DUBLIN, March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Perrigo Company plc (NYSE; TASE: PRGO), a leading global provider of Quality Affordable Healthcare Products®, today announced it has completed the divestiture of its rights to the royalty stream from global net sales of the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri® (natalizumab) to RPI Finance Trust, an affiliate of Royalty Pharma ("RPI"). The transaction comprises a total consideration of $2.2 billion in cash and up to $650 million in royalties earned if global net sales of Tysabri® meet specific thresholds in 2018 and 2020.
Perrigo's CEO John T. Hendrickson stated, "Today's announcement marks the successful outcome of our strategic alternatives process for the Tysabri® royalty stream. This divestiture enables the Company to create additional flexibility for growth and maintain its investment grade commitment, while focusing on operational execution in our consumer-facing and Rx businesses. Completing this sale is a positive action step in our ongoing portfolio review. The Perrigo Board of Directors and I will continue to make decisions to create value and deliver on our mission of providing Quality, Affordable Healthcare Products® to consumers around the globe."
Under the terms of the agreement, RPI will acquire all of Perrigo's rights to receive Tysabri® royalty payments from and after January 1, 2017, which Perrigo has under an agreement with Biogen, Inc.
Perrigo will update its 2017 guidance after the Company files its 2016 Form 10-K with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
Perrigo Company plc, a leading global healthcare company, delivers value to its customers and consumers by providing Quality Affordable Healthcare Products®. Founded in 1887 as a packager of home remedies, Perrigo has built a unique business model that is best described as the convergence of a fast-moving consumer goods company, a high-quality pharmaceutical manufacturing organization and a world-class supply chain network. Perrigo is the world's largest manufacturer of over-the-counter ("OTC") healthcare products and supplier of infant formulas for the store brand market. The Company also is a leading provider of branded OTC products throughout Europe and the U.S., as well as a leading producer of "extended topical" prescription drugs. Perrigo, headquartered in Ireland, sells its products primarily in North America and Europe, as well as in other markets, including Australia, Israel and China. Visit Perrigo online at (http://www.perrigo.com).
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