Hikma acquires Roxane Laboratories, transforming its position in the US generics market
Acquisition enhances scale and will create platform for sustainable long-term growth
Expected to be accretive in 2016 and very strongly accretive thereafter
London, 28 July 2015 – Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC ("Hikma" or the "Company") (LSE: HIK) (NASDAQ Dubai: HIK) (OTC: HKMPY), the fast growing multinational pharmaceutical group, today announces that it has agreed to acquire Roxane Laboratories Inc. and Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Inc. (together, "Roxane"), from Boehringer Ingelheim ("Boehringer"). Roxane is a well-established US specialty generics company with a highly differentiated product portfolio and best-in-class R&D capabilities.
Under the terms of the acquisition, on closing of the transaction Hikma will pay gross consideration of US$1.18 billion in cash and will issue 40 million new Hikma shares to Boehringer (representing approximately 16.71 per cent. of Hikma's issued share capital immediately following closing and admission). Based on an agreed issue price for the new Hikma shares of £23.50 per share and the US:GBP exchange rate of 1.56:1, the aggregate value of the gross consideration payable on closing is approximately US$2.65 billion. Hikma has also agreed to make contingent cash payments of up to $125 million, subject to the achievement of certain performance milestones.
Transforms Hikma's position in the US generics market, establishing Hikma as the sixth largest company by revenue1
Adds significant breadth to Hikma's US portfolio, bringing 88 highly differentiated products in specialised and niche segments of the market, including oncology, respiratory, extended release and controlled substances
Enhances Hikma's pipeline adding 89 R&D projects, including 57 Paragraph IV products, 13 of which are first-to-file opportunities
Creates sustainable long-term growth potential, adding Roxane's highly experienced R&D team with a successful track record of bringing new and differentiated products to market
Adds a best-in-class manufacturing facility with technologically complex formulation and alternative dosage form capabilities, including modified release solid orals and high potency formulations
Boehringer's approximate 16.71% equity stake reflects a shared conviction in the future growth potential of the Hikma Group and allows Boehringer to focus on growing its global core businesses
Targeting Roxane revenue of $725 million to $775 million in 2017 and an EBITDA margin of around 35% over the medium-term
Expected to be accretive to adjusted2 earnings per share ("EPS") in 2016 and very strongly accretive to adjusted EPS thereafter
Said Darwazah, Chief Executive Officer of Hikma commented:
"This transaction has significant strategic value for us, transforming our position and scale in the US generics market. Roxane's impressive portfolio, attractive pipeline and R&D expertise, focusing on higher value, niche and differentiated products, will create a platform for sustainable long-term growth. The acquisition also significantly expands our manufacturing capacity and technological capabilities. Roxane has an excellent team of highly skilled employees and we are very excited about the value they will bring to Hikma.
I am also very pleased to be further strengthening our relationship with Boehringer Ingelheim, building on the acquisition of Bedford Laboratories which we made in 2014. Their shared belief in the growth potential the Hikma Group is reflected in the equity stake that they are taking."
Michael Raya, Chief Executive Officer of West-Ward, Hikma's wholly-owned subsidiary in the US, said:
"Roxane is highly complementary to our existing US business. Today we are a market leader in generic injectables with a large and increasingly differentiated product portfolio. The acquisition of Roxane will significantly strengthen our non-injectables business, bringing a broad and diversified non-injectables portfolio, strong R&D capabilities and well-invested, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. With this acquisition, we will transform our US operations, becoming the sixth largest US generics provider and ensuring we have the ability to continue our strong trajectory of growth."
Professor Andreas Barner, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of Boehringer Ingelheim commented:
"This is a great opportunity for Roxane to continue to build on its position in the global generics market as part of a fast growing company that has a primary focus on generics. Boehringer is confident that this transaction can better support the already successful Roxane business to realise its growth potential, domestically and internationally. Through this agreement, Boehringer Ingelheim will have a vested interest in Hikma and its significant potential, while focusing on growing our global core businesses as a research-driven pharmaceutical company."
Information on Roxane
Roxane is a well-established US specialty generics company that was founded in 1885 as The Columbus Pharmaceutical Company. The business was purchased by Boehringer in 1978 at which point its name was changed to Roxane Laboratories, Inc. Today, Roxane has 1,360 employees supporting the development, manufacturing and marketing of Roxane products. Roxane has a highly differentiated product portfolio, comprising 88 different product offerings with particular strength in immediate-release solids as well as nasal spray, liquid and sub-lingual tablet products. Roxane has a strong pipeline of 89 projects in various stages of development, including 32 products which are currently filed with the FDA and 57 Paragraph IV products, and a consistent track-record of delivering new products to market.
The production of Roxane's products occurs at its manufacturing site in Columbus, Ohio. The facility is located on a modern 875,000 square foot site and has broad production capabilities across solid, liquid, dry powder inhaler and nasal spray dosage forms, as well as being able to handle high-potency products, technically complex formulations, and controlled substance drugs. The facility has a strong track record in regulatory inspections. Roxane has co-located its R&D and marketing functions at the same site to enable an integrated and responsive approach to new market opportunities.
The gross assets of Roxane as at 31 December 2014 amounted to US$967 million. For the year ended 31 December 2014, profit before tax amounted to US$24 million. This information is extracted from unaudited, draft financial statements prepared in accordance with US GAAP. A shareholder circular to be prepared by Hikma for the purposes of, among other things, seeking shareholder approval for the transaction will include financial information on Roxane for the three years ended 31 December 2014 prepared under IFRS and in accordance with Hikma's accounting policies. The Directors expect that the adjustments to the US GAAP gross assets and profit before tax will mainly arise in respect of policies for revenue recognition, inventories and fixed assets.
The results for the year ended 31 December 2014 were significantly impacted by a number of items that are not expected to recur, as well as ongoing costs in respect of Roxane's investment in certain key products in its development pipeline which in 2014 amounted to $39 million.
Roxane has a strong and experienced management team with average industry experience of more than 25 years. Hikma expects that the strength and depth of the Roxane team, with strong commercial, operational, regulatory and development expertise will significantly enhance its capabilities in the US and globally.
Background to and reasons for the acquisition
Hikma's longstanding strategy has been, and remains, to deliver high quality, affordable generic and branded generic medicines to patients through the Company's position as a leading global injectables manufacturer, a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in MENA and emerging markets and a high quality provider of generics in the US.
In recent years, Hikma has rapidly expanded its presence in the US generics market. Hikma is now a leading player in the US generic injectables market, reflecting strong organic growth and the successful acquisition and integration of the MSI and Bedford Laboratories businesses. Hikma has also been investing in the development of its non-injectables business in the US, with a focus on expanding its capabilities in specialised and niche segments of the market. The Board believes that the acquisition is a transformational step in delivering Hikma's commitment to strengthen its non-injectable business in the US. It also represents a compelling opportunity to further the Company's six key strategic priorities of:
maximising portfolio opportunities;
strengthening and broadening the Company's product portfolio;
maintaining high quality and efficient manufacturing facilities to maximise profitability;
investing for growth;
developing a highly skilled and effective workforce; and
ensuring sustainable long-term growth.
In particular, the Board believes that the acquisition represents a compelling strategic fit for Hikma for the following reasons:
Roxane transforms Hikma into a leader in the US generics market
The US generics market has attractive industry dynamics with growth drivers including continued regulatory pressures to control healthcare costs, an ageing population with increasing incidence of chronic illnesses and increasing acceptance among consumers and physicians of generics as equivalents of branded pharmaceuticals, as well as patent cliff and loss-of-exclusivity opportunities. The independent industry data provider US Business Monitor International estimates that the US generic pharmaceuticals market will grow at a compound annual rate of 6 per cent. in the period 2014 to 2019.3
In 2014, Hikma's Generics business, which sells non-injectable products in the US market, generated revenue of US$216 million and accounted for approximately 15 per cent. of Group revenue. In recent years, the Company has been developing its growth strategy for this business and investing to build a strong pipeline focused on higher value, differentiated products in more niche segments of the US generics market. The acquisition of Roxane will transform Hikma into the sixth4 largest company in US generics with good prospects for growth.
The addition of scale and product diversification to Hikma's US Generics business will also position the Company to better serve its customers in the US, who are themselves consolidating and increasingly preferring suppliers with scale and a broad product offering. In addition, the acquisition will enhance the overall diversification of the Hikma Group and create a more balanced business model.
Roxane has a highly differentiated product portfolio of existing marketed products
Roxane has a large portfolio of 88 marketed products and over 300 package sizes across seven dosage forms and across a broad range of therapeutic categories, including the high value areas of respiratory and oncology. More than 80 per cent. of the portfolio has at least one layer of product differentiation,5 which creates a high value portfolio. Roxane has a top-three market position in over 90 per cent. of its product portfolio. In addition, approximately 75 per cent. of Roxane's products have three or fewer competing products.
Whilst Hikma's short-term focus will be on continuing to grow Roxane's product portfolio and market share in the US, the Board also intends to take these products to the Company's other markets over time, particularly Roxane's portfolio of oncology products into the MENA region.
Roxane has a highly differentiated and robust pipeline with leading R&D capabilities which will help to ensure sustainable long-term growth
Roxane has a strong pipeline of 89 projects in various stages of development, which will support Hikma in driving sustainable long-term growth. These include 32 products which are filed and currently pending approval from the FDA. The pipeline is focused on higher value, differentiated and niche products, including 57 Paragraph IV products, which are both filed and in development. All of the pipeline products have at least one layer of product differentiation, with particularly differentiated capabilities in the high value areas of respiratory and oncology.
Roxane has 182 experienced and highly skilled employees in R&D, who have a proven track record of delivering new and differentiated products to market, with an average of eight successful new product launches annually since 2010. The acquisition will significantly strengthen Hikma's existing R&D capabilities and is expected to support the continued development of a strong product pipeline to drive sustainable long-term growth.
Roxane will expand Hikma's manufacturing capacity and capabilities
Roxane's manufacturing plant in Columbus, Ohio, is a best-in-class facility that will bring new manufacturing technologies and capabilities to Hikma, including the ability to manufacture solids, liquids, nasal sprays and dry powder inhalers. It also includes a standalone high containment facility, including product and analytical development areas, quality control laboratories, active pharmaceutical filling, manufacturing, packaging and a finished goods warehouse. In 2014, the Roxane manufacturing facility produced 67 million packaged units.
Roxane has co-located its R&D and marketing functions at the same site to enable an integrated and responsive approach to new market opportunities. With its ability to align capacity to support commercial demand, the facility supports an average of nine new product filings and eight new product launches annually.
Roxane has a strong track record with multiple global regulatory authorities
Roxane has a proven track record of strong performance in regulatory inspections. Over the past 10 years there have been no critical findings or GMP warning letters issued to Roxane by any global regulatory body, including the US, Europe and eight other international agencies. This underpins the potential to commercialise the Roxane portfolio globally over time.
Roxane is a scarce asset which would be difficult for Hikma to replicate on the same scale and to the same level of quality
Roxane is a well-invested asset, with a rare combination of commercial expertise, excellence in manufacturing and specialised R&D capabilities. Boehringer has invested significantly in Roxane since it acquired it in 1978 and has established it as a high quality operation with a long and impressive track record of differentiated product introductions and profitable growth. This makes Roxane an excellent strategic fit for Hikma. It will be highly complementary to the Company's existing US business and the combination of Roxane and Hikma will serve to strengthen the Company in terms of adding greater scale, product breadth, pipeline and technological capabilities to its existing offering.
The acquisition strengthens Hikma's relationship with Boehringer
In recent years, Hikma has developed a relationship with Boehringer. This relationship was further strengthened with the acquisition by Hikma in July 2014 of the US generic injectables business, Bedford Laboratories, from Boehringer.
As part of the consideration, there will be an issuance of new Hikma shares to Boehringer, which will represent approximately 16.71 per cent. of Hikma's issued share capital immediately following the admission to listing of the new Hikma shares at closing of the acquisition (assuming no issues or cancellations of Hikma shares after the date of this announcement). This demonstrates their strong shared conviction in the longer-term potential of Hikma following the acquisition. It also enhances the potential for future projects across Hikma's global businesses. Boehringer's investment in Hikma's shares at a 13 per cent. premium to the current share price6 reflects their confidence in the value creation potential for them as long-term shareholders.
Financial effects of the acquisition
The Board expects Roxane to achieve revenue of $725 million to $775 million in 2017. It expects that Roxane will achieve an EBITDA margin of approximately 35% over the medium-term. Assuming closing of the acquisition in the fourth quarter of 2015, the acquisition is expected to be accretive to adjusted EPS in 2016, the first full year, and very strongly accretive to adjusted EPS from 2017 onwards.
It is currently intended that, following closing, the Board will maintain Hikma's existing dividend policy, which targets a dividend of between 20 per cent. and 30 per cent. of the annual reported Group profits for the financial year after tax, with a long term average around the mid-point, assuming that there are sufficient distributable reserves available at the time.
Terms of the acquisition
Pursuant to a Stock Purchase Agreement (the "Stock Purchase Agreement"), dated 28 July 2015 between Boehringer, as Seller, and Hikma and Eurohealth (U.S.A.), Inc., together acting as buyers, Hikma has agreed, subject to the terms and conditions of the Stock Purchase Agreement, to acquire the entire issued and outstanding capital stock of Roxane Laboratories Inc. and Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Inc..
At closing of the acquisition, Hikma will pay to Boehringer gross consideration of US$1.18 billion in cash and will issue 40 million new Hikma shares to Boehringer, subject to certain post-closing cash adjustments. Hikma has also agreed to make contingent cash payments of up to $125 million, subject to the achievement of certain performance milestones.
Closing of the acquisition is conditional upon, among other things, approval by Hikma's shareholders of the acquisition and the expiration of any HSR Act antitrust waiting period. Darhold Limited, the Company's largest shareholder, has irrevocably undertaken to Boehringer to vote in favour of the resolutions necessary to implement the acquisition at the general meeting of Hikma's shareholders. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015.
If the Stock Purchase Agreement is terminated as a result of a change of recommendation by Hikma's Board of Directors that is not permitted by the Stock Purchase Agreement or failure of Hikma's shareholders to approve the acquisition, Hikma will pay Boehringer a termination fee in the amount of US$52 million, representing just under 1% of Hikma's market capitalisation as at the close of business on 27 July 2015.
The remaining terms of the Stock Purchase Agreement reflect terms customary for a transaction of this nature.
Alongside the Stock Purchase Agreement, Hikma will enter into a supply agreement for the continued manufacture of certain Boehringer products.
The Shareholders' Agreement
The new Hikma shares will represent approximately 16.71 per cent. of Hikma's issued share capital immediately following closing of the Acquisition (assuming no issues or cancellations of Hikma shares after the date of this announcement).
Hikma and Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH ("BI") will at closing enter into an agreement for the purpose of governing the ongoing relationship between Hikma and BI and its affiliates (the "Shareholders' Agreement").
The Shareholders' Agreement will provide that:
subject to customary exceptions, BI and its affiliates will not be permitted to dispose of any Hikma shares at any time from closing until 1 January 2017. BI and its affiliates will be permitted to dispose of 24 million Hikma shares between 1 January 2017 and 1 January 2018, with the remainder being locked-up until after 1 January 2018;
Hikma will have a right of first refusal to acquire all or part of any Hikma shares that BI or its affiliates propose to dispose of from time to time, at a price equal to the average closing price of a Hikma share for the five business days prior to BI's notification to Hikma of its intention to dispose of such shares. BI and its affiliates will be permitted to dispose of any Hikma shares not purchased by Hikma in the wider market subject to orderly markets provisions;
BI and its affiliates will be subject to standstill provisions preventing it from, among other things, acquiring Hikma shares or making or announcing an offer for Hikma shares. The standstill provisions will permit BI and its affiliates to hold up to 19.9% of Hikma's total issued share capital from time to time. They will cease to apply if: (1) Darhold Limited's shareholding falls below 57 million Hikma shares or Darhold Limited ceases to be the largest shareholder in Hikma; or (2) a third party offeror announces, on a recommended basis, a firm intention to make an offer for the entire issued share capital of Hikma (in which case BI will be permitted to announce a firm intention to make an offer for the entire issued share capital of Hikma within 28 days); and
BI irrevocably agrees and undertakes not to exercise (and to procure its affiliates do not exercise) any voting rights attaching to Hikma shares held by BI and its affiliates at any Hikma shareholder meeting, to the extent they exceed 28.5 million voting rights (having been issued 40 million new Hikma shares at closing). BI will also be permitted to exercise voting rights attached to Hikma shares acquired from third parties in accordance with the standstill provisions, up to a maximum of 7.5 million voting rights or 3.3% of the exercisable voting rights outstanding in Hikma at the relevant time. In no circumstances will BI and its affiliates be permitted to exercise voting rights in excess of 15.8% of the exercisable voting rights outstanding in Hikma at the relevant time.
Hikma proposes to finance the acquisition through a combination of cash, utilisation of existing and new bank facilities, and through the issuance of 40 million new Hikma shares to Boehringer, which represents approximately 16.71 per cent. of Hikma's issued share capital immediately following the admission to listing of the new shares at closing of the acquisition (assuming no issues or cancellations of Hikma shares after the date of this announcement).
Centerview Partners and Citigroup Global Markets Limited acted as financial advisers to Hikma. White & Case LLP and Slaughter and May acted as lead counsel to Hikma.
Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisers to Boeringher Ingelheim and Kirkland & Ellis acted as lead counsel.
Conference call details
A conference call for analysts and investors will be held on 28 July 2015 at 09:30 BST on UK and international dial in: +44 (0) 20 3003 2666 or UK toll free dial in: 0808 109 0700. A live webcast of the conference call will be available at www.hikma.com/en/investors.aspx. A recording of the call will be available on the Hikma website.
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1 IMS Healthcare, MAT May 2015, adjusted to reflect recent M&A activity
2 Before amortisation (excluding software) and integration costs
3 United States Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Report Q3 2015, BMI Research, www.bmiresearch.com
4 IMS Healthcare. MAT May 2015, adjusted to reflect recent M&A activity
5 Layers of differentiation include: paragraph IV first-to-file challenges, potent compounds (High Containment Operations products), schedule drugs I – V (DEA controlled products), products requiring complex bioequivalence studies, technically challenging dosage forms, API sourcing competency and technical expertise and Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)
6 Based on the closing share price of £20.80 on 27 July 2015
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