NORTH BILLERICA, Mass. & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lantheus Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNTH) (“Lantheus”), parent company of Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. (“LMI”), a leader in the development, manufacture and commercialization of innovative diagnostic imaging agents and products, and Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PGNX) (“Progenics”), an oncology company developing innovative medicines and artificial intelligence to find, fight and follow cancer, today announced that Lantheus has entered into a Support Agreement (the “Support Agreement”) with Velan Capital (“Velan”) in connection with the proposed merger of Lantheus and Progenics.
Velan is a stockholder of both Progenics and Lantheus and the Support Agreement provides that Velan will vote all of its Progenics stock and Lantheus stock in favor of the proposed merger of Lantheus and Progenics on the terms set forth in the Amended and Restated Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of February 20, 2020 (the “Amended Merger Agreement”). Velan has also agreed to abide by certain customary standstill provisions during the term of the Support Agreement.
In 2019, Velan led a successful consent solicitation campaign that resulted in the resignation of Progenics Chief Executive Officer Mark Baker and the seating of five new independent directors on the reconstituted seven-member Progenics Board of Directors. Progenics’ reconstituted Board evaluated both companies, the original transaction terms, and Progenics’ prospects as an independent company, and then negotiated, approved and is recommending that Progenics stockholders adopt the Amended Merger Agreement. Two of those five new independent directors, Dr. Gérard Ber and Mr. Heinz Mäusli, will serve on the Board of Directors of the combined company upon the closing of the proposed merger.
“We are very pleased that Velan has agreed to support the Progenics merger and our combined company over the next year,” said Mary Anne Heino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lantheus. “As an experienced life sciences investor, Velan sees the potential of our combined company to create a platform that leverages Lantheus’ long-standing expertise in complex manufacturing, supply chain and commercial excellence, with Progenics’ three leading FDA approved products, clinical pipeline and development capabilities.”
“We have spent time with Mary Anne and the broader Lantheus team and are pleased with their receptivity to stockholder perspectives, operational excellence, financial prudence, and growth orientation,” said Bala Venkataraman of Velan. “We trusted the reconstituted Progenics Board to evaluate the combination with Lantheus. The Progenics Board has spoken, and we applaud its ability to evaluate alternatives and ultimately secure a fair transaction that maximizes long-term value for all stockholders. In particular, we are pleased that the revised deal consideration and improved pro forma governance terms are more closely aligned with the value that Progenics brings to Lantheus. We believe that current market prices do not properly recognize the promising future of the combined company, which involves unique assets, significant synergy benefits, and enhanced leadership. We have spoken with fellow stockholders, both of Progenics and Lantheus, and are pleased to see alignment on the value of the combined company under the revised transaction. We believe this combination is in the best interests of both Lantheus' and Progenics' stockholders, as well as patients and physicians. We see significant upside potential from this combination over the long term.”
Ann MacDougall, Interim Chairman of the Progenics Board said, “We appreciate the constructive spirit in which Lantheus conducted the negotiations of the Amended Merger Agreement as well as Velan’s support for our efforts and for the transaction.”
As previously announced, Progenics and Lantheus have scheduled their respective special meetings of stockholders to vote on matters related to the proposed merger to be held on June 16, 2020. Further details about the time, location and record date for the special meetings will be announced when finalized. The proposed merger is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020, subject to approval by Lantheus and Progenics stockholders and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.
About Lantheus Holdings, Inc. and Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.
Lantheus Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of LMI, a global leader in the development, manufacture and commercialization of innovative diagnostic imaging agents and products. LMI provides a broad portfolio of products, including the echocardiography contrast agent DEFINITY® Vial for (Perflutren Lipid Microsphere) Injectable Suspension and TechneLite® (Technetium Tc99m Generator), a technetium-based generator that provides the essential medical isotope used in nuclear medicine procedures. The Company is headquartered in North Billerica, Massachusetts with offices in Puerto Rico and Canada. For more information, visit www.lantheus.com.
Progenics is an oncology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative targeted medicines and artificial intelligence to find, fight and follow cancer, including: therapeutic agents designed to treat cancer (AZEDRA®, 1095, and PSMA TTC); prostate-specific membrane antigen (“PSMA”) targeted imaging agents for prostate cancer (PyL™ and 1404); and imaging analysis technology (aBSI and PSMA AI). Progenics has three commercial products, AZEDRA, for the treatment of patients with unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma (rare neuroendocrine tumors of neural crest origin) who require systemic anticancer therapy; and oral and subcutaneous formulations of RELISTOR® (methylnaltrexone bromide) for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation, which are partnered with Bausch Health Companies Inc.
Velan is a private investment firm focused on undervalued public companies, primarily in the healthcare sector. Velan's team strives to cultivate attractive outcomes by working with executives and board directors to support prudent growth and build successful businesses over the long term.
Important Information For Investors And Stockholders
This document does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to appropriate registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
In connection with the proposed transaction, Lantheus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a registration statement on Form S-4 on November 12, 2019, as amended by Amendment No. 1 to that registration statement filed with the SEC on March 16, 2020, that includes a joint proxy statement of Lantheus and Progenics that also constitutes a preliminary prospectus of Lantheus. The registration statement was declared effective by the SEC on March 18, 2020, and Lantheus and Progenics commenced mailing the joint proxy statement/prospectus to stockholders of Lantheus and Progenics on or about March 19, 2020. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF LANTHEUS AND PROGENICS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS THAT ARE FILED OR WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Lantheus or Progenics through the website maintained by the SEC at https://www.sec.gov.
Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Lantheus will also be available free of charge on Lantheus’ website at https://www.lantheus.com/ or by contacting Lantheus’ Investor Relations Department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (978) 671-8001. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Progenics will also be available free of charge on Progenics’ internet website at https://www.progenics.com/ or by contacting Progenics’ Investor Relations Department by email at email@example.com or by phone at (646) 975-2533.
Certain Information Regarding Participants
Lantheus, Progenics, and their respective directors and executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Lantheus is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, which was filed with the SEC on February 25, 2020, and its definitive proxy statement for its 2020 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 12, 2020. Other information regarding the participants of Lantheus in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction when they become available.
Information about the directors and executive officers of Progenics is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, which was filed with the SEC on March 13, 2020. Other information regarding the participants of Progenics in the proxy solicitations and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction when they become available. You may obtain these documents (when they become available) free of charge through the website maintained by the SEC at https://www.sec.gov and from Investor Relations at Lantheus or Progenics as described above.
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