Horizon Pharma and Raptor Pharmaceutical have entered into a definitive agreement under which Horizon Pharma will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Raptor Pharmaceutical Corp. common stock for $9.00 per share in cash, for an implied fully diluted equity value of approximately $800 million. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016.
"The proposed acquisition of Raptor furthers our commitment to helping people with rare diseases and is a significant step in advancing our strategy to expand our rare disease business," said Timothy P. Walbert, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Horizon Pharma. "Along with the potential for accelerated revenue growth, the addition of Raptor strengthens our U.S. orphan business and provides a platform to expand our orphan business in Europe and other key international markets. We look forward to working with new patient communities and building on the success of the Raptor team."
Strategic and financial benefits of the transaction:
"This transaction will deliver significant and immediate value to our shareholders through a compelling all-cash premium and provide ongoing value to our patients, their families and the physicians who treat them," said Julie Anne Smith, president and chief executive officer, Raptor Pharmaceutical. "On behalf of the Board and management team, I extend our deepest gratitude to everyone at Raptor for their unrelenting commitment to advancing the development of our medicines and their tireless work with the patients we serve."
PROCYSBI is the first cystine-depleting agent given every 12 hours that is approved in the United States for the treatment of nephropathic cystinosis (NC), a rare metabolic disorder, in adults and children 2 years of age and older. PROCYSBI received European Commission approval as an orphan medicinal product in September 2013 for the treatment of proven NC. According to estimates, NC prevalence is as high as one in 100,000 live births. There are believed to be approximately 550 NC patients in the U.S. and 2,000 worldwide.
QUINSAIR is a proprietary inhaled formulation of levofloxacin, approved in the European Union and Canada for the management of chronic pulmonary infections due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa in adult patients with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a rare, life-threatening, genetic disease affecting an estimated 21,000 adults in Europe and Canada. QUINSAIR is not approved in the United States.
Raptor's previously disclosed total net sales guidance for full-year 2016 is $125 million to $135 million, which includes both PROCYSBI and QUINSAIR. Horizon will provide additional detail regarding its guidance for full year 2017 net sales and adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter 2017.