The Board Of Directors Of Algeta ASA Unanimously Recommends Voluntary Cash Offer From Bayer To Acquire The Entire Issued Share Capital Of Algeta

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  • Offer at NOK 362 per Algeta share, in cash, valuing the total share capital of Algeta at approximately NOK 17.6 billion (USD 2.9 billion) on a fully diluted basis 
  • Offer unanimously recommended by the Board of Directors of Algeta 
  • Pre-acceptance of the Offer on certain terms and conditions by HealthCap IV, Algeta's largest shareholder

OSLO, Norway, Dec. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Board of Directors of Algeta ASA ("Algeta"; OSE: ALGETA) today announced an agreement with the Bayer Group ("Bayer") whereby Bayer, through Aviator Acquisition AS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bayer Nordic SE, will launch a voluntary cash offer (the "Offer") to acquire the entire issued share capital of Algeta for NOK 362 per share in cash. The Offer values the total share capital of Algeta at approximately NOK 17.6 billion (USD 2.9 billion) on a fully diluted basis. The Board of Directors of Algeta has unanimously decided to recommend that its shareholders accept the Offer. The recommendation will be made public through the Oslo Stock Exchange and appended to the offer document.

The Offer price represents a 37% premium to Algeta's closing share price on 25 November 2013 and a 48% premium to the three-month volume weighted average stock price on 25 November 2013, the last trading day prior to the announcement of Bayer's preliminary acquisition proposal.

"The Board of Directors of Algeta has undertaken a careful review of the terms and conditions of the Offer. We believe the Offer recognizes the strategic value of Algeta and delivers a considerable cash premium to our shareholders." said Stein Holst Annexstad, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Algeta. "Having worked with Bayer since 2009, the Board of Directors is convinced of Bayer's commitment to establishing Xofigo ® (radium Ra 223 dichloride) globally, and maximizing its blockbuster potential. We are also pleased that Bayer intends to further invest in the potential of Algeta's Targeted Thorium Conjugate (TTC) research platform."

Algeta's largest and leading shareholder HealthCap IV [1] has, on certain terms and conditions, pre-accepted the Offer for all shares that it owns. In addition, Bayer has received undertakings from each of the Directors and certain senior managers holding shares in Algeta to tender their shares into the Offer, subject to certain conditions. The total shares subject to these several commitments represent approximately 14% of Algeta's issued share capital. Terms and conditions of the Offer

Under the terms of the Offer, Aviator Acquisition AS will make a voluntary offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Algeta for NOK 362 per share in cash. The complete details of the Offer, including all terms and conditions, will be included in an offer document expected to be distributed to Algeta shareholders in January 2014, following approval by the Oslo Stock Exchange. The consummation of the Offer is subject to satisfaction or waiver of customary conditions, including, without limitation, a minimum acceptance of at least 90% or such lower percentage (not being less than 50%) of the outstanding Algeta shares as Aviator Acquisition AS determines, regulatory approval by German competition authorities being obtained and no material adverse change having occurred in Algeta. The Offer is not subject to any financing condition. Bayer will finance the transaction with available cash and new debt. Bayer expects to close the transaction during the first quarter of 2014.