SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FOR REGISTRATION OF CERTAIN CLASSES OF SECURITIES
Pursuant to Section 12(b) or (g) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
HORIZON PHARMA PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
|(State of Incorporation or Organization)
|(IRS Employer Identification Number)
Connaught House, 1st Floor, 1 Burlington Road
Dublin 4, D04 C5Y6, Ireland
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
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Securities to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each Class
Name of Each Exchange on Which
|Ordinary Share Purchase Rights
|The Nasdaq Global Select Market
Securities to be registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
(Title of Each Class)
Item 1. Description of Securities To Be Registered.
On February 28, 2019, Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company (the Company) entered into a Rights Agreement (the Rights Agreement), with Computershare Trust Company, N.A., as rights agent. The Board of Directors of the Company (the Board) has authorized the issuance of one ordinary share purchase right (a Right) for each outstanding ordinary share, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company (the ordinary shares). Each Right represents the right to purchase one-fifth of an ordinary share of the Company, upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Rights Agreement. The Rights will be issued to the shareholders of record on March 11, 2019 and will expire on February 28, 2020.
The Board has adopted the Rights Agreement to enable all shareholders of the Company to realize the long-term value of their investment in the Company and to guard against attempts to acquire control of the Company at an inadequate price. In general terms, the Rights Agreement works by causing significant dilution to any person or group that acquires 10% (or 15% in the case of an existing 13G Investor as defined in the Rights Agreement) or more of the outstanding ordinary shares of the Company without the prior approval of the Board. The Rights Agreement is not intended to prevent an acquisition of the Company on terms that the Board considers favorable to, and in the best interests of, all shareholders. Rather, the Rights Agreement aims to provide the Board with adequate time to fully assess any takeover proposal and therefore comply with its fiduciary duties and to encourage anyone seeking to acquire the Company to negotiate with the Board prior to attempting a takeover. The Rights Agreement was adopted in response to the takeover environment in general, particularly in light of the Companys evolution into a biopharma company focused on rare diseases and rheumatology, the Phase 3 clinical trial results of its rare disease drug candidate teprotumumab announced on February 28, 2019 and the market opportunity for KRYSTEXXA and teprotumumab and is not in response to any specific approach to the Company or perceived imminent takeover proposal for the Company. The issuance of Rights is not taxable to the Company or to shareholders and will not affect reported earnings per share. A summary of the terms of the Rights Agreement follows.
The Rights. The Rights will initially trade with, and will be inseparable from, the ordinary shares. The Rights are evidenced only by certificates or book-entry credits that represent ordinary shares. New Rights will accompany any new ordinary shares the Company issues after the Record Date (as defined in the Rights Agreement) until the earlier of the Distribution Date described below and any redemption or expiration of the Rights.
Exercisability. The Rights will not be exercisable until 10 days after the public announcement that a person or group has become an Acquiring Person by obtaining beneficial ownership of 10% (or 15% in the case of a 13G Investor, as defined in the Rights Agreement) or more of the Companys outstanding ordinary shares.
The date when the Rights become exercisable is referred to as the Distribution Date. Until that date, the certificates or book-entry credits that represent ordinary shares will also evidence the Rights, and any transfer of ordinary shares will constitute a transfer of Rights. After that date, the Rights will separate from the ordinary shares and be evidenced by book-entry credits. Any Rights held by an Acquiring Person are null and void and may not be exercised.
Exercise Price. Each Right will allow its holder to purchase from the Company one-fifth of an ordinary share for $45.00 (the Exercise Price), once the Rights become exercisable. Prior to exercise, the Right does not give its holder any dividend, voting, or liquidation rights.
Beneficial Ownership. Certain synthetic interests in securities created by derivative positions, whether or not such interests are considered to be ownership of the underlying ordinary shares or are reportable for purposes of Regulation 13D of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, are treated as beneficial ownership of the number of the Companys ordinary shares equivalent to the economic exposure created by the derivative position, to the extent actual ordinary shares of the Company are directly or indirectly held by counterparties to the derivatives contracts.
Shares held by Affiliates and Associates (each as defined in the Rights Agreement) of an Acquiring Person, and Notional Ordinary Shares (as defined in the Rights Agreement) held by counterparties to a Derivatives Contract (as defined in the Rights Agreement) with an Acquiring Person, will be deemed to be beneficially owned by the Acquiring Person.
Consequences of a Person or Group Becoming an Acquiring Person
Flip In. If a person or group becomes an Acquiring Person, all holders of Rights except the Acquiring Person may, upon exercise of the Rights, purchase for $45.00 ordinary shares of the Company with a value of $90.00 based on the then market price of the ordinary shares.
Reduction in Exercise Price. After a person or group becomes an Acquiring Person, but before an Acquiring Person owns 50% or more of the Companys outstanding ordinary shares, the Board may provide that each Rights holder, other than the Acquiring Person, will have the right to receive, upon exercise of a Right, one-fifth of an ordinary share for a purchase price of $0.50 per Right. If the Board makes such a determination, the option of a Rights holder to so exercise Rights shall be in addition to, but not in duplication of, any rights of holders to exercise Rights as described in Flip In above.
Flip Over. If the Company is later acquired in a merger or similar transaction after the Distribution Date, all holders of Rights except the Acquiring Person may purchase shares of the acquiring company with a market value of $90.00 based on the market price of the acquiring companys stock, prior to such transaction.
Expiration. The Rights will expire on February 28, 2020.
Redemption. The Board may redeem the Rights without consideration therefor at any time before any person or group becomes an Acquiring Person. If the Board redeems any Rights, it must redeem all of the Rights.
Anti-Dilution Provisions. The Board may adjust the purchase price for one-fifth of an ordinary share, the number of ordinary shares issuable and the number of outstanding Rights to prevent dilution that may occur from a stock dividend, a stock split, or a reclassification of the ordinary shares. No adjustments to the Exercise Price of less than 1% will be made.
Amendments. The terms of the Rights Agreement may be amended by the Board without the consent of the holders of the Rights. After a person or group becomes an Acquiring Person, the Board may not amend the Rights Agreement in a way that adversely affects holders of the Rights.
The foregoing description of the Rights Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Rights Agreement, which has been filed as Exhibit 4.1 to this Registration Statement on Form 8-A. A copy of the Rights Agreement is available free of charge from the Company upon request.
Item 2. Exhibits.
|Rights Agreement, dated as of February 28, 2019, between Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company and Computershare Trust Company, N.A (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 of the Companys Current Report on Form 8-K filed on February 28, 2019).
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereto duly authorized.
|HORIZON PHARMA PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY
|Paul W. Hoelscher
|Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Dated: February 28, 2019