Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND)

Filed: 28 Jan 19, 9:00am

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Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 23, 2019
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
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3911 Sorrento Valley Boulevard, Suite 110 92121
San Diego, CA (Zip Code)
(Address of principal executive offices)  
(858) 550-7500
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(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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Item 8.01 Other Events.

On January 23, 2019, the Board of Directors of Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (the “Company”) elected to increase the Company’s existing $200 million share repurchase program (the “Repurchase Program”), authorizing the Company to repurchase up to a maximum of $350 million of its outstanding common stock under the Repurchase Program. The Repurchase Program will expire, as originally scheduled, on September 20, 2021. As of January 25, 2019, the Company has acquired 745,811 shares of common stock for a total of $105.6 million under the Repurchase Program.

The Company expects to acquire shares under the Repurchase Program primarily through open-market transactions and may enter into a Rule 10b5-1 trading plan to facilitate open-market repurchases. The timing and amount of repurchase transactions will be determined by the Company’s management based on its evaluation of market conditions, share price, legal requirements and other factors.

Forward-Looking Statements

This report contains forward-looking statements by the Company that involve risks and uncertainties and reflect the Company’s judgment as of the date of this report. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s plans with respect to share repurchases and the timing of the effectiveness of the New Repurchase Program. Actual events or results may differ from the Company’s expectations. For example, the Repurchase Program may be suspended or discontinued at any time. The failure to meet expectations with respect to any of the foregoing matters may reduce the Company's stock price. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors affecting the Company can be found in the Company’s public periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission available at www.sec.gov. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements beyond the date of this report. This caution is made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: January 28, 2019
By: /s/ Charles Berkman         
Name: Charles Berkman
Title: Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary