Aytu BioScience and Neos Therapeutics Announce Definitive Merger Agreement, Creating a Combined $100M Revenue Specialty Pharmaceutical Company

IndustryPRwire -- Aytu BioScience and Neos Therapeutics announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Neos will merge with a wholly owned subsidiary of Aytu in an all-stock transaction.

Transaction Details

Upon the effectiveness of the merger (the “Merger”), Neos stockholders will be entitled to receive 0.1088 shares of common stock of Aytu for each share of Neos common stock held, after taking into account the one-for-ten reverse split of Aytu’s common stock that was effected on December 8, 2020. The transaction will result in Neos stockholders owning approximately 30% of the fully diluted common shares of Aytu. The all-stock transaction is valued, on a fully diluted basis, at approximately $44.9 million based on the 10-day volume weighted average price of Aytu stock for the period ended December 9, 2020.

The boards of directors of both companies have approved the transaction.

Strategic Rationale and Financial Benefits of the Transaction

The combined entity will have an increased footprint in the prescription pediatric market, an established, growing multi-brand ADHD portfolio addressing the $8.5 billion ADHD market and significant combined revenue scale. For the 12-month period ending September 30, 2020, Neos generated $57.0 million in revenues. On a combined pro-forma basis for this same period, Aytu and Neos’ aggregate net revenue is over $100 million. In addition, this Merger facilitates operational and commercial synergies that can be harnessed to accelerate the path to profitability for the combined entity, with estimated annualized cost synergies of approximately $15.0 million beginning fiscal year 2022.

Josh Disbrow, Chief Executive Officer of Aytu BioScience Commented “This is a truly transformative transaction, elevating the newly combined company to a $100 million revenue, leading specialty pharmaceutical company positioned for what we expect to be an accelerated path to profitability, continued revenue growth and further business diversification, The combination of Neos with the Aytu business further increases our footprint in an attractive pediatric medicine market, following our acquisition of the Cerecor pediatric Rx assets late last year. This transaction is an excellent strategic fit with our market expansion plans and we believe creates strong stockholder value.”

Mr. Disbrow continued, “This transaction increases Aytu’s addressable market, adding the large and growing ADHD market, with 75.1 million scripts written annually. Importantly, and despite the impact of COVID-19 on this market, Neos’ ADHD product growth significantly outpaced the overall ADHD market in the third quarter of 2020, with Adzenys XR-ODT prescriptions growing by 9.9 percent and Cotempla XR-ODT prescriptions growing by 6.5 percent. Expanding into ADHD with Neos is the ideal embodiment of Aytu’s strategy to build a portfolio of best-in-class prescription therapeutics and consumer health products competing in large markets.”

Neos’ Chief Executive Officer, Jerry McLaughlin, stated, “I firmly believe Aytu BioScience is the right partner to continue the exceptional work our team has done to build the ADHD franchise into what it is today and to continue the development of NT0502 for the treatment of sialorrhea. By leveraging the respective commercial infrastructure of Neos and Aytu, including complementary sales call points and our best-in-class patient support program, Neos RxConnect, we expect continued growth of the product portfolio. After a thorough evaluation of strategic alternatives, the Board of Directors of Neos believes that this merger represents the highest-potential value creation opportunity for Neos stockholders.”

Additional Information

The combined company will be led by Josh Disbrow, Chief Executive Officer of Aytu and will be headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. The board of the combined company will consist of six members designated by Aytu and two members designated by Neos, including Neos Chief Executive Officer and Director Jerry McLaughlin and Neos Director Beth Hecht.

The Merger is currently expected to close by the second quarter of 2021, subject to certain approvals by both Aytu and Neos stockholders and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

As part of the transaction, Aytu has agreed to provide Neos with access to up to $5.0 million cash for working capital needs for the period prior to the closing of the Merger. In addition, upon closing of the Merger, $15.0 million in principal of Neos’s existing senior secured debt facility with affiliates of Deerfield Management will be repaid, and Deerfield has agreed to allow the remaining debt under the facility to remain outstanding with the combined company following the Merger. Indebtedness under Neos’s existing ABL agreement with Encina Business Credit will also remain outstanding.

Cowen is acting as the exclusive financial advisor to Aytu, and Dorsey & Whitney LLP is acting as its legal counsel. MTS Health Partners LP is acting as the exclusive financial advisor to Neos, and Goodwin Procter LLP is acting as its legal counsel.

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