Assertio Holdings, Inc. to Acquire Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in All Stock and CVR Transaction
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- Published on Wednesday, 26 April 2023 10:10
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Complementary Commercial Growth Platforms Anticipated to Accelerate ROLVEDON™ (eflapegrastim-xnst) Injection Profitability and Diversify Revenue Streams
Combination of Assertio’s Omni-Channel Digital Sales Capabilities and ROLVEDON In-Person Commercial Team to Enhance Market Access and Growth across All Products
Transaction Expected to Be Accretive to Assertio’s Adjusted EPS and Operating Cash Flow in 2024
Spectrum Stockholders Will Receive Upfront Consideration of 0.1783 ASRT shares per SPPI Share ($1.14 per share) Plus One CVR for Total Potential Consideration of up to $1.34 per Share
Upfront Consideration Represents a Premium of 65% and the Total Potential Consideration Represents a Premium of 94% to Spectrum’s Latest Closing Price
Assertio Stockholders to Own Approximately 65% and Spectrum Stockholders to Own Approximately 35% of Combined Company
Closing of Transaction Expected in Q3 2023
LAKE FOREST, IL, and BOSTON, MA, USA I April 25, 2023 I Assertio Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASRT) (“Assertio”), a specialty pharmaceutical company offering differentiated products to patients, and Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPPI) (“Spectrum”), a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company focused on novel and targeted oncology, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Assertio will acquire all outstanding shares of Spectrum in an all-stock and contingent value rights (“CVR”) transaction.
“The addition of Spectrum’s commercial capabilities and ROLVEDON, a novel long-acting G-CSF product recently launched into a blockbuster market in October 2022, exemplifies Assertio’s attractiveness as an acquirer of new, accretive assets across diverse therapeutic categories, and ability to continue their growth and achieve profitable contributions faster and more efficiently than could be achieved on a standalone basis. We intend to retain the majority of Spectrum’s commercial infrastructure, which we believe is synergistic to our digital non-personal platform, deploying these complementary dual channels to support clinical messaging, reimbursement education and ROLVEDON awareness to further aid and accelerate its launch,” said Dan Peisert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Assertio.
“We are excited to combine with Assertio in a transaction that will deliver significant value to our stockholders and the opportunity to share in the future upside of ROLVEDON,” said Tom Riga, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Pharmaceuticals. “Our mission at Spectrum has always been to make a difference in the lives of patients and with Assertio, we have a partner that will enable us to deliver on this promise. Our combined assets and commercial infrastructure will position us to accelerate ROLVEDON’s launch for the benefit of patients, maximize its potential and drive further growth. We are proud of the launch trajectory our team has achieved with ROLVEDON and look forward to an exciting new chapter.”
Terms of the Agreement
Under the terms of the agreement, at closing, Spectrum stockholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.1783 shares of Assertio common stock for each share of Spectrum common stock they own, implying an upfront value of $1.14 per Spectrum share (approximately $248 million) based on Assertio’s stock price on April 24, 2023 and an initial 65% premium to Spectrum’s closing price on such date. Additionally, Spectrum stockholders will receive one CVR per Spectrum share entitling them to receive up to an additional $0.20 per share in total (approximately $43 million), payable in cash or stock at Assertio's election, for $1.34 (approximately $291 million), a total potential premium of 94%. Subject to adjustments, each CVR shall represent the right to receive $0.10 payable upon ROLVEDON net sales (less certain deductions) achieving $175 million during the calendar year ending December 31, 2024, and $0.10 payable upon ROLVEDON net sales (less certain deductions) achieving $225 million during the calendar year ending December 31, 2025.
Following the close of the transaction, Assertio stockholders will own approximately 65% of the combined company, and Spectrum stockholders will own approximately 35%, on a fully diluted basis.
Transaction Strategic and Financial Rationale
Strengthened Commercial Infrastructure and Resources: Assertio’s innovative digital non-personal sales model complements Spectrum’s in-person commercial infrastructure, providing greater market access and resources than either company as a standalone entity.
Expected to Be Accretive to Adjusted EPS and Operating Cash Flow in 2024: Assertio intends to retain the majority of Spectrum’s commercial team and add operating costs of approximately $60 million annually. The remaining cost synergies are expected to accelerate and enhance the profit opportunities for the combined company and generate double-digit accretion to adjusted EPS and increased operating cash flow in 2024.
Enhanced IP Portfolio: ROLVEDON’s intellectual property protection is anticipated to extend through 2036, complementing Assertio’s portfolio of traditional and non-traditional IP protection, including assets with protection extending beyond 2040 and plans to secure additional protections on existing assets.
Improved Strategic Profile: The transaction enables the combined company to have a more scalable and competitive infrastructure for continuing the development and acquisition of existing and prospective new commercial- and late development-stage products suited to Assertio’s unique omni-channel sales strategy.
Platform Diversification: In addition to Assertio’s key assets Indocin, Sympazan and Otrexup, Spectrum’s key asset ROLVEDON will represent meaningful further asset diversification. ROLVEDON is a long-acting growth factor (G-CSF) indicated to decrease the incidence of infection, as manifested by febrile neutropenia, in adult patients with non-myeloid malignancies receiving myelosuppressive anti-cancer drugs associated with clinically significant incidence of febrile neutropenia.
Access to Capital Markets: With enhanced scale and greater diversification of revenue generating commercial assets, the combined company is expected to have a more attractive profile to investors and to benefit from greater access to the capital markets.
Approvals and Timing to Close
The transaction, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2023, subject to approval by Assertio and Spectrum stockholders and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
Conference Call and Investor Presentation Information
Assertio and Spectrum will host a conference call today, at 8:30 am Eastern Time to discuss the transaction.
|Date:||April 25, 2023|
|Time:||8:30 a.m. Eastern Time|
|Webcast (live and archive) and Presentation:||http://investor.assertiotx.com/overview/default.aspx
Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the live webcast to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be needed to access the webcast. The replay will be available approximately two hours after the call on the investor websites.
Guggenheim Securities, LLC is acting as financial advisor to Spectrum, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is serving as legal counsel.
SVB Securities and H.C. Wainwright & Co. are acting as financial advisors to Assertio, and Latham & Watkins LLP is serving as legal counsel.
Assertio is a specialty pharmaceutical company offering differentiated products to patients utilizing a non-personal promotional model. We have built and continue to build our commercial portfolio by identifying new opportunities within our existing products as well as acquisitions or licensing of additional approved products. To learn more about Assertio, visit www.assertiotx.com.
Spectrum is a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company, with a strategy of acquiring, developing, and commercializing novel and targeted oncology therapies. We have an in-house clinical development organization with regulatory and data management capabilities, in addition to commercial infrastructure and a field based sales force for our marketed product, ROLVEDON™ (eflapegrastim-xnst) Injection. For additional information on Spectrum please visit www.sppirx.com.
ROLVEDON™ (eflapegrastim-xnst) injection is a long-acting granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) with a novel formulation. Spectrum has received an indication to decrease the incidence of infection, as manifested by febrile neutropenia, in adult patients with non-myeloid malignancies receiving myelosuppressive anti-cancer drugs associated with clinically significant incidence of febrile neutropenia. ROLVEDON is not indicated for the mobilization of peripheral blood progenitor cells for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The BLA for ROLVEDON was supported by data from two identically designed Phase 3, randomized, open-label, noninferiority clinical trials, ADVANCE and RECOVER, which evaluated the safety and efficacy of ROLVEDON in 643 early-stage breast cancer patients for the management of neutropenia due to myelosuppressive chemotherapy. In both studies, ROLVEDON demonstrated the pre-specified hypothesis of non-inferiority (NI) in mean duration of severe neutropenia (DSN) and a similar safety profile to pegfilgrastim. ROLVEDON also demonstrated non-inferiority to pegfilgrastim in the mean DSN across all four cycles (all NI p<0.0001) in both trials.
Please see the Important Safety Information below and the full prescribing information for ROLVEDON at www.rolvedon.com.
Indications and Usage
ROLVEDON is indicated to decrease the incidence of infection, as manifested by febrile neutropenia, in adult patients with non-myeloid malignancies receiving myelosuppressive anti-cancer drugs associated with clinically significant incidence of febrile neutropenia.
SOURCE: Assertio Holdings