Perrigo (PRGO) Rejects Unsolicited Mylan (MYL) Bid
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Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) announced that its Board of Directors has reviewed Mylan's unsolicited tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Perrigo and, in consultation with its financial and legal advisors, unanimously determined that the offer substantially undervalues the Company and does not adequately compensate shareholders for Perrigo's exceptional growth prospects. The Offer also would expose Perrigo shareholders to significant financial risks and Mylan's troubling corporate governance values. Accordingly, the Board recommends that shareholders NOT tender any of their shares to Mylan.
Today the Company filed a Schedule 14D-9 with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and the TASE detailing the reasons for its rejection, which included a letter to shareholders from Perrigo's Chairman, President and CEO, Joseph C. Papa. Following is the full text of the letter:
LETTER FROM YOUR PRESIDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND CHAIRMAN
Treasury Building Lower Grand Canal Street Dublin D02 XN96 Ireland
September 17, 2015
Dear Perrigo Shareholder,
You recently received a request from Mylan N.V. ("Mylan") to tender your shares of Perrigo Company plc ("Perrigo") to Mylan in support of its unsolicited offer to acquire Perrigo. On behalf of the Perrigo Board of Directors, I strongly urge you to protect your investment in Perrigo and NOT tender your shares into Mylan's inadequate offer.
Our Board of Directors has repeatedly rejected Mylan's offer because it substantially undervalues our Company and does not adequately compensate shareholders for our exceptional standalone growth prospects. Our standalone strategy has rewarded Perrigo shareholders with a Total Shareholder Return of over 970% since 2007, which we have achieved through a balanced contribution of organic and inorganic growth. In that time period we have successfully integrated 27 acquisitions with trailing 12-month net sales of more than $3.2 billion, all while maintaining our relentless focus on return on invested capital. Simply stated, Perrigo has an outstanding track record of value creation and our future is bright.
Mylan's offer not only fails to reflect Perrigo's outstanding track record of value creation, it also undervalues our compelling prospects for continued growth and sustainable, long-term shareholder value through the execution of our 'Base Plus Plus Plus' strategy:
- Base: We expect our durable global base business, with consumer-facing products comprising approximately 75% of net sales, coupled with $1 billion in new product launches over the next three years (not including additional launches from the Branded Consumer Healthcare segment), to realize an organic net sales compound annual growth rate ("CAGR") goal of 5-10%;
- Base: We continue to build upon our recently acquired pan-European branded consumer healthcare platform and have completed three acquisitions in the past four months that were each immediately accretive to earnings per share ("EPS"), demonstrating our unique positioning to capitalize on the growing $30 billion European OTC market opportunity;
- Plus: We expect significant upside from more than $29 billion in future prescription to over-the-counter ("OTC") switches;
- Plus: We expect substantial upside from attractive M&A opportunities as we remain fully committed to pursuing our deep pipeline of attractive global acquisition candidates; and
- Plus: Additional upside from Tysabri® through an increasing royalty rate associated with potential new indications for additional treatments.
After consideration of Mylan's offer, our Board of Directors unanimously concluded that the offer substantially undervalues the strength of Perrigo's business, operations, and future growth opportunities. We are confident in our 5-10% three-year organic revenue CAGR goal, as executed historically, and we expect to meet our financial targets in the years to come, creating value for you well in excess of Mylan's offer, and with less risk.
Mylan's failure to account for Perrigo's standalone growth prospects is not the only reason you should not tender your shares into Mylan's inadequate offer. Rather than create value, Mylan's financially unattractive offer would expose you, as a valued Perrigo shareholder, to:
- A deal that, by Mylan's own admission, is dilutive to Mylan's adjusted EPS for at least three years even if Mylan's synergy estimates are fully realized. Current Wall Street consensus forecasts estimate substantial double-digit dilution in year one;
- An overly optimistic synergy target of at least $800 million, which we believe is challenging when factoring in the limited operational similarities between the two companies and Perrigo's already lean business model. If these targets are missed, then the deal will become even more financially unattractive and further dilutive to adjusted EPS; and
- A meager "premium" that does not come close to adequately compensating shareholders for the strength of Perrigo's business and the risk of value destruction and is the lowest premium to unaffected price of any biopharmaceutical transaction of more than $5 billion since the start of 2012.
In addition, Mylan's business model would create significant financial risks and uncertainties for Perrigo shareholders who tender into the offer. Approximately two-thirds of Mylan's proposed consideration consists of Mylan stock, which we believe will face negative pressures going forward:
- Mylan's inferior 2016-2019 expected net sales growth profile of approximately 4% and historical average P/E multiple of 10.6x would be a significant drag on Perrigo's superior expected organic net sales growth goal of 5-10% and historical three-year average P/E multiple of 20.2x;
- Mylan has significant concentration risk — its largest individual product, EpiPen®, which accounted for approximately 13% of revenues in 2014 and is estimated to account for more than 20% of Mylan's adjusted EPS, is expected to encounter generic competition in calendar 2015;
- Approximately 20% of Mylan's 2014 revenues were derived from its declining "Established Pharmaceuticals Division" assets — assets which generated a revenue CAGR of negative 9.4% between 2011 and 2014; and
- Substantial shareholder overhang in Mylan's stock from Abbott Laboratories ("Abbott") and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. ("Teva"), as well as a significant number of short-term, event-driven investors, who will likely seek to quickly liquidate their investment, placing meaningful downward pressure on Mylan's equity price in the market.
Mylan would destroy even more shareholder value if it does not acquire 80% of Perrigo's Ordinary Shares — a possibility that Mylan introduced when it reduced the threshold acceptance condition from 80% to 50%+. We believe that Mylan's inability to reach the 80% threshold would have profound adverse consequences, including causing it to fall short of its own synergy promises, on a transaction that was already expected to be dilutive to Mylan adjusted EPS for at least three years.
Further, there would be adverse change of control consequences and risks under various commercial, debt and equity plans if Mylan succeeds in acquiring 50%+ of Perrigo — risks that Mylan has chosen to downplay or ignore.
Finally, Mylan's pursuit of Perrigo "at all costs" highlights a number of extraordinarily troubling corporate governance values, which would further erode Perrigo's premium valuation in the marketplace and should give investors pause before placing their trust in the Mylan Board and management team. Mylan has a track record of operating against the best interests of shareholders. It has already gone so far as to threaten to delist Perrigo shares if it gains control of Perrigo, despite having no stated business purpose and without even the pretense of deliberations by a future Perrigo board to consider Perrigo's best interests. We believe this threat is a scare tactic, and shows how little regard Mylan has for being a steward for shareholder interests.
Mylan flaunted its "bullet proof" anti-takeover defenses in response to the recent offer by Teva to acquire Mylan, contributing to the destruction of approximately $14 billion in potential shareholder value creation and preventing shareholders from receiving a 48% acquisition premium. We believe that these anti-takeover measures and precedent of exceptionally shareholder-unfriendly behaviors speak volumes about the likelihood of Mylan shareholders ever realizing a takeover premium. By contrast, Perrigo is proud of its commitment to shareholder value creation and sound corporate governance; we are not opposed to any deal, just a bad deal.
The Perrigo Board unanimously believes that Mylan's offer substantially undervalues the Company's current cash flows, business and financial platforms and future growth opportunities. It presents clear risks and would result in value destruction for shareholders, including forcing them into a "corporate governance prison" with extreme anti-shareholder provisions. The Perrigo Board is not alone in its belief that this transaction would be detrimental to shareholders, and numerous third parties, including leading proxy advisors, sell-side analysts, and credit ratings agencies have questioned the economic logic of this transaction.
For all of these reasons, which are discussed in greater detail in this document, your Board strongly and unequivocally recommends that you take NO ACTION with regard to Mylan's offer. We encourage shareholders to refer to Perrigo's website for ongoing updates concerning Mylan's offer at http://www.perrigo.com/StandaloneValue.
Take No Action
Morgan Stanley is acting as independent financial advisor to the Perrigo Board in relation to the offer for the purposes of Rule 3 of the Irish Takeover Rules.
The Perrigo Board, based on its own assessment and the advice of Morgan Stanley, believes that Mylan's offer fundamentally undervalues Perrigo. In providing advice to the Perrigo Board, Morgan Stanley has taken into account the commercial assessments of the Perrigo Board.
Accordingly, the Perrigo Board unanimously, and without reservation, recommends that you JUST SAY NO by taking no action. You should not sign any document or form of acceptance which Mylan or its advisors send to you. The members of the Perrigo Board do not intend to accept Mylan's offer in respect of their own beneficial shareholdings.
Joseph C. Papa President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
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