Statement Regarding Pfizer Withdrawal
26 May 2014
AstraZeneca PLC ("AstraZeneca") notes the announcement made by Pfizer Inc. ("Pfizer") that, in accordance with the requirements of the UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Takeover Code"), Pfizer does not intend to make an offer for AstraZeneca. Accordingly, Pfizer is bound by the restrictions of the Takeover Code.
Leif Johansson, Chairman of AstraZeneca, said: "We note Pfizer's confirmation that it no longer intends to make an offer for AstraZeneca. We welcome the opportunity to continue building on the momentum we have already demonstrated as an independent company.
We are fully focused on the delivery of our strategy. We have attractive growth prospects and a rapidly progressing pipeline. In the coming months, we anticipate positive news flow across our core therapeutic areas, which underpins our confidence in the long-term prospects of the business.
The Board is grateful to Pascal, his management team and to all our employees for their dedication and focus over a period of uncertainty. AstraZeneca has a culture of innovation, with science at the heart of everything we do. I believe this will create significant value for our shareholders, employees and patients who will benefit from our life-changing medicines."
A copy of this announcement will be available on AstraZeneca's website at www.astrazeneca.com.
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