Endo to Acquire BioSpecifics to Enhance Profitability of XIAFLEX® and Qwo™
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-- Endo to acquire BioSpecifics in an accretive all-cash transaction --
DUBLIN, Ireland I October 19, 2020 I Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP) today announced it has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: BSTC), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company, for $88.50 in cash per share, or an estimated enterprise value of approximately $540 million (net of approximately $120 million in cash acquired) at the anticipated time of deal closure. Endo has had a strategic relationship with BioSpecifics since 2004. Under the terms of the relationship, BioSpecifics receives a royalty stream from Endo related to Endo's collagenase-based therapies, which currently include XIAFLEX®, marketed by Endo Pharmaceuticals, for the treatment of Dupuytren's contracture and Peyronie's disease, and Qwo™, the first FDA-approved injectable treatment for cellulite, which is expected to be launched by Endo Aesthetics in Spring 2021.
"Acquiring BioSpecifics is consistent with our strategic priority to expand and enhance our portfolio through additional investment in the significant long-term growth potential of both XIAFLEX and QWO - two of our most durable and differentiated products," said Blaise Coleman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Endo. "This transaction will also immediately enhance Endo's adjusted EBITDA and create significant value for shareholders of both organizations."
Under the terms of the merger agreement, Endo, through a wholly owned subsidiary, will commence an all-cash tender offer to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding common stock of BioSpecifics for $88.50 per share. The Edwin H. Wegman Marital Trust has entered into a Support Agreement committing it to tender its shares into the tender offer. The closing of the tender offer will be subject to certain conditions, including that not less than a majority of shares of BioSpecifics common stock are tendered, the expiration of the waiting period under antitrust laws and other customary conditions. Upon the successful completion of the tender offer, Endo's acquisition subsidiary will be merged into BioSpecifics, and any remaining shares of BioSpecifics will be canceled and converted into the right to receive the same consideration payable pursuant to the tender offer. The transaction is expected to close in late 2020 and Endo expects to fund the transaction with cash on hand. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.
Endo's financial advisor is PJT Partners LP and legal counsel is Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
About Endo International plc
Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP) is a specialty pharmaceutical company committed to helping everyone we serve live their best life through the delivery of quality, life-enhancing therapies. Our decades of proven success come from a global team of passionate employees collaborating to bring the best treatments forward. Together, we boldly transform insights into treatments benefiting those who need them, when they need them. Endo has global headquarters in Dublin, Ireland and U.S. headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Learn more at www.endo.comor connect with us on LinkedIn.
About BioSpecifics Technologies Corp.
BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company. BioSpecifics discovered and developed a proprietary form of injectable collagenase (CCH), which is currently marketed by Endo, as XIAFLEX® in North America for the treatment of Dupuytren's contracture and Peyronie's disease. Endo announced that it received FDA approval of CCH for the treatment of moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of adult women; Qwo™ is expected to be available commercially in the U.S. starting in the first half of 2021. The CCH research and development pipeline includes several additional potential indications including adhesive capsulitis and plantar fibromatosis. For more information, please visit www.biospecifics.com.
SOURCE: Endo International