Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) announced that it has completed its acquisition of Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Under the terms of the transaction, each outstanding share of Anacor common stock has been converted into the right to receive $99.25 net in cash (without interest but subject to required withholding of taxes).
“Now that Anacor is part of Pfizer, we can accelerate our shared commitment to help patients with inflammatory disease, an area of high unmet medical need,” said Albert Bourla, Group President, Pfizer Innovative Health. “We believe that Pfizer is in a position to quickly capitalize on the benefits offered by the combination with Anacor, including the potential for a near-term U.S. product launch and subsequent commercialization of crisaborole, a differentiated asset with compelling clinical data. If approved, crisaborole has the potential to be an important first-line treatment option for patients with mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis and the physicians who treat them.”
The transaction is not expected to impact Pfizer’s current 2016 adjusted financial guidance. Pfizer continues to expect the transaction to be slightly dilutive to Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share (EPS)(1) in 2017 with accretion to Adjusted Diluted EPS(1) beginning in 2018 and increasing thereafter.
The tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Anacor common stock expired as scheduled immediately after 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on June 23, 2016. Computershare Trust Company, N.A., the depositary and paying agent for the tender offer, has advised Pfizer that 39,306,909 shares of Anacor common stock were validly tendered into and not validly withdrawn from the tender offer, including 4,300,427 shares tendered by notice of guaranteed delivery for which certificates were not yet delivered, representing approximately 86.1% of the outstanding shares. All of the conditions to the offer have been satisfied and on June 24, 2016, Pfizer and its subsidiary Quattro Merger Sub Inc. accepted for payment and will promptly pay for all shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn.
Following its acceptance of the tendered shares, Pfizer completed its acquisition of Anacor through the merger of Quattro Merger Sub Inc. with and into Anacor without a vote of Anacor’s stockholders pursuant to Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law. As a result of the merger, Anacor became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pfizer. In connection with the merger, all Anacor shares not validly tendered into the tender offer (other than treasury shares held by Anacor and any shares owned by Pfizer, Quattro Merger Sub Inc. or any person who was entitled to and has properly demanded statutory appraisal of his or her shares) have been cancelled and converted into the right to receive the same $99.25 per share net in cash (without interest but subject to required withholding of taxes) as will be paid for all shares that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in the tender offer. Anacor common stock will cease to be traded on the NASDAQ Global Market.