BY Richard Summerfield
Bristol-Myer Squibb is to acquire Celgene Corp for $74bn in a cash and stock deal which combines two of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
The deal will see Celgene shareholders receive one Bristol-Myers Squibb share and $50 in cash for each share held, or $102.43 per share, a premium of 53.7 percent to Celgene’s closing price on the day before the deal was announced. The boards of directors of both companies have approved the deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019.
“Together with Celgene, we are creating an innovative biopharma leader, with leading franchises and a deep and broad pipeline that will drive sustainable growth and deliver new options for patients across a range of serious diseases,” said Giovanni Caforio, chairman and chief executive of Bristol-Myers Squibb. “As a combined entity, we will enhance our leadership positions across our portfolio, including in cancer and immunology and inflammation. We will also benefit from an expanded early- and late-stage pipeline that includes six expected near-term product launches. Our new company will continue the strong patient focus that is core to both companies’ missions, creating a shared organisation with a goal of discovering, developing and delivering innovative medicines for patients with serious diseases. We are confident we will drive value for shareholders and create opportunities for employees.”
“For more than 30 years, Celgene’s commitment to leading innovation has allowed us to deliver life-changing treatments to patients in areas of high unmet need,” said Mark J. Alles, chairman and chief executive of Celgene. “Combining with Bristol-Myers Squibb, we are delivering immediate and substantial value to Celgene shareholders and providing them meaningful participation in the long-term growth opportunities created by the combined company. Our employees should be incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together and excited for the opportunities ahead of us as we join with Bristol-Myers Squibb, where we can further advance our mission for patients. We look forward to working with the Bristol-Myers Squibb team as we bring our two companies together.”
The Celgene/Bristol-Meyer deal is the second notable merger to be announced in the pharmaceutical sector recently, following news of the $8bn merger between Eli Lilly & Co and Loxo Oncology announced on Monday.