Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) has completed its acquisition of Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) following the receipt of regulatory approval from all government authorities required by the merger agreement and, as announced on April 12, 2019, approval by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene stockholders.
Upon completion of the acquisition, pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement, Celgene became a wholly owned subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Under the terms of the merger, Celgene shareholders received for each share, 1.00 share of Bristol-Myers Squibb common stock, $50.00 in cash without interest and one tradeable Contingent Value Right (CVR), which will entitle the holder to receive a payment of $9.00 in cash if certain future regulatory milestones are achieved. Celgene common stock ceased trading as of the close of trading today. On November 21, 2019, newly issued Bristol-Myers Squibb shares and CVRs will commence trading on the New York Stock Exchange, with the CVRs trading under the symbol “BMYRT.”
“This is an exciting day for Bristol-Myers Squibb as we bring together the leading science, innovative medicines and incredible talent of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene to create a leading biopharma company,” said Giovanni Caforio, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb. “With our leading franchises in oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease, and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry, I know we will deliver on our vision of transforming patients’ lives through science. I am excited about the opportunities for our current employees and the new colleagues that we welcome to the Company as we work together to deliver innovative medicines to patients.”
Since announcing the transaction on January 3, 2019, there have been a number of tangible advancements toward delivering on the key value drivers for the merger, including: further progress relating to the patent estate for REVLIMID®, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of INREBIC® (fedratinib) for the treatment of certain forms of myelofibrosis, the U.S. FDA approval of REBLOZYL® (luspatercept-aamt) for the treatment of anemia in certain adult patients with beta thalassemia, and regulatory filings of luspatercept and ozanimod in the U.S. and Europe. The Company has also made substantial progress toward the planning of a successful integration.
OTEZLA® Divestiture Update
As announced on August 26, 2019, in connection with the regulatory approval process for the transaction, Celgene entered into an agreement to divest the global rights to OTEZLA® (apremilast) to Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) for $13.4 billion in cash following the closing of the merger with Bristol-Myers Squibb. On November 15, 2019, Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accepted the proposed consent order in connection with the pending merger of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene, thereby permitting the parties to close the merger. Bristol-Myers Squibb expects the OTEZLA divestiture to be completed promptly following the closing of the merger and plans to prioritize the use of proceeds for debt reduction.
Accelerated Share Repurchase Program
Bristol-Myers Squibb also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of $7 billion of Bristol-Myers Squibb common stock.
In connection with this authorization, Bristol-Myers Squibb has entered into accelerated share repurchase (ASR) agreements with Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Barclays Bank PLC to repurchase, in aggregate, $7 billion of Bristol-Myers Squibb common stock. Bristol-Myers Squibb expects to fund the repurchase with cash on-hand. Approximately 80 percent of the shares to be repurchased under the transaction will be received by Bristol-Myers Squibb on November 27, 2019. The total number of shares ultimately repurchased under the program will be determined upon final settlement and will be based on a discount to the volume-weighted average price of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s common stock during the ASR period. Bristol-Myers Squibb anticipates that all repurchases under the ASR will be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2020.
As previously announced, in connection with the closing of the transaction, Michael Bonney, Dr. Julia A. Haller and Phyllis Yale have joined the Bristol-Myers Squibb Board of Directors, expanding the size of the Board from 11 to 14. Mr. Bonney and Dr. Haller served on Celgene’s Board of Directors until the closing of the transaction. All three new directors bring valuable skill sets and significant experience relevant to Bristol-Myers Squibb’s business.
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is serving as lead financial advisor to Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Evercore and Dyal Co. LLC are serving as financial advisors to Bristol-Myers Squibb. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as Bristol-Myers Squibb’s legal counsel. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is serving as lead financial advisor and Citi is acting as financial advisor to Celgene. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as legal counsel to Celgene.
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