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Salix Pharmaceuticals and Cosmo Technologies Announce Termination of Merger Agreement

October 3, 2014
Life sciences
(BUSINESS WIRE) – Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (“Salix”) and Cosmo Pharmaceuticals S.p.A. (“Cosmo”)  today announced that they have agreed to terminate their previously-announced merger agreement pursuant to which Salix would have combined with, and become a wholly-owned subsidiary of, Cosmo Technologies Limited, a subsidiary of Cosmo. Under the terms of the termination, which is effective immediately, Salix will make a $25 million payment to Cosmo.
 
Carolyn Logan, President and CEO of Salix stated, “When we announced our agreement to merge with Cosmo Technologies in July we believed the combination would generate significant value for our stockholders through the addition of key products to our development pipeline and a more efficient corporate structure that would enhance our profitability. Since then, however, the changed political environment has created more uncertainty regarding the potential benefits we expected to achieve. As a result, Salix and Cosmo have mutually agreed to terminate the proposed transaction. We look forward to a continuation of our long-standing relationship with Cosmo.”
 
Alessandro Della Cha, CEO of Cosmo stated, “The deal with Salix showed the potential of three products of ours for US. The development path of the pipeline continued in the meantime, so this termination has no effect on value creation. Our focus is now on obtaining approval of SIC-8000 and filing Rifamycin SV and Methylene Blue NDA in the next months. While all strategic options are in our hands, we look forward to a continuation of our long-standing relationship with Salix.”
 
Source: Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.
 

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