4/16/2014 7:11:19 AM
BioAlliance Pharma and Topotarget Enter into Merger Agreement to Create a Leading Orphan Oncology Company
PARIS & COPENHAGEN, Denmark--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 16, 2014-- Regulatory News: BioAlliance Pharma SA (Paris:BIO), an innovative company specialized in the development of drugs within orphan oncology diseases, and Topotarget A/S (NASDAQ OMX - TOPO) a Scandinavian-based biopharmaceutical company, today announced their intention to merge to create a leading orphan oncology company with a highly complementary pipelines of late-stage products addressing significant unmet medical needs. The merger agreement has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, BioAlliance Pharma will be the continuing company and shares issued by Topotarget will be exchanged to the effect that shareholders of Topotarget will receive 2 newly issued shares in BioAlliance Pharma for each 27 Topotarget shares held, resulting in shareholders of Topotarget owning approximately 1/3 of the shares in the merged company, while existing shareholders of BioAlliance Pharma will hold approximately 2/3.
Highlights of Transaction(1) :
-- The merger of the two biopharmaceutical companies creates a leading
orphan oncology company with a highly complementary pipeline of
late-stage targeting genuine unmet medical needs
-- The total market for orphan oncology drugs exceeds USD 45 billion in
2013 and is expected to reach USD 80 billion in 2018. The overall unmet
medical need is significant and new rare (or orphan) diseases are
-- The new entity will be supported by a highly complementary pipeline of
late-stage products with several significant value-creating events
anticipated in both the short and medium term, and will benefit from
operational efficiencies, combined knowledge-sharing, and a diversified
revenue stream driving growth
-- Topotarget's primary product, belinostat, is a novel pan-HDAC (histone
deacetylase) inhibitor with more than 1,100 patients treated
-- Belinostat is in a pre-registration phase with the FDA for the
treatment of relapsed or refractory PTCL (peripheral T-cell
lymphoma). Following the assignment of a Prescription Drug User
Fee Act, the expected date for an approval is August 9, 2014. The
approval would trigger a milestone cash payment of USD 25 million
from Topotarget's US partner, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals as well as
a double-digit royalty of sales going forward
-- The compound has potential for being explored into other rare
cancer indications within hematology and solid tumors. Topotarget
holds the exclusive rights outside North America and India.
-- BioAlliance Pharma has two products in late-stage development
-- Livatag(R) is currently in a pivotal phase III clinical trial in
primary liver cancer, with potential estimated sales of 800
million euros and patent protection until 2032
-- Validive(R), the second most advanced product of BioAlliance
Pharma's orphan oncology program, was granted Fast Track
Designation by the FDA for the prevention and treatment of oral
mucositis induced by anticancer treatments in January 2014 and
preliminary data from a large international phase II trial are
expected in Q4 2014
-- The merger will result in a broadened shareholder base with increased
market capitalization, and a strengthened value proposition for US and
European based investors
-- The combined company will be under the leadership of an experienced
management team and supervised by a highly skilled international Board of
Directors with extensive pharmaceutical industry experience and proven
-- The merger agreement is endorsed by the two largest institutional
shareholders of both companies -- in the case of BioAlliance Pharma by
Financière de la Montagne and Idinvest Partners, representing 18.8%
of the share capital of BioAlliance Pharma and in the case of Topotarget
by HealthCap funds and HBM Healthcare Investments, representing 12.6% of
the non-diluted share capital of Topotarget -- who have agreed to vote in
favor of the merger proposal at the upcoming extraordinary general
meetings of the respective companies
Patrick Langlois, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BioAlliance Pharma, said: "Merging with Topotarget is a major milestone for BioAlliance Pharma. This transaction will result in a new and true leader in orphan oncology. I am confident that, under the leadership of Judith Greciet, the new entity will unleash its full potential and create value for our shareholders."
Judith Greciet, Chief Executive Officer of BioAlliance Pharma, said: "The merger with Topotarget will strengthen and diversify our position in rare oncology diseases. Topotarget is managed by a highly-experienced team of executives, and the merger will enable both teams to combine their respective expertise to create a new company with a robust and innovative pipeline that is primed for success. It is a unique and timely opportunity to develop an orphan oncology portfolio, which addresses a wider range of life-threatening medical conditions, while creating value for our shareholders".
Bo Jesper Hansen, Chairman of the Board of Directors Topotarget, said: "Following an extensive strategic review I am confident that we have found the best solution for our shareholders and I am very pleased to see their support as well as the support from BioAlliance Pharma's largest shareholders. It demonstrates that it is a "meeting of similar minds" with a shared vision of creating an immediately leading orphan oncology company with a strong patient focus".
Anders Vadsholt, CEO of Topotarget, said: "The positioning of BioAlliance Pharma, their late stage assets and expertise makes BioAlliance Pharma a perfect fit as a company to merge with, allowing the acceleration of belinostat development in several new orphan oncology indications by leveraging on both team's synergistic expertise. We are confident that this merger will deliver to our shareholders the best possible value and the opportunity to jointly shape a dynamic new player in the orphan oncology market."
Key transaction terms
-- Shares issued by Topotarget will be exchanged to the effect that
shareholders of Topotarget will receive 2 newly issued shares in the
continuing company, BioAlliance Pharma, for 27 Topotarget shares held,
resulting in shareholders of Topotarget owning approximately 1/3 of the
shares in the merged company, while existing shareholders of BioAlliance
Pharma will hold approximately 2/3
-- The merger will be structured as a tax exempt cross-border merger in
accordance with Danish, French, and EU legislation
-- The merger proposal is, among others, subject to approval at
extraordinary general meetings which are expected to be held on June 27,
2014 for Topotarget and on June 30, 2014 for BioAlliance Pharma
-- All equity warrants issued by Topotarget (including any warrants not yet
vested) will be accelerated and thereby allow the holders of such
warrants to exercise their warrants during a period to be determined
shortly (those non-exercised will be forfeited)
-- The merger is expected to be completed in July/August 2014
-- BioAlliance Pharma, listed on Euronext Paris, will apply for a dual
listing of its shares at NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen
-- Further details on the merger features and terms thereof will be given on
or about the time of the calling for the extraordinary general meetings
expected on May 26, 2014. Any decision to participate in the merger
should be based on the full documentation, including a registered
prospectus (Document E) and a merger plan, to be published ahead of the
Management and Corporate Governance following completion of the merger
-- The combined company will be led by Judith Greciet, Chief Executive
Officer of BioAlliance Pharma
-- Mr. Patrick Langlois, will continue to serve as chairman of the Board of
Directors of BioAlliance Pharma. Mr. Bo Jesper Hansen, current Chairman
of the Board of Topotarget and Mr. Per Samuelsson, HealthCap funds,
current member of the Board of Directors of Topotarget are expected to be
appointed as members of the Board of Directors of BioAlliance Pharma
Expected indicative timetable
May 22, 2014 Meeting of the Boards of Directors to approve final
merger documentation, following exercise of Topotarget
Press release / company announcement on final terms of
May 23/27, 2014 Filing of final merger plan with French and Danish
authorities (post-exercise period of the Topotarget
Clearance statement (enregistrement) on merger
prospectus (Document E) from French regulator and
passport of merger prospectus to Denmark
Calling for the Extraordinary General Meetings
June 27, 2014 Extraordinary General Meeting of Topotarget to approve
June 30, 2014 Extraordinary General Meeting of BioAlliance to approve
July/August 2014 Completion of the merger
Centerview Partners and Nordea acted as financial advisors to BioAlliance Pharma in connection with the merger. Altana and Bech Bruun acted as legal counsel to BioAlliance Pharma. EY and Grant Thornton acted as BioAlliance Pharma's advisors on auditing and accounting aspects, and Arsene Taxand and Bech-Bruun acted as advisors on tax aspects. Finally, Brunswick acted as PR advisor.
ABG Sundal Collier acted as financial advisor to Topotarget in connection with the merger.
Back Bay Life Science Advisors, acted as scientific advisor to Topotarget. Kromann Reumert and Dechert acted as legal counsel to Topotarget. PWC acted as Topotarget's advisor on auditing, accounting and tax aspects. Finally, Impact Communications acted as PR advisor.
Conference calls details
Analysts and investors conference call
Judith Greciet, Chief Executive Officer of BioAlliance Pharma and Patrick Langlois, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BioAlliance Pharma, jointly with Anders Vadsholt, Chief Executive Officer of Topotarget and Bo Jesper Hansen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Topotarget will comment on this merger and will be available for a webcast to answer questions during a conference call starting today at 10.30 am CET. The call will be held in English.
To participate in the conference call, you may call the following telephone number, 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
Participant PIN Code: 11209864#
UK Access Number: +44 203 139 4830
France Access Number: +33 2 90 92 09 77
Denmark Access Number: + 45 82 33 31 47
US Access Number: +1 718 873 9077
The conference call will also be available to a listen-only audio-cast on Topotarget and BioAlliance Pharma' websites. A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours following the conference call on both Topotarget and BioAlliance Pharma' websites
Media conference call
Judith Greciet, Chief Executive Officer of BioAlliance Pharma and Patrick Langlois, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BioAlliance Pharma, will comment on this transaction specifically for the media during a conference call starting at 09:30 am CET today. The conference call will be held in French.
Participant Code: 019014
Dial in numbers:
France: 0821 230 748
UK: 020 3398 3444
International: +44 844 4 73 73 73
About BioAlliance Pharma
Created in 1997 and listed on the Euronext stock market in Paris in 2005, BioAlliance Pharma designs, develops and brings to market innovative drugs for the treatment of cancer and its associated pathologies, more specifically for severe and rare orphan-status diseases. The company's teams have the key competencies required to identify, develop and register drugs in Europe and the USA.
BioAlliance Pharma focuses its therapeutic strategy on fighting drug resistance which poses ever-greater challenges to treatment. The Company's growth strategy is based in particular on the development of its "Orphan Oncology Products" portfolio with two drugs, Livatag(R) and Validive(R), in late stage clinical development, representing major therapeutic advances in their respective fields. The Company has also developed a "Specialty Products" portfolio, based on the Lauriad(R) muco-adhesive technology which greatly reinforces the efficacy profile of a drug. BioAlliance Pharma aims to become a leading player in the field of orphan diseases in oncology by linking innovation to patient's needs. For more information, please refer to http://www.bioalliancepharma.com/en/
Topotarget (NASDAQ OMX: TOPO) is a Scandinavian-based biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, dedicated to clinical development and registration of oncology products. In collaboration with Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Topotarget focuses on the development of its lead drug candidate, belinostat, which has shown positive results in the treatment of hematological malignancies and solid tumors, obtained by both mono- and combination therapy.
For more information, please refer to http://www.topotarget.com/
As of April 15, 2014
(at market close) BioAlliance Pharma Topotarget
Number of outstanding
shares 20,682,992 143,317,114
Number of in the money
equity warrants (there
exists no other
securities in the money
giving access to the
share capital of
BioAlliance Pharma and
Topotarget) 1,212,098 3,977,365
Total number of shares
after exercise of all
in the money equity
warrants 21,895,090 147,294,479
Stock price (at market EUR 7.16 DKK3.01
close) EUR 0.40
30-day trading-day VWAP EUR 8.48 DKK3.14
60-day trading-day VWAP EUR 8.57 DKK3.14
90-day trading-day VWAP EUR 8.18 DKK3.16
Market capitalization Diluted Diluted
EUR 156,768,844 DKK 443,356,382
Non-Diluted EUR 59,381,798
EUR 148,090,223 Non-Diluted
Exchange Ratio 2 BioAlliance Pharma shares for 27
Note: Financials translated at spot exchange rate as of April 15, 2014.
This press release / company announcement contains certain forward-looking statements relating to the business of Topotarget and/or BioAlliance Pharma, including with respect to the progress, timing and completion of research, development and clinical trials for product candidates, the ability to manufacture, market, commercialize and achieve market acceptance for product candidates, the ability to protect intellectual property and operate the business without infringing on the intellectual property rights of others, estimates for future performance and estimates regarding anticipated operating losses, future revenues, capital requirements, and needs for additional financing. In addition, even if the actual results or development of Topotarget and/or BioAlliance Pharma are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this press release / company announcement, those results or developments of Topotarget and/or BioAlliance Pharma may not be indicative of their results or development in the future. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by words such as "could," "should," "may," "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "aims," "targets," or similar words. These forward-looking statements are based largely on the current expectations of Topotarget or BioAlliance Pharma as of the date of this press release / company announcement and are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievement expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. In particular, the expectations of Topotarget and/or BioAlliance Pharma could be affected by, among other things, uncertainties involved in the development and manufacture of vaccines, unexpected clinical trial results, unexpected regulatory actions or delays, competition in general, currency fluctuations, the impact of the global and European credit crisis, and the ability to obtain or maintain patent or other proprietary intellectual property protection. In light of these risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements made during this presentation will in fact be realized. Topotarget or BioAlliance Pharma are providing such information as of the date of this press release / company announcement, and disclaim any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
This press release / company announcement and the information contained in it do not constitute an offer to buy, sell or subscribe for any shares in Topotarget and/or BioAlliance Pharma in any country.
This communication is not a prospectus for the purpose of directive 2003/71/EC as amended (together with any applicable implementing measures in any member State, the "Prospectus Directive"). A prospectus to be prepared pursuant to the Prospectus Directive is intended to be published, which, when published, can be obtained from Topotarget and BioAlliance Pharma with certain limitations. Investors should not purchase or otherwise acquire any securities referred to in this communication except on the basis of information contained in a prospectus. Any decision to participate in the merger should be based on the full documentation to be published ahead of the general meetings.
The distribution, publication or release of this press release / company announcement may be prohibited or restricted by the laws or regulations applicable in certain countries. Persons who are physically present in those countries and in countries where the press release / company announcement is distributed, published, or released must comply with local restrictions. This announcement does not contain or constitute an offer of, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe for, securities to any person in the United States of America (the "United States") or in any jurisdiction to whom or in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful. The securities referred to herein may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") or another exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. The offer and sale of the securities referred to herein has not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act. The merging companies are European companies. Information distributed in connection with the proposed merger and the related shareholder vote is subject to European disclosure requirements that are different from those of the United States. Financial statements and information may be prepared according to accounting standards which may not be comparable to those used generally by companies in the United States. It may be difficult for you to enforce your rights and any claim you may have arising under the U.S. federal securities laws in respect of the merger, since the companies have their registered offices outside the United States. You may not be able to sue the companies or their officers or directors in a European court for violations of the U.S. securities laws. It may also be difficult to compel the companies and their affiliates to subject themselves to a U.S. court's judgment.
(1) (see main financial terms in table below)
CONTACT: Please note that Bo Jesper Hansen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of
Topotarget and Anders Vadsholt, Chief Executive Officer of Topotarget
will be available during the day to comment on this transaction for the
Danish media (see below contact details)
For further information:
Bo Jesper Hansen, +45 26 12 83 84
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Anders Vadsholt, +45 28 98 90 55
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Steen-Knudsen, +45 25 17 18 15
Judith Greciet, +33 1 45 58 76 00
Chief Executive Officer
Caroline Carmagnol, +33 6 64 18 99 59
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