Mergers and Acquisitions

Date: 2017-12-26

Type of information: Company acquisition

Acquired company: Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (USA - MA)

Acquiring company: Mallinckrodt (UK)

Amount: $1.2 Billion


  • • On December 26, 2017, Mallinckrodt and Sucampo Pharmaceuticals announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Mallinckrodt will acquire Sucampo, including its commercial and development assets. The transaction was approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.
  • Sun Acquisition Co., a subsidiary of Mallinckrodt, will commence a cash tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals' common stock for $18.00 per share. The total transaction value (including anticipated payments in respect of Sucampo's debt) is approximately $1.2 billion. The acquisition is expected to be funded through borrowings under Mallinckrodt's existing revolving credit facility, a new secured term loan facility and/or cash on hand. Following the transaction, Mallinckrodt intends to utilize its significant cash generation to focus on reducing outstanding debt over time.
  • Sucampo stockholders holding approximately 32% of the outstanding Sucampo shares have entered into a tender and support agreement for this transaction.
  • Mallinckrodt expects accretion from the acquisition to adjusted diluted earnings per share of at least $0.30 in 2018 and at least double that amount in 2019, assuming a first quarter 2018 close.
  • Guidance on the impact of the acquisition to the company's GAAP35 diluted earnings per share has not been provided due to the inherent difficulty of forecasting the timing or amount of items that would be included in calculating such impact.
  • The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, and the tender of a majority of the outstanding Sucampo shares.


  • Sucampo's commercial assets include: - Amitiza® (lubiprostone), a leading global product in the branded constipation market, is approved by the FDA for treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation in adults, irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in women 18 years of age and older, and opioid-induced constipation (OIC) in adult patients with chronic, non-cancer pain, including patients with chronic pain related to prior cancer or its treatment who do not require frequent opioid dosage escalation.
  • The FDA is currently reviewing a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Amitiza® in children 6 to 17 years of age with pediatric functional constipation (PFC). The sNDA received a Priority Review designation and has a user fee1 goal date of January 28, 2018.
  • - Rescula® (unoprostone isopropyl ophthalmic solution) 0.15%, is indicated for ocular hypertension and open-angle glaucoma, and marketed in Japan. Mallinckrodt will acquire global rights to the product, with annual net sales of approximately $9 million.
  • Sucampo's development assets include: - VTS-270 is in Phase 3 development for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC).  The FDA granted VTS-270 its Orphan Drug Designation, and the resulting seven years' exclusivity would be applied upon approval of the drug. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) also granted VTS-270 Orphan Drug status. In addition, the FDA granted the compound its Breakthrough Designation. Additionally, since VTS-270 has been designated as a rare pediatric disease treatment, it is expected – upon successful completion of the VTS-270 Phase 3 trial and submission of the regulatory filing and subsequent approval of the New Drug Application (NDA) by the FDA – that the company would receive a Priority Review Voucher, awarded by the agency to those sponsors that meet certain criteria. Once received, the voucher could be redeemed by Mallinckrodt to receive priority review of a subsequent separate product's marketing application, or the company could choose to monetize the voucher. If the company receives the voucher and chooses to monetize it, a part of the proceeds would be shared with VTS-270's former owner's (Vtesse Inc.) shareholders.
  • The Phase 3 trial is ongoing, with the NDA filing currently expected in 2018, and approval anticipated in 2019. Mallinckrodt will acquire global rights to the therapy. Peak net sales for the product, if approved, are estimated at greater than $150 million.
  • - CPP-1X/sulindac is in Phase 3 development for Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) under a collaborative agreement between Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals (CPP) and Sucampo. FAP results from a genetic mutation leading to uncontrolled growth of hundreds to thousands of polyps in the lower digestive tract. Left untreated, there is almost a 100% lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer. The disease typically progresses without clear warning signs until reaching advanced stages. It can also lead to abnormal manifestations in other organs including bone, skin, retina, teeth and other malignant lesions. The FDA granted CPP-1X/sulindac its Orphan Drug Designation, as well as its Fast Track designation. Orphan Drug status was also granted to the therapy by the EMA.
  • A Phase 2 Proof of Concept trial in FAP and a Phase 2/3 trial in high-risk polyp formers demonstrated the potential for CPP-1X/sulindac in patients with FAP33.  Completion of the Phase 3 trial is currently expected at the end of 2018. Assuming positive Phase 3 data, Mallinckrodt would acquire the exclusive option to obtain North American commercial rights for a nominal fee, with CPP retaining rights to the rest of the world. The NDA filing is currently expected in early 2019, with approval also anticipated in 2019. Peak U.S. potential net sales for the product are estimated at greater than $300 million. A part of the profits from commercialization of CPP-1X/sulindac would be shared with CPP.

Related: Rare diseases

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