More than 97% of Pronova’s shareholders accept BASF’s offer for Pronova BioPharma
- Increased voluntary cash offer successful
- Squeeze-out-process in preparation
- Finalisation of transaction expected in first quarter
Ludwigshafen, Germany – January 21, 2013 – The extended offer period for BASF’s [Frankfurt: BAS, LSE: BFA, SWX: AN] voluntary cash offer to shareholders of Pronova BioPharma ASA, Lysaker, Norway, [OBX: PRON], ended on January 18, 2013, 16:30 CET. During the offer period, a total of 293,975,655 Pronova shares have been tendered to BASF. This corresponds to 97.7% of all Pronova shares. Based on all outstanding shares and including all net financial liabilities, the enterprise value would be NOK 4,996 million (approximately €684 million). 
All regulatory approvals required for completion of the voluntary offer have been obtained. The next step in the acquisition process will be the settlement of the offer within the following 14 days. The transfer of shares to BASF and the payment of the offer price will take place on the settlement date (closing). BASF is setting up a compulsory acquisition process in order to acquire the remaining shares after closing (squeeze out). BASF expects to finalize the transaction within the next weeks.
“We thank all Pronova shareholders that have been supportive of our offer. We firmly believe that it represents the full and fair value for all shareholders, while providing the best strategic option for the further development of Pronova’s business. The acquisition will strengthen BASF’s and Pronova’s position in the market for omega-3 fatty acids,” said Michael Heinz, member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE and responsible for the Performance Products segment, which includes the Nutrition & Health division.
Pronova’s active pharmaceutical ingredients are used to treat cardiovascular diseases such as post-myocardial infarction. In nutritional applications, including dietary supplements, there is a strong body of evidence supporting a broad range of positive health benefits through omega-3 fatty acids, for example, in the areas of cognitive development or heart health.
With the acquisition of Pronova, BASF will achieve a leading position in the global market for omega-3 fatty acids. Pronova will become a key part of BASF’s omega-3-business. “We aim to combine Pronova’s strong expertise and good position in the market for omega-3 fatty acids with BASF’s worldwide market presence and technical know-how. We are looking forward to working closely with Pronova’s employees in order to form the best team,” said Heinz. A detailed integration plan will be developed in a discovery phase after closing.
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 Based on net liabilities on September 30, 2012, and an exchange rate of €1 = NOK 7.3. The main shareholder Herkules Private Equity Fund is not entitled to the benefits of the increased offer price of January 15, 2013, therefore the improved offer impacts only approximately 50% of the shares.