Teva to acquire Cephalon for $6.8 billion
by Jeffrey Bouley  |  Email the author


JERUSALEM & FRAZER, Pa.—Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.  and Cephalon, Inc.  today announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which Teva will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Cephalon for $81.50 per share in cash, or a total enterprise value of approximately $6.8 billion. The transaction is not conditioned on financing and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2011.
The transaction reinforces Teva's long term strategy of building out its branded and specialty pharmaceuticals business through diversification and expansion of the company's product portfolio and pipeline. The combined company will utilize its complementary commercial, R&D and operational capabilities. It will capture value by providing customers with a broad spectrum of specialty branded products.
The combined company's sizable branded portfolio represents approximately $7 billion in sales, with a robust pipeline including more than 30 late-stage compounds. The transaction will create immediate and sustainable value in niche therapeutic areas including CNS, oncology, respiratory and pain management. The combined company will become a leader in specialty pharma.
"We are embarking today on a new and exciting future for Teva's branded business, and we are delighted that we will be working together with the Cephalon team," said Shlomo Yanai, president and CEO of Teva. "This is transforming for Teva's branded business, as it will help us to deliver on our strategic goal of creating a diversified, multi-faceted company. We have been following Cephalon for a long time and are very happy with the opportunity to join forces. Our significantly broader portfolio will permit marketing and sales synergies and enhance profitability. We look forward to welcoming our colleagues at Cephalon to the Teva family."
"Cephalon's merger with Teva is the result of a rigorous process that included a review of a wide-range of strategic options undertaken by Cephalon's board of directors and management team to maximize value and deliver significant returns to shareholders," said Kevin Buchi, CEO of Cephalon. "By joining forces with Teva, we will benefit from their scale, worldwide reach and operational excellence, allowing us to further pursue our shared goals of delivering new, innovative therapies to help patients around the world. Teva shares our strong commitment to R&D, and we believe our pipeline will thrive under their leadership. We look forward to working with the Teva team to ensure a smooth transition and complete the transaction as expeditiously as possible."

SOURCE: Official news release from Teva and Cephalon
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