NUCRYST Announces Agreement to Sell Acticoat Business and Proposes Amalgamation with Westaim
Nucryst also entered into an amalgamation agreement with The Westaim Corporation, which currently owns approximately 75% of Nucryst's outstanding common shares. Under the amalgamation agreement, Nucryst will amalgamate with a newly formed subsidiary of Westaim to form Amalco (the "Amalgamation") and Nucryst shareholders other than Westaim will receive one redeemable preferred share in the capital of Amalco, which share will be redeemed for US$1.77 in cash upon the completion of the Amalgamation. Completion of the Amalgamation is subject to certain conditions including closing of the Sale Transaction and the approval of Nucryst shareholders. Following the completion of the Amalgamation, Nucryst intends to delist from the TSX and NASDAQ stock exchanges.
The board of directors of Nucryst engaged KPMG Corporate Finance Inc. to provide a fairness opinion regarding the Sale Transaction and an independent valuation of Nucryst for the purpose of the Amalgamation, in accordance with Multilateral Instrument 61-101. Specifically, KPMG Corporate Finance Inc. has opined that the consideration offered in the S&N Agreement is fair, from a financial point of view, to Nucryst. In addition, the valuation prepared by KPMG Corporate Finance Inc. provides a valuation range of
The board of directors of Nucryst unanimously determined that the Sale Transaction is in the best interests of Nucryst and is fair, from a financial point of view, to Nucryst and that the value proposed to the minority shareholders of Nucryst under the amalgamation agreement is fair, from a financial point of view, to the common shareholders of Nucryst (other than Westaim). In light of these conclusions, the Nucryst board of directors unanimously determined to enter into the S&N Agreement and the amalgamation agreement and to recommend that Nucryst shareholders vote in favor of the resolutions authorizing the Sale Transaction and the Amalgamation.
Closing under the S&N Agreement and completion of the Amalgamation is conditional upon, among other things, approval of the shareholders of Nucryst at a special meeting called for such purpose. The Sale Transaction and the Amalgamation will each separately be proposed to shareholders for consideration. The Sale Transaction requires the approval of more than two thirds of the votes cast at the meeting and Westaim has entered into a support agreement with Smith & Nephew under which it will vote in favor of the S&N Agreement, subject to certain limited exceptions applicable where a financially superior proposal has been made. The Amalgamation requires both the approval of more than two thirds of the votes cast at the meeting and, pursuant to Multilateral Instrument 61-101, the approval of a simple majority of shareholders other than the directors and officers of Westaim. If the Sale Transaction is approved by shareholders and other conditions to closing are satisfied, the transaction will proceed, irrespective of whether the Amalgamation is approved. The S&N Agreement includes a non-solicitation covenant on the part of Nucryst, subject to a customary "fiduciary out" provision, the right of Smith & Nephew to match any financially superior proposal and the payment of a
This news release is for information purposes only and is not a substitute for the definitive agreements in relation to the proposed transactions. There can be no assurance that the conditions of closing will be satisfied, or that the transactions will be completed as proposed or at all.
About NUCRYST Pharmaceuticals Corp.
NUCRYST Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ: NCST; TSX: NCS) develops, manufactures and commercializes medical products that fight infection and inflammation using SILCRYST(TM), its patented atomically disordered nanocrystalline silver technology. NUCRYST licensed world-wide rights for SILCRYST(TM) wound care coating products to Smith & Nephew plc, which markets these products in over 30 countries under their Acticoat(TM) trademark. NUCRYST has developed its proprietary nanocrystalline silver in a powder form, referred to as NPI 32101, for use in medical devices and as an active pharmaceutical ingredient.
About Smith & Nephew plc.
Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specializing in Orthopaedics, including Reconstruction, Trauma and Clinical Therapies, Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management. Smith & Nephew is a global leader in arthroscopy and advanced wound management and is one of the leading global orthopaedics companies. Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people's lives. The Company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its surgeons and professional healthcare customers, with whom its name is synonymous with high standards of performance, innovation and trust. The Company operates in 32 countries around the world. Annual sales in 2008 were nearly
SILCRYST(TM) is a trademark of NUCRYST Pharmaceuticals Corp. Acticoat(TM) is a trademark of Smith & Nephew plc
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