Johnson & Johnson and Crucell Reach Agreement on Intended Public Offer of €24.75 per Ordinary Share of Crucell
Johnson & Johnson’s resources and international reach will accelerate Crucell’s growth and further expand its potential
New Brunswick, N.J., and Leiden, the Netherlands, – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and Crucell N.V. (NYSE Euronext, NASDAQ: CRXL; Swiss Exchange: CRX) today announced an agreement whereby Johnson & Johnson, through an affiliate, would acquire all outstanding equity of Crucell that it does not already own for approximately € 1.75 billion in a recommended cash tender offer (the Offer).
Crucell is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the research & development, production and marketing of vaccines and antibodies against infectious disease worldwide. The Company currently markets vaccines in the paediatric, travel, endemic and respiratory fields and has several vaccines in clinical development.
After consummation of the Offer Johnson & Johnson expects to maintain Crucell’s existing facilities, to retain Crucell’s senior management and, generally, to maintain current employment levels. Johnson & Johnson also intends to keep Crucell as the center for vaccines within the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical group, and to maintain Crucell’s headquarters in Leiden.
Johnson & Johnson currently owns 17.9% of Crucell’s outstanding shares. In addition, in September 2009 Johnson & Johnson entered into an agreement with Crucell to develop a universal influenza monoclonal antibody and a universal flu vaccine for the treatment and prevention of influenza, as well as a long-term innovation collaboration for the development of monoclonal antibodies and/or vaccines directed against up to three other infectious and non-infectious disease targets.
“Johnson & Johnson and Crucell share a commitment to improving the lives of people worldwide,” said Paul Stoffels, Global Head, Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Johnson & Johnson. “This potential combination would provide us with a new platform for growth and advances our goal to deliver integrated health care solutions, with particular emphasis on prevention. Operational excellence in manufacturing and supply chain has made Crucell an established and reliable supplier of vaccines, in particular to emerging markets. We hope to build on those capabilities, and the expertise and talent of Crucell’s employees to continue making a difference in the lives of people worldwide.”
“I am looking forward to Crucell becoming a Johnson & Johnson company. I am particularly excited that, by retaining our innovative and entrepreneurial culture and dedicated employees, combined with the strength of Johnson & Johnson, we can further accelerate and expand our product and pipeline development, as well as our ability to provide vaccines to people around the world”, said Ronald Brus, Chief Executive Officer of Crucell.
Under the terms of the agreement, Johnson & Johnson, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, will initiate a recommended public offer under Dutch law to purchase all outstanding ordinary shares of Crucell not already owned by Johnson & Johnson and its affiliates for €24.75 per share (the Offer Price). The Offer Price assumes that, consistent with Crucell’s prior practice and the terms of the merger agreement, no dividends will be declared and/or paid with respect to Crucell’s ordinary shares. The financing of the Offer is not subject to third party conditions or contingencies.
The Supervisory Board and the Management Board of Crucell unanimously support the Offer, which represents a premium of 58% over the closing price of €15.70 as of September 16, 2010 and a premium of 63% over the 30 day average of €15.20 as of September 16, 2010. Both Boards believe the Offer is in the best interest of Crucell and its stakeholders including its shareholders, partners and employees, and unanimously recommend that Crucell’s shareholders tender their shares into the Offer, when made, and to vote in favour of the resolutions to be proposed in connection with the Offer at the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders (EGM) of Crucell to be held during the acceptance period of the Offer. The Board of Directors of Johnson & Johnson has also approved the transaction.
Upon closing, the transaction is expected to have a dilutive impact to Johnson & Johnson’s 2011 earnings per share of approximately $0.03 - $0.05. The Offer Memorandum is expected to be published by the end of November 2010 and the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011.
Following completion of the Offer, the Supervisory Board of Crucell will consist of nine individuals designated by Johnson & Johnson and two individuals who currently serve on the Supervisory Board of Crucell, who will act as independent directors. The two independent directors will, in accordance with Dutch practice, act as independent supervisory directors to protect the interest of any minority shareholders for such time as is necessary for Johnson & Johnson to acquire full ownership of Crucell’s outstanding shares and to finalize any post offer restructuring as described below. At the completion of the Offer, the composition of the Management Board of Crucell will remain the same.
The relevant bodies and authorities (such as the relevant employee representative bodies, the Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER) and the relevant anti-trust authorities) have been or will be informed and/or consulted (as applicable) as customary in a transaction of this kind and appropriate filing will be made with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets and the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.
An EGM will be convened to inform the shareholders about the Offer and to adopt certain resolutions concerning the future governance of Crucell that are conditions to the consummation of the Offer. If the Offer is declared unconditional, Crucell intends to promptly terminate its listings on NYSE Euronext Amsterdam, NASDAQ and the Swiss Exchange. If Johnson & Johnson acquires 95% of Crucell’s shares (including the shares already held by Johnson & Johnson and its affiliates), Johnson & Johnson will initiate squeeze-out proceedings to obtain 100% of Crucell’s shares. If Johnson & Johnson acquires less than 95% but at least 80% of Crucell’s shares, Johnson & Johnson may utilize all other available legal measures in order to acquire full ownership of Crucell’s outstanding shares and/or its business, including, after having obtained a favourable Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruling with respect to certain tax matters, a proposed sale of Crucell’s entire business by Crucell to a Johnson & Johnson affiliate followed by other appropriate steps.
Pre-Offer and Offer conditions
The commencement of the Offer will be subject to customary pre-offer conditions including Crucell having obtained works council advice and receipt of a Dutch tax ruling with respect to certain Dutch tax matters. The consummation of the Offer will be subject to a minimum acceptance level of at least 95% of Crucell’s shares, which will be reduced to 80% in the event that (i) a favourable IRS ruling is obtained by Johnson & Johnson with respect to certain tax matters and (ii) proxies are received from at least 80% of Crucell’s shares allowing Johnson & Johnson to vote, at a second EGM to be held shortly after the settlement of the Offer, in favour of a proposed sale of Crucell’s entire business by Crucell to a Johnson & Johnson affiliate following the consummation of the Offer. In addition, the consummation of the Offer is subject to offer conditions customary for transactions of this type, including, antitrust clearance under applicable anti-trust laws, the absence of breaches of the agreement or of Crucell’s representations and warranties, the absence of a material adverse effect to Crucell occurring prior to the consummation of the Offer and the merger agreement not being terminated.
Barclays Capital has acted as a financial advisor to Crucell and rendered a fairness opinion in connection with the Offer. Lazard B.V. has acted as an independent financial advisor to the Supervisory Board of Crucell and rendered a fairness opinion in connection with the Offer.
Crucell N.V. (NYSE Euronext, NASDAQ: CRXL; Swiss Exchange: CRX) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on research development, production and marketing of vaccines, proteins and antibodies that prevent and/or treat infectious diseases. In 2009 alone, Crucell distributed more than 115 million vaccine doses in more than 100 countries around the world, with the vast majority of doses (97%) going to developing countries. Crucell is one of the major suppliers of vaccines to UNICEF and the developing world. Crucell was the first manufacturer to launch a fully-liquid pentavalent vaccine. Called Quinvaxem®, this innovative combination vaccine protects against five important childhood diseases. Over 130 million doses have been sold since its launch in 2006 in more than 50 GAVI countries. With this innovation, Crucell has become a major partner in protecting children in developing countries. Other products in Crucell’s core portfolio include a vaccine against hepatitis B and a virosome-adjuvanted vaccine against influenza. Crucell also markets travel vaccines, such as an oral anti-typhoid vaccine, an oral cholera vaccine and the only aluminum-free hepatitis A vaccine on the market. The Company has a broad development pipeline, with several product candidates based on its unique PER.C6® production technology. The Company licenses its PER.C6® technology and other technologies to the biopharmaceutical industry. Important partners and licensees include Johnson & Johnson, DSM Biologics, sanofi-aventis, Novartis, Wyeth, GSK, CSL and Merck & Co. Crucell is headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands, with offices in China, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, the USA and Vietnam. The Company employs over 1300 people. For more information, please visit www.crucell.com.
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This joint press release is issued pursuant to the provisions of Section 5 paragraph 1 and section 7 paragraph 4 of the Dutch Decree on Public Takeover Bids (Besluit openbare biedingen Wft).
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