ALLEGAN, Mich., Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Perrigo Company (Nasdaq: PRGO; TASE) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Paddock Laboratories, Inc. ("Paddock"), a privately-held, Minneapolis-based manufacturer and marketer of generic pharmaceutical products for approximately $540 million in cash. Perrigo expects to receive a significant tax benefit as a result of the acquisition of Paddock's assets. The net present value of this tax benefit is estimated to be $95 million. The acquisition is expected to close during the Company's fiscal 2011 fourth quarter pending regulatory approval.
Perrigo Chairman and CEO Joseph C. Papa stated, "This acquisition is an important next step forward in executing on our strategy to expand our specialty portfolio of generic Rx products. It adds incremental scale, as well as excellent development and manufacturing capabilities across a spectrum of niche dosage forms. It solidifies Perrigo's leading position in the extended topical space and strengthens our ability to offer new products into the market. And importantly, Paddock has a proven record for quality manufacturing with great customer service."
Key benefits of the transaction:
Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Perrigo will acquire substantially all of the assets of Paddock for $540 million in cash. No Paddock debt or cash will be assumed in this transaction. Perrigo intends to fund the transaction using approximately $80 million of cash on hand, $310 million available per the terms of its existing bank debt agreements and $150 million from a new term loan pursuant to a commitment from Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan and Bank of America. The new term loan commitment allows for syndication of an additional $100 million which, if exercised, would reduce the amount funded under existing bank debt agreements.
Perrigo expects to receive a significant tax benefit generated from the deduction of the step-up in tax basis resulting from the acquisition of Paddock's assets. This increase in basis is expected to result in cash tax savings to Perrigo over the next 15 years. The estimated net present value of these savings is approximately $95 million.
The proposed transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including notification and clearance under certain antitrust statutes. There are no financing conditions to closing the acquisition agreement. Perrigo expects the transaction to close during its fourth fiscal quarter of 2011.
Mr. Papa concluded, "We are very impressed with Paddock's solid foundation and growth over the past 30 years. Bruce Paddock and his team, led by CEO Michael Graves, have built a company focused on bringing high quality products quickly to market, backed by state-of-the-art manufacturing. I am confident that this strategic acquisition will help to further grow our existing Rx business and continue to add value for our shareholders."
Conference call information
Perrigo will host a conference call for investors and analysts at 8:30 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, January 20. The conference call will be available live via webcast to interested parties on the Perrigo website http://www.perrigo.com or by phone 877-248-9413, International 973-582-2737 and reference ID# 38879007. A taped replay of the call will be available beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m. (EST) Thursday, January 20, until midnight , Thursday, February 3, 2011. To listen to the replay, call 800-642-1687, International 706-645-9291, access code 38879007.
Perrigo's financial advisor is Morgan Stanley, and its legal advisor is Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Paddock Laboratories' financial advisors are Jefferies & Company and Greene Holcomb & Fisher, and its legal advisor is Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP.
Perrigo Company is a leading global healthcare supplier that develops, manufactures and distributes OTC and generic prescription (Rx) pharmaceuticals, infant formulas, nutritional products, active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and pharmaceutical and medical diagnostic products. The Company is the world's largest store brand manufacturer of OTC pharmaceutical products and infant formulas. The Company's primary markets and locations of manufacturing and logistics operations are the United States, Israel, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Australia. Visit Perrigo on the Internet (http://www.perrigo.com).
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