Catalent Completes Acquisition of Gene Therapy Leader Paragon Bioservices, Inc. for $1.2 Billion
SOMERSET, N.J. – May 20, 2019 — Catalent, Inc. (NYSE: CTLT), the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, today announced that it has completed the $1.2 billion acquisition of Paragon Bioservices, Inc., a leading viral vector development and manufacturing partner for gene therapies.
With the addition of Paragon’s specialized expertise in adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors, the most commonly used vector to deliver DNA to cells, Catalent is positioned to capitalize on strong industry tailwinds in the potentially $40 billion addressable market for gene therapies. Paragon also brings to Catalent its unique and differentiated scientific, development, and manufacturing capabilities, which will fundamentally enhance Catalent’s biologics business and end-to-end integrated biopharmaceutical solutions for customers.
Paragon recently announced the opening of its new, state-of-the-art commercial manufacturing center near the Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) airport, which is equipped with several 500-liter and 2,000-liter single-use bioreactors for clinical through commercial material production. The new large-scale production campus – now combined with a recently leased second building which will be built out for commercial GMP manufacturing – has the potential for more than 425,000 square feet of manufacturing space upon completion.
Paragon has GMP manufacturing projects underway with more than half of the top 40 leading gene therapy developers worldwide. Catalent is committed to continuing the resource dedication for Paragon’s customers and maintaining a flexible and reliable development and manufacturing partnership for its clients. The company currently employs over 380 individuals at its two Baltimore-area sites, all of whom will join the existing Catalent team of over 11,000 employees.
In connection with the acquisition of Paragon, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Inc., as borrower, and certain other wholly owned subsidiaries of Catalent entered into an amendment, dated as of May 17, 2019, to its existing credit agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent and collateral agent, to provide for, among other things, $950 million of incremental term loans and a $350 million increase to its revolving credit facility. The proceeds of the incremental term loans were used to fund a portion of the acquisition consideration and for general working capital purposes, to pay fees, costs and expenses incurred in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby, for capital expenditures of Paragon and to prepay a portion of the existing term loans.
Also in connection with the acquisition of Paragon, Catalent completed the issuance of $650 million of a new series of convertible preferred stock to funds affiliated with Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. Effective as of the closing of the acquisition, Peter Zippelius, a partner at Leonard Green & Partners, joined Catalent’s Board of Directors.
Catalent is the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products. With over 85 years serving the industry, Catalent has proven expertise in bringing more customer products to market faster, enhancing product performance and ensuring reliable clinical and commercial product supply. Catalent employs over 11,000 people, including over 1,800 scientists, at more than 30 facilities across five continents, and in fiscal year 2018 generated approximately $2.5 billion in annual revenue. Catalent is headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.catalent.com.
Catalent Biologics provides advanced technologies and integrated solutions for biologic and biosimilar development and manufacturing, from DNA to fill/finish and commercial supply, through its extensive Biologics network including: Bloomington, Indiana, where the company recently announced a twentieth commercial launch of a fill/finish product, and Madison, Wisconsin, home of Catalent Biologics’ proprietary GPEx® technology for stable, high-yielding mammalian cell lines with eleven approved molecules. For more information on Catalent Biologics, visit www.catalent.com/biologics.
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About Paragon Bioservices, Inc.
Paragon Bioservices, Inc. is an industry-leading, private-equity-backed contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) whose focus is the development and manufacturing of cutting-edge biopharmaceuticals. Paragon aims to build strong client partnerships with the world’s best biotech and pharma companies, focusing on transformative technologies, including gene therapies (AAV), next-generation vaccines, oncology immunotherapies (oncolytic viruses), and other complex biologics.
ABOUT LEONARD GREEN & PARTNERS
Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. is a leading private equity investment firm founded in 1989 and based in Los Angeles. The firm partners with experienced management teams and often with founders to invest in market-leading companies. Since inception, LGP has invested in over 90 companies in the form of traditional buyouts, going-private transactions, recapitalizations, growth equity, and selective public equity and debt positions. LGP primarily focuses on companies providing services, including consumer, business, and healthcare services, as well as retail, distribution, and industrials. Select past and current investments include IQVIA, MultiPlan, Aspen Dental, Whole Foods Market, Shake Shack, Activision, and Petco. Its most recent fund, Green Equity Investors VII, L.P., closed in 2016 with $9.6 billion of committed capital. For more information, please visit www.leonardgreen.com.
ABOUT CAMDEN PARTNERS
Camden Partners is a multi-strategy private equity firm based in Baltimore, MD. Founded in 1995, the firm focuses on both growth and seed stage investments. Camden Partners’ growth strategy leverages domain expertise in the technology-enabled business services, healthcare services and education sectors to turn lower middle market companies in these sectors into market leaders. Donald W. Hughes, Partner at Camden Partners, represents Camden’s investment on the Board of Directors of Paragon Bioservices.
ABOUT NEWSPRING HEALTH CAPITAL
NewSpring Health Capital is the dedicated healthcare fund of NewSpring Capital, a private equity firm based in Radnor, PA. NewSpring Health Capital partners with management teams to accelerate the success of differentiated healthcare companies, delivering capital for growth, recapitalizations, and mergers & acquisitions within the segments of technology-enabled services, niche clinical providers and specialty pharmaceuticals. Kapila Ratnam, PhD, a partner at NewSpring Capital, has served on the Board of Directors at Paragon Bioservices since 2014 following NewSpring Health Capital’s investment.
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