Novartis signs MoU to acquire Advanced Accelerator Applications

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Novartis has signed a memorandum of understanding with Advanced Accelerator Applications (AAA) under which Novartis intends to commence a tender offer for 100% of the share capital of AAA subject to certain conditions.

Advanced Accelerator Applications is a radiopharmaceutical company that develops, produces and commercializes Molecular Nuclear Medicines including Lutathera (177Lu-DOTATATE), a first-in-class RLT product for neuroendocrine tumors (NETs).

Radiopharmaceuticals, such as Lutathera, are unique medicinal formulations containing radioisotopes which are used clinically for both diagnosis and therapy. The transaction would strengthen Novartis’ oncology presence with both near-term product launches as well as a new technology platform with potential applications across a number of oncology early development programs.

“Novartis has a strong legacy in the development and commercialization of medicines for neuroendocrine tumors where significant unmet need remains for patients,” said Bruno Strigini, CEO, Novartis Oncology. “With Lutathera we can build on this legacy by expanding the global reach of this novel, differentiated treatment approach and work to maximize Advanced Accelerator Applications broader RLT pipeline and an exciting technology platform.”

Lutathera was approved in Europe in September 2017 for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic, progressive, well differentiated (G1 and G2), somatostatin receptor positive gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs). Lutathera is under review in the U.S. with a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) date of January 26, 2018.

The transaction to acquire AAA is planned to be fully funded through external short- and long-term debt.

Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding, which has been approved by AAA’s Board of Directors, Novartis will make a cash offer of USD 41 per ordinary share of AAA and USD 82 per American Depositary Share (each representing 2 ordinary shares of AAA) subject to certain conditions. This offer values AAA’s equity at USD 3.9 billion.

Novartis said it will commence a tender offer upon completion of works council consultation and AAA’s Board of Directors recommending the tender offer to AAA shareholders.