plan conflict, the Plan shall control. The Optionee hereby acknowledges receipt of a copy of the Plan.
1.12.Entire Agreement. This Agreement and the Plan constitute the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersede in their entirety



all prior undertakings and agreements of the Company and the Optionee with respect to the subject matter hereof, and may not be modified adversely to the Optionee’s interest except by means of a writing signed by the Company and the Optionee.
4.13.Partial Invalidity. The invalidity or unenforceability of any particular provision of this Agreement shall not effect the other provisions hereof and this Agreement shall be construed in all respects as if such invalid or unenforceable provisions were omitted.
4.14.Amendment and Waiver. The Company may amend the provisions of this Agreement at any time; provided that an amendment that would materially impair the Optionee’s rights under this Agreement shall be subject to the written consent of the Optionee. No course of conduct or failure or delay in enforcing the provisions of this Agreement shall affect the validity, binding effect or enforceability of this Agreement.
4.15.Counterparts. The Award Notice may be executed in two counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original and both of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.