Mergers and Acquisitions

Date: 2017-07-20

Type of information: Company acquisition

Acquired company: Akorn (USA - IL)

Acquiring company: Fresenius Kabi (Germany)

Amount: $4.75 billion


  • •  On July 20, 2017, Akorn shareholders have approved the merger agreement with Fresenius Kabi, with 83.9% of outstanding shares being voted in favour of the transaction. This corresponds to 99.7% of common shares represented in person or by proxy at the Special Meeting. The approval of the merger agreement fulfills one important condition for the full acquisition of Akorn. The transaction remains subject to additional customary closing conditions, including regulatory review under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act in the U.S.
  • • On April 24, 2017, Fresenius Kabi announced that the company has agreed to acquire Akorn, a U.S-based manufacturer and marketer of prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products, for approximately $4.3 billion, or $34.00 a share, plus the assumption of approximately $450 million of debt. The transaction is expected to close by early 2018 and to be accretive in 2018 to Fresenius Group net income and EPS, excluding integration costs.
  • The agreement and transaction have been approved by the boards of both companies and will be recommended by Akorn’s board to its shareholders. Akorn’s largest shareholder has committed to supporting the transaction. The transaction is subject to approval by Akorn shareholders and other customary closing conditions, including regulatory review under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.

Details: Akorn produces a diverse portfolio comprising sterile ophthalmics, topical creams, ointments and gels, oral liquids, otic solutions (for the ear), nasal sprays and respiratory drugs in addition to sterile injectables, which made up just 35% of Akorn sales last year. Akorn products are sold in retail pharmacies (prescription and over-the-counter) and directly to physician and veterinary distributors, in addition to hospitals and clinics – virtually all in North America.  The U.S. headquarters for Akorn and Fresenius Kabi are both in Northern Illinois, located in close proximity. Akorn employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. Fresenius Kabi employs more than 30,000 worldwide. Fresenius Kabi has a successful track record of growing pharmaceutical acquisitions in the United States. Fresenius Kabi acquired APP Pharmaceuticals in 2008 and has more than tripled its sales to nearly $2 billion. The company acquired the Simplist™ line of prefilled syringes from BD last year and has already doubled the sales of this portfolio.  

Related: generics

Is general: Yes