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Charles River Laboratories Completes Acquisition of Galapagos’ CRO Services

Published: Thursday, April 03, 2014
Last Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014
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Acquisition is expected to add approximately 6% to Company’s net sales in 2014.

Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. has announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the CRO services division of Galapagos NV, which includes both Argenta and BioFocus.

The acquisition positions Charles River as a full service, early-stage contract research organization (CRO), with integrated in vitro and in vivo capabilities from target discovery through preclinical development.

Argenta and BioFocus are global leaders in integrated drug discovery services, with a predominant focus on in vitro capabilities. Located in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, Argenta and BioFocus provide a full suite of drug discovery services from target discovery through the delivery of clinic-ready candidates to a broad range of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Their deep in vitro expertise includes medicinal chemistry, target discovery, and complex in vitro biology, as well as therapeutic area expertise in respiratory, inflammation, oncology, and CNS diseases.

The purchase price was €129 million in cash, subject to certain post-closing working capital adjustments. In addition to the initial purchase price, the transaction includes future performance payments of up to €5 million.

The acquisition is expected to add approximately 6% to Charles River’s net sales in 2014. It is also expected to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings per share in 2014 by approximately $0.10.

Items excluded from non-GAAP earnings per share are expected to include all deal-related costs including amortization of intangible assets.

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