BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BPAX) and ANIP Acquisition Company d/b/a ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement by which the companies will merge in an all-stock transaction, with BioSante as the surviving company. The merger transaction will bring together BioSante’s cash, anticipated future licensing revenues and other assets, including products in development, with ANI’s niche branded and generic pharmaceutical products and contract manufacturing operations, which together generated net sales of over $16 million in 2011. ANI currently generates positive cash flow from operations and has no long-term debt.
Under the terms of the agreement, upon completion of the merger, BioSante will issue to ANI stockholders shares of BioSante common stock such that the former ANI stockholders will own approximately 53 percent of the combined company’s shares outstanding, and the former BioSante stockholders will own approximately 47 percent, subject to adjustment as provided in the merger agreement. In addition, immediately prior to the merger, BioSante plans to distribute to its then current stockholders contingent value rights (CVR) providing payment rights arising from a future sale, transfer, license or similar transaction(s) involving BioSante’s LibiGel ® (female testosterone gel).
Upon completion of the merger, the combined company will be renamed ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and will operate under the leadership of the ANI management team, with Arthur S. Przybyl serving as President and Chief Executive Officer. In addition to Mr. Przybyl, the board of directors of the combined company is expected to have two current directors from BioSante and four current ANI directors.
“Over the years, and in particular since the receipt of data from our LibiGel Phase III efficacy trials, we have evaluated a wide range of strategic alternatives for our company and products, including several merger opportunities. After reviewing various strategic alternatives, engaging in discussions with a number of other potential merger candidates and conducting extensive due diligence on ANI, our board of directors has recommended unanimously a merger with ANI,” stated Stephen M. Simes, president and chief executive officer of BioSante. “We found the ANI opportunity to be particularly compelling for our stockholders since it will combine two potentially valuable portfolios of products in development and add a sales and marketing presence, while preserving for our current stockholders the right to realize potential future value from LibiGel in the form of CVRs of up to $40 million.”