DUBLIN, Ireland, Aug. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Warner Chilcott plc (Nasdaq:WCRX) today announced that all three leading independent proxy advisory firms — Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), Glass Lewis and Egan-Jones — have recommended that Warner Chilcott shareholders vote in favor of adopting the resolutions necessary to approve the acquisition of Warner Chilcott by Actavis, Inc. (NYSE:ACT).
There will be two special meetings of Warner Chilcott shareholders on September 10, 2013 in connection with the transaction. Both meetings will be held at The K Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. The first meeting, which is convened by order of the Irish High Court, will be held at 8:00 a.m. (local time). Following this meeting, an extraordinary general meeting of Warner Chilcott shareholders will be held at 8:30 a.m. (local time) (or, if later, as soon as possible after the conclusion or adjournment of the first meeting). Both meetings are being held to seek shareholder approval of the scheme of arrangement by which Warner Chilcott will be acquired by Actavis in accordance with Irish law, and the approval of related matters by the Warner Chilcott shareholders will also be sought at the extraordinary general meeting. Warner Chilcott shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 30, 2013 are entitled to vote at the meetings.
Warner Chilcott is a leading specialty pharmaceutical company currently focused on the women's healthcare, gastroenterology, urology and dermatology segments of the branded pharmaceuticals market, primarily in North America. We are a fully integrated company with internal resources dedicated to the development, manufacture and promotion of our products. WCRX-G
Important Information For Investors And Shareholders
This press release 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. Actavis Limited, a private limited company organized under the laws of Ireland ("New Actavis"), has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a joint proxy statement of Warner Chilcott and Actavis that also constitutes a prospectus of New Actavis. The registration statement was declared effective by the SEC on July 31, 2013. Each of Actavis and Warner Chilcott has mailed to its stockholders or shareholders the definitive proxy statement/prospectus. In addition, each of New Actavis, Actavis and Warner Chilcott has filed and will file with the SEC other documents with respect to the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF ACTAVIS AND WARNER CHILCOTT ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by New Actavis, Actavis and Warner Chilcott through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by New Actavis and Actavis may be obtained free of charge on Actavis' internet website at www.actavis.com or by contacting Actavis' Investor Relations Department at (862) 261-7488. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Warner Chilcott may be obtained free of charge on Warner Chilcott's internet website at www.wcrx.com or by contacting Warner Chilcott's Investor Relations Department at (973) 442-3200.
Actavis, Warner Chilcott, their respective directors and certain of their 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 Warner Chilcott is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, which was filed with the SEC on February 22, 2013, its proxy statement for its 2013 annual general meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 5, 2013, and its Current Reports on Form 8-K that were filed with the SEC on May 2, 2013 and May 8, 2013. Information about the directors and executive officers of Actavis is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, which was filed with the SEC on February 28, 2013 (as revised pursuant to Actavis' Current Report on Form 8-K dated as of June 17, 2013, which was filed with the SEC on June 18, 2013), its proxy statement for its 2013 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 29, 2013, and its Current Reports on Form 8-K that were filed with the SEC on January 29, 2013, May 13, 2013 and August 16, 2013. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitations and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, are contained in the definitive proxy statement/prospectus filed with the SEC and will be contained in other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.
Warner Chilcott Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements concerning the proposed transaction with Actavis, Warner Chilcott's industry, Warner Chilcott's operations, Warner Chilcott's anticipated financial performance and financial condition and Warner Chilcott's business plans, growth strategy and product development efforts. These statements constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The words "may," "might," "will," "should," "estimate," "project," "plan," "anticipate," "expect," "intend," "outlook," "believe" and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates. These forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions by Warner Chilcott's management that, although Warner Chilcott believes to be reasonable, are inherently uncertain and subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. The following represent some, but not necessarily all, of the factors that could cause actual results to differ from historical results or those anticipated or predicted by Warner Chilcott's forward-looking statements: the timing to consummate the proposed transaction with Actavis; the risk that a condition to closing of the proposed transaction with Actavis may not be satisfied; the risk that a regulatory approval that may be required for the proposed transaction with Actavis is delayed, is not obtained or is obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; New Actavis' ability to achieve the synergies and value creation contemplated by the proposed acquisition; New Actavis' ability to promptly and effectively integrate Actavis' and Warner Chilcott's businesses; the diversion of management time on transaction-related issues; Warner Chilcott's substantial indebtedness, including increases in the LIBOR rates on its variable-rate indebtedness above the applicable floor amounts; competitive factors and market conditions in the industry in which Warner Chilcott operates, including the approval and introduction of generic or branded products that compete with its products; Warner Chilcott's ability to protect its intellectual property; a delay in qualifying any of Warner Chilcott's manufacturing facilities that produce its products, production or regulatory problems with either its own manufacturing facilities or those of third party manufacturers, packagers or API suppliers upon whom Warner Chilcott may rely for some of its products or other disruptions within Warner Chilcott's supply chain; pricing pressures from reimbursement policies of private managed care organizations and other third party payors, government sponsored health systems and regulatory reforms, and the continued consolidation of the distribution network through which Warner Chilcott sells its products; changes in tax laws or interpretations that could increase Warner Chilcott's consolidated tax liabilities; government regulation, including U.S. and foreign health care reform, affecting the development, manufacture, marketing and sale of pharmaceutical products, including Warner Chilcott's ability and the ability of companies with whom it does business to obtain necessary regulatory approvals; adverse outcomes in Warner Chilcott's outstanding litigation, regulatory investigations or arbitration matters or an increase in the number of such matters to which it is subject; the loss of key senior management or scientific staff; Warner Chilcott's ability to manage the growth of its business by successfully identifying, developing, acquiring or licensing new products at favorable prices and marketing such new products; Warner Chilcott's ability to obtain regulatory approval and customer acceptance of new products, and continued customer acceptance of its existing products; and the other risks identified in Warner Chilcott's periodic filings, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013, and from time-to-time in its other investor communications.
Warner Chilcott cautions you that the foregoing list of important factors is not exclusive. In addition, in light of these risks and uncertainties, the matters referred to in Warner Chilcott's forward-looking statements may not occur. Warner Chilcott undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.
Statement Required by the Irish Takeover Rules
The directors of Warner Chilcott accept responsibility for the information contained in this press release. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the directors (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure such is the case), the information contained in this press release is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.
Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. is acting for Warner Chilcott as financial advisor and is not acting as financial advisor to anyone else in connection with the matters referred to in this press release and will not be responsible to anyone other than Warner Chilcott in connection therewith for providing advice in relation to the matters referred to in this press release. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. has delegated certain of its financial advisory functions and responsibilities to Deutsche Bank AG, acting through its London branch. Deutsche Bank AG, acting through its London branch is performing such delegated functions and responsibilities exclusively for Warner Chilcott and is not acting as a financial adviser for any other person in connection with the matters referred to in this press release and will not be responsible to any such other person for providing advice in relation to the matters referred to in this press release. Deutsche Bank AG is authorised under German Banking Law (competent authority: BaFin – Federal Financial Supervisory Authority) and authorised and subject to limited regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority. Details about the extent of Deutsche Bank AG's authorization and regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority are available on request.
Dealing Disclosure Requirements
The holder of 1% or more of any relevant securities in Warner Chilcott may have disclosure obligations under Rule 8.3 of the Irish Takeover Panel Act, 1997, Takeover Rules 2007 (as amended).