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Novo Holdings to Acquire Catalent

Catalent Stockholders to Receive $63.50 Per Share in Cash, Representing a 47.5% Premium to the 60-day Volume-Weighted Average Price as of February 2, 2024

COPENHAGEN, Denmark and SOMERSET, N.J. February 5, 2024 – Catalent, Inc. (NYSE: CTLT), a leader in enabling the development and supply of better treatments for patients worldwide, and Novo Holdings, a holding and investment company that is responsible for managing the assets and wealth of the Novo Nordisk Foundation, today announced that they have entered into a merger agreement under which Novo Holdings will acquire Catalent in an all-cash transaction that values Catalent at $16.5 billion on an enterprise value basis.

Transaction Overview

  • Novo Holdings will acquire all outstanding shares of Catalent for $63.50 per share in cash. The purchase price represents a premium of 16.5% to the closing price of Catalent’s common stock as of February 2, 2024, the last trading day prior to this announcement, and a 47.5% premium to the 60-day volume-weighted average price as of February 2, 2024.
  • In addition, the purchase price represents a premium of 39.1% to the closing price of Catalent’s common stock on August 28, 2023, the last trading day prior to Catalent’s announcement that its Board of Directors formed a Strategic and Operational Review Committee to conduct a review of Catalent’s business, strategy and operations, as well as Catalent’s capital-allocation priorities with a view towards maximizing value for all Catalent stockholders.
  • Of Catalent’s more than 50 global sites, Novo Holdings intends to sell three Catalent fill-finish sites and related assets acquired in the merger to Novo Nordisk (CPH: NOVO), in which Novo Holdings has a controlling interest, shortly after the closing of the merger. These three sites are located in Anagni, Italy; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; and Brussels, Belgium.
  • This transaction is aligned with Novo Holdings’ strategy of investing in established life science companies with strong long-term potential.

Alessandro Maselli, President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalent, said: “Over the past several years, Catalent has built a comprehensive end-to-end offering of services and capabilities to drive innovation in the healthcare system and improve patient outcomes. This transaction is a testament to our team’s hard work and dedication to this mission, and I am incredibly excited for this next step in our journey. We look forward to benefiting from Novo Holdings’ significant resources to accelerate investment in our business and enhance key offerings as we continue to offer premium development and manufacturing solutions for pharma and biotech customers.”

  1. Read the full release from Catalent.