03 September 2012

Valeant Pharmaceuticals To Acquire Medicis Pharmaceutical, Creates a Global Leader in Dermatology

Montreal and Scottsdale, Ariz. – 03 September 2012 (PRNewswire) - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. and Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Valeant will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Medicis for $44.00 per share in cash. The transaction, which values Medicis' common stock at approximately $2.6 billion, was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. 

Medicis' portfolio includes leading prescription brands SOLODYN®, RESTYLANE®, PERLANE®, ZIANA®, DYSPORT® and ZYCLARA®. The pro forma net revenue for the combined company's dermatology and aesthetics businesses for 2012 is expected to exceed $1.7 billion within the United States. 

Valeant's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, J. Michael Pearson, said, "The acquisition of Medicis represents a significant next step in our journey to become the leader in dermatology by strengthening Valeant's presence in acne, actinic keratosis, aesthetic injectables and anti-virals, among others. Medicis' highly complementary portfolio of leading branded products and promising pipeline is a solid strategic fit, and we look forward to leveraging Medicis' well known and respected name in dermatology to drive long-term growth." 

Jonah Shacknai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medicis, said, "Our Board of Directors believes this compelling all-cash transaction demonstrates the value our employees have created and the strength of our brand in the specialty pharmaceutical market. We look forward to combining our portfolio of products with Valeant, and we are confident that the combined portfolio under the Medicis name will be well positioned to capitalize on meaningful opportunities in the growing dermatology and aesthetics markets." 

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Medicis stockholders and expiration of any applicable regulatory waiting period. Valeant expects the transaction, once completed, to be immediately accretive to Valeant's cash earnings per share. The combination is expected to yield cost synergies at an annual run rate of at least $225 million within six months of closing. Valeant has secured committed financing for 100% of the transaction value from J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. 

The combined company's commercial dermatology operations will be located in Scottsdale, Arizona and will operate under the name Medicis, a division of Valeant, with its dermatology research and development operations in Laval, QC, Scottsdale, AZ and Petaluma, CA, and corporate support functions primarily based in New Jersey. 

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE/TSX: VRX) is a multinational specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of pharmaceutical products primarily in the areas of dermatology, neurology and branded generics. 

Medicis is the leading independent specialty pharmaceutical company in the United States focusing primarily on the treatment of dermatological and aesthetic conditions. 

Source: Valeant Pharmaceuticals