Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Cephalon, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEPH). The combined company will have a significant presence in over 60 countries and generated approximately $20 billion in revenues on a pro-forma basis for the twelve months ended June 2011.
"This important transaction reinforces Teva's long term strategy of building out our branded and specialty pharmaceuticals business through diversification and expansion of our product portfolio and pipeline, while enhancing our position as the worldwide leader in generics," said Shlomo Yanai, President and CEO of Teva. "Our newly-expanded portfolio in CNS, Oncology, Respiratory and Women's Health along with our robust pipeline of more than 30 late-stage products truly cements our position as a leader in specialty pharma."
Mr. Yanai added, "We are welcoming many of Cephalon's talented employees into the Teva family. The combination of our two winning teams will position Teva to create maximum value for our patients and customers."
On October 14, 2011, Cephalon Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Teva and ceased to be traded on NASDAQ. Pursuant to the merger agreement between the parties, each share of Cephalon common stock has been converted into the right to receive $81.50 in cash. Share exchange instructions and a letter of transmittal will be mailed to Cephalon shareholders shortly.
As previously announced, Teva expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive to Teva's non-GAAP earnings per share and accretive to Teva's GAAP earnings within the fourth quarter of closing.
Source: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.