Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPGY), the global specialty biopharmaceutical company, announces that its wholly owned subsidiary Shire Holdings Luxembourg S.à.r.l. acquired 99.21% of the shares of Movetis NV on October 12, 2010, following a successful tender offer launched in September 2010.
As previously announced, Shire will proceed with a squeeze-out of those shares and warrants not tendered to the offer in accordance with applicable Belgian legislation. In this regard, an additional tender offer period opened, on the same terms, on October 12, 2010 and will close on November 2, 2010 at 4 pm CET.
Shares tendered into the additional tender offer will be settled on November 8, 2010. Shares and warrants not tendered to the additional tender offer shall be deemed transferred to Shire Holdings Luxembourg S.à.r.l. by operation of law on November 8, 2010. Payment of the offer price for shares and warrants not tendered to the additional tender offer will be deposited with the Deposito-en Consignatiekas/Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations in Belgium.
At the close of the reopened tender offer, the shares in Movetis will be delisted from Euronext Brussels. The last trading day will therefore be November 2, 2010.
Shire’s offer is €19 in cash for each outstanding Movetis share.
The prospectus relating to the tender offer and the squeeze-out is available at no cost at the counters of the Receiving and Paying Agents in Belgium The Royal Bank of Scotland N.V. or by phone (+3120/4643707), KBC Securities NV, KBC Bank NV, CBC Banque SA or by phone 03/283 29 70 (KBC telecenter) or 0800/92 020 (CBC Banque). An electronic version of the prospectus is available on the following websites: www.kbcsecurities.be, www.kbc.be, www.cbcbanque.be and www.shire.com.
With the exception of the CBFA, no governmental or other authority in any other jurisdiction has approved the prospectus, the tender offer or the squeeze-out. The tender offer was made only in Belgium. Neither this announcement nor the prospectus constitutes an offer to buy or to sell, or a solicitation to any person in any jurisdiction to buy or sell, any security where such an offering or solicitation is not permitted or is unlawful. No action has or will be taken outside Belgium to enable a public offer in any jurisdiction where action would be required for that purpose. Neither the prospectus, nor the acceptance forms or exercise form, or other information relevant to the tender offer in Belgium may be supplied to the public in any jurisdiction outside Belgium where a registration or other obligation may be required with regard to a public offer to buy or sell securities. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of applicable financial laws and regulations in other jurisdictions. Shire explicitly declines any liability for breach of these restrictions by any person.
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Shire’s strategic goal is to become the leading specialty biopharmaceutical company that focuses on meeting the needs of the specialist physician. Shire focuses its business on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), human genetic therapies (HGT) and gastrointestinal (GI) diseases as well as opportunities in other therapeutic areas to the extent they arise through acquisitions. Shire’s in-licensing, merger and acquisition efforts are focused on products in specialist markets with strong intellectual property protection and global rights. Shire believes that a carefully selected and balanced portfolio of products with strategically aligned and relatively small-scale sales forces will deliver strong results.
For further information on Shire, please visit the Company’s website: www.shire.com.
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