ISS and Glass Lewis Recommend Horizon Pharma Shareholders Vote AGAINST the Issuance of Horizon Shares in Connection with Horizon's Attempted Takeover of Depomed

Nov 03, 2015, 17:15 ET from Depomed, Inc.

NEWARK, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Depomed, Inc. (NASDAQ: DEPO) ("Depomed" or the "Company") today commented on recent reports from Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") and Glass Lewis, two independent proxy advisory firms, both of which issued reports recommending that shareholders of Horizon Pharma plc (NASDAQ: HZNP) ("Horizon") vote AGAINST the issuance of Horizon shares in connection with Horizon's unsolicited offer to acquire Depomed.

In recommending against the Horizon proposals, both firms were critical of the authority Horizon's board is seeking to obtain from its shareholders at a special meeting. ISS also noted Horizon's lack of clarity regarding "what it will actually cost shareholders, and how big, quick, and realistic are the synergisitic opportunities [a transaction] could bring," and stated "…this potential issuance lacks much of the critical information shareholders would need in order to evaluate the appropriateness of the transaction." Glass Lewis noted the significant recent decline of Horizon common shares, and questioned "whether the existing offer is sufficiently compelling to achieve the level of acceptance by Depomed shareholders needed to close the deal."

Commenting on the ISS and Glass Lewis reports, Depomed said:

"Throughout Horizon's opportunistic campaign to acquire Depomed, Horizon has, in our view, failed to be forthright and transparent with Depomed shareholders. ISS' and Glass Lewis' recommendations, in our view, confirm that Horizon's behavior also extends to its own shareholders. We remind Depomed shareholders that obtaining Horizon shareholder approval remains one of many outstanding conditions Horizon has imposed on its exchange offer to acquire Depomed, which also includes a due diligence condition. We believe that the ISS and Glass Lewis recommendations highlight yet another example of Horizon's incomplete and inaccurate shareholder communication and further increase the uncertainty and conditionality of Horizon's offer."

Based on Horizon's closing stock price on November 3, 2015, Horizon's exchange offer had a value of approximately $16 per Depomed share.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Leerink Partners LLC are serving as financial advisors to Depomed and Baker Botts L.L.P. and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP are serving as legal counsel.

About Depomed

Depomed is a specialty pharmaceutical company that commercializes products for pain and neurology related disorders. Our NUCYNTA® franchise includes NUCYNTA® ER (tapentadol) extended release tablets indicated for the management of pain, including neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment, and NUCYNTA® (tapentadol), an immediate release version of tapentadol, for management of moderate to severe acute pain in adults. Gralise® (gabapentin) is a once-daily treatment approved for the management of postherpetic neuralgia. CAMBIA® (diclofenac potassium for oral solution) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug indicated for acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura in adults (18 years of age or older). Zipsor® (diclofenac potassium) Liquid Filled Capsules is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug indicated for relief of mild to moderate acute pain in adults. Lazanda® (fentanyl) Nasal Spray is an intranasal fentanyl drug used to manage breakthrough pain in adults (18 years of age or older) who are already routinely taking other opioid pain medicines around-the-clock for cancer pain. Gralise, Nucynta ER and various partner product candidates are formulated with Depomed's proven, proprietary Acuform® drug delivery technology. Additional information about Depomed may be found at

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Our solicitation of revocations in the GREEN and GOLD cards allows Depomed shareholders to take action only with respect to the revocation of consents to the calling and holding of the proposed special meetings. Any action that you may take pursuant to such solicitation will not have a direct impact on the Horizon exchange offer, will not directly limit your ability to participate with respect to the exchange offer and will not constitute an affirmative vote for or against the exchange offer. Permission to include quoted materials was neither sought nor obtained.

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