Assertio to acquire Spectrum Pharmaceuticals in all stock and CVR transaction

Assertio Holdings, a specialty pharmaceutical company offering differentiated products to patients, and Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company focused on novel and targeted oncology, have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Assertio will acquire all outstanding shares of Spectrum in an all-stock and contingent value rights (CVR) transaction.

Dan Peisert, president and Chief Executive Officer of Assertio, said: “The addition of Spectrum’s commercial capabilities and ROLVEDON, a novel long-acting G-CSF product recently launched into a blockbuster market in October 2022, exemplifies Assertio’s attractiveness as an acquirer of new, accretive assets across diverse therapeutic categories, and ability to continue their growth and achieve profitable contributions faster and more efficiently than could be achieved on a standalone basis.

“We intend to retain the majority of Spectrum’s commercial infrastructure, which we believe is synergistic to our digital non-personal platform, deploying these complementary dual channels to support clinical messaging, reimbursement education and ROLVEDON awareness to further aid and accelerate its launch.”

“We are excited to combine with Assertio in a transaction that will deliver significant value to our stockholders and the opportunity to share in the future upside of ROLVEDON,” said Tom Riga, president and Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Pharmaceuticals.

“Our mission at Spectrum has always been to make a difference in the lives of patients and with Assertio, we have a partner that will enable us to deliver on this promise. Our combined assets and commercial infrastructure will position us to accelerate ROLVEDON’s launch for the benefit of patients, maximize its potential and drive further growth. We are proud of the launch trajectory our team has achieved with ROLVEDON and look forward to an exciting new chapter.”

Under the terms of the agreement, at closing, Spectrum stockholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.1783 shares of Assertio common stock for each share of Spectrum common stock they own, implying an upfront value of $1.14 per Spectrum share (approximately $248 million) based on Assertio’s stock price on April 24, 2023 and an initial 65% premium to Spectrum’s closing price on such date.

Additionally, Spectrum stockholders will receive one CVR per Spectrum share entitling them to receive up to an additional $0.20 per share in total (approximately $43 million), payable in cash or stock at Assertio’s election, for $1.34 (approximately $291 million), a total potential premium of 94%. Subject to adjustments, each CVR shall represent the right to receive $0.10 payable upon ROLVEDON net sales (less certain deductions) achieving $175 million during the calendar year ending December 31, 2024, and $0.10 payable upon ROLVEDON net sales (less certain deductions) achieving $225 million during the calendar year ending December 31, 2025.

Following the close of the transaction, Assertio stockholders will own approximately 65% of the combined company, and Spectrum stockholders will own approximately 35%, on a fully diluted basis.

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