Jerusalem, Israel, and Frazer, PA, May 2, 2011 – Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) and Cephalon, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEPH) today announced that their Boards of Directors have unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which Teva will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Cephalon for $81.50 per share in cash, or a total enterprise value of approximately $6.8 billion. The transaction is not conditioned on financing and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2011.
The transaction reinforces Teva’s long term strategy of building out its branded and specialty pharmaceuticals business through diversification and expansion of the company’s product portfolio and pipeline.
The combined company will utilize its complementary commercial, R&D and operational capabilities. It will capture value by providing customers with a broad spectrum of specialty branded products. The combined company’s sizable branded portfolio represents approximately $7 billion in sales, with a robust pipeline including more than 30 late-stage compounds. The transaction will create immediate and sustainable value in niche therapeutic areas including CNS, oncology, respiratory and pain management. The combined company will become a leader in specialty pharma.
“We are embarking today on a new and exciting future for Teva’s branded business, and we are delighted that we will be working together with the Cephalon team,” said Shlomo Yanai, President and Chief Executive Officer of Teva. “This is transforming for Teva’s branded business, as it will help us to deliver on our strategic goal of creating a diversified, multi-faceted company. We have been following Cephalon for a long time and are very happy with the opportunity to join forces. Our significantly broader portfolio will permit marketing and sales synergies and enhance profitability. We look forward to welcoming our colleagues at Cephalon to the Teva family.”
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is a global pharmaceutical company specializing in the development, production and marketing of generic and proprietary branded pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Teva is among the top 15 pharmaceutical companies and among the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the world.
With more than a century of experience in the healthcare industry, the Company enjoys a firmly established international presence, operating through a carefully tailored network of worldwide subsidiaries. Headquartered in Israel, above 80% of Teva’s sales, which totaled US$16.1 billion in 2010, are in North America and Europe. Teva has over 40,000 employees worldwide and production facilities in Israel, North America, Europe and Latin America.