Dublin, Ireland – June 3, 2016 – Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) today completed its previously announced combination with Baxalta Incorporated (NYSE: BXLT), creating the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving patients with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions.
Through the combination, Shire expects to deliver double-digit compound annual top-line growth, with over $20 billion in annual projected revenue by 2020 and approximately 65% of total annual revenues being immediately generated by its rare disease products. Shire now has more than 50 programs in clinical development, with a balanced mix of early, mid and late-stage projects.
With over 22,000 employees across more than 100 countries, Shire’s expanded global reach and best-in-class products offer the potential to help even more patients around the world with significant unmet needs.
Shire Chief Executive Officer Flemming Ornskov, M.D., M.P.H., commented: “Upon the completion of our combination with Baxalta, Shire is now the global leader in rare diseases, with the number one rare diseases platform based on both revenue and pipeline programs. With our multiple high-value franchises, each with best-in-class products and a robust innovative portfolio, we further extend our capabilities for innovation and sustainable growth with patients at the center of everything we do.”
Dr. Ornskov continued, “We have made impressive progress on integration planning since announcing the combination, moving much faster than other transactions of similar size based on benchmarks, to create certainty for our employees and to better serve our patients and customers going forward. As we launch our combined company today, we have a talented and experienced extended leadership team in place to guide the organization in achieving our goals. Working together, the possibilities are tremendous for our patients, healthcare partners and, importantly, our people, with opportunity for additional value creation for our shareholders.”
As a result of the completion of the combination:
- The appointment of Gail D. Fosler and Albert P.L. Stroucken to the Shire Board of Directors, announced on April 18, 2016, is effective,
- Baxalta shareholders will receive a combination of $18.00 in cash and 0.1482 Shire ADS’s for each Baxalta share (or 0.4446 of a Shire ordinary share if the Baxalta shareholder validly elected to receive ordinary shares);
- Baxalta became an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Shire;
- Shire will provide a full and unconditional guarantee of Baxalta’s obligations to the holders of Baxalta’s outstanding senior notes.The efficient operating structure of the combined company is expected to yield annual operating cost synergies of at least $500 million within the first three years post-closing. Further, Shire expects to generate additional revenue synergies and a combined non-GAAP effective tax rate of 16-17% by 2017. The combination is expected to be accretive to non-GAAP diluted EPS in 2017, the first calendar year of ownership, and beyond, with an attractive ROIC that will exceed Shire’s cost of capital in 2020.
Additional details on the strength of the combined company, including 2016 financial guidance and updated 3-year synergy targets, will be provided during Shire’s second quarter earnings conference call scheduled for August 2, 2016. Shire will also be hosting an Investor Day in New York on November 10, 2016, where it will share highlights of the R&D portfolio and Baxalta commercial business.
Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We have best-in-class products available in more than 100 countries across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal / Internal Medicine / Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; a growing franchise in Oncology; and an emerging, innovative pipeline in Ophthalmics.
Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.