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|Amgen Completes Acquisition of Abgenix; Acquisition Provides Amgen with Full Ownership of Panitumumab and Eliminates a Denosumab Royalty|
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 3, 2006--Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN), the world's largest biotechnology company, today announced the completion of the acquisition of Abgenix, Inc., a company specializing in the discovery, development and manufacture of human therapeutic antibodies. Final regulatory approvals were received in January and Abgenix stockholders overwhelmingly approved Amgen's acquisition of the company during a special meeting held on March 29, 2006.
"Our supportive care products have helped more than six million patients with many different cancers fight their disease. The completion of this acquisition underscores our commitment to therapeutic oncology and our confidence in both panitumumab and denosumab," said Kevin Sharer, chairman and chief executive officer of Amgen. "We welcome the Abgenix staff into our organization and are confident that our combined manufacturing expertise and expanded capacity will help ensure that we can deliver panitumumab to every patient, every time, following FDA approval. I'd like to thank the Abgenix staff and executive team for their hard work, dedication and continued commitment during this important transition."
Amgen is acquiring Abgenix for a total cash consideration of approximately $2.2 billion plus assumed debt. Pursuant to the merger agreement announced on December 14, 2005, Amgen will pay stockholders of Abgenix $22.50 in cash per share of common stock held at the closing. Funds will be provided from Amgen's cash on hand at the time of closing. Amgen expects dilution of adjusted earnings per share in 2006 and 2007 in the range of $0.05 to $0.10, with impact to adjusted earnings per share expected to be accretive thereafter, assuming commercial success of panitumumab.
Amgen discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a broad and deep pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people's lives. To learn more about our pioneering science and our vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com.
Amgen Forward-Looking Statement
This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve significant risks and uncertainties, including those discussed below and others that can be found in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, and in our periodic reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. Amgen is providing this information as of the date of this news release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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In addition, forward-looking statements about such items as expected synergies, dilution and accretion, financial guidance and execution of integration plans are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially.
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CONTACT: Amgen, Thousand Oaks David Polk, 805-447-4587 (media) Arvind Sood, 805-447-1060 (investors) SOURCE: Amgen