Perrigo Company (NYSE: PRGO), a leading global provider of quality, affordable healthcare products (“Perrigo”) and Elan Corporation, plc (NYSE: ELN) (“Elan”), a leading biotechnology company headquartered in Ireland, today announced that, following a formal sale process conducted by Elan, Perrigo and Elan have entered into a definitive agreement (the “Transaction Agreement”) under which Elan will be acquired by a new holding company incorporated in Ireland (“New Perrigo”). The cash and stock transaction, which is valued at approximately US$8.6 billion based on the closing price of Perrigo shares on 26 July 2013 (US$6.7 billion excluding Elan’s cash on hand), will create a global healthcare company with an industry-leading growth profile and the geographic scale and scope to continue building a truly differentiated business.
“Through this transaction, Perrigo establishes a diversified platform for further international expansion,” stated Perrigo Chairman and CEO, Joseph C. Papa. “We believe this transaction is compelling for Elan shareholders and fully takes into account the value of Elan’s assets, including a large cash balance and a double-digit royalty claim on Tysabri ®, a blockbuster product that generated revenues of US$1.6 billion last year and has been growing at a compound annual growth rate of 19%. We believe the combination of Perrigo and Elan will create an industry-leading global healthcare company with the balance sheet liquidity and operational structure to accelerate our growth and capitalize on international market opportunities.”
Mr. Robert A. Ingram, Chairman of Elan, commented, “This is an excellent transaction for Elan shareholders and provides them with cash consideration as well as the opportunity to benefit from the potential upside value of the new company. Joe Papa and his team have demonstrated exceptional capability and delivery of results in building a premier healthcare company over the past number of years. We have the confidence in Joe and his leadership team to continue to grow and expand its presence on a global scale.”