Boston Scientific to acquire Apollo for $10.00 per share in cash
AUSTIN, TX / ACCESSWIRE / November 29, 2022 / Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. ("Apollo") (NASDAQ:APEN), a leading minimally invasive medical device company for gastrointestinal and bariatric procedures, announced today it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation ("Boston Scientific"), a global medical technology leader, in an all-cash transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $615 million. This transaction has been unanimously approved by the Apollo Board of Directors.
The acquisition price of $10.00 per share represents an approximate 67% premium to the closing price of Apollo's common stock on November 28, 2022 and the volume weighted average closing price of Apollo's common stock in the three months prior to announcement of the transaction.
The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including approval by a majority of Apollo's stockholders and applicable regulatory approval, and is expected to close in the first half of 2023. Certain stockholders representing 8.4% of Apollo's outstanding shares of common stock have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the transaction.
Upon the completion of the transaction, Apollo will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boston Scientific.
Piper Sandler & Co. is serving as financial advisor and Cooley LLP is serving as legal advisor to Apollo.
Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. is a medical technology company focused on development of next-generation, minimally invasive devices to advance therapeutic endoscopy designed to treat a variety of gastrointestinal conditions, including closure of gastrointestinal defects, managing gastrointestinal complications, and weight loss as a treatment of obesity. Apollo's device-based therapies are an alternative to invasive surgical procedures, thus lowering complication rates and reducing total healthcare costs. Apollo's products are offered in over 75 countries today and include the OverStitch® Endoscopic Suturing System, the OverStitch SxTM Endoscopic Suturing System, the Orbera® Intragastric Balloon System, the X-Tack® Endoscopic HeliX Tacking System, as well as the Apollo ESGTM, Apollo ESG SxTM, Apollo REVISETM and Apollo REVISE SxTM Systems. For more information, visit www.apolloendo.com.
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Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement (the "Contemplated Transactions"), Apollo intends to file with the SEC preliminary and definitive proxy statements relating to the Contemplated Transactions and other relevant documents. The definitive proxy statement will be mailed to Apollo's stockholders as of a record date to be established for voting on the Contemplated Transactions and any other matters to be voted on at the special meeting. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENTS, ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, ANY OTHER SOLICITING MATERIALS AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEMPLATED TRANSACTIONS OR INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE IN THE PROXY STATEMENTS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT APOLLO, BOSTON SCIENTIFIC AND THE CONTEMPLATED TRANSACTIONS. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of these documents (when they are available) on the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov, on Apollo's website at https://ir.apolloendo.com/ or by contacting Apollo's Investor Relations department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants in the Solicitation
Apollo and its directors and executive officers may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Apollo in connection with the Contemplated Transactions and any other matters to be voted on at the special meeting. Information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of such directors and executive officers will be included in the preliminary and definitive proxy statements (when available). Additional information regarding such directors and executive officers is included in Apollo's definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A for the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 25, 2022.
Information regarding the persons who may, under SEC rules, be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies of Apollo's stockholders in connection with the Contemplated Transactions and any other matters to be voted upon at the special meeting will be set forth in the preliminary and definitive proxy statements (when available) for the Contemplated Transactions. These documents are available free of charge as described in the preceding section.
Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
Jeff Black, Chief Financial Officer, 512-279-5126
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Enterprise value based on 41.7 million common shares outstanding, 12.3 million warrants outstanding, conversion of outstanding convertible debt, and vesting of shares under Apollo's equity incentive plans for a total fully diluted share count of approximately 64.8 million shares, implying $648 million for 100% of the fully diluted equity, minus approximately $33 million net cash as of September 30, 2022.
SOURCE: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
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