Update on three-part transaction with Novartis
Issued: London UK – LSE Announcement
GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) today announces that, following good progress on obtaining clearances and approvals to enable completion of its three-part transaction with Novartis, it expects to complete the transaction in the week commencing 2 March 2015.
Originally announced on 22 April 2014, the transaction includes GSK’s acquisition of Novartis’s vaccines business (excluding influenza vaccines), the creation of a consumer healthcare joint venture between GSK and Novartis and the divestment to Novartis of GSK’s marketed Oncology portfolio, related R&D activities and rights to two pipeline AKT inhibitors.
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Further Information on the Transaction
The conditions to completion satisfied include GSK shareholder approval which was received on 18 December 2014 and certain anti-trust approvals required by both GSK and Novartis. Whilst completion is expected shortly, the transaction remains conditional on the confirmatory conditions and material adverse effect termination rights described in GSK's shareholder circular dated 20 November 2014. Accordingly, there is no certainty that the transaction will close or that it will close in the expected timeframe.
Information regarding forward-looking statements
This announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forward-looking statements”. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “believes”, “estimates”, “plans”, “projects”, “anticipates”, “expects”, “intends”, “may”, “will”, or “should” or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans, objectives, goals, future events or intentions. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. They appear in a number of places throughout this announcement and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding GSK’s intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, among other things, GSK’s business, results of operations, financial position, prospects, growth, strategies and the industry in which it operates as well as those of the Novartis businesses that are the subject of the transaction. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and the actual results of GSK’s operations and financial position, and the development of the markets and the industry in which GSK operates, may differ materially from those described in, or suggested by, the forward-looking statements contained in this announcement. The same applies in respect of the Novartis Businesses that are the subject of the transaction. In addition, even if the results of operations, financial position and the development of the markets and the industry in which GSK operates are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this announcement, those results or developments may not be indicative of results or developments in subsequent periods. A number of factors could cause results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements including, without limitation, general economic and business conditions, industry trends, competition, changes in regulation, currency fluctuations, changes in its business strategy, political and economic uncertainty and other factors discussed in this announcement.
Forward-looking statements may, and often do, differ materially from actual results. Any forward-looking statements in this announcement speak only as of their respective dates, reflect GSK’s current view with respect to future events and are subject to risks relating to future events and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to GSK’s operations, results of operations and growth strategy. You should specifically consider the factors identified in this document, in addition to the risk factors that may affect GSK’s operations which are described under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s 2013 Annual Report on Form 20-F, which could cause actual results to differ before making any decision in relation to the Transaction as well as those of the Novartis businesses that are the subject of the transaction. Subject to the requirements of the FCA, the London Stock Exchange, the Listing Rules and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules (and/or any regulatory requirements) or applicable law, GSK explicitly disclaims any obligation or undertaking publicly to release the result of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this announcement that may occur due to any change in GSK’s expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this announcement.