Pfizer Announces HSR Clearance for the Acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals
All Conditions to Tender Offer Expected to Be Satisfied by Friday, January 28, 2011 Expiration Date
(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) today announced that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act) has been terminated in connection with the tender offer by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Parker Tennessee Corp., to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: KG) for $14.25 per share, net to the seller in cash, without interest thereon and subject to any required withholding taxes.
Termination of the waiting period under the HSR Act satisfies one of the conditions necessary for the consummation of the tender offer. The tender offer is scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Friday, January 28, 2011, unless extended in accordance with the procedures described in the offer to purchase. All other authorizations and approvals applicable to the tender offer under foreign antitrust or competition laws have also been obtained. The tender offer remains conditioned upon the other closing conditions described in the offer to purchase. Pfizer and King expect that all of the conditions to the tender offer will be satisfied on or before the scheduled expiration.
The Depositary for the tender offer is American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, Operations Center, Attn: Reorganization Department, P.O. Box 2042, New York, New York 10272-2042. The Dealer Manager for the tender offer is J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, 383 Madison Ave, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10179. The Information Agent for the tender offer is Morrow & Co., LLC, 470 West Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902. The tender offer materials may be obtained at no charge by directing a request by mail to Morrow & Co., LLC or by calling toll-free at (800) 607-0088 or (203) 658-9400, and may also be obtained at no charge at www.pfizer.com and the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Additionally, any questions related to the tender offer may be directed to Morrow & Co., LLC at the mailing address or telephone numbers provided above.
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This press release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell securities. The tender offer is being made pursuant to a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO, containing an offer to purchase, form of letter of transmittal and related tender offer documents, that was filed by Pfizer and Parker Tennessee Corp. with the SEC on October 22, 2010, as amended. In addition, King filed a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 relating to the tender offer with the SEC on October 22, 2010, as amended. Shareholders are strongly advised to read carefully these documents, as they may be amended or supplemented from time to time, because they contain important information that shareholders should consider before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer.
The Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO and related materials may be obtained at no charge by directing a request by mail to the Information Agent, Morrow & Co., LLC, 470 West Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902, or by calling toll-free at (800) 607-0088 or (203) 658-9400, and may also be obtained at no charge at www.pfizer.com and the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Additionally, any questions related to the tender offer may be directed to Morrow & Co., LLC at the mailing address or telephone numbers provided above.
DISCLOSURE NOTICE: This release contains “forward-looking statements” related to the acquisition of King by Pfizer that are not historical facts. Pfizer has identified some of these forward-looking statements with words like “believe,” “may,” “could,” “would,” “might,” “possible,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” or “continue,” the negative of these words, other terms of similar meaning or the use of future dates. Forward-looking statements in this release include, without limitation, statements regarding the expected timing of the completion of the tender offer for King by Pfizer and statements regarding expectations as to the satisfaction of the conditions to the tender offer. Investors and security holders are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of risks and uncertainties.
Risks and uncertainties related to the acquisition of King by Pfizer and/or the timing of the satisfaction of the conditions to the tender offer that could cause results to differ from expectations include: uncertainties as to the timing of the transaction; uncertainties as to how many of King’s shareholders will tender their shares in the offer; the risk that competing offers will be made; the possibility that various closing conditions for the transaction may not be satisfied or waived at all or when expected, including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant approval for the consummation of the transaction; and the risk of shareholder litigation, including the disposition of currently pending litigation, in connection with the transaction.
Pfizer undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as expressly required by law. All forward-looking statements in this announcement are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.