Dublin, Ireland – August 31, 2018 – Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) announces today that it has completed the sale of its Oncology franchise to Servier S.A.S. for $2.4 billion. The franchise includes the global rights to ONCASPAR® and ex-US and ex-Taiwan rights to ONIVYDE®, as well as Oncology pipeline assets. David Lee, who was previously the head of Shire’s Global Genetic Diseases and Oncology franchises, will continue with Servier as CEO of its new US commercial subsidiary, Servier Pharmaceuticals.
“The closing of this transaction demonstrates the value embedded in our portfolio and our continued focus on executing against our strategic priorities,” said Dr. Flemming Ornskov, Shire CEO. “I am confident that Servier will continue to bring these important therapies to patients worldwide. I would like to thank David Lee and all those transferring to Servier for their ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of the oncology community, and we wish them continued success.”
The Oncology sale proceeds are expected to enable Shire to further reduce its leverage. Shire previously announced a leverage target of Non GAAP Net Debt to EBITDA of below 2.5x by the end of 2018. Shire will update its financial guidance, including the impact of the Oncology sale, as part of the Q3 earnings announcement later this year.
Shire first announced its plans to sell its Oncology franchise to Servier on April 16, 2018. This transaction constitutes a Class 2 transaction for the purposes of the U.K. Listing Rules and, as such, Shire shareholder approval was not required. The transaction was approved by the Board of Directors; the Board initiated the potential sale of the Oncology franchise in December 2017.
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- changes in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates could have a material adverse effect on Shire’s operating results and liquidity;
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- Shire faces risks relating to the expected exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union;
- Shire incurred substantial additional indebtedness to finance the Baxalta acquisition, which has increased its borrowing costs and may decrease its business flexibility;
- the potential uncertainty among our employees, customers, suppliers, and other business partners resulting from the announcement by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited on May 8, 2018 of a recommended offer for Shire under the UK Takeover Code; and
a further list and description of risks, uncertainties and other matters can be found in Shire’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in Shire’s subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, in each case including those risks outlined in “ITEM1A: Risk Factors”, and in Shire’s subsequent reports on Form 8-K and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings, all of which are available on Shire’s website.
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