Baxter Announces Preliminary Results of Baxalta Exchange Offer
OREANDA-NEWS. Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) (“Baxter”) announced today the preliminary results of Baxter’s previously announced offer to exchange up to 13,360,527 shares of common stock of Baxalta Incorporated (NYSE: BXLT) (“Baxalta”) that are currently owned by Baxter for shares of Baxter common stock. The exchange offer expired at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on May 18, 2016. Under the terms of the exchange offer, for each share of Baxter common stock that is validly tendered and not validly withdrawn by a stockholder and that is accepted by Baxter pursuant to the exchange offer, Baxter will deliver 1.1591 shares of Baxalta common stock to or at the direction of such tendering stockholder.
According to the exchange agent, Computershare Trust Company, N.A., 304,329,090 shares of Baxter common stock were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in the exchange offer, including 155,758,371 shares that were tendered by notice of guaranteed delivery. Baxter has accepted 11,526,638 of the tendered shares in exchange for the 13,360,527 shares of Baxalta common stock owned by Baxter and offered for exchange. Because the exchange offer was oversubscribed, Baxter accepted only a portion of the shares of its common stock that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn, on a pro rata basis in proportion to the number of shares tendered. Stockholders (excluding certain plan participants in Baxter savings plans) who beneficially own “odd-lots” (less than 100 shares) of Baxter common stock and who have validly tendered all of their shares and made the appropriate election will not be subject to proration in accordance with the terms of the exchange offer. Following the completion of the exchange offer, all 13,360,527 shares of Baxalta common stock owned by Baxter will have been distributed to Baxter stockholders who validly tendered their shares in the exchange offer, and Baxter will not hold any shares of Baxalta common stock.
Based on the total number of shares of Baxter common stock reported to be validly tendered and not validly withdrawn prior to the expiration of the exchange offer, it is estimated that approximately 4 percent of the tendered shares of Baxter common stock will be exchanged, assuming all shares tendered by guaranteed delivery procedures are delivered under the terms of the exchange offer. This preliminary proration factor is subject to change based on the number of tendered shares that satisfy the guaranteed delivery procedures, as well as the number of “odd-lot” shares that are not subject to proration. Baxter expects to announce the final proration factor promptly following the expiration on May 23, 2016 of the guaranteed delivery period. Shares of Baxter common stock tendered but not accepted for exchange will be returned to the tendering stockholder in book-entry form promptly after the final proration factor is announced.
Promptly after the final proration factor is announced, the exchange agent will credit shares of Baxalta common stock for distribution in the exchange offer in book-entry form to accounts maintained by the Baxalta transfer agent for tendering stockholders who have validly tendered and not validly withdrawn their shares of Baxter common stock. Payments in lieu of fractional shares of Baxalta common stock will be delivered after the exchange agent has aggregated all fractional shares and sold them in the open market.
Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital products, including home, acute and in-center dialysis; sterile IV solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition; biosurgery products and anesthetics; and pharmacy automation, software and services. Baxter’s global footprint and the critical nature of its products and services play a key role in expanding access to healthcare in emerging and developed countries. Baxter’s employees worldwide are building upon Baxter’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of healthcare innovations that enable patient care.