MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and SHENZHEN, China, Sept. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Complete Genomics, Inc. (Nasdaq:GNOM) ("Complete"), an innovative leader in whole human genomic sequencing, and BGI-Shenzhen ("BGI"), a leading international genomics company based in Shenzhen, China, today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Through this agreement, a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of BGI will launch a tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Complete for $3.15 per share in cash, without interest. This price represents approximately a 54% premium to the $2.04 closing price per share of Complete common stock on June 4, 2012, the last trading day prior to Complete's announcement that it was undertaking an evaluation of strategic alternatives to secure the financial resources needed for continued commercialization of its technology.
Complete's board of directors has unanimously recommended that stockholders accept the offer and tender their shares. Based on the number of fully diluted outstanding shares of Complete, the aggregate value of the transaction is approximately $117.6 million. In addition, Complete and an affiliate of BGI have entered into an agreement pursuant to which Complete will be provided with up to $30 million in bridge financing for its operations following the signing of the merger agreement.
Complete provides whole human genome sequencing, which is used by research centers to conduct medical research that, in the future, is expected to be used by doctors and hospitals to improve both prevention and treatment of disease. BGI operates international genome sequencing centers, which support genetic research into agriculture, animals and humans and serve researchers around the world including the United States. The combination of the two companies is expected to bring together complementary scientific and technological expertise and R&D capabilities. Complete will continue to be operated as a separate company with headquarters and operations remaining in Mountain View, California.