Takeda Announces Intention to Acquire TiGenix

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OSAKA, Japan, January 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Expands Takeda's Late Stage

Pipeline and Leadership in Gastroenterology 

Acquisition Highlights 

  • Deal reinforces Takeda's commitment to patients living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), an area of high unmet medical need
  • Acquisition
    extends existing collaboration between Takeda and TiGenix to develop and commercialize Cx601 (darvadstrocel)
    • On December 15, 2017, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) adopted a positive opinion recommending marketing authorization for Cx601 for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in Crohn's disease, one of the most disabling manifestations of the disease
    • A global, pivotal Phase III trial for U.S. registration has been initiated with investigational medicine Cx601 for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in patients with non-active/mildly active luminal Crohn's disease
  • Acquisition would expand Takeda's late stage gastroenterology pipeline and strengthen presence in the U.S. specialty care market

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) ("Takeda") today announced its intention to acquire TiGenix NV (Euronext Brussels and NASDAQ: TIG) ("TiGenix"), an advanced biopharmaceutical company developing novel stem cell therapies for serious medical conditions, and as a result has entered into an offer and support agreement with TiGenix which provides for a recommended potential voluntary public takeover bid for TiGenix. The Takeda agreement has the unanimous support of the TiGenix board of directors (including its CEO). The acquisition is a natural extension of an existing partnership agreement between Takeda and TiGenix, which aims to bring new treatment options to patients with gastrointestinal disorders.

"As a leader in gastroenterology, Takeda recognizes the complex physical, emotional and social barriers that people living with fistulizing Crohn's disease experience," said Andrew Plump, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Takeda. "Limited treatment options exist today and I believe we can be most effective in serving this population by working in collaboration with partners whose unique skill sets allow us to more efficiently explore innovative approaches, including stem cell therapies. I have had the opportunity to work alongside the TiGenix team throughout our collaboration and know that we have shared goals and varied, but complementary expertise. I am thrilled at the prospect of welcoming them as part of our organization."

In July 2016, Takeda and TiGenix entered into an exclusive ex-U.S. license, development and commercialization agreement for Cx601, the leading investigational therapy in TiGenix's pipeline. Cx601 is a suspension of allogeneic expanded adipose-derived stem cells (eASC) locally administered for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in patients with non-active/mildly active luminal Crohn's disease, who have had an inadequate response to at least one conventional or biologic therapy. In December 2017, the CHMP of the EMA adopted a positive opinion recommending a marketing authorization for Cx601 in this indication, the first allogeneic stem cell therapy to achieve this. A decision from the EMA on the marketing authorization for Cx601 is expected in the first half of 2018.  

Complex perianal fistulas are considered one of the most disabling manifestations of Crohn's disease and can cause intense pain, infection and incontinence.[2], Despite modern and surgical advancements, they currently remain challenging for clinicians to treat and can have a severe impact on the lives of those affected.[3]

A global, pivotal Phase III trial investigating Cx601 for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in patients with non-active/mildly active luminal Crohn's disease has been initiated for U.S. registration. In the U.S., Takeda intends to work with the U.S. FDA to facilitate the development and potential approval of Cx601. Takeda is also exploring the steps required for regulatory filing of Cx601 for patients in Japan, Canada and emerging markets.

Through the potential voluntary public takeover bid, Takeda intends to acquire 100% of the securities with voting rights or giving access to voting rights of TiGenix not already owned by Takeda or its affiliates at an acquisition price of EUR 1.78 per share in cash and an equivalent price per American Depositary Share, warrant and convertible bond, representing a transaction value of approximately EUR 520 million on a fully diluted basis. The bid will be subject to certain conditions precedent as further described below.

Subject to its fiduciary duties and review of the final bid prospectus, the bid is unanimously supported by TiGenix's board of directors (including its CEO). Takeda and TiGenix entered into an offer and support agreement confirming TiGenix's support and the terms and conditions of the bid set forth in this press release. Gri-Cel S.A., holding 32,238,178 TiGenix shares, and its affiliate Grifols Worldwide Operations Ltd., holding 7,189,800 TiGenix shares in the form of American Depositary Shares, have irrevocably confirmed that they will tender their shares and American Depositary Shares into the potential public takeover bid.

Transaction terms 

The acquisition is structured as an all cash voluntary public takeover bid by Takeda with respect to 100% of the securities with voting rights or giving access to voting rights of TiGenix that are not already owned by Takeda or its affiliates. The transaction is subject to the following conditions precedent: (i) the tender into the offer, in aggregate, of a number of securities that, together with all securities owned by Takeda and its affiliates, represents or gives access to 85% or more of the voting rights represented or given access to by all of the outstanding securities on a fully diluted basis as of the end of the first acceptance period, (ii) the absence of a material adverse effect occurring at any time after the date of this announcement, (iii) Cx601 obtaining marketing authorization in the E.U. from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and (iv) the expiration, lapse or termination as appropriate of any applicable waiting periods (including any extensions thereof) under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in respect of the offer.

Following closing of the potential voluntary public takeover bid, Takeda intends to launch a squeeze-out if the applicable conditions for such squeeze-out are met to delist the shares of TiGenix from Euronext Brussels and NASDAQ. After the squeeze-out, TiGenix would become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda.

This communication does not constitute a formal notification of a voluntary public takeover bid. In case Takeda would decide to formally launch the voluntary public takeover bid, full details of such public takeover bid will be covered by the prospectus to be filed with the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority and the offer documents which will be available at http://www.sec.gov. In the event that Takeda would decide not to proceed with the potential voluntary public takeover bid, then Takeda and TiGenix will issue a further public announcement to that effect.


   
     (1)  Tender offeror             Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited


    (2)  Target company             TiGenix NV (Euronext Brussels and NASDAQ: TIG)

    (3) Class of shares to be
        acquired                    - all outstanding ordinary shares (with the
                                    exception of ordinary shares represented by
                                    American Depositary Shares);
                                    - all outstanding American Depositary Shares
                                    (each representing 20 ordinary shares);
                                    - all outstanding warrants to acquire
                                    ordinary shares; and
                                    - all outstanding convertible bonds.
     
    (4) Tender offer price          EUR 1.78 per share (and an equivalent price
                                    per American Depositary Share, warrant and
                                    convertible bond)
                                   
    (5) Acquisition amount           Approximately EUR 520 million (estimate)
        (Aggregate tender offer     * The amount is an estimated amount calculated
        price)                      by multiplying the number of TiGenix's
                                    ordinary shares (on a fully diluted basis and
                                    excluding the shares owned by Takeda or its
                                    affiliates) by the tender offer price per
                                    share. It does not include advisory fees.
                                    

    (6)  Payment                    Funding from existing cash balances

    (7)  Period of tender offer     To be determined, subject to regulatory
                                    approvals being obtained.

     (8)  Minimum number of shares   Consummation of the voluntary public takeover
         to be purchased            bid will occur if a number of securities is
                                    tendered that, together with all securities
                                    owned by Takeda and its affiliates, represents
                                    or gives access to 85% or more of the voting
                                    rights represented or given access to by all
                                    of the outstanding securities on a fully
                                    diluted basis as of the end of the first
                                    acceptance period and other customary
                                    conditions precedent have been satisfied.
                                     

    (9)  Financial advisor to       Centerview Partners UK LLP
         Takeda          

    (10) Legal counsel to Takeda    DLA Piper UK LLP
                                    DLA Piper US LLP

    (11) Financial advisor to
         TiGenix                    Cowen and Company, LLC

    (12) Legal counsel to TiGenix   Osborne Clarke CVBA
                                    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Overview of TiGenix 


   
     (1)   Company name      TiGenix NV (Euronext Brussels and NASDAQ: TIG)


     (2)   Headquarters      Romeinse straat 12 box 2, 3001 Leuven, Belgium

     (3) Representative      Eduardo Bravo, Managing Director and Chief Executive
         Officer
     (4) Business            TiGenix is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the
         description         development and commercialization of therapeutics from
                             its platforms of allogeneic, or donor-derived, expanded
                             stem cells
     (5) Share capital       EUR 27,428,719

     (6) Date of             21 February 2000
        establishment

     (7) Major shareholders  Gri-Cel, S.A./Grifols Worldwide
         and percentage      Operations Ltd.**                                   14.4%
         of shares held*     Cormorant Asset Management LLC                       5.3%
                             Takeda Pharmaceuticals
                             International AG                                     4.2%
                             JPMorgan Securities LLC                              2.9%
                             Others: BNP Paribas Investment Partners SA

     (8) Relationships
         between Takeda      Capital relationship      Investee
                             Personnel relationship    Not applicable
                             Transactional
                             relationship              Licensor

     (9) Operating results and financial condition for the last three years (consolidated)

    Accounting period       Fiscal year        Fiscal year         Fiscal year
                             ended December      ended December      ended December
                                31, 2016             31, 2015            31, 2014
    Net assets
    (EUR in thousands)           79,679               13,145              34,757
 
    Total assets
    (EUR in thousands)          136,201               79,171              53,921

    Net assets per share
    (EUR)                         0.40                 0.08                0.22
 
    Revenue
    (EUR in thousands)           26,790                2,240               6,286

    Operating profit
    (EUR in thousands)          (3,027)             (24,076)            (12,563)
 
    Net profit/(loss)
    (EUR in thousands)            3,802             (35,069)            (12,990)
 
    Net earnings/(loss) per
    share
    (EUR)                          0.02               (0.21)              (0.08)

*Gri-Cel, S.A. and Grifols Worldwide Operations Ltd. holding as per irrevocable undertaking given to Takeda. Cormorant Asset Management holding as per TiGenix Schedule 13G dated February 14, 2017. Cormorant Asset Management liquidation of 129,032 American Depositary Shares as per Cormorant Asset Management's filing Form 13F (OMB 3235-0006). Percentage of shares is calculated by dividing the respective shareholdings by the number of total shares outstanding of the target company of 274,287,190 as reported on November 30, 2017.

**The potential voluntary public takeover bid is supported by Gri-Cel S.A. and its affiliate Grifols Worldwide Operations Ltd. Gri-Cel S.A. and Grifols Worldwide Operations Ltd. have irrevocably confirmed that they will tender their shares and American Depositary Shares in the potential voluntary public takeover bid.

Change in ownership before and after acquisition 


   
    (1) Number of shares already acquired   11,651,778 shares

                                            Percentage of voting rights: 4.2% of
                                            total shares outstanding (3.9% on a
                                            fully diluted basis)


    (2) Estimated number of shares to be
        acquired (on a fully diluted basis) 290,288,172 shares***
                                            Percentage of voting rights: 96.1%
                                            (planned)
                                            (min. bid threshold is 85%)
                                            ***Excludes shares already held by
                                            Takeda or its affiliates.

Schedule 


   
    (1) Governance meeting resolution       January 4, 2018


    (2) Support and Offer Agreement
        signature date                      January 5, 2018

    (3) Commencement date and settlement    To be determined, subject to regulatory
        date of the tender offer            approvals being obtained.

    (4) Completion of acquisition           To be determined, subject to regulatory
                                            approvals being obtained and completion
                                            or waiver of any conditions precedents.

Takeda Financial Outlook 

As the completion of the acquisition is expected to occur near the end of Q1 CY2018 or the beginning of Q2 CY2018, Takeda expects minimal impact on its FY2017 earnings. We will incorporate the financial impact in our FY2018 consolidated earnings forecast, which will be announced at the FY2017 year-end earnings conference in May 2018.

Takeda's Commitment to Gastroenterology 

Gastrointestinal (GI) diseases can be complex, debilitating and life-changing. Recognizing this unmet need, Takeda and our collaboration partners have focused on improving the lives of patients through the delivery of innovative medicines and dedicated patient disease support programs for over 25 years. Takeda aspires to advance how patients manage their disease. Additionally, Takeda is leading in areas of gastroenterology associated with high unmet need, such as inflammatory bowel disease, acid-related diseases and motility disorders. Our GI research & development team is also exploring solutions in celiac disease, advanced liver disease and microbiome therapies.

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company 

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) is a global, research and development-driven pharmaceutical company committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to patients by translating science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on oncology, gastroenterology and neuroscience therapeutic areas plus vaccines. Takeda conducts R&D both internally and with partners to stay at the leading edge of innovation. Innovative products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as Takeda's presence in emerging markets, are currently fueling the growth of Takeda. Around 30,000 Takeda employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients, working with Takeda's partners in health care in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com/newsroom/.

Forward-Looking Statements 

This press release contains "forward-looking statements." Forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact, including plans, strategies and expectations for the future, statements regarding the expected timing of filings and approvals relating to the transaction, the expected timing of the completion of the transaction, the ability to complete the transaction or to satisfy the various closing conditions, future revenues and profitability from or growth or any assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Statements made in the future tense, and words such as "anticipate," "expect," "project," "continue," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "pro forma," "intend," "potential," "target," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook," "seek," "assume," "will," "may," "should," and similar expressions are intended to qualify as forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by management of Takeda and TiGenix that are believed to be reasonable, though they are inherently uncertain and difficult to predict. Investors and security holders are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. 

Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or experience to differ materially from that expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Some of these risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: required regulatory approvals for the transaction may not be obtained in a timely manner, if at all; the conditions to closing of the transaction may not be satisfied; competitive pressures and developments; applicable laws and regulations; the success or failure of product development programs; actions of regulatory authorities and the timing thereof; changes in exchange rates; and claims or concerns regarding the safety or efficacy of marketed products or product candidates in development. 

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release, and neither TiGenix nor Takeda undertakes any obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or circumstances after the date of the forward-looking statement. If one or more of these statements is updated or corrected, investors and others should not conclude that additional updates or corrections will be made. 

About TiGenix  

TiGenix NV (Euronext Brussels and NASDAQ: TIG) is an advanced biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for serious medical conditions by exploiting the anti-inflammatory properties of allogeneic, or donor-derived, stem cells.

TiGenix´s lead product, Cx601, has successfully completed a European Phase III clinical trial for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas - a severe, debilitating complication of Crohn's disease. Cx601 has been filed for regulatory approval in Europe and a global Phase III trial intended to support a future U.S. Biologic License Application (BLA) started in 2017. TiGenix has entered into a licensing agreement with Takeda, a global pharmaceutical company active in gastroenterology, under which Takeda acquired the exclusive right to develop and commercialize Cx601 for complex perianal fistulas outside the U.S. TiGenix's second adipose-derived product, Cx611, is undergoing a Phase I/II trial in severe sepsis - a major cause of mortality in the developed world. Finally, AlloCSC-01, targeting acute ischemic heart disease, has demonstrated positive results in a Phase I/II trial in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). TiGenix is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and has operations in Madrid (Spain) and Cambridge, MA (USA). For more information, please visit http://www.tigenix.com.

About Cx601 

Cx601 is an investigational administration of allogeneic (or donor derived) expanded adipose-derived stem cells (eASCs) for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in adult patients with non-active/mildly active luminal Crohn's disease that have previously shown an inadequate response to at least one conventional therapy or biologic therapy. Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestine and complex perianal fistulas are a severe and debilitating complication.

Cx601 was granted orphan drug designation by the European Commission in 2009 and by the FDA in 2017. TiGenix completed a European Phase III clinical trial (ADMIRE-CD) in August 2015 in which the primary endpoint was met, with a significantly greater proportion of patients treated with Cx601 (50%, n=107) versus control (34%, n=105) achieving combined remission as defined by clinical assessment of closure of all treated external openings that were draining at baseline and absence of collections > 2 cm of the treated perianal fistulas confirmed by masked central MRI at week 24 (97·5% CI 0·2-30·3; p=0·024).[1] The most commonly reported treatment emergent adverse events were proctalgia, anal abscess and nasopharyngitis. A follow-up analysis was completed showing that the efficacy and safety profile of Cx601 were maintained at 52 weeks.[4] The 24-week results of the Phase III ADMIRE-CD trial were published in The Lancet in July 2016.[1] Based on the positive 24 weeks Phase III study results, TiGenix submitted a Marketing Authorization Application to the EMA, with the CHMP adopting a positive opinion recommending the granting of a marketing authorization.

A global Phase III clinical trial (ADMIRE-CD II) intended to support a future U.S. Biologic License Application (BLA) started in 2017, based on a trial protocol that has been agreed with the U.S. FDA through a special protocol assessment procedure (SPA) (clinicaltrials.gov; NCT03279081). ADMIRE-CD II is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study designed to confirm the efficacy and safety of a single administration of Cx601 for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in Crohn's disease patients. In July 2016, TiGenix entered into a licensing agreement with Takeda, a global pharmaceutical company active in gastroenterology, under which Takeda acquired exclusive rights to develop and commercialize Cx601 for complex perianal fistulas in Crohn's patients outside of the U.S.

Disclaimer 

This communication does not constitute an offer to purchase securities of TiGenix nor a solicitation by anyone in any jurisdiction in respect of such securities, any vote or approval. If Takeda decides to proceed with an offer to purchase TiGenix's securities through a public tender offer, such offer will and can only be made on the basis of an approved offer document by the FSMA and tender offer documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which holders of TiGenix's securities should read as they will contain important information. This communication is not a substitute for such offer documents. Neither this communication nor any other information in respect of the matters contained herein may be supplied in any jurisdiction where a registration, qualification or any other obligation is in force or would be with regard to the content hereof or thereof. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the financial laws and regulations in such jurisdictions. Takeda, TiGenix and their respective affiliates explicitly decline any liability for breach of these restrictions by any person.

Important Additional Information for U.S. investors 

The voluntary takeover bid described herein has not yet commenced. This communication is for informational purposes only and is neither a recommendation, an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities of TiGenix.

At the time the voluntary public takeover bid is commenced, shareholders of TiGenix are urged to read the offer documents which will be available at http://www.sec.gov . At the time the voluntary public takeover bid is commenced, it shall be comprised of two separate offers - (i) an offer for all securities with voting rights or giving access to voting rights, issued by TiGenix (except for ADSs) (the "Securities"), in accordance with the applicable law in Belgium, and (ii) an offer to holders of TiGenix's American Depositary Shares issued by Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas acting as depositary ("ADSs"), and to holders of Securities who are resident in the U.S. in accordance with applicable U.S. law (the "U.S. Offer").

The U.S. Offer will only be made pursuant to an offer to purchase and related materials. At the time the U.S. Offer is commenced, Takeda will file, or cause to be filed, a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the SEC and thereafter, TiGenix will file a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9, in each case with respect to the U.S. Offer.

Holders of TiGenix ADSs and Securities subject to the U.S. Offer who wish to participate in the U.S. Offer, are urged to carefully review the documents relating to the U.S. Offer that will be filed by Takeda with the SEC since these documents will contain important information, including the terms and conditions of the U.S. Offer. Holders of TiGenix ADSs and Securities subject to the U.S. Offer who wish to participate in the U.S. Offer, are also urged to read the related solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 that will be filed with the SEC by TiGenix relating to the U.S. Offer. You may obtain a free copy of these documents after they have been filed with the SEC, and other documents filed by TiGenix and Takeda with the SEC, at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. In addition to the offer and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the solicitation/recommendation statement, TiGenix files reports and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any reports or other information filed by TiGenix at the SEC Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the Public Reference Room. TiGenix's filings at the SEC are also available to the public from commercial document-retrieval services and at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov .

YOU SHOULD READ THE FILINGS MADE BY TAKEDA AND TIGENIX WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY BEFORE MAKING A DECISION CONCERNING THE U.S. OFFER. 

References  

[1] Panés J, García-Olmo D, Van Assche G, et al., Expanded allogeneic adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (Cx601) for complex perianal fistulas in Crohn's disease: a phase 3 randomized, double-blind controlled trial. The Lancet. 2016; 388(10051): 1281-1290.

[2] Marzo M, Felice C, Pugliese D, et al., Management of perianal fistulas in Crohn's disease: An up-to-date review. World J Gastroenterol. 2015; 21(5): 1394-1395.

[3] Mahadev S, Young JM, Selby W, et al., Quality of life in perianal Crohn's disease: what do patients consider important? Dis Colon Rectum. 2011; 54(5): 579-585.

[4] Panés J, et al., Long-term efficacy and safety of stem cell therapy (Cx601) for complex perianal fistulas in patients with Crohn's disease. Gastroenterology. Published online 18th December 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1053/j.gastro.2017.12.020.  

 

Media Contacts:    Kazumi Kobayashi    Media in Japan    T: +81-3-3278-2095   kazumi.kobayashi@takeda.com

Elissa Johnsen    Media outside of Japan    T: +1-224-554-3185     elissa.johnsen@takeda.com

Luke Willats    Media in Europe   T: +41-44-555-1145   luke.willats@takeda.com

SOURCE Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

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