Healthcare Industry News: King Pharmaceuticals
News Release - September 12, 2008
King Commences Cash Tender Offer for Alpharma at $37 Per ShareBRISTOL, Tenn.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: KG ) today announced that it commenced a tender offer, through a wholly owned subsidiary, to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock of Alpharma Inc. (NYSE: ALO ) for $37 per share in cash. This offer represents a 67% premium over the closing price of Alpharma Class A Common Stock on August 4, 2008, the date of King’s initial private written proposal to Alpharma, a 54% premium over the closing price on August 21, 2008, the last trading day prior to public disclosure of King’s proposal, and a 60% premium over Alpharma’s average closing price during the twelve-month period ended August 21, 2008. This price represents a total equity value of approximately $1.6 billion and an enterprise value of approximately $1.4 billion.
The tender offer is scheduled to expire at 5:00 pm, New York City time, on Friday, October 10, 2008, unless extended.
The tender offer documents, including the Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal, will be filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Alpharma stockholders may obtain copies of the tender offer documents when they become available at www.sec.gov. Free copies of such documents can also be obtained when they become available by calling Innisfree M&A Incorporated, toll-free at (877) 687-1875.
As King previously indicated, it intends, if appropriate in order to facilitate the offer, to commence a consent solicitation to replace the Board of Directors of Alpharma with its own nominees.
Credit Suisse and Wachovia Securities are acting as financial advisors to King and Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP is acting as legal counsel. Innisfree M&A Incorporated is acting as information agent for King’s offer.
About King Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
King, headquartered in Bristol, Tennessee, is a vertically integrated branded pharmaceutical company. King, an S&P 500 Index company, seeks to capitalize on opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry through the development, including through in-licensing arrangements and acquisitions, of novel branded prescription pharmaceutical products and technologies that complement the Company’s focus in specialty-driven markets, particularly neuroscience, hospital and acute care. King strives to be a leader and partner of choice in bringing innovative, clinically-differentiated medicines and technologies to market.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“King”) disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward- looking statements. All statements contained in this document that are not clearly historical in nature or that necessarily depend on future events are forward-looking, and the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan,” and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations, but actual results may differ materially due to various factors such as King’s ability to complete the tender offer as expected; King’s ability to achieve the synergies and value creation contemplated by the proposed transaction; King’s ability to promptly and effectively integrate the businesses of Alpharma Inc. (“Alpharma”) and King and any necessary actions to obtain required regulatory approvals; the potential of King’s branded pharmaceutical products; expectations regarding the enforceability and effectiveness of product-related patents; expected trends and projections with respect to particular products, reportable segment and income and expense line items; the adequacy of King’s liquidity and capital resources; anticipated capital expenditures; the acceptance, priority review or approval of certain New Drug Applications; the development, approval and successful commercialization of certain products; the successful execution of growth and restructuring strategies, including King’s accelerated strategic shift; anticipated developments and expansions of King’s business; plans for the manufacture of some of King’s products; the potential costs, outcomes and timing of research, clinical trials and other development activities involving pharmaceutical products; the development of product line extensions; the expected timing of the initial marketing of certain products; products developed, acquired or in-licensed that may be commercialized; King’s intent, beliefs or current expectations, primarily with respect to future operating performance; expectations regarding sales growth, gross margins, manufacturing productivity, capital expenditures and effective tax rates; expectations regarding the outcome of various pending legal proceedings; expectations regarding King’s financial condition and liquidity as well as future cash flows and earnings; expectations regarding the ability to liquidate King’s holdings of auction rate securities and the temporary nature of the unrealized losses recorded in connection with these securities. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. For further information regarding these and other risks related to King’s business, investors should consult King’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 and King’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other documents filed by King with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).
Important Additional Information about the Tender Offer
Investors and security holders are urged to read the disclosure documents that will be filed today with the SEC, including the tender offer statement and related documents, carefully in their entirety when they become available because they will contain important information. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of any such documents filed with the SEC by King at www.kingpharm.com and through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Free copies of any such documents (when available) can also be obtained by directing a request to King’s information agent, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, at (877) 687-1875.
Important Additional Information about the Consent Solicitation This press release is not a substitute for any disclosure documents, including the proxy statement, King will file with the SEC and send to Alpharma stockholders in connection with the solicitation of the stockholders of Alpharma or in connection with any business combination transaction with Alpharma, as required. Investors and security holders are urged to read any such disclosure documents filed with the SEC, including the proxy statement and related documents, carefully in their entirety when they become available because they will contain important information. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of any such documents filed with the SEC by King at www.kingpharm.com and through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Free copies of any such documents (when available) can also be obtained by directing a request to King’s proxy solicitor, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, at (877) 687-1875.
King and Albert Acquisition Corp. (“AAC”), its wholly owned subsidiary, and certain of their directors and executive officers and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of any business combination transaction or solicitation of the stockholders of Alpharma. As of the date of this press release, King and AAC each own 5 shares of Alpharma Class A Common Stock. Information regarding King’s and AAC’s directors and executive officers is available in King’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, which was filed with the SEC on February 29, 2008, and King’s Proxy Statement for its 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 15, 2008.
King Pharmaceuticals, INC.
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