Takeda Announces Intention to Acquire TiGenix

Expands Takeda’s Late Stage Pipeline and Leadership in Gastroenterology

Acquisition Highlights

  • Deal reinforces Takeda’s commitment to patients living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), an area of high unmet medical need
  • Acquisition extends existing collaboration between Takeda and TiGenix to develop and commercialize Cx601 (darvadstrocel)
    • On December 15, 2017, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) adopted a positive opinion recommending marketing authorization for Cx601 for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in Crohn’s disease, one of the most disabling manifestations of the disease
    • A global, pivotal Phase III trial for U.S. registration has been initiated with investigational medicine Cx601 for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in patients with non-active/mildly active luminal Crohn’s disease
  • Acquisition would expand Takeda’s late stage gastroenterology pipeline and strengthen presence in the U.S. specialty care market

OSAKA, Japan I January 5,2017 I Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) (“Takeda”) today announced its intention to acquire TiGenix NV (Euronext Brussels and NASDAQ: TIG) (“TiGenix”), an advanced biopharmaceutical company developing novel stem cell therapies for serious medical conditions, and as a result has entered into an offer and support agreement with TiGenix which provides for a recommended potential voluntary public takeover bid for TiGenix. The Takeda agreement has the unanimous support of the TiGenix board of directors (including its CEO). The acquisition is a natural extension of an existing partnership agreement between Takeda and TiGenix, which aims to bring new treatment options to patients with gastrointestinal disorders. 

“As a leader in gastroenterology, Takeda recognizes the complex physical, emotional and social barriers that people living with fistulizing Crohn’s disease experience,” said Andrew Plump, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Takeda. “Limited treatment options exist today and I believe we can be most effective in serving this population by working in collaboration with partners whose unique skill sets allow us to more efficiently explore innovative approaches, including stem cell therapies. I have had the opportunity to work alongside the TiGenix team throughout our collaboration and know that we have shared goals and varied, but complementary expertise. I am thrilled at the prospect of welcoming them as part of our organization.” 

In July 2016, Takeda and TiGenix entered into an exclusive ex-U.S. license, development and commercialization agreement for Cx601, the leading investigational therapy in TiGenix’s pipeline. Cx601 is a suspension of allogeneic expanded adipose-derived stem cells (eASC) locally administered for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in patients with non-active/mildly active luminal Crohn’s disease, who have had an inadequate response to at least one conventional or biologic therapy. In December 2017, the CHMP of the EMA adopted a positive opinion recommending a marketing authorization for Cx601 in this indication, the first allogeneic stem cell therapy to achieve this. A decision from the EMA on the marketing authorization for Cx601 is expected in the first half of 2018.  

Complex perianal fistulas are considered one of the most disabling manifestations of Crohn’s disease and can cause intense pain, infection and incontinence.1,2 Despite modern and surgical advancements, they currently remain challenging for clinicians to treat and can have a severe impact on the lives of those affected.3 

A global, pivotal Phase III trial investigating Cx601 for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in patients with non-active/mildly active luminal Crohn’s disease has been initiated for U.S. registration. In the U.S., Takeda intends to work with the U.S. FDA to facilitate the development and potential approval of Cx601. Takeda is also exploring the steps required for regulatory filing of Cx601 for patients in Japan, Canada and emerging markets. 

Through the potential voluntary public takeover bid, Takeda intends to acquire 100% of the securities with voting rights or giving access to voting rights of TiGenix not already owned by Takeda or its affiliates at an acquisition price of EUR 1.78 per share in cash and an equivalent price per American Depositary Share, warrant and convertible bond, representing a transaction value of approximately EUR 520 million on a fully diluted basis. The bid will be subject to certain conditions precedent as further described below. 

Subject to its fiduciary duties and review of the final bid prospectus, the bid is unanimously supported by TiGenix’s board of directors (including its CEO). Takeda and TiGenix entered into an offer and support agreement confirming TiGenix’s support and the terms and conditions of the bid set forth in this press release. Gri-Cel S.A., holding 32,238,178 TiGenix shares, and its affiliate Grifols Worldwide Operations Ltd., holding 7,189,800 TiGenix shares in the form of American Depositary Shares, have irrevocably confirmed that they will tender their shares and American Depositary Shares into the potential public takeover bid. 

Transaction terms

The acquisition is structured as an all cash voluntary public takeover bid by Takeda with respect to 100% of the securities with voting rights or giving access to voting rights of TiGenix that are not already owned by Takeda or its affiliates. The transaction is subject to the following conditions precedent: (i) the tender into the offer, in aggregate, of a number of securities that, together with all securities owned by Takeda and its affiliates, represents or gives access to 85% or more of the voting rights represented or given access to by all of the outstanding securities on a fully diluted basis as of the end of the first acceptance period, (ii) the absence of a material adverse effect occurring at any time after the date of this announcement, (iii) Cx601 obtaining marketing authorization in the E.U. from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and (iv) the expiration, lapse or termination as appropriate of any applicable waiting periods (including any extensions thereof) under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in respect of the offer. 

Following closing of the potential voluntary public takeover bid, Takeda intends to launch a squeeze-out if the applicable conditions for such squeeze-out are met to delist the shares of TiGenix from Euronext Brussels and NASDAQ. After the squeeze-out, TiGenix would become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda. 

This communication does not constitute a formal notification of a voluntary public takeover bid. In case Takeda would decide to formally launch the voluntary public takeover bid, full details of such public takeover bid will be covered by the prospectus to be filed with the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority and the offer documents which will be available at www.sec.gov. In the event that Takeda would decide not to proceed with the potential voluntary public takeover bid, then Takeda and TiGenix will issue a further public announcement to that effect.

(1) Tender offeror Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
(2) Target company TiGenix NV (Euronext   Brussels and NASDAQ: TIG)
(3) Class   of shares to be acquired

  

  • all outstanding ordinary shares (with the exception of ordinary        shares represented by American Depositary Shares);

  

  • all outstanding American Depositary Shares (each        representing 20 ordinary shares);

  

  • all outstanding warrants to acquire ordinary shares; and

  

  • all outstanding convertible bonds. 
(4) Tender   offer price EUR 1.78 per share (and an equivalent price per American Depositary Share,   warrant and convertible bond)
(5)

Acquisition amount

(Aggregate tender offer price)

Approximately EUR 520 million (estimate)

* The amount is an estimated amount calculated by   multiplying the number of TiGenix’s ordinary shares (on a fully diluted basis   and excluding the shares owned by Takeda or its affiliates) by the tender   offer price per share. It does not include advisory fees.

(6) Payment

Funding from existing cash balances

(7) Period of tender offer To be determined, subject   to regulatory approvals being obtained.
(8) Minimum number of shares to be purchased Consummation of the voluntary public takeover bid will   occur if a number of securities is tendered that, together with all   securities owned by Takeda and its affiliates, represents or gives access to   85% or more of the voting rights represented or given access to by all of the   outstanding securities on a fully diluted basis as of the end of the first   acceptance period and other customary conditions precedent have been   satisfied.
(9) Financial advisor to Takeda Centerview Partners UK LLP
(10) Legal counsel to Takeda

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper US LLP

(11) Financial advisor to TiGenix Cowen and Company, LLC
(12) Legal counsel to TiGenix Osborne Clarke CVBA
  Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Overview of TiGenix

(1) Company name TiGenix NV (Euronext   Brussels and NASDAQ: TIG)
(2) Headquarters Romeinse straat 12 box 2, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
(3) Representative Eduardo Bravo, Managing Director and Chief Executive   Officer
(4) Business description TiGenix is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the   development and commercialization of therapeutics from its platforms of   allogeneic, or donor-derived, expanded stem cells  
(5) Share capital EUR 27,428,719
(6) Date of establishment 21 February 2000
(7)

Major shareholders

and percentage of

shares held*

Gri-Cel, S.A./Grifols Worldwide Operations Ltd.** 14.4%
Cormorant Asset Management LLC 5.3%
Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG 4.2%
JPMorgan Securities LLC 2.9%
Others:    BNP Paribas Investment Partners SA
(8) Relationships between Takeda Capital relationship Investee
Personnel relationship Not applicable
Transactional relationship Licensor
(9) Operating results and financial condition for the last   three years (consolidated)
Accounting period Fiscal   year ended December 31, 2016 Fiscal   year ended December 31, 2015 Fiscal   year ended December 31, 2014

Net assets

(EUR in thousands)

79,679 13,145 34,757

Total assets

(EUR in thousands)

136,201 79,171 53,921

Net assets per share

( EUR)

0.40 0.08 0.22

Revenue

(EUR in thousands)

26,790 2,240 6,286

Operating profit

(EUR in thousands)

(3,027) (24,076) (12,563)

Net profit/(loss)

(EUR in thousands)

3,802 (35,069) (12,990)

Net earnings/(loss) per share

(EUR)

0.02 (0.21) (0.08)
             

*Gri-Cel, S.A. and Grifols Worldwide Operations Ltd. holding as per irrevocable undertaking given to Takeda. Cormorant Asset Management holding as per TiGenix Schedule 13G dated February 14, 2017. Cormorant Asset Management liquidation of 129,032 American Depositary Shares as per Cormorant Asset Management’s filing Form 13F (OMB 3235-0006). Percentage of shares is calculated by dividing the respective shareholdings by the number of total shares outstanding of the target company of 274,287,190 as reported on November 30, 2017.

**The potential voluntary public takeover bid is supported by Gri-Cel S.A. and its affiliate Grifols Worldwide Operations Ltd. Gri-Cel S.A. and Grifols Worldwide Operations Ltd. have irrevocably confirmed that they will tender their shares and American Depositary Shares in the potential voluntary public takeover bid.

Change in ownership before and after acquisition

(1) Number   of shares already acquired

11,651,778 shares

Percentage of voting rights: 4.2% of total shares   outstanding (3.9% on a fully diluted basis)

(2) Estimated   number of shares to be acquired (on a fully diluted basis)

290,288,172 shares***

Percentage of voting rights: 96.1% (planned)

(min. bid threshold is 85%)

***Excludes shares already held by Takeda or its   affiliates.

Schedule

(1) Governance   meeting resolution January 4, 2018
(2) Support   and Offer Agreement signature date January 5, 2018
(3) Commencement   date and settlement date of the tender offer To   be determined, subject to regulatory approvals being obtained.
(4) Completion   of acquisition To be determined, subject to regulatory approvals being   obtained and completion or waiver of any conditions precedents.

 

Takeda Financial Outlook

As the completion of the acquisition is expected to occur near the end of Q1 CY2018 or the beginning of Q2 CY2018, Takeda expects minimal impact on its FY2017 earnings. We will incorporate the financial impact in our FY2018 consolidated earnings forecast, which will be announced at the FY2017 year-end earnings conference in May 2018.

Takeda’s Commitment to Gastroenterology

Gastrointestinal (GI) diseases can be complex, debilitating and life-changing. Recognizing this unmet need, Takeda and our collaboration partners have focused on improving the lives of patients through the delivery of innovative medicines and dedicated patient disease support programs for over 25 years. Takeda aspires to advance how patients manage their disease. Additionally, Takeda is leading in areas of gastroenterology associated with high unmet need, such as inflammatory bowel disease, acid-related diseases and motility disorders. Our GI research & development team is also exploring solutions in celiac disease, advanced liver disease and microbiome therapies. 

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) is a global, research and development-driven pharmaceutical company committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to patients by translating science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on oncology, gastroenterology and neuroscience therapeutic areas plus vaccines. Takeda conducts R&D both internally and with partners to stay at the leading edge of innovation. Innovative products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as Takeda’s presence in emerging markets, are currently fueling the growth of Takeda. Around 30,000 Takeda employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients, working with Takeda’s partners in health care in more than 70 countries.

For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com/newsroom/.

About TiGenix

TiGenix NV (Euronext Brussels and NASDAQ: TIG) is an advanced biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for serious medical conditions by exploiting the anti-inflammatory properties of allogeneic, or donor-derived, stem cells.

TiGenix´s lead product, Cx601, has successfully completed a European Phase III clinical trial for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas - a severe, debilitating complication of Crohn’s disease. Cx601 has been filed for regulatory approval in Europe and a global Phase III trial intended to support a future U.S. Biologic License Application (BLA) started in 2017. TiGenix has entered into a licensing agreement with Takeda, a global pharmaceutical company active in gastroenterology, under which Takeda acquired the exclusive right to develop and commercialize Cx601 for complex perianal fistulas outside the U.S. TiGenix’s second adipose-derived product, Cx611, is undergoing a Phase I/II trial in severe sepsis – a major cause of mortality in the developed world. Finally, AlloCSC-01, targeting acute ischemic heart disease, has demonstrated positive results in a Phase I/II trial in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). TiGenix is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and has operations in Madrid (Spain) and Cambridge, MA (USA). For more information, please visit http://www.tigenix.com

About Cx601

Cx601 is an investigational administration of allogeneic (or donor derived) expanded adipose-derived stem cells (eASCs) for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in adult patients with non-active/mildly active luminal Crohn’s disease that have previously shown an inadequate response to at least one conventional therapy or biologic therapy. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestine and complex perianal fistulas are a severe and debilitating complication.

Cx601 was granted orphan drug designation by the European Commission in 2009 and by the FDA in 2017. TiGenix completed a European Phase III clinical trial (ADMIRE-CD) in August 2015 in which the primary endpoint was met, with a significantly greater proportion of patients treated with Cx601 (50%, n=107) versus control (34%, n=105) achieving combined remission as defined by clinical assessment of closure of all treated external openings that were draining at baseline and absence of collections > 2 cm of the treated perianal fistulas confirmed by masked central MRI at week 24 (97·5% CI 0·2-30·3; p=0·024).1 The most commonly reported treatment emergent adverse events were proctalgia, anal abscess and nasopharyngitis. A follow-up analysis was completed showing that the efficacy and safety profile of Cx601 were maintained at 52 weeks.4 The 24-week results of the Phase III ADMIRE-CD trial were published in The Lancet in July 2016.1 Based on the positive 24 weeks Phase III study results, TiGenix submitted a Marketing Authorization Application to the EMA, with the CHMP adopting a positive opinion recommending the granting of a marketing authorization.

A global Phase III clinical trial (ADMIRE-CD II) intended to support a future U.S. Biologic License Application (BLA) started in 2017, based on a trial protocol that has been agreed with the U.S. FDA through a special protocol assessment procedure (SPA) (clinicaltrials.gov; NCT03279081). ADMIRE-CD II is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study designed to confirm the efficacy and safety of a single administration of Cx601 for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in Crohn's disease patients. In July 2016, TiGenix entered into a licensing agreement with Takeda, a global pharmaceutical company active in gastroenterology, under which Takeda acquired exclusive rights to develop and commercialize Cx601 for complex perianal fistulas in Crohn’s patients outside of the U.S.

References

1 Panés J, García-Olmo D, Van Assche G, et al., Expanded allogeneic adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (Cx601) for complex perianal fistulas in Crohn’s disease: a phase 3 randomized, double-blind controlled trial. The Lancet. 2016; 388(10051): 1281-1290.

2 Marzo M, Felice C, Pugliese D, et al., Management of perianal fistulas in Crohn’s disease: An up-to-date review. World J Gastroenterol. 2015; 21(5): 1394-1395.

3 Mahadev S, Young JM, Selby W, et al., Quality of life in perianal Crohn's disease: what do patients consider important? Dis Colon Rectum. 2011; 54(5): 579-585.

4 Panés J, et al., Long-term efficacy and safety of stem cell therapy (Cx601) for complex perianal fistulas in patients with Crohn’s disease. Gastroenterology. Published online 18th December 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1053/j.gastro.2017.12.020

SOURCE: Takeda Pharmaceutical Co

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