Deciphera Pharmaceuticals to be Acquired by ONO Pharmaceutical For $2.4 Billion

Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing important new medicines to improve the lives of people with cancer, today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with ONO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (ONO), under which ONO will acquire all outstanding shares of Deciphera common stock for $25.60 per share in cash through a tender offer followed by a merger of Deciphera with a wholly-owned subsidiary of ONO (the “Acquisition”), for a total equity value of $2.4 billion. The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction.

Together, ONO and Deciphera will accelerate their shared vision to deliver innovative new drugs and serve patients around the world. Deciphera brings specialized research and development capabilities in kinase drug discovery, well-established commercial and sales platforms in the United States and Europe, and global clinical development capabilities. In addition to QINLOCK – Deciphera’s switch-control inhibitor for the treatment of fourth-line gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), which is approved in the United States and over 40 other countries, Deciphera also brings a mature, diverse pipeline of best-or-first in class potential medicines, including vimseltinib, DCC-3116 (an ULK inhibitor) and multiple additional oncology candidates. Vimseltinib is a highly selective switch-control kinase inhibitor with successful pivotal clinical data for the potential to be a best-in-class and first-in-class agent for the treatment of tenosynovial giant cell tumor (TGCT), and potentially other indications. The Acquisition is expected to enable ONO to build a robust presence in oncology, one of its key priority areas, and also support ONO’s efforts to become a Global Specialty Pharma company.

Steven L. Hoerter, President and Chief Executive Officer of Deciphera, said, “Deciphera and ONO share a deep commitment to improve the lives of people living with cancer, and the transaction announced today enables us to make even greater impact for patients. Together, we expect to advance and accelerate each organization’s important work through combined research and development capabilities and a global commercial footprint. Importantly, this acquisition delivers for all of Deciphera’s stakeholders. It provides immediate, compelling value for our shareholders, provides greater opportunities for our world-class team, and ultimately, greater hope for patients. I am excited about the future of the combined organization, and we are honored to contribute to the continued growth of ONO in the U.S. and around the world.”

Gyo Sagara, Representative Director, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of ONO, said, “We expect that this acquisition of Deciphera will not only expand ONO’s target oncology portfolio, but also accelerate ONO’s business development in the United States and Europe, and strengthen kinase drug discovery research. Deciphera’s mission statement ‘Inspired by Patients: Defeat Cancer’ is aligned with ONO’s corporate philosophy ‘Dedicated to the Fight against Disease and Pain.’ We respect the innovative culture of Deciphera and look forward to working together to drive further growth for both ONO and Deciphera.”

Transaction Details

The Acquisition is structured as a tender offer and subsequent merger of Deciphera with a wholly-owned subsidiary of ONO. Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement, ONO will acquire all outstanding shares of Deciphera for $25.60 per share in cash for a total equity value of approximately $2.4 billion. The purchase price represents a premium of 74.7% to Deciphera’s closing share price of $14.65 on April 26, 2024, and a premium of 68.8% to Deciphera’s 30-trading-day volume weighted average price as of April 26, 2024.

ONO will promptly commence the tender offer, and it will expire 20 business days after its commencement, unless otherwise extended. If the tender offer conditions are not satisfied, ONO may be required to extend the tender offer under certain circumstances. Upon the successful completion of the tender offer, ONO’s wholly-owned subsidiary will merge with and into Deciphera, with Deciphera continuing as the surviving corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of ONO, and any shares of common stock of Deciphera not tendered into the offer will receive the same USD per share price payable in the tender offer. The Acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of 2024, subject to customary closing conditions, including U.S. antitrust clearance and the tender of a majority of Deciphera’s outstanding shares of common stock.

In connection with the execution of the merger agreement, certain stockholders of the Company owning approximately 28% of the outstanding shares of Deciphera Common Stock have entered into Tender and Support Agreements pursuant to which they will tender all of their owned shares in the offer.

Upon completion of the Acquisition, Deciphera will operate as a standalone business of ONO Group, from its headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts.

In light of the Acquisition, Deciphera will not host a first quarter 2024 earnings call. The Company will file a Form 10-Q in the ordinary course.

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