PARSIPPANY, N.J. and DUBLIN, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Actavis, Inc. (NYSE: ACT) and Warner Chilcott plc (NASDAQ: WCRX) today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Actavis will acquire Warner Chilcott plc in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at approximately $8.5 billion. If successfully completed, the transaction will create a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company with approximately $11 billion in combined annual revenue, and the third-largest U.S. specialty pharmaceutical company with approximately $3 billion in annual revenues focused on core therapeutic categories of Women's Health, Gastroenterology, Urology and Dermatology. The proposed transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of Actavis, Inc. and Warner Chilcott plc, and is supported by the management teams of both companies. "We have set as our strategic corporate objective to build a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company," said Paul Bisaro, President and CEO of Actavis. "The combination of Actavis and Warner Chilcott creates a strong specialty brand portfolio focused in therapeutic categories with strong growth potential, and is supported by a deep pipeline of development programs. The combination is commercially and financially compelling, and reshapes the specialty pharmaceutical universe by creating a powerful global competitor. It creates a company with an exceptionally strong balance sheet, coupled with a favorable tax structure to support future growth. "Commercially, this transaction is unique in the combination of the complementary strengths of our two companies," Bisaro added. "The combination will enhance the value of each company's portfolio and provides a substantial foundation to support the successful launch of new products over the next several years, particularly in Women's Health, including Minastrin 24 Fe, Esmya, metronidazole vaginal gel 1.5%, the progestin-only contraceptive patch and other women's health products in development from the recent acquisition of Uteron Pharma SA. It also provides an expanded portfolio of specialty products that have the potential to be commercialized in key markets outside of North America." "The Warner Chilcott team has built a powerful specialty brands business with a strong pipeline, and this compelling transaction brings together two complementary organizations with the potential to create even more value for shareholders," said Roger Boissonneault, President and CEO of Warner Chilcott. " Paul Bisaro and his team have been executing on their vision to build a global and diverse company at the forefront of the specialty pharmaceutical industry, and the addition of Warner Chilcott should enhance the ability of the combined company to successfully execute that vision, and accelerate Actavis' evolution." At the close of the transaction (the "Effective Date"), which is expected by year-end 2013, Actavis and Warner Chilcott will be combined under a new company incorporated in Ireland, where Warner Chilcott is currently incorporated. The newly created company, which is expected to be called Actavis plc, or a variant thereof ("New Actavis"), will be led by the current Actavis leadership team. Under the terms of the Transaction Agreement, at closing Warner Chilcott shareholders will receive 0.160 shares of New Actavis for each Warner Chilcott share they own, which equates to a value of $20.08 per Warner Chilcott share based on Actavis' closing share price of $125.50 on May 17, 2013. This represents a 43 percent premium compared to Warner Chilcott's volume-weighted average trading price of $14.00 for the 30 day trading period ending on May 9, 2013 (the day before Warner Chilcott disclosed it was engaged in preliminary discussions with Actavis) and a 34 per cent premium to the Warner Chilcott closing share price on May 9, 2013 of $15.01. Based on the closing prices of Actavis shares and Warner Chilcott shares on May 9, 2013 of $106.81 and $15.01 each respectively, the value of the consideration payable per Warner Chilcott share would be $17.09 which would represent a premium of 14 per cent over the Warner Chilcott closing share price on such date. The transaction is expected to be tax-free, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, to Warner Chilcott shareholders. Actavis shareholders will receive one share of New Actavis for each Actavis share they own upon closing. The transaction will be taxable, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, to Actavis shareholders.