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Breaking News: Otsuka Pharmaceutical to Acquire Mindset Pharma

This morning we received news of Mindset Pharma being sold to a big pharma player, Otsuka Pharmaceutical. 
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It seems like it’s merger & acquisitions season. Coming off the big news of Cybin acquiring Small Pharma, this morning we received news of Mindset Pharma being sold to a big pharma player, Otsuka Pharmaceutical.

Otsuka and Mindset already had a previous relationship, with the pharma giant investing $5 million into developing Mindset’s programs. Now the pair have taken the next step.

Otsuka will acquire all of Mindset’s shares for approximately CAD $80 million in an all-cash transaction. Each Mindset shareholder will receive $0.75 in cash for each share of Mindset. According to the press release, the price represents a 15.4% premium to the closing price of Mindset shares on August 30, 2023, a 27.9% premium based on Mindset’s 30-trading day average.

This sale could go a long way in legitimizing psychedelics in the eyes of the mainstream pharma industry.

Makoto Inoue, president of Otsuka: “Otsuka Pharmaceutical has designated psychiatry and neurology as one of its top priority therapeutic areas and has been developing antipsychotic agents with clinical significance on a global basis. With the addition of Mindset’s novel compounds and synthesis processes, we expect this acquisition will further contribute to the treatment of patients suffering from psychiatric disorders.”

James Lanthier, CEO of Mindset, said, “We are thrilled to announce this all-cash transaction with Otsuka as we believe it maximizes value and is a great outcome for all Mindset stakeholders. We believe Otsuka is ideally positioned to maximize the value of the Mindset assets and IP portfolio to the future benefit of patients.”

See the full press release below.

 

 

Otsuka Pharmaceutical to Acquire Mindset Pharma

Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – August 31, 2023) – Mindset Pharma Inc. (CSE: MSET) (FSE: 9DF) (OTCQB: MSSTF) (“Mindset“), a drug discovery company developing novel, optimized, next-generation psychedelic and non-psychedelic medications to treat neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders with unmet medical needs, announce that they have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement (the “Agreement“) pursuant to which Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (“Otsuka“), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Otsuka America, Inc. (“OAI“) will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Mindset by way of a statutory plan of arrangement for approximately CAD $80 million in an all-cash transaction (the “Transaction“).

Under the terms and conditions of the Agreement, each Mindset shareholder will receive $0.75 in cash for each share of Mindset held. The Transaction price represents as 15.4% premium to the closing price of the shares of Mindset on August 30, 2023, a 27.9% premium based on Mindset’s 30-trading day volume weighted average price (“VWAP“) and a 51.5% premium based on Mindset’s 90-trading day VWAP for the period ending August 30, 2023. Holders of outstanding options and warrants to purchase shares of Mindset will receive a cash payment for the “in-the-money” value, if any, in respect of all vested options and warrants of Mindset.

Makoto Inoue, president and representative director of Otsuka, commented, “Otsuka Pharmaceutical has designated psychiatry and neurology as one of its top priority therapeutic areas and has been developing antipsychotic agents with clinical significance on a global basis. With the addition of Mindset’s novel compounds and synthesis processes, we expect this acquisition will further contribute to the treatment of patients suffering from psychiatric disorders.”

James Lanthier, CEO of Mindset, said, “We are thrilled to announce this all-cash transaction with Otsuka as we believe it maximizes value and is a great outcome for all Mindset stakeholders. We believe Otsuka is ideally positioned to maximize the value of the Mindset assets and IP portfolio to the future benefit of patients.”

Transaction Highlights

  • Offering Mindset shareholders an immediate and attractive premium.
  • Directors, officers and shareholders of Mindset holding an aggregate number of shares of Mindset which represent approximately 30.13% of the currently outstanding common shares in the capital of Mindset have entered into customary support agreements with OAI to vote their shares in favour of the Transaction.

Details of the Transaction

Completion of the Transaction will, among other things, require the approval of: (i) at least two-thirds (662/3%) of the votes cast by the shareholders of Mindset; and (ii) a simple majority of the votes cast by shareholders of Mindset, excluding for this purpose the votes of “related parties” and “interested parties” and other votes required to be excluded under Multilateral Instrument 61‐101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions, with all votes to occur at a special meeting of Mindset securityholders to be scheduled to take place in October 2023 (the “Mindset Meeting“).

The Agreement includes mutual covenants typical for transactions of this nature, including non- solicitation covenants. The Agreement provides for a $4,000,000 termination fee payable by Mindset in certain circumstances.

The Transaction is expected to close on or about October 19, 2023, subject to the satisfaction (or waiver) of a number of conditions precedent, including approval by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

The Transaction has been unanimously approved by the respective boards of Otsuka and Mindset. The board of directors of Mindset (the “Mindset Board“) formed a special committee (the “Special Committee”) to, among other things, oversee the negotiations of the terms of the Transaction. The Special Committee, following its review of the terms and conditions of the Agreement and consideration of a number of factors and after receiving advice from its advisors, including an opinion from Echelon Capital Markets that the consideration to be received by the shareholders of Mindset pursuant to the Transaction is fair, from a financial point of view, to such shareholders, unanimously recommended that the Mindset Board approve the Transaction. After receiving the recommendation of the Special Committee and advice from its advisors, the Mindset Board has unanimously determined that the Transaction is in the best interests of Mindset and recommends that shareholders of Mindset vote in favour of the Transaction.

Mindset will file a material change report in respect of the Arrangement, and copies of the Arrangement Agreement, the plan of arrangement and the forms of voting support agreements will be filed with the applicable Canadian securities regulators and will be available for review on SEDAR+ at www.sedarplus.ca. Full details of the Transaction will be included in the management information circular of Mindset describing the matters to be considered at the Mindset Meeting, which is expected to be mailed to the shareholders of Mindset in late September 2023. Copies of the management information circular and the Agreement will be made available on SEDAR+ (www.sedarplus.ca) under the profile of Mindset.

About Otsuka

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. is a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy, Otsuka- people creating new products for better health worldwide. Otsuka researches, develops, manufactures, and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs and nutraceutical products for the maintenance of everyday health.

In pharmaceuticals, Otsuka is a leader in the challenging areas of mental, renal, and cardiovascular health and has additional research programs in oncology and on several under-addressed diseases including tuberculosis, a significant global public health issue. These commitments illustrate how Otsuka is a “big venture” company at heart, applying a youthful spirit of creativity in everything it does.

Otsuka first established a presence in North America in 1973 and established Otsuka Canada Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OCPI) in 2010, with headquarters in Saint-Laurent, Quebec. U.S. affiliates include Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC) and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI). These three companies’ 2,140 employees in North America develop and commercialize medicines in the areas of mental health and nephrology, using cutting-edge technology to address unmet healthcare needs.

OCPI, OPDC and OAPI are indirect subsidiaries of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The Otsuka group of companies employed 47,000 people worldwide and had consolidated sales of approximately USD 13.1 billion in 2022.

About Mindset

Mindset Pharma Inc. is a drug discovery and development company focused on creating optimized and patentable best-in-class innovative next-generation psychedelic medicines to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders with unmet needs. Mindset was established in order to develop next-generation pharmaceutical assets that leverage the breakthrough therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs.

Mindset is developing several novel families of next-generation psychedelic compounds, as well as an innovative process to chemically synthesize psilocybins in addition to its own proprietary compounds. The company has had a co-development agreement with the MSRD, a member of the Otsuka Pharmaceutical family of companies, covering multiple drug development programs. For further information on Mindset, please visit our website at www.mindsetpharma.com.

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