NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Johnson & Johnson today announced the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act with respect to its previously announced planned acquisition of Cougar Biotechnology .
Johnson & Johnson, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Kite Merger Sub, Inc., initiated a cash tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of Cougar Biotechnology common stock on June 5, 2009. The tender offer will expire at midnight on July 2, 2009, unless extended in accordance with the merger agreement and the applicable rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Termination of the waiting period satisfies one of the conditions to the tender offer. The closing of the tender offer also is conditioned on the tender of a majority of the outstanding shares of Cougar Biotechnology's common stock and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.
Upon the successful closing of the tender offer, shareholders of Cougar Biotechnology will receive $43.00 in cash for each share of Cougar Biotechnology common stock tendered in the offer, without interest and less any required withholding taxes. As a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, following the purchase of shares in the tender offer, Cougar Biotechnology will work with Ortho Biotech Oncology Research & Development, a unit of Centocor Research & Development, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company.
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This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations of future events. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from Johnson & Johnson's expectations and projections. Risks and uncertainties include: the tender of a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock of Cougar Biotechnology; the possibility that the transaction will not be completed, or if completed, not completed on a timely basis; general industry conditions and competition; business and economic conditions, such as interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; technological advances and patents attained by competitors; challenges inherent in new product development, including obtaining regulatory approvals; domestic and foreign health care reforms and governmental laws and regulations; and trends toward health care cost containment. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other factors can be found in Exhibit 99 of Johnson & Johnson's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2008. Copies of these filings, as well as subsequent filings, are available online at www.sec.gov, www.jnj.com or on request from Johnson & Johnson. Johnson & Johnson does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments.
This press release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Cougar Biotechnology, Inc. Johnson & Johnson has filed a tender offer statement with the SEC, and has mailed an offer to purchase, forms of letter of transmittal and related documents to Cougar Biotechnology shareholders. Cougar Biotechnology has filed with the SEC, and has mailed to Cougar Biotechnology shareholders, a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9. These documents contain important information about the tender offer and shareholders of Cougar Biotechnology are urged to read them carefully when they are received.
These documents are available at no charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. The tender offer statement and the related materials may be obtained for free by directing a request by mail to Georgeson Inc., 199 Water Street, 26th Floor, New York, New York 10038 or by calling toll-free (877) 278-9667. In addition, a copy of the offer to purchase, letter of transmittal and certain other related tender offer documents may be obtained free of charge by directing a request to Johnson & Johnson at www.jnj.com, or Johnson & Johnson, One Johnson & Johnson Plaza, New Brunswick, NJ 08933, Attn: Corporate Secretary.
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