Perrigo Company and Omega have entered into a definitive agreement in which Perrigo has agreed to acquire Omega for EUR3.6 billion, or $4.5 billion, comprised of the purchase of Omega’s equity for EUR2.48 billion and the assumption of EUR1.1 billion in debt. The transaction, funded through a combination of cash, debt, and equity, will enhance Perrigo’s leading OTC product offering and expand its distribution through Omega’s strong established platform.
“The combination of these two great companies accelerates Perrigo’s international growth strategy, substantially diversifies our business streams and establishes a durable leadership position in the European OTC marketplace,” stated Perrigo Chairman, President and CEO Joseph C.
Papa. “We believe this strategic transaction will enhance shareholder value by further strengthening our industry-leading revenue and cash flow growth profile and by expanding market opportunities. Omega brings a leading OTC product portfolio, European capabilities, and a highly experienced management team to support Perrigo’s continued growth.” Papa continued, “Our strong financial performance and operational structure have enabled the continued growth and globalization of our business model with Ireland as our gateway for this expansion.
Together, our combined company will have an even larger product portfolio, broader geographic reach, and enhanced scale.” Omega Founder and CEO Marc Coucke said, “Since our founding in 1987, we have been relentlessly executing our pharmacist-focused growth strategy across Europe. We have successfully developed a top OTC product portfolio and a leading European commercial infrastructure.
This is an exciting time in the history of our company. My continued ownership investment demonstrates my confidence in the potential for the combined company. Together, we will have a substantially broader product portfolio with established global platforms and commercial channels to better serve our customers and patients.” Omega generated approximately $1.6 billion of revenue during the twelve months ended September 30, 2014, making it the fifth largest player within the European OTC market and the largest or second largest player in four individual European markets. Omega owns many leading cough & cold, skincare, pain relief, weight management, and gastrointestinal treatment brands, among its portfolio of roughly 2,000 products. Omega has a strong presence in both established and emerging growth economies. Including product acquisitions, Omega has delivered compound annual revenue growth of approximately 10% over the last five years. Headquartered in Belgium, Omega also offers geographic diversification with a commercial presence in 35 countries.
Perrigo has also identified opportunities for incremental for top-line growth, driven by leveraging many of Perrigo’s 3,000 complementary products across its core segments in OTC, VMS, and Animal Health into Omega’s European commercial network.
Key Benefits of the Transaction: — Accelerates International Growth Strategy Expands market access across a larger global platform with critical mass in all key European countries Establishes commercial infrastructure in the high-barrier to entry European OTC marketplace Positions Perrigo to capture additional share of the $30 billion European OTC market Broadens opportunities for continued strategic bolt-on acquisitions Expected pro forma FY14 non-U.S. revenues to be diversified from approximately 19% to 43% — Strengthens Product Portfolio While Enhancing Scale and Distribution Leverages Perrigo’s leading consumer health portfolio into Omega’s European commercial network Combines Perrigo’s supply chain and operational excellence with Omega’s OTC branding and regulatory expertise Provides leadership position in a durable, European OTC cash pay market — Financially Compelling Enhances Perrigo’s strong financial profile through substantially diversified revenue and cash flow streams Strong pro forma last twelve month operating cash flow of $1.
billion enables rapid deleveraging post-close Accretive to Perrigo standalone revenue and adjusted operating income growth rates and cash flow generation Expected to be immediately accretive to adjusted EPS and double-digit accretion in fiscal year 2016 — Expands International Management Capabilities Marc Coucke brings over 25 years of branded OTC leadership experience to the Perrigo executive committee Broadens European consumer and pharmacist-centric management capabilities Adds approximately 2,500 employees, including a large sales team of approximately 1,100 individuals Transaction Details Under the agreement, Perrigo has agreed to acquire Omega in a cash and equity transaction valued at EUR3.6 billion, or $4.5 billion, comprised of the purchase of Omega’s equity for EUR2.48 billion and the assumption of EUR1.1 billion in debt. Of the equity purchase price, 25% will be funded by Perrigo stock (approximately 5 million shares) placed directly to Omega founder Marc Coucke and 75% funded through a combination of cash and debt. Perrigo has secured a fully committed EUR1.75 billion bridge facility provided by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
and Barclays, giving the Company financing certainty for the cash consideration of the purchase price. Perrigo anticipates that the permanent financing structure, expected to include a combination of equity and debt, will support an investment grade rating and provide long-term financing flexibility.
The proposed transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the respective Boards of Directors of Perrigo and Omega, is subject to the satisfaction of closing conditions, including customary regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of calendar year 2015.