Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Pelican Acquisition Sub, Inc. (the "Purchaser"), is commencing a tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Pfenex, Inc. (NYSE:PFNX) at an offer price of $12.00 per share in cash, plus one non-transferable contractual contingent value right per share representing the right to receive a contingent payment of $2.00 in cash, if a certain specified milestone is achieved. The tender offer is being made pursuant to an Offer to Purchase, dated August 31, 2020 (the "Offer to Purchase"), and in connection with the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated August 10, 2020, by and among Ligand, Purchaser and Pfenex (the "Merger Agreement"), which Ligand and Pfenex previously announced on August 10, 2020.
The tender offer will expire at midnight (New York City time) at the end of the day on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, (such date and time, the "Expiration Date"), unless (i) the Purchaser extends the period during which the tender offer is open pursuant to and in accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement, in which case the term "Expiration Date" means the latest date and time at which the offer period, as so extended by the Purchaser, will expire or (ii) the Merger Agreement has been earlier terminated. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, the Purchaser will extend the offer period for any period or periods required by any applicable law or applicable rules, regulations, interpretations or positions of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") or its staff or the NYSE American, and the Purchaser may (and if requested by Pfenex shall) extend the Offer for successive periods of up to 10 business days each (or such longer period as may be approved by Pfenex), if on or prior to any then scheduled Expiration Date, any of the conditions to the offer (other than the Minimum Condition (as defined below)) has not been satisfied or waived (where permitted by applicable law or the Merger Agreement). The Purchaser will also extend the offer period for successive periods of 10 business days each (or such longer period as may be approved by Pfenex), if on or prior to any then scheduled Expiration Date, all conditions to the offer (other than the Minimum Condition) have been satisfied or waived (where permitted by applicable law or the Merger Agreement); provided, in no event will the Purchaser be required to extend the tender offer on more than two occasions (but may elect to do so in its sole and absolute discretion).
The tender offer is not subject to any financing condition. The tender offer is conditioned upon (i) there being validly tendered in the tender offer and not properly withdrawn prior to the Expiration Date, a number of shares of common stock which, together with the number of shares of common stock then owned by Ligand or any of its wholly-owned direct or indirect subsidiaries, including the Purchaser (if any), represents at least a majority of the then outstanding shares of common stock (determined in accordance with the Merger Agreement) (excluding from the number of tendered shares, shares tendered pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures that have not yet been "received" as such term is defined in Section 251(h) of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, by the depositary for the tender offer pursuant to such procedures) (the "Minimum Condition"); (ii) the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, having expired or been terminated; (iii) the absence of legal restraints that has the effect of prohibiting or otherwise preventing the consummation of the Offer or the Merger; and (iv) the satisfaction or waiver by the Purchaser of the other conditions and requirements of the tender offer. As soon as practicable following the consummation of the tender offer, the Purchaser will merge with and into Pfenex with Pfenex continuing as the surviving corporation and as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ligand.
D.F. King & Co., Inc. is acting as information agent and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC is acting as depositary in the tender offer. Requests for documents and questions regarding the tender offer may be directed to the information agent by telephone at (800) 821-8781.