Akorn To Acquire Hi-Tech Pharmacal For $640 Million

Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKRX) and Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc. (NASDAQ: HITK) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Akorn will acquire Hi-Tech for $640 million in cash.

Hi-Tech is a specialty pharmaceutical company developing, manufacturing and marketing generic and branded prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) products. Hi-Tech specializes in difficult to manufacture liquid and semi-solid dosage forms and produces and markets a range of oral solutions and suspensions, as well as topical ointments and creams, nasal sprays, otics, sterile ophthalmics and sterile ointment and gels products. Hi-Tech’s Health Care Products division is a leading developer and marketer of OTC products. Hi-Tech's ECR Pharmaceuticals subsidiary markets branded prescription products.

Under the terms of the agreement, Akorn will pay $640 million in cash, or $43.50 per share. This represents a 23.5% premium over the closing price on August 26. Akorn expects to achieve between $15 million and $20 million in annual run-rate synergies within 12 months of close. The combined company is expected to have annual revenues in excess of $500 million and the transaction is expected to be accretive to Akorn’s non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share immediately upon closing. Assuming the transaction occurred on January 1, 2013 and assuming the full realization of synergies, the acquisition would have been approximately 40% accretive to Akorn’s expected 2013 non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share.

Raj Rai, Akorn’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “This is a transformative event for our company. The portfolio of Hi-Tech products is a great strategic fit to our currently marketed products as it diversifies our offering to our retail customers beyond ophthalmics to other niche dosage forms such as oral liquids, topical creams and ointments, nasal sprays and otics. In addition, we are excited about Hi-Tech’s product pipeline which would further enhance growth opportunities for the combined platform.”

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