Transaction further advances leadership in specialty, with key commercial enablement solutions to support biopharmaceutical partners
AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE: ABC) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire PharmaLex Holding GmbH, a leading provider of specialized services for the life sciences industry, from funds advised by AUCTUS Capital Partners AG for €1.28 billion in cash, subject to certain customary adjustments. The transaction will advance AmerisourceBergen’s role as partner of choice for biopharmaceutical manufacturers by enhancing AmerisourceBergen’s global portfolio of solutions to support manufacturer partners across the pharmaceutical development and commercialization journey.
“The strategic acquisition of PharmaLex will expand our global platform of biopharma services, further advancing the strategy we detailed at our recent Investor Day,” said Steven H. Collis, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer. “AmerisourceBergen is committed to building on our leadership in specialty services through a continued focus on innovation and partnerships, and by acquiring PharmaLex, we will be able to further enhance our value proposition to pharmaceutical manufacturers, from emerging biotechs to global biopharmaceutical leaders. PharmaLex’s highly complementary business and strong market reputation will deepen our partnerships with manufacturers, advancing our role as a strategic partner of choice as we support end-to-end clinical and commercial enablement solutions for our pharma customers. We look forward to welcoming the PharmaLex team to create healthier futures with AmerisourceBergen.”
PharmaLex is a global team of scientific, regulatory, and safety and compliance (GxP) experts that provide strategic guidance and regulatory support to biopharma companies throughout a product’s lifecycle. The company provides tech-enabled services ranging from clinical development consulting to marketing authorization, enabling clients to efficiently bring products to global markets and diverse patient populations.
The transaction is expected to close by March 2023 and is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals.
Upon closing, the acquisition of PharmaLex is expected to be approximately $0.15 accretive to AmerisourceBergen’s adjusted diluted EPS (a non-GAAP financial measure defined herein) for the last seven months of its fiscal year 2023, which would contribute to AmerisourceBergen’s previously disclosed fiscal year 2023 growth target from capital deployment.
Headquartered in Germany, PharmaLex has global reach, with a significant footprint in Europe and the U.S. and a growing presence in other parts of the world. PharmaLex’s results will be reported as a component within AmerisourceBergen’s International Healthcare Solutions segment. The acquisition of PharmaLex will build upon AmerisourceBergen’s existing European presence in pharmaceutical distribution and biopharma manufacturer services capabilities, advancing several of AmerisourceBergen’s strategic imperatives and strengthening its differentiated position to capture significant growth opportunities in the biopharma market.
Evercore is serving as financial advisor, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Sidley Austin LLP are serving as legal advisors to AmerisourceBergen. Harris Williams is serving as financial advisor, and emnay Rechtsanwaltskanzlei and Noerr Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB are serving as legal advisors to AUCTUS/PharmaLex.
AmerisourceBergen fosters a positive impact on the health of people and communities around the world by advancing the development and delivery of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. As a leading global healthcare company, with a foundation in pharmaceutical distribution and solutions for manufacturers, pharmacies and providers, we create unparalleled access, efficiency and reliability for human and animal health. Our 42,000 global team members power our purpose: We are united in our responsibility to create healthier futures. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #10 on the Fortune 500 with more than $200 billion in annual revenue. Learn more at investor.amerisourcebergen.com.
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increasing governmental regulations regarding the pharmaceutical supply channel; continued federal and state government enforcement initiatives to detect and prevent suspicious orders of controlled substances and the diversion of controlled substances; continued prosecution or suit by federal and state governmental entities and other parties (including third-party payors, hospitals, hospital groups and individuals) of alleged violations of laws and regulations regarding controlled substances, and any related disputes, including shareholder derivative lawsuits; increased federal scrutiny and litigation, including qui tam litigation, for alleged violations of laws and regulations governing the marketing, sale, purchase and/or dispensing of pharmaceutical products or services, and associated reserves and costs; failure to comply with the Corporate Integrity Agreement; the outcome of any legal or governmental proceedings that may be instituted against us, including material adverse resolution of pending legal proceedings; the retention of key customer or supplier relationships under less favorable economics or the adverse resolution of any contract or other dispute with customers or suppliers; changes to customer or supplier payment terms, including as a result of the COVID-19 impact on such payment terms; the possibility that various conditions to the consummation of the acquisition of PharmaLex may not be satisfied or that their satisfaction may be delayed; uncertainties as to the timing of the consummation of the acquisition of PharmaLex; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the acquisition of PharmaLex; the integration of the PharmaLex business into the Company being more difficult, time consuming or costly than expected; the effects of disruption from the acquisition on the respective businesses of the Company and PharmaLex and the fact that the acquisition may make it more difficult to establish or maintain relationships with employees, suppliers and other business partners; the PharmaLex business not performing as expected, or the inability to capture all of the anticipated benefits of the acquisition of PharmaLex or to capture the anticipated benefits within the expected time period; 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The Company does not provide a reconciliation for this non-GAAP financial measure on a forward-looking basis to the most comparable GAAP financial measure on a forward-looking basis because it is unable to provide a meaningful or accurate calculation or estimation of reconciling items and the information is not available without unreasonable effort due to the uncertainty and potential variability of reconciling items, which are dependent on future events, are out of the Company’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, and the probable significance of which cannot be determined.
In this press release, we have included adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS), which represents diluted earnings per share determined in accordance with GAAP adjusted for specific items, including the per share impact of: gains from antitrust litigation settlements; Turkey highly inflationary impact; LIFO expense (credit); acquisition-related intangibles amortization; employee severance, litigation, and other; and the loss on the currency remeasurement related to Swiss tax reform, in each case net of the tax effect calculated using the applicable effective tax rate for those items. Management believes that this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors because it eliminates the per share impact of items that are outside the control of the Company or that we consider to not be indicative of our ongoing operating performance due to their inherent unusual, non-operating, unpredictable, non-recurring, or non-cash nature.
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