Horizon Pharma PLC (NASDAQ:HZNP) and Raptor Pharmaceutical Corp. (NASDAQ:RPTP) announced the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Horizon Pharma will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Raptor Pharmaceutical Corp.common stock for $9.00 per share in cash, for an implied fully diluted equity value of approximately $800 million. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016.

“The proposed acquisition of Raptor furthers our commitment to helping people with rare diseases and is a significant step in advancing our strategy to expand our rare disease business,” said Timothy P. Walbert, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Horizon Pharma plc.  “Along with the potential for accelerated revenue growth, the addition of Raptor strengthens our U.S. orphan business and provides a platform to expand our orphan business in Europe and other key international markets.  We look forward to working with new patient communities and building on the success of the Raptor team.”

Strategic and financial benefits of the transaction:

  • Strengthens Horizon’s focus on rare diseases and provides expansion into Europe and other international markets.
  • Adds PROCYSBI® delayed-release capsules and QUINSAIR™ (aerosolized form of levofloxacin) global rights, with PROCYSBI having strong patent protection through 2034.
  • Diversifies revenue with 11 medicines across three business units: orphan, rheumatology and primary care.
  • Bolsters rare disease revenue, which in the first half of 2016 on a pro-forma basis was 45 percent of total Horizon Pharma revenue.
  • Expected to be accretive to adjusted EBITDA in 2017.

“This transaction will deliver significant and immediate value to our shareholders through a compelling all-cash premium and provide ongoing value to our patients, their families and the physicians who treat them,” said Julie Anne Smith, president and chief executive officer, Raptor Pharmaceutical Corp.  “On behalf of the Board and management team, I extend our deepest gratitude to everyone at Raptor for their unrelenting commitment to advancing the development of our medicines and their tireless work with the patients we serve.”

PROCYSBI is the first cystine-depleting agent given every 12 hours that is approved in the United States for the treatment of nephropathic cystinosis (NC), a rare metabolic disorder, in adults and children 2 years of age and older.  PROCYSBI received European Commission approval as an orphan medicinal product in September 2013 for the treatment of proven NC.  According to estimates, NC prevalence is as high as 1 in 100,000 live births.  There are believed to be approximately 550 NC patients in the United States and 2,000 worldwide.

QUINSAIR is a proprietary inhaled formulation of levofloxacin, approved in the European Union and Canada for the management of chronic pulmonary infections due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa in adult patients with cystic fibrosis.  Cystic fibrosis is a rare, life-threatening, genetic disease affecting an estimated 21,000 adults in Europe and Canada.  QUINSAIR is not approved in the United States.

Raptor’s previously disclosed total net sales guidance for full-year 2016 is $125 million to $135 million, which includes both PROCYSBI and QUINSAIR.  Horizon will provide additional detail regarding its guidance for full year 2017 net sales and adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter 2017.

Transaction Terms and Approvals
The acquisition is structured as an all cash tender offer for all the issued and outstanding shares of Raptor common stock at a price of $9.00 per share followed by a merger in which each remaining untendered share of Raptor common stock would be converted into the $9.00 per share cash consideration paid in the tender offer.  The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including antitrust approval in the United States.

Horizon intends to finance the transaction through $675 million of external debt along with cash on hand.  The company has put in place fully committed financing with BofA Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Jefferies Finance LLC, and Cowen Structured Holdings, an affiliate of Cowen and Co. LLC.  As of June 30, 2016, the company had$424.5 million of cash and cash equivalents on its balance sheet. (Original Source)

Shares of Horizon Pharma closed last Friday at $17.26, down $0.59 or -3.31%. HZNP has a 1-year high of $32.34 and a 1-year low of $12.86. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $20.25 and its 200-day moving average is $17.50.

On the ratings front, HZNP has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on September 6, Jefferies Co. analyst David Steinberg reiterated a Buy rating on HZNP. Separately, on August 23, Guggenheim’s Louise Chen reiterated a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $30.

According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, David Steinberg and Louise Chen have a total average return of -0.1% and -11.6% respectively. Steinberg has a success rate of 43.5% and is ranked #2700 out of 4124 analysts, while Chen has a success rate of 37% and is ranked #3940.

The street is mostly Bullish on HZNP stock. Out of 11 analysts who cover the stock, 9 suggest a Buy rating and 2 recommend to Hold the stock. The 12-month average price target assigned to the stock is $32.40, which implies an upside of 87.7% from current levels.

Horizon Pharma Plc engages in the research, development, and market of pharmaceutical products. Its medicines intend to treat arthritis, inflammation, and orphan diseases. It distributes under the following brands: Actimmune, Buphenyl, Duexis, Krystexxa, Migergot, Pennsaid, Ravicti, Rayos, and Vimovo.