Sobi to Acquire CTI BioPharma
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Transaction Price of $9.10 Per Share Represents Compelling 89% Premium to CTI's Closing Stock Price on May 9, 2023
SEATTLE, WA, USA I May 10, 2023 I CTI BioPharma (Nasdaq: CTIC) ("CTI"), a commercial biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel targeted therapies for blood-related cancers, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (STO: SOBI) ("Sobi"), a global healthcare leader in hematology, immunology and specialty care, will acquire CTI for $9.10 per share of common stock in an all-cash transaction, representing an implied equity value of approximately $1.7 billion.
The transaction will diversify Sobi's portfolio of leading hematology medicines through CTI's lead product, VONJO® (pacritinib), which is FDA-approved for the treatment of adult myelofibrosis patients with a platelet count below 50 x109/L. Bringing together Sobi and CTI is expected to enhance Sobi's commercial footprint in the U.S., and CTI will benefit from Sobi's resources, scale and strong international presence as it continues to grow and explore new indications and development opportunities for VONJO. Following the completion of the transaction, CTI will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Sobi. Together, Sobi and CTI expect to advance their shared mission to change the treatment paradigm for underserved patient communities suffering from rare diseases through new, innovative and effective medicines and therapies.
"We are delighted to announce this transaction, which delivers a compelling all-cash premium to our shareholders, while positioning CTI to unlock the full potential of VONJO in treating myeloproliferative disease," said Adam Craig, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., President, Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Medical Officer of CTI BioPharma. "In Sobi, we've found a global partner whose mission, culture and strategic business priorities are aligned with ours, and by joining forces, we have access to additional financial and development resources to drive and enhance the growth of VONJO. As we enter CTI's next chapter with the support of Sobi, we'd like to recognize the extraordinary work of our talented employees, who will play a key role in the success of the combined company."
Transaction Details and Closing
The transaction price represents an 89% premium to CTI's closing share price on May 9, 2023, as well as a 95% premium to its 30 trading day volume-weighted average price of $4.67. The transaction, which was unanimously approved by CTI's Board of Directors, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2023.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, Sobi, through a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary, will commence a tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of CTI for $9.10 per share of common stock in cash. Sobi has received an irrevocable undertaking from certain entities affiliated with BVF Partners L.P. (BVF) to tender all of their shares of common stock, representing 6.7% of all outstanding shares of CTI common stock.
The closing of the tender offer will be subject to certain conditions, including the tender of shares in the tender offer representing at least a majority of the total number of CTI's shares of common stock outstanding and the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. Upon the successful completion of the tender offer, Sobi's acquisition subsidiary will be merged into CTI, and any remaining shares of common stock of CTI will be cancelled and converted into the right to receive the same $9.10 per share in cash.
First Quarter 2023 Earnings Results
Given the transaction announcement, CTI does not intend to issue an earnings release for its first quarter 2023 financial results and will not host an earnings conference call.
Centerview Partners LLC and MTS Health Partners are serving as CTI's financial advisors and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP are serving as legal counsel.
Sobi® is a specialised international biopharmaceutical company transforming the lives of people with rare and debilitating diseases. Providing reliable access to innovative medicines in the areas of haematology, immunology and specialty care, Sobi has approximately 1,600 employees across Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. In 2022, revenue amounted to SEK 18.8 billion. Sobi's share (STO:SOBI) is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. More about Sobi at sobi.com, LinkedIn and YouTube.
About CTI BioPharma Corp.
CTI BioPharma is a commercial biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel targeted therapies for blood-related cancers that offer a unique benefit to patients and their healthcare providers. CTI has one FDA-approved product, VONJO® (pacritinib), a JAK2, ACVR1, and IRAK1 inhibitor, that spares JAK1. VONJO is approved for the treatment of adults with intermediate- or high-risk primary or secondary (post-polycythemia vera or post-essential thrombocythemia) myelofibrosis with a platelet count below 50 × 109/L. This indication is approved under FDA accelerated approval based on spleen volume reduction. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in a confirmatory trial(s). CTI is conducting the Phase 3 PACIFICA study of VONJO in patients with myelofibrosis and severe thrombocytopenia as a post-marketing requirement. For more information, please visit www.ctibiopharma.com.