Indevus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. will commence a tender offer to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Indevus for approximately $370 million, or $4.50 per Indevus share, in cash and up to an additional approximately $267 million, or $3.00 per Indevus share, in cash payable in the future upon achievement of certain milestones related to NEBIDO (R) (in development for hypogonadism) and the octreotide implant (in development for acromegaly and carcinoid syndrome), two of Indevus' primary product candidates.
The up-front consideration of $4.50 per share represents a premium of 45.2% over today's closing price of the common stock of Indevus, and a 59.0% premium over the 30-day volume weighted average price for the common stock. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies. The Company will host a conference call and webcast on January 6, 2009 beginning at 8:30 am Eastern time (details follow below).
"For many reasons, we are very pleased to bring this transaction to the shareholders and other stakeholders of the Company," said Glenn L. Cooper, M.D., chairman and chief executive officer of Indevus. "For our shareholders, the deal not only captures a significant premium in the up-front portion of the consideration, but our investors will also maintain a significant interest in the downstream value creation from NEBIDO and the octreotide implant.
"Our employees, who have been so instrumental in the growth and success of Indevus, will also remain integral to the future of Endo," continued Dr. Cooper. "Our sales force, Cranbury operations, and the NEBIDO and Octreotide R&D teams are expected to play a very important role in the new Endo. In addition, Endo will look to our headquarters in Lexington, MA as a source of talent for their growing organization.
"Finally, we believe this transaction will create new value for our patients, physicians, and other customers under Endo's leadership. We believe Endo's proven commercial capabilities, targeted approach to medical marketing and unique understanding of the changes taking place in health care delivery today will ensure the success of our current and future products. We welcome and fully support this acquisition."