Roche commences tender offer for Genentech for US$86.50 per share in cash
Roche announced today that it is commencing a cash tender offer for all outstanding publicly-held shares of Genentech for US$86.50 per share. The offer and withdrawal rights are scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time on March 12, 2009, unless the offer is extended. Roche currently owns approximately 55.8% of the Genentech outstanding shares.
The offer replaces the proposal made on July 21, 2008 by Roche to acquire all of the publicly-held shares of Genentech at a price of US$89 per share in cash by means of a negotiated merger. That public proposal was rejected by the special committee of Genentech’s Board of Directors on August 13, 2008. In light of the lack of progress toward an agreed transaction, Roche is making an offer directly to Genentech shareholders.
Commenting on the commencement of the tender offer, Franz B. Humer, Chairman of the Roche Group, said: “While we have changed our approach to the transaction, our plan on how we will combine the two companies remains unchanged. We will take the necessary steps to nurture Genentech’s innovative and unique science-driven culture. We remain committed to retaining Genentech’s top talent and approach to discovering and progressing new medicines. Genentech’s research and early development will operate as an independent unit within the Roche Group. Roche Pharma’s commercial operations in the U.S. will be transferred from Nutley to Genentech’s site in South San Francisco and will reflect the Genentech name, leveraging the strong brand value of Genentech.”
Roche’s offer is conditional upon, among other things, (i) a non-waivable condition that holders of at least a majority of the outstanding publicly-held Genentech shares tender their shares in the offer and (ii) that Roche has obtained sufficient financing to purchase all outstanding publicly-held shares and all shares issuable upon exercise of outstanding options and to pay related fees and expenses. If following the consummation of the offer Roche owns 90% or more of the Genentech shares, Roche intends to consummate a merger with Genentech.
The complete Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and other offering documents have been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Genentech stockholders may obtain copies of all of the offering documents, including the Offer to Purchase, free of charge at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov) or by directing a request to MacKenzie Partners, Inc., the Information Agent for the offer, at (212) 929-5500 or (800) 322-2885 (Toll-Free).
Additional information about the transaction, including the offering documents, a letter to Genentech employees and an investor presentation, is available at www.transactioninfo.com/roche
Greenhill & Co. is acting as financial advisor to Roche and Davis Polk & Wardwell is acting as legal counsel in connection with the tender offer.
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