Anacor Pharmaceuticals (ANAC) to Be Acquired by Pfizer in $5.2B Deal
Shares of Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ANAC) were trading up +34.42 or +53.76 percent to $98.45 per share in Monday’s premarket after news that it had entered into a definitive agreement with Pfizer Inc. (PFE) in which Pfizer will acquire Anacor in a cash transaction valued at approximately $5.2 billion. Anacor Pharmaceutical stock closed at $64.03 per share, up +2.59 or +4.22 percent in Friday’s regular trading session.
Palo Alto, California based Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company founded in 2002.
New York City based Pfizer Inc. is the largest pharmaceutical company in the world by revenue. Pfizer’s biggest products include Lipitor, used for lowering cholesterol, Diflucan, an oral antifungal medication, Viagra, for erectile dysfunction and Celebrex, an anti inflammatory drug. The company’s pipeline is an industry leader and is currently working on developing treatments for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Under the terms of the agreement, a Pfizer subsidiary will commence a tender offer for all outstanding shares of Anacor common stock for $99.25 per share in cash. The closing of the transaction is subject to the customary closing conditions including clearance by U.S. antitrust regulators and is expected to be completed by the third quarter of this year.
The timing of the merger follows Anacor’s Crisaborole achieving statistically significant results on all primary endpoints in Phase 3 pivotal studies conducted in March of 2016. At the time, the FDA accepted Anacor’s New Drug Application for the drug in cases of mild to moderate atopic dermatitis in adults and children. Crisaborole was given a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date of January 7th, 2017 for the FDA to complete its review.
Atopic dermatitis is a common inflammatory skin disorder with symptoms lasting up to two weeks. The condition affects 18 to 25 million people annually in the United States with as many as 18 percent being children. Pfizer estimates that, upon approval, Crisaborole peak sales could reach or exceed $2 billion.
Paul L. Berns, Anacor’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said in this morning’s press release that, “Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Anacor, which we believe will deliver significant value to our shareholders. We have a deep respect for Pfizer, and it is clear that they share our commitment to addressing the significant unmet medical needs in inflammatory disease. We are proud of the innovative company that our team has built and are confident that Pfizer will help accelerate Anacor’s important mission given the strength of its global platform and resources.”
Pfizer expects to finance the deal with existing cash and does not expect the transaction to have an impact on the company’s 2016 guidance. The transaction is expected to be slightly dilutive to Pfizer’s 2017 adjusted diluted earnings per share with accretion to adjusted diluted earnings in 2018 and increasing thereafter.
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Anacor Pharmaceuticals Shares Rise Despite Q1 Loss
Company reported a net loss of -$0.36 per share on $17.5 million in revenue.
Edited Transcript of ANAC earnings conference call or presentation 10-May-16 12:00pm GMT
Anacor Pharmaceuticals held a post earnings conference with analysts and investors last Tuesday.
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