Allergan to acquire KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals

The acquisition complements Allergan's existing position in facial aesthetics


The transaction is worth $2.1 billion

Allergan and KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Allergan has agreed to acquire KYTHERA in a cash and equity transaction valued at $75 per KYTHERA share, or approximately $2.1 billion, subject to the fulfillment of certain customary conditions.

The fixed-value transaction consideration will be payable 80 percent in cash and 20 percent in new AGN shares issued to KYTHERA shareholders.

The acquisition of KYTHERA immediately enhances Allergan's global facial aesthetics portfolio with the addition of KYBELLA (deoxycholic acid) injection, the first and only approved non-surgical treatment for contouring moderate to severe submental fullness, commonly referred to as double chin. KYBELLA is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA).

KYBELLA injection is also being developed for potential introduction into international markets; KYTHERA has submitted KYBELLA injection for regulatory approval in Switzerland, Canada and Australia, with other market applications to follow. The acquisition will also add KYTHERA's development product setipiprant (KYTH-105), a novel compound for the prevention of male pattern baldness, as well as additional early-stage development candidates.

"The acquisition of KYTHERA is a strategic investment that strengthens our leading global position in aesthetics and continues to position us for long-term growth," said Mr Brent Saunders, CEO and president of Allergan. He added, "KYBELLA is an exciting new product that offers patients the first and only clinically-proven, non-surgical treatment for submental fullness (excess fat under the chin). As a leader in aesthetics, we know our customers are looking to offer their patients new options beyond traditional facial aesthetics. KYBELLA will do that while complementing our market leading facial aesthetics portfolio, which includes BOTOX, JUVEDERM XC, JUVEDERM VOLUMA XC, LATISSE and SKINMEDICA. KYBELLA is also a pivotal entry point for expanding the use of facial aesthetic products in men, while KYTHERA's setipiprant (hair-loss) development program can drive additional long-term value."


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