Covis, which is backed by Apollo Global Management, has agreed to acquire AMAG Pharmaceuticals for $13.75 per share in cash. Goldman Sachs is serving as financial advisor to AMAG. Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, AMAG is a biopharmaceutical company.
LUXEMBOURG, ZUG, Switzerland and WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Covis Group S.à r.l. (“Covis”) and AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAG) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Covis will acquire AMAG for $13.75 per share in cash, or approximately $498 million on a fully diluted basis and approximately $647 million on an enterprise basis, including debt obligations expected to be assumed or repaid net of cash. The offer represents a premium of approximately 46% to the closing price of AMAG’s common stock on September 30, the last full trading day prior to the announcement.
Commenting on the transaction, Covis CEO Michael Porter said, “AMAG’s category leading treatments are strong strategic complements to our existing therapeutic portfolio. Through this combination, we believe we will be able to unlock value for all of our stakeholders, employees and patients through the effective and efficient management of these products, coupled with our two companies’ longstanding commitment to expanding patient access to therapy and putting patient interests first. At Covis, we never lose sight that our patients are our paramount concern. We look forward to engaging with the talented team at AMAG as we work together to plan the integration of our two organizations.”
AMAG CEO Scott Myers added, “In the beginning of 2020, AMAG announced that the company had undertaken a strategic review of our product portfolio and strategy, the guiding principles of which included driving near- and long-term profitability and enhancing shareholder value. This strategic review resulted in the company pursuing and accomplishing the divestiture of its women’s health assets, and other efforts to streamline and strengthen the core business to position AMAG for the future. Following this initial transformation, our Board of Directors and management team, together with independent legal and financial advisors, thoroughly evaluated the transaction with Covis as well as other strategic options and concluded that it represents the most compelling opportunity for shareholders, providing them certain and immediate cash value. We believe Covis is the right partner for AMAG, especially in light of Covis’ shared commitment to ensuring that our therapies will reach patients in need. We are confident the work we’ve done will continue to thrive under Covis’ leadership.”
The completion of the tender offer is subject to customary closing conditions, including the tender of at least a majority of the outstanding shares of AMAG’s common stock, the expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, and other customary conditions. Following the successful completion of the tender offer, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Covis will merge with AMAG (the “merger”) and the outstanding AMAG shares not tendered in the tender offer will be converted into the right to receive the same $13.75 per share in cash paid in the tender offer. The tender offer is expected to commence in October 2020. Covis plans to finance the transaction with cash on hand, and a combination of committed debt and equity financing. There is no financing condition to the obligations of Covis to consummate the transaction.
As part of the transaction, Covis intends to enter into an amended and restated credit facility with its current lenders (the “Lenders”), pursuant to which the Lenders will provide up to a $460 million senior secured incremental term loan and a $55 million secured revolver (the “Covis Debt Financing”). The proceeds from the Covis Debt Financing, plus equity commitments from Covis’ equity sponsor, will be used to pay the cash purchase price for the transaction and repay any of the existing AMAG debt that is not assumed. The Covis Debt Financing amount will be added to Covis’ current $450 million term loan facility with the Lenders.
As the merger will result in a change of control under the terms of AMAG’s Indenture governing its 3.25% Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2022 (the “Convertible Notes”), the holders of the Convertible Notes will have the right to put at par the Convertible Notes held by them for a period of twenty business days following the closing of the merger.
All Board members and executive officers of AMAG have agreed to tender their shares in favor of the transaction. The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of each company, is expected to close in November 2020, pending Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) approval and the conditions to the tender offer being satisfied.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is acting as exclusive financial advisor, and Goodwin Procter LLP is acting as legal advisor to AMAG. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP is acting as legal advisor to Covis.
Covis is headquartered in Luxembourg with operations in Zug, Switzerland and is a global specialty pharmaceutical company that markets therapeutic solutions for patients with life-threatening conditions and chronic illnesses. Additional information is available at www.covispharma.com.
AMAG is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing innovative products to patients with unmet medical needs. The company does this by leveraging its development and commercial expertise to invest in and grow its pharmaceutical products across a range of therapeutic areas. For additional company information, please visit www.amagpharma.com.