Lilly completes Novartis Animal Health buy

Eli Lilly has completed its acquisition of Novartis Animal Health, further positioning Lilly's Elanco business as a global animal health leader.

Eli Lilly & Co. announced Jan. 1 that it has completed the acquisition of Novartis Animal Health, which will further position Lilly's Elanco as a global leader in the animal health industry.

The transaction, first announced on April 22, has received clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. As part of the approval, certain animal health assets in the U.S. relating to the Sentinel canine parasiticide franchise will be divested to Virbac, as has been previously announced. All other closing conditions have also been met.

The combined organization will increase Elanco's product portfolio, expand its global commercial presence and deliver more innovation to customers, the announcement said. The acquisition also augments Elanco's manufacturing and research and development (R&D) capabilities with a total of 17 manufacturing sites and 14 R&D locations in the newly combined organization.

Further, Elanco will have a more balanced and diversified business with revenues more evenly split between food animal and companion animal, as well as stronger geographic representation.

"As a top-tier animal health company, we are better positioned to help our customers respond to the changing external environment and meet increasing demands for animal protein, as well as growing desires for pet ownership," said Jeff Simmons, senior vice president of Eli Lilly and president of Elanco Animal Health. "Our combination will deliver a more comprehensive suite of existing solutions, but will also allow us to dedicate greater resources to new product discovery and development."

Under the terms of the agreement, Lilly acquired the Novartis Animal Health business in an all-cash transaction of approximately $5.4 billion, including anticipated tax benefits. Lilly funded this acquisition with approximately $3.4 billion of cash-on-hand and $2.0 billion in debt. The impact of the acquisition, which closed on Jan. 1, will be reflected in Lilly's first quarter 2015 financial statements.

Elanco is a global, innovation-driven company that develops and markets products and services to improve animal health and protein production in more than 70 countries. Elanco employs more than 7,000 people worldwide, with offices in more than 40 countries, and is a division of Eli Lilly & Co., a leading global pharmaceutical corporation.

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