Inspiration, Ipsen and Baxter enter Asset Purchase Agreement for OBI-1

Published on January 24, 2013 at 2:38 AM · No Comments

Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) and Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (Inspiration) today announced they entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement (APA) whereby Baxter International (Baxter) agrees to acquire the worldwide rights to OBI-1, a recombinant porcine factor VIII (rpFVIII) in development for congenital hemophilia A with inhibitors and acquired hemophilia A, and Ipsen's industrial facility in Milford (Boston, MA).

The APA was filed yesterday, 23 January 2013, with the US Federal Bankruptcy Court in Boston (MA). The sale is a result of joint marketing and sale process pursued by Ipsen and Inspiration shortly after Inspiration filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on October 30, 2012. Ipsen has been providing Inspiration with Debtor-in-Possession financing (DIP) for an amount of up to $18.3 million in order to permit the sale process to proceed.

Under the terms of the APA, Baxter has agreed to pay $50 million upfront, up to $135 million in potential additional development and commercial milestones as well as tiered net sales payments ranging from 12.5% to 17.5% of OBI-1 annual net sales.

The APA is subject to certain closing conditions, including Bankruptcy Court and regulatory approvals. Ipsen has agreed to extend the DIP to Inspiration for a period of 45 days i.e. for an additional amount of up to c. $5 million.

The sale process for IB1001, a recombinant factor IX (rFIX) for the treatment and prevention of bleeding in patients with hemophilia B is separate and in the final bidding stage.

As Inspiration's only senior secured creditor and as the owner of non-Inspiration assets that will be included in the sale of both OBI-1 and IB1001, Ipsen will receive approximately 60% of the upfront payments. Over and above these upfront amounts, Ipsen will receive 80% of all payments up to a present value of $304 million and 50% of all proceeds thereafter.

On the basis of available information, the share of upfront payment to be received by Ipsen should mainly cover the total amount of DIP financing provided to Inspiration. The remaining portion of proceeds is contingent on OBI-1's approval. As a consequence, the Group, as of 31 December 2012, may impair hemophilia related assets (mainly composed of the convertible bonds and the Milford manufacturing site) for a total amount of around €100 million after tax.

Evercore Partners served as exclusive financial advisor to Inspiration and Ipsen on the transaction.

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