Roche Extends Tender Offer in $4.3-Billion Spark Acquisition

By Emily Forster -

October 30, 2019

Roche has extended its tender offer period relating to its pending $4.3-billion acquisition of Spark Therapeutics, a Philadelphia-based gene-therapy company, from October 30, 2019 to November 25, 2019. Roche had previously extended the offer period from October 1 to October 30. Roche had announced the acquisition earlier this year (February 2019).

The offer was extended to provide additional time for the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to complete their previously disclosed reviews of Roche’s pending acquisition of Spark. The parties say they remain committed to the transaction and are working with the FTC and CMA.

Closing of the tender offer is conditioned upon customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, and a tendering of a majority of the outstanding Spark Shares.

Source: Roche