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Lannett To Acquire Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals For $1.23 Billion

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Transaction Highlights:

  • Substantially increases, diversifies revenue base with highly profitable specialty products
  • Expands pipeline with exciting products
  • Near-term growth potential with 11 product applications pending at the FDA, of which five include Paragraph IV certifications
  • Provides medium and longer term growth potential with 17 product candidates in development, including eight controlled substances
  • Adds development expertise in difficult to formulate generics, including various dosage forms
  • Accretive to adjusted EPS in fiscal 2016 in the mid- to high-single digits and 20% to 25% in fiscal 2017
  • Significant tax benefit as a result of a 338(h)(10) election with a value in excess of $100 million

Conference call to discuss transaction, which will be accompanied by a related slide presentation, scheduled today at 5 p.m. ET

Lannett Company, Inc. (LCI) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals Inc. (KU), the U.S. specialty generic pharmaceuticals subsidiary of global biopharmaceuticals company UCB S.A. (UCB.BR), for $1.23 billion, plus potential contingency payments. Lannett believes the acquisition will be accretive to adjusted EPS in fiscal 2016 in the mid- to high-single digits and 20% to 25% in fiscal 2017. Lannett expects to receive a significant tax benefit as a result of 338(h)(10) election with a value in excess of $100 million. Lannett expects to fund the transaction with a combination of a fully committed term loan and cash on hand. The transaction, subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of calendar 2015 and has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of Lannett and UCB.

"For Lannett, this is a transformational acquisition that is an exceptional strategic fit and builds upon our stellar financial performance over the last several years," said Arthur Bedrosian, chief executive officer of Lannett. "With KU, we are adding a highly profitable business and creating a specialty pharmaceuticals company that has substantial size, scale and reach.

"The acquisition diversifies and augments our current product offerings and significantly enhances our opportunities for continued growth by expanding our pipeline with a number of large market opportunity and complementary product candidates. KU brings considerable manufacturing capacity, a first class research and development team and the potential for advancing our active pharmaceutical ingredients business. This transaction delivers on our objective to supplement and boost our organic growth with strategic acquisitions. We will continue to seek opportunities to build our business and enhance shareholder value."

Strategic Benefits

The acquisition adds a diversified commercial product portfolio of 18 products. The combined company generated pro-forma revenues of more than $800 million for the 12 months ended June 30, 2015. KU brings a strong pipeline that includes 11 product applications pending at the FDA, of which five include Paragraph IV certifications, and 17 product...


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