Bristol-Myers Squibb to Acquire Medarex
News Jul 24, 2009
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Medarex, Inc. announced that the companies have signed a definitive merger agreement providing for the acquisition of Medarex by Bristol-Myers Squibb, for $16.00 per share in cash.
The transaction, with an aggregate purchase price of approximately $2.4 billion, has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Medarex’s projected $300 million in net cash and marketable securities at closing would be an asset acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb resulting in an implied purchase price of approximately $2.1 billion.
“Medarex’s technology platform, people and pipeline provide a strong complement to our company’s biologics strategy, specifically in immuno-oncology,” said James M. Cornelius, chairman and chief executive officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “With its productive and proven antibody discovery capabilities, ability to generate interesting therapeutic programs and unique set of pre-clinical and clinical assets in development, Medarex represents what we’re looking for in terms of our String of Pearls strategy. This acquisition is another important step in our BioPharma transformation.”
Bristol-Myers Squibb gains the following as a result of the acquisition:
Medarex’s UltiMAb Human Antibody Development System®, which produces high affinity, fully human antibodies for use in a broad range of therapeutic areas, including immunology and oncology. This validated technology platform has produced compounds which are now currently marketed therapies (SIMPONI™, STELARA™ and ILARIS®).
Medarex’s next-generation Antibody-Drug Conjugate (ADC) technology, which is a novel and proprietary platform that could open new fields in oncology drug development.
Rights to seven antibodies in clinical trials under Medarex’s sole sponsorship and three other antibodies being co-developed with other partners. Rights to pre-clinical assets in various stages of development by Medarex - in particular, monoclonal antibodies focused in oncology and immunology.
Full ownership and rights to ipilimumab, which, if approved, could be an important contributor to Bristol-Myers Squibb’s future growth. The companies have collaborated on the development of ipilimumab, a novel immunotherapy currently in Phase III development for the treatment of metastatic melanoma. The companies also have an ongoing Phase II study in lung cancer as well as Phase III studies in adjuvant melanoma and hormone-refractory prostate cancer.
Royalties based on percentage of sales for SIMPONI™, STELARA™ and ILARIS®.“We welcome the opportunity to further collaborate with the Medarex scientific leadership,” said Elliott Sigal, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president and president, research and development at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
“In addition to our Adnexus team, which has been expanded since it was acquired in 2007, Medarex scientists will help us create an industry-leading biologics capability. We believe Medarex’s antibody generation expertise, located in California and New Jersey, will complement our existing biologics efforts with a dedicated discovery and development capability in immuno-oncology.”
Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement, Bristol-Myers Squibb will commence a cash tender offer on or about July 27, 2009 to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Medarex common stock for $16.00 per share in cash. The closing of the tender offer is subject to customary terms and conditions, including the tender of a number of shares that, together with the number of shares already owned by Bristol-Myers Squibb, constitutes at least a majority of Medarex’s outstanding shares of common stock (on a fully diluted basis) and expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act.
The agreement also provides for the parties to effect, subject to customary conditions, a merger to be completed following the completion of the tender offer which would result in all shares not tendered in the tender offer being converted into the right to received $16.00 per share in cash.
The merger agreement contains a provision under which Medarex has agreed not to solicit any competing offers for the company. Bristol-Myers Squibb will finance the acquisition from its existing cash resources. The companies expect the tender offer to close in approximately thirty (30) days after commencement of the tender offer.