- Proposed divestiture of BioPharma Solutions (BPS) further streamlines Baxter’s strategic focus and represents an important milestone in its ongoing business transformation
- Net proceeds planned to be redeployed for debt repayment in accordance with Baxter’s stated capital allocation priorities
- Establishes a diversified, standalone contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) platform enhancing healthcare worldwide
Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX), a leading global medtech company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to divest its BioPharma Solutions (“BPS”) business to Advent International (“Advent”), one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors, and Warburg Pincus, a leading global growth investor.
Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Baxter will receive $4.25 billion in cash, subject to certain closing adjustments, with net after-tax proceeds currently estimated to be approximately $3.4 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2023, subject to receipt of customary regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. Baxter intends to utilize the after-tax proceeds to reduce its debt, consistent with the company’s stated capital allocation priorities. For the full fourth quarter 2023, Baxter estimates the transaction to result in dilution of approximately $0.10 per share to the company’s earnings, the total amount depending on the time of close. This amount is expected to be partially offset through reduced interest expense payments following anticipated debt repayment.
“Today represents an important step in Baxter’s ongoing transformation journey as we continue to execute against our strategic priorities, enhance our focus and create additional value for all our stakeholders,” said José (Joe) E. Almeida, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at Baxter. “BPS has long been recognized worldwide as a trusted and preferred partner of contract manufacturing services for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Advent International and Warburg Pincus have extensive experience helping innovative healthcare companies advance their mission and strategic priorities. I am confident that under their stewardship, BPS will continue to build on its leadership position, foster world-class talent, invest in new capabilities and capacity, and provide leading-edge, high-quality solutions for its clients.”
BPS has been a leading provider of sterile contract manufacturing solutions, parenteral delivery systems and customized support services to the pharma and biotech industries for decades. As a standalone company and in partnership with Advent and Warburg Pincus, BPS will operate as a premier, independent end-to-end CDMO providing a range of services for clients, from clinical research to commercial deployment. BPS should be well-positioned to accelerate its go-to-market strategy and clinical development pipeline, execute on throughput expansion and drive further product innovation. The proposed transaction includes BPS manufacturing facilities and approximately 1,700 employees in Bloomington, Indiana and Halle, Germany. BPS is expected to generate revenues of approximately $600 million on a reported basis for full year 2023.
“BPS is a premier asset at the forefront of the biopharma industry, and one we’ve been closely following for a number of years,” said John Maldonado, a Managing Partner at Advent. “Leveraging our deep sector expertise and significant strategic resources, we believe this partnership can unlock multiple opportunities for growth and help the business realize its full potential by serving blue-chip customers, including Baxter, with high-value, specialized and end-to-end capabilities as a standalone company. We’re thrilled to partner with BPS to alleviate critical pain points for its customers and to help them provide life-changing therapies to patients around the world.”
“BPS’s success and exceptional market reputation within the pharmaceutical sector position the company well to continue to grow its mission-critical services across a variety of therapeutic areas including oncology, metabolic disease, and infectious disease, among others,” said TJ Carella, Managing Director and Head of Healthcare at Warburg Pincus. “We are excited to partner with Advent and the impressive team at BPS who have developed differentiated technical capabilities and established an industry-leading reputation for quality and reliability in the supply chain for parenteral drugs.”
“We strongly believe in the company’s mission to partner with pharmaceutical companies around the world to provide the scientific expertise, sterile solutions, and customized support needed to meet the unique challenges of today’s healthcare environment and are eager to carry forward the strong franchise and legacy that Baxter has built at BPS,” added Ruoxi Chen, Managing Director at Warburg Pincus. “This investment underscores our commitment to working with companies that support the delivery of innovative life sciences products and services worldwide.”
“BPS has an exceptional track record of delivering high-quality services and products addressing the unique needs of pharmaceutical and biotech customers worldwide,” said Carmine Petrone, a Managing Director on Advent’s Healthcare team. “We believe that, alongside our partners at Warburg Pincus, our collective carve out experience, vision and support will help create a scaled, diversified platform poised to capitalize on its significant market opportunity. We look forward to supporting BPS’s continued growth as it enhances its positive impact on patients worldwide and continues to help its customers achieve their commercialization objectives.”
For over 30 years, Advent has been investing in the healthcare sector. The firm has completed over 50 investments in 17 countries worldwide across a range of sub-sectors, including pharmaceuticals, life sciences and medical devices. Advent’s notable recent healthcare investments include Iodine Software and RxBenefits, and the firm’s recent notable global pharmaceutical services investments include BioDuro, GS Capsule, ICE Group, Suven Pharmaceuticals/Cohance Lifesciences, and Syneos Health.
Since inception, Warburg Pincus has invested over $16 billion in more than 180 healthcare companies, including Summit Health, Modernizing Medicine, Ensemble Healthcare Partners, and Global Healthcare Exchange, and has been an active investor in life sciences, with notable investments in Polyplus, Norstella, Sotera Health, and Bausch + Lomb, among others.
Perella Weinberg Partners is serving as financial advisor and Sullivan & Cromwell is serving as legal advisor to Baxter. Moelis & Company LLC and Truist Securities are serving as financial advisors and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Ropes & Gray are serving as legal advisors to Advent and Warburg Pincus.
This press release contains forward-looking statements related to the proposed transaction between Baxter International Inc., Advent International Inc. and Warburg Pincus LLC, including Baxter’s estimated after-tax proceeds from the proposed transaction and its estimated dilution to earnings per share for the full fourth quarter of 2023, the expected timeframe for completing the proposed transaction, strategic and other potential benefits of the potential transaction, and other statements about future beliefs, goals, plans or prospects. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that include, among other things, risks related to the receipt of customary regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions in the anticipated timeframe or at all, including the possibility that the proposed transaction does not close; risks related to the ability to realize the anticipated strategic, financial or other benefits of the proposed transaction, and other risks identified in Baxter’s most recent filings on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and other SEC filings, all of which are available on Baxter’s website. Actual results could differ materially from anticipated results. Baxter does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements or any of the statements contained in this press release.