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Novartis signs multi-billion dollar pharma deal with GSK and Eli Lilly

Posted on 22 April 2014

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Novartis signs pharma deal with GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly for exchange of oncology, vaccine and animal health business units. 

Acquisition of GSK oncology products
Novartis has agreed to acquire GSK oncology products for a USD 14.5 billion payment and up to USD 1.5 billion contingent on a development milestone. Under the terms of the transaction, Novartis would have opt-in rights to GSK’s current and future oncology R&D pipeline.

Divestment of Vaccines to GSK
Novartis has agreed to divest its Vaccines business to GSK, currently excluding its flu business, for USD 7.1 billion plus royalties. The USD 7.1 billion consists of USD 5.25 billion upfront and up to USD 1.8 billion in milestones. As a part of a value-maximization strategy in the context of the portfolio review, Novartis has initiated a separate sales process for its flu business.

Combination of Novartis OTC with GSK Consumer Healthcare in a joint venture
Novartis and GSK have agreed to create a world-leading consumer healthcare business through a joint venture between Novartis OTC and GSK Consumer Healthcare. Upon completion, Novartis will own a 36.5% share of the joint venture and will have four of eleven seats on the joint venture’s Board. Furthermore, Novartis will have customary minority rights and exit rights at a pre-defined, market-based pricing mechanism.

Divestment of Animal Health Division to Lilly
In a separate transaction, Novartis has agreed to divest its Animal Health Division to Lilly for approximately USD 5.4 billion. This transaction is the result of a competitive process, which upon completion would create a leading animal health business under Lilly’s ownership and would optimize the value of the asset in the interest of Novartis shareholders.

The overall financing for Novartis’ obligations in the transactions is planned to be provided through a combination of excess liquidity at the time of closing, short-term financing instruments and limited new bond issues if needed.

Novartis continues to be committed to a double-A credit rating.

The elements of the transaction with GSK are inter-conditional and subject to approval by GSK shareholders. All transactions are subject to closing conditions, including anti-trust approvals. The Novartis Board unanimously believes that the transactions with GSK and the transaction with Lilly are in the best interests of Novartis and the Novartis Shareholders as a whole. The transaction with Lilly is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2015 and the transaction with GSK is expected to close during the first half of 2015.

Substantial exceptional gains are expected for the divested businesses at the time when the respective transactions close. Further details on the discontinuing operations classification will be provided during the second quarter of 2014.

2013 actual net sales results of Novartis’ Vaccines (including flu) were approximately USD 1.4 billion[2]. Net sales of OTC were USD 2.9 billion and Animal Health were USD 1.1 billion.

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