Aytu BioScience, Inc. (NASDAQ: AYTU), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on commercializing novel products that address significant patient needs and Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: INNV), a specialty pharmaceutical company commercializing, licensing and developing safe and effective consumer health products, today announced that the companies have signed a definitive merger agreement whereby Aytu will retire all outstanding common stock of Innovus for an aggregate of up to $8 million in shares of Aytu common stock, less certain deductions, at the time of closing. This initial consideration to Innovus common shareholders is estimated to consist of approximately 4.2 million shares of Aytu stock. Additional consideration for up to $16 million in milestone payments in the form of contingent value rights (CVRs) may be paid to Innovus shareholders in cash or stock over the next five years if certain revenue and profitability milestones are achieved.
Innovus generated more than $24 million in revenue in the four quarters ending June 30, 2019.
Through this combined entity, Aytu will expand into the $40 billion consumer healthcare market with a portfolio of over thirty consumer products competing in large therapeutic categories including diabetes, men’s health, sexual wellness and respiratory health. This expanded product line broadens Aytu’s portfolio beyond prescription therapeutics to enable wider revenue distribution, reduced seasonality associated with Aytu’s seasonal antitussive product line, and higher revenue from an expanded base of proprietary products.
Combined, Aytu and Innovus generated more than $31 million in revenue over the preceding four reported quarters ending June 30, 2019. This business combination provides increased revenue scale and enables operational synergies that can be leveraged to accelerate the combined company’s growth and path to profitability.
Josh Disbrow, Chief Executive Officer of Aytu BioScience, commented, “Through this business combination we have taken a very timely step into a large, rapidly growing segment of the healthcare market. Over the past two years, significant investment has been made in the areas of consumer wellness, telemedicine, and online health, so it’s the right time for Aytu to enter this high-growth market. Further, consumers are increasingly taking control over their healthcare decisions and, particularly for common conditions, over 90% of the time patients are self-treating with over-the-counter options in advance of receiving care from a prescriber. By adding a consumer unit to Aytu’s already growing prescription business, we increase our exposure to the broader patient market while continuing to grow our portfolio of novel prescription products.”
Mr. Disbrow continued, “This will make Aytu a fully-integrated specialty pharmaceutical company addressing patient needs in both prescription and non-prescription categories. Innovus President & Chief Executive Officer, Bassam Damaj, Ph.D. and his team have developed a robust product line and have more than doubled revenue since 2017, so I’m thrilled about the prospect of our combined growth plan as the Innovus business becomes the newly created Aytu Consumer Health business unit.”
Initially, the company expects to operate the commercial aspects of the Innovus consumer business separately from Aytu’s prescription business, while rationalizing general and administrative expenses through the removal of Innovus’ public company costs and redundant administrative and operational processes, along with the reduction in overhead, administrative and facilities costs.
The prescription product portfolio will continue to be primarily commercialized through the existing Aytu sales force, while the consumer health products will continue to be primarily commercialized via Innovus’ proprietary Beyond Human® marketing platform. However, both lines of business are expected to benefit from opportunistic cross-selling such that some consumer products may be marketed in the physician office setting by Aytu’s sales force, while the marketing of the prescription products may be bolstered through various online and direct-to-consumer marketing initiatives. It is expected that the two segments will leverage administrative and operational efficiencies following the integration of the two companies.
Dr. Bassam Damaj, Ph.D., President & Chief Executive Officer of Innovus Pharmaceuticals, stated, “This is an exciting inflection point for Innovus and our shareholders as we combine with Aytu to strengthen our market position and provide a growth platform for the company and our products. We are looking forward to helping build Aytu into a world-class healthcare company, and I’m personally excited about continuing on as the President of the Aytu Consumer Health business unit. With the combined strength of our companies, we believe we can more rapidly grow our novel OTC medicines and supplements while developing additional consumer healthcare products as we grow, thus adding value to the newly-expanded Aytu BioScience.”
Under the terms of the merger agreement, Aytu will issue to Innovus shareholders a combination of stock and contingent value rights (CVRs), subject to the achievement of certain milestones, for up to $24 million. The number of shares to be issued will be determined based on a formula that adjusts the initial $8 million purchase price for various deductions, such as amounts owed from Innovus to Aytu under a promissory note (currently $1 million principal amount), payments to be made to warrant holders (above a threshold), changes in Innovus liabilities and working capital, and other adjustments. The CVRs provide additional value of up to $16 million if revenue and profitability milestones over the next five years are met.
The board of directors of both companies have approved the terms of the merger transaction which is subject to the approval of both companies’ shareholders. At the time of signing, Aytu had collected voting agreements supporting the merger transaction that represent approximately 35% of current shares outstanding. Innovus has thus far collected voting agreements supporting the transaction that represent (at the time of signing) approximately 17% of shares outstanding.
Aytu expects to retire Innovus warrants where warrant holders have cash-out rights that would be triggered by the merger. The cost of doing so is estimated to be $1.1 million, paid in a combination of cash and stock. More information about the planned merger, along with the Definitive Merger Agreement, will be available in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The transaction, which is expected to close as early as Aytu’s second fiscal quarter of 2020 (quarter ending 12/31/19) and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
About Aytu BioScience, Inc.
Aytu BioScience is a commercial-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on commercializing novel products that address significant patient needs. The company currently markets Natesto®, the only FDA-approved nasal formulation of testosterone for men with hypogonadism (low testosterone, or “Low T”). Aytu also has exclusive U.S. and Canadian rights to ZolpiMist™, the only FDA-approved oral spray prescription sleep aid. ZolpiMist is indicated for the short-term treatment of insomnia characterized by difficulties with sleep initiation. Aytu recently acquired exclusive U.S. commercial rights to Tuzistra® XR, the only FDA-approved 12-hour codeine-based antitussive syrup. Tuzistra XR is a prescription antitussive consisting of codeine polistirex and chlorpheniramine polistirex in an extended-release oral suspension. Additionally, Aytu is developing MiOXSYS®, a novel, rapid semen-analysis system with the potential to become a standard of care for the diagnosis and management of male infertility caused by oxidative stress. MiOXSYS is commercialized outside of the U.S. where it is a CE Marked, Health Canada cleared, Australian TGA approved, Mexican COFEPRAS approved product. Aytu is planning U.S.-based clinical trials in pursuit of 510k de novo medical device clearance by the FDA. Aytu’s strategy is to continue building its portfolio of revenue-generating products, leveraging its focused commercial team and expertise to build leading brands within large therapeutic markets. For more information visit aytubio.com.
About Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Headquartered in San Diego, Innovus Pharmaceuticals is an emerging over the counter (“OTC”) consumer goods and specialty pharmaceutical company commercializing, licensing and developing safe and effective non-prescription medicine and consumer care products to improve men’s and women’s health and vitality. The Company is dedicated to being a leader in developing and marketing new OTC medicines and branded Abbreviated New Drug Application (“ANDA”) products. The Company is actively pursuing opportunities where existing prescription drugs have recently, or are expected to, change from prescription to OTC.
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In connection with the proposed transaction between Aytu and Innovus, Aytu and Innovus will file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including an Aytu registration statement on Form S-4 that will include a joint proxy statement of Aytu and Innovus that also constitutes a prospectus of Aytu, and a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to shareholders of Aytu and Innovus. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF AYTU AND INNOVUS ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and the joint proxy statement/prospectus (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Aytu or Innovus through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Aytu will be available free of charge on Aytu’s internet website at https://irdirect.net/AYTU under the heading “SEC Filings” or by contacting Aytu’s investor relations contacts at (646) 755-7412 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Innovus will be available free of charge on Innovus’ internet website at https://innovuspharma.com/Investors/ under the heading “SEC Filings” or by contacting Innovus’ investor relations at email@example.com.
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Aytu, Innovus, and their respective directors and executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Aytu is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2018, which was filed with the SEC on September 6, 2018 and its proxy statement for its 2019 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on February 25, 2019. Information about the directors and executive officers of Innovus is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, which was filed with the SEC on April 1, 2019 and its proxy statement for its 2019 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 30, 2019. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitations and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction when they become available. You may obtain these documents (when they become available) free of charge through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov and from Investor Relations at Aytu or Innovus as described below.
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