INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev., July 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PDL BioPharma, Inc. (PDL) (NASDAQ: PDLI) today announced that PDL has completed an initial equity investment of $75 million in Noden Pharma DAC (Noden), a new privately-held company domiciled in Ireland, and an affiliate. Noden today announced that it closed its transaction relating to a purchase agreement with Novartis AG (Novartis) to acquire exclusive worldwide rights to manufacture, market, and sell the branded prescription medicine product sold under the name Tekturna® and Tekturna HCT® in the United States and Rasilez® and Rasilez HCT® in the rest of the world. The product's active ingredient is aliskiren, which is indicated for the treatment of hypertension. The drug was previously marketed by Novartis and had global sales in 2015 of $154 million. The waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act applicable to the acquisition has expired, fulfilling the last remaining condition to close the transaction. PDL's investment will ultimately result in an 88 percent equity interest in Noden. Given this anticipated majority ownership by PDL, the financial statements of Noden will be consolidated with PDL, which is expected to be immediately accretive to PDL's cash earnings.
"We are pleased to announce the closing of this equity investment transaction with Noden and believe that this transaction represents a paradigm shift for us. While we'll continue to build on our portfolio of income generating assets, our investment in Noden provides another platform for value creation," stated John P. McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer of PDL. "We are already in discussions about additional specialty pharma assets that Noden could acquire."
PDL expects to make equity contributions to Noden totaling $107 million in the first year of the transaction, which includes the initial equity investment of $75 million and an additional $32 million equity contribution commitment which will be made on the one-year anniversary of the closing of the transaction. In addition, PDL provided Noden with a loan and loan commitments of up to an aggregate of $75 million, which PDL expects will be repaid in the next 60 days once Noden secures a debt facility from a third party. PDL also may contribute additional amounts of funding depending on the total amount of debt obtained by Noden, and as needed for specified milestone payments or other purposes. PDL will have three of the five seats on Noden's board of directors.
Novartis will continue to distribute the products during the period of transfer of marketing authorizations from Novartis to Noden, which will occur not later than 90 days in the U.S. and as quickly as possible in the European Union and rest of world. Novartis has also agreed to supply the product for a fixed period of time while a transfer of manufacturing technology is implemented to a third party contract manufacturer.
Tekturna, also known as Rasilez outside the U.S., is a high blood pressure medication. It is the only product available in a class of blood pressure lowering drugs called "direct renin inhibitors," which lowers blood pressure by blocking the enzyme renin. Granted composition of matter patents extend until 2018 for Tekturna and 2022 for Tekturna HCT in the U.S., and until 2020 for both products in the EU. Granted formulation patents extend until 2026 for Tekturna and 2028 for Tekturna HCT in the U.S., and applications are pending that would extend until 2025 and 2027 for Tekturna and Tekturna HCT, respectively, if granted in the EU.
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About Noden Pharma
Noden Pharma DAC is a global specialty pharmaceutical company that is focused on acquiring prescription medicines across a broad range of therapeutic areas in international markets. The company focuses its resources on acquiring and optimizing established medicines. Corporate headquarters are located in Dublin, Ireland.
About PDL BioPharma
PDL manages a portfolio of patents and royalty assets, license agreements with various biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and royalty and other assets acquired. To acquire new income generating assets, PDL provides growth capital and financing solutions to late-stage public and private healthcare companies and offers immediate financial monetization of royalty streams to companies, academic institutions, and inventors. PDL has committed and funded over $1 billion in these investments to date. PDL evaluates its investments based on the quality of the income generating assets and potential returns on investment. PDL is currently focused on acquiring new income generating assets, the management of its intellectual property and income generating assets, and maximizing value for its stockholders.
The Company was formerly known as Protein Design Labs, Inc. and changed its name to PDL BioPharma, Inc. in 2006. PDL was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Incline Village, Nevada. PDL pioneered the humanization of monoclonal antibodies and, by doing so, enabled the discovery of a new generation of targeted treatments for cancer and immunologic diseases for which it receives significant royalty revenue.
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