Gilead to Acquire Kite for USD 12 Billion towards Cancer Therapies

Publish Date : 2017-08-30

On Monday, the US-pharma giant Gilead Sciences approved to acquire Kite Pharma in a nearly USD 12 billion worth deal, as it ganders to swap declining sales from hepatitis C medicine with a rising and exclusive cancer immunotherapies class that are anticipated to gain revenue of billions of dollars.

Kite Pharma is based in Santa Monica, California. It is formulating chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy that is also known as a CAR T. the CAR T supports the body’s immune cells to identify and hit cancerous cells.

The US-pharma giant will pay USD 180 per share through an all-cash deal, staging a 29.4% rise over Kite Pharma’s Friday close.

Kite Pharma’s shares lifted by 28% to USD 178.39 at afternoon, whilst Gilead Science's shares grew 2.3% to USD 75.51.

Following to the latest discoveries, the management of Gilead Sciences considered necessary to acquire a company formulating CAR T treatments.

John Milligan, Chief Executive of Gilead Sciences informed capitalists on a conference call and said that it actually became obvious that it will work in many kinds of the tumor and importantly, the industrial scale manufacturing could work, so this is the correct time to get occupied in this type of treatment.

Gilead’s expansion has been boosted through its cost of innovative hepatitis C drugs, however, with smaller number suitable patients and increasing competition, sales of hepatitis C have begun to drop.

Sales of its hepatitis C drugs which are Sovaldi, Harvoni and Epclusa is totaled USD 2.9 billion in second-quarter, less than last year’s USD 4 billion.

Kite Pharma is one of the top players in the promising field of CAR T treatment and has competitors like Bluebird Bio Inc, Novartis AG, and Juno Therapeutics Inc in a competition to get the first permitted treatment.

Shares of Juno Therapeutics and Bluebird Bio rose by 15% and 10% respectively in morning trading on expecting other deals in the field will comply.

If permitted, these treatments are anticipated to cost around USD 5 million and produce billions of dollars sales. Success might also facilitate to precede a cancer-fighting treatment that experts have been working for decades to make it perfect.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) likely to decide by the end of November whether to sanction axi-cel or Kite’s CAR T, for treating advanced lymphoma in adults.

Gilead shareholders and Wall Street were expecting Gilead to use its cash pile in last few years for a big-ticket takeover. Gilead has projected to close the deal in the last quarter and is hoping to repeat the success of Pharmasset acquisition deal in 2011.

During that period Gilead was the world’s largest HIV drugs maker and the Pharmasset acquisition deal permitted Gilead to move into the field of hepatitis C treatments. Out of Gilead’s USD 30 billion in sales last year, hepatitis C treatments have contributed around 50%.

Gilead faced sturdy criticism for the outrageous cost of those treatments; even the price of Kite's CAR T assistance will probably produce few negative reactions for the company as well.

Brad Loncar, CEO of Loncar Investments, which runs the Loncar Cancer Immunotherapy ETF said that there will be breaking news only because the cost itself is so elevated, but contrasting hepatitis C, they are dealing with patients, who only have months or weeks to live and rendering robust remits.

For this deal, Centerview Partners is Kite’s financial advisers advising, while BofA Merrill Lynch and Lazard are advising Gilead. Sullivan & Cromwell and Cooley are Kite’s legal counsel and Skadden is working with Gilead.