Teva Pharmaceutical and Cephalon 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.
"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 CEO 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.”