Amryt Pharma to Acquire Chiasma, Inc. to Further Strengthen Global Leadership in Rare and Orphan Diseases
– Combined business will have three approved commercial products, lomitapide (Lojuxta®/Juxtapid®), metreleptin (Myalept®/ Myalepta®), octreotide (MYCAPSSA®) and a robust clinical pipeline
– Lead pipeline product Oleogel-S10*(Filsuvez®) under regulatory review in the US and EU
– Deal expected to pave a path to a combined potential $1BN peak revenue for Amryt
– The acquisition is expected to deliver estimated annual cost synergies of approximately $50M and be revenue and EBITDA accretive and cash generative in the first full calendar year of combined operations and substantially accretive thereafter
– MYCAPSSA® is the first and only oral somatostatin analog (“SSA”) approved for appropriate patients with acromegaly in a global market estimated at approximately $800M with the potential to expand into the neuroendocrine tumor (“NET”) market estimated at approximately $1.9BN globally and has a confirmed modified 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway in the US
– Acquisition leverages Amryt’s proven commercial execution ability, global infrastructure and integration capabilities to accelerate MYCAPSSA® launch in the US and international markets
– All stock transaction with Amryt shareholders to own approximately 60% and Chiasma shareholders approximately 40% of the combined entity with voting agreements received from lead shareholders of both businesses – Athyrium Capital Management LP, Highbridge Capital Management and MPM Capital
DUBLIN, Ireland, and Boston MA, May 5, 2021, Amryt (Nasdaq: AMYT, AIM: AMYT), a global, commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to acquiring, developing and commercializing novel treatments for rare diseases, today announces that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Chiasma, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHMA) in an all-stock combination. The combined company will be a global leader in rare and orphan diseases with three on-market commercial products, a global commercial and operational footprint and a significant development pipeline of therapies with the financial flexibility to execute its growth plans. The transaction has been approved and recommended by the Boards of both Amryt and Chiasma.
Under the terms of the transaction, each share of Chiasma common stock issued and outstanding prior to the consummation of the transaction will be exchanged for 0.396 Amryt American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”), each representing five Amryt ordinary shares. As of the close of trading on May 4, 2021 Amryt’s ordinary shares on AIM were £2.00 ($2.78) per share and Amryt’s ADS’s on Nasdaq were $12.95 (£9.31) per ADS.
Amryt already has in place the infrastructure, expertise and the financial flexibility to realize the full potential of MYCAPSSA® globally and further develop life-cycle management opportunities to expand the benefits of MYCAPSSA® to other patient populations including NET. The transaction is expected to accelerate and diversify Amryt’s growing revenues and Amryt expects to deliver estimated annual cost synergies of approximately $50M.
Dr. Joe Wiley, Chief Executive Officer of Amryt, commented: “We are really excited by today’s news and are looking forward to welcoming the Chiasma team to Amryt. Amryt has grown significantly in the past six years and our success to date is due to the phenomenal commitment and drive of the Amryt team. This transaction brings together two teams that have a strong track record of execution and passion for developing therapies that can help improve the lives of patients in need. The addition of MYCAPSSA®, which was recently launched in the US, to our commercial product portfolio represents a strong strategic, operational and commercial fit given the significant call-point overlap that exists across our portfolio.
This deal further solidifies our position as a global leader in treating rare and orphan conditions. The combined business will have three approved commercial products and an exciting pipeline of development assets. Our lead development candidate, Oleogel-S10, is currently progressing through the regulatory process in the US and EU and, if approved, will bring our portfolio of commercial products to four. We see significant revenue growth opportunities for MYCAPSSA® in acromegaly and are also very excited to further develop the potential for MYCAPSSA® in patients with carcinoid symptoms stemming from NET where we believe the commercial opportunity is significant. With the addition of NET, our combined pipeline will have four product candidates in late clinical stages as well as our exciting pre-clinical gene therapy asset, AP103 in dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (“EB”).
The proposed transaction will leverage our track record of successful integration and significantly enhance our future growth plans in highly attractive markets globally. With this transaction, we believe that we can continue the strong growth trajectory already underway at Amryt and have the financial strength to execute our future growth plans.”
Raj Kannan, Chief Executive Officer of Chiasma commented: “I am incredibly proud of what the team at Chiasma has been able to accomplish and we look forward to joining Amryt in continuing to focus on making the lives of patients with rare diseases better. The merger with Amryt allows the combined company to significantly leverage the operational efficiencies in successfully commercializing MYCAPSSA® globally and expand the potential benefits of MYCAPSSA® to other patients with unmet needs. The combined business has significant potential to further enhance shareholder value with a diversified portfolio of both marketed products and a meaningful late–stage pipeline that could potentially drive future growth opportunities. I am confident that this combination with Amryt, given their track record of success, positions us well to deliver long-term value for our patients and for our shareholders.”
A leading orphan and rare disease company with a diversified portfolio of established and growing products and financial strength – Consistent with Amryt’s shareholder endorsed strategy to acquire, develop and commercialize novel treatments for rare diseases, the combined portfolio of products offers a pathway to a potential $1BN of peak revenues. Amryt has a proven track record of successful integration and expects to deliver approximately $50M in cost synergies per annum. Both Amryt and Chiasma currently enjoy a significant degree of customer call-point overlap and combining operations will provide significant salesforce scale opportunities. In the endocrinology space, both Myalept®/Myalepta® and MYCAPSSA® are growth assets and by combining and scaling salesforces, Amryt believes that this will not only drive MYCAPSSA® adoption but also enable further Myalept®/Myalepta® revenue growth. The combined business will have three approved commercial products as well as a robust clinical pipeline. Both Oleogel-S10 (if approved) and MYCAPSSA® are first-to-market novel therapies. MYCAPSSA® is the first and only oral SSA approved for appropriate patients with acromegaly and Oleogel-S10 has the potential to be the first approved therapy for EB.
Delivers improved competitive positioning with increased scale in US, EU and beyond – The transaction is expected to enhance the combined group’s commercial and medical infrastructure globally. Amryt plans to deploy its significant expertise and commercial platforms to further accelerate the launch of MYCAPSSA® in the US and also to seek MYCAPSSA® approval and launch internationally.
Significant market potential for MYCAPSSA® in NET – Amryt believes MYCAPSSA® is well positioned to address the desire for an oral option in the treatment of carcinoid symptoms associated with NET. Injectable octreotide is already approved and used in the treatment of NET and SSA utilization in NET is expected to account for an estimated $1.3BN in the US and $2.4BN globally by 2028. During the first quarter of 2021, Chiasma submitted an Investigational New Drug (“IND”) application for a Phase 1 relative bioavailability study followed by a single Phase 3, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of MYCAPSSA® in patients with carcinoid syndrome, which are designed to support a modified 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway for marketing approval. Subject to ongoing discussions with the FDA and completion of the Phase 1 study, we plan to commence enrollment to the Phase 3 study as early as H1 2022.
Cultures, values and expertise aligned – Amryt and Chiasma share a deep commitment and passion for serving patients by developing and bringing to market innovative therapies. We share a similar business philosophy of placing patients at the center of everything we do and in celebrating inclusion and diversity across our business operations.
Expected to deliver significant shareholder value – The acquisition is expected to be revenue and EBITDA accretive and cash generative in the first full calendar year of combined operations and substantially accretive thereafter. Significant value is also expected to be created through the realization of estimated annual cost synergies of approximately $50m. We expect that the transaction will result in a diversified and broad shareholder base with leading biotech investors supportive of the company’s long-term growth plans.
- Recommended acquisition of Chiasma by Amryt in an all-stock transaction
- Chiasma shareholders will receive 0.396 Amryt ADSs for each share of Chiasma common stock, subject to rounding for fractional shares. As of the close of trading on May 4, 2021 Amryt’s ordinary shares on AIM were £2.00 ($2.78) per share and Amryt’s ADS’s on Nasdaq were $12.95 (£9.31) per ADS.
- Based on the fixed exchange ratio, Amryt shareholders prior to the transaction will own approximately 60% of Amryt post transaction and Chiasma shareholders prior to the transaction will own approximately 40% of Amryt post transaction.
- Chiasma’s existing royalty interest financing agreement expected to be fully repaid on closing delivering a high margin unencumbered asset to Amryt’s portfolio
- Transaction is endorsed and supported by voting agreements with lead shareholders – Athyrium Capital Management LP, Highbridge Capital Management and MPM Capital
- Transaction is subject to the approval of Amryt and Chiasma shareholders and other customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals
- Subject to the satisfaction or waiver of closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in Q3 2021
Listing, Governance and Management
- Amryt is currently listed on Nasdaq (AMYT) and AIM in London (AMYT) and will be the publicly quoted company following closing
- Amryt’s global headquarters will remain in Dublin, Ireland and its US headquarters will remain in Boston, Massachusetts
- The Amryt team will continue to be led by Dr Joe Wiley, CEO of Amryt
- Raj Kannan, CEO of Chiasma, is expected to join the Board of Amryt on closing of the transaction, subject to regulatory approval. Chiasma will nominate one additional director to join the Board of Amryt, to be confirmed on closing.
Advisors to Amryt
Moelis & Company LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is serving as legal advisor to Amryt in this transaction. Shore Capital is acting as NOMAD and Joint Broker to Amryt.
Advisors to Chiasma
Torreya Capital LLC is serving as financial advisor and Goodwin Procter LLP is serving as legal advisor to Chiasma. Chiasma’s Board of Directors was provided a fairness opinion by Duff & Phelps.
* For the purposes of this announcement, we use the name Oleogel-S10. Filsuvez® has been selected as the brand name for the product but please note, Amryt does not, as yet, have regulatory approval for Filsuvez® to treat EB.
Amryt is a global commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing innovative treatments to help improve the lives of patients with rare and orphan diseases. Amryt comprises a strong and growing portfolio of commercial and development assets.
Amryt’s commercial business comprises two orphan disease products – metreleptin (Myalept®/ Myalepta®) and lomitapide (Juxtapid®/Lojuxta®).
Myalept®/Myalepta® (metreleptin) is approved in the US (under the trade name Myalept®) as an adjunct to diet as replacement therapy to treat the complications of leptin deficiency in patients with congenital or acquired generalized lipodystrophy (GL) and in the EU (under the trade name Myalepta®) as an adjunct to diet for the treatment of leptin deficiency in patients with congenital or acquired GL in adults and children two years of age and above and familial or acquired partial lipodystrophy (PL) in adults and children 12 years of age and above for whom standard treatments have failed to achieve adequate metabolic control. For additional information, please follow this link.
Juxtapid®/Lojuxta® (lomitapide) is approved as an adjunct to a low-fat diet and other lipid-lowering medicinal products for adults with the rare cholesterol disorder, Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (“HoFH") in the US, Canada, Colombia, Argentina and Japan (under the trade name Juxtapid®) and in the EU, Israel and Brazil (under the trade name Lojuxta®). For additional information, please follow this link.
Amryt’s lead development candidate, Oleogel-S10 (Filsuvez®) is a potential treatment for the cutaneous manifestations of Junctional and Dystrophic EB, a rare and distressing genetic skin disorder affecting young children and adults for which there is currently no approved treatment. Filsuvez® has been selected as the brand name for Oleogel-S10. The product does not currently have regulatory approval to treat EB.
Amryt’s pre-clinical gene therapy platform, AP103, offers a potential treatment for patients with Dystrophic EB, and is also potentially relevant to other genetic disorders.
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Chiasma is a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing oral therapies to improve the lives of patients who face challenges associated with their existing treatments for rare and serious chronic diseases. Employing its Transient Permeability Enhancer (TPE®) technology platform, Chiasma seeks to develop oral medications that are currently available only as injections. In June 2020, Chiasma received FDA approval of MYCAPSSA® for long-term maintenance therapy in acromegaly patients who have responded to and tolerated treatment with octreotide or lanreotide. MYCAPSSA, the first and only oral SSA approved by the FDA, is available for commercial sale. For the financial year to 31 December 2020, Chiasma reported revenues of $1.1 million and pre-tax loss of $74.8 million. Total assets amounted to $176.3 million, including cash and cash equivalents of $15.4 million. Chiasma is headquartered in Needham, MA with a wholly owned subsidiary in Israel. MYCAPSSA®, TPE® and Chiasma® are registered trademarks of Chiasma. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.chiasma.com.
Acromegaly typically develops when a benign tumor of the pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone, ultimately leading to significant health problems. Common features of acromegaly are facial changes, intense headaches, joint pain, impaired vision and enlargement of the hands, feet, tongue and internal organs. Serious health conditions associated with the progression of acromegaly include type 2 diabetes, hypertension, respiratory disorders and cardiac and cerebrovascular disease. Chiasma estimates that approximately 8,000 adult acromegaly patients are chronically treated with SSA injections in the United States.
About Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET)
NETs arise from neuroendocrine cells throughout the body, most commonly in the gastrointestinal tract, lung, and rarely, the pancreas. While well differentiated neuroendocrine tumors are known to be slow growing, they are often asymptomatic in early stages leading to a substantial number of patients being diagnosed when the tumors have already spread regionally or distantly. Capable of secreting hormones and bioactive amines, approximately 19% of patients have carcinoid syndrome characterized by secretory diarrhea and flushing. With an annual incidence rate of 6.98 per 100,000, it is estimated there are greater than 170,000 individuals living with a diagnosis of NET in the United States.
MYCAPSSA® (octreotide capsules) has only been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for long-term maintenance treatment in acromegaly patients who have responded to and tolerated treatment with octreotide or lanreotide. The full Prescribing Information for MYCAPSSA is available at www.MYCAPSSA.com.
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