PARIS, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sanofi-aventis (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) announced today the commencement of a tender offer through its wholly-owned subsidiary, River Acquisition Corp., for all outstanding shares of common stock of Chattem, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTT) for $93.50 per share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes. The tender offer is being made pursuant to an Offer to Purchase, dated January 11, 2010, and in connection with the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated December 20, 2009, among sanofi-aventis, River Acquisition Corp. and Chattem, Inc.
The tender offer is scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on February 8, 2010, unless the tender offer is extended. The tender offer is conditioned on the tender of a majority of Chattem's shares calculated on a fully-diluted basis (as defined in the Agreement and Plan of Merger), as well as the receipt of certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Following the successful completion of the tender offer, sanofi-aventis' wholly-owned subsidiary, River Acquisition Corp., will merge with and into Chattem and the outstanding Chattem shares not tendered in the tender offer will be converted into the right to receive the same $93.50 per share in cash paid in the tender offer.
The transaction is a significant milestone in sanofi-aventis' transformational strategy. By strengthening its presence in the U.S. consumer healthcare market, which represents 25 percent of the current worldwide opportunity, sanofi-aventis is further securing its position as a global, integrated healthcare company and building a significant platform for future growth.
Today, sanofi-aventis will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO, containing the Offer to Purchase, form of Letter of Transmittal and related tender offer documents, setting forth in detail the terms and conditions of the tender offer. Chattem will file with the SEC a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 setting forth in detail, among other things, the recommendation of Chattem's Board of Directors that Chattem shareholders accept the tender offer and tender their shares to sanofi-aventis pursuant to the tender offer. As previously disclosed, Chattem's Board of Directors has unanimously approved the transaction.
The Depositary and Paying Agent for the tender offer is Computershare Trust Company, N.A., c/o Voluntary Corporate Actions, P.O. Box 43011, Providence, RI 02940-3011. The Dealer Manager for the tender offer is Goldman, Sachs & Co., 85 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004. The Information Agent for the tender offer is MacKenzie Partners, Inc., 105 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016. The tender offer materials may be obtained at no charge by directing a request by mail to MacKenzie Partners, Inc. or by calling toll-free at (800) 322-2885.
Forward Looking Statements
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Important Additional Information: This release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Chattem. The tender offer is being made pursuant to a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO, containing an offer to purchase, form of letter of transmittal and related tender offer documents, filed by River Acquisition Corp. and sanofi-aventis with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on January 11, 2010. Chattem will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 relating to the tender offer with the SEC. Sanofi-aventis and Chattem will mail these documents to all Chattem shareholders of record. These documents, as they may be amended from time to time, contain important information about the tender offer and Chattem shareholders are urged to read them carefully before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer. The tender offer materials may be obtained at no charge by directing a request by mail to MacKenzie Partners, Inc., 105 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016, or by calling toll-free at (800) 322-2885, and may also be obtained at no charge at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov.
Sanofi-aventis, a leading global pharmaceutical company, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions to improve the lives of everyone. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT : SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY). For more information, visit: www.sanofi-aventis.us or www.sanofi-aventis.com.