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AZN Astrazeneca

Filed: 11 May 21, 10:00am
 
FORM 6-K
 
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
 
Report of Foreign Issuer
 
Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
For the month of May 2021
 
Commission File Number: 001-11960
 
AstraZeneca PLC
 
1 Francis Crick Avenue
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Cambridge CB2 0AA
United Kingdom
 
 
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AstraZeneca PLC
 
INDEX TO EXHIBITS
 
 
1.
Shareholders vote in favour of Alexion acquisition 
 
 
 
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THIS IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT AND NOT A CIRCULAR OR PROSPECTUS OR EQUIVALENT DOCUMENT FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE UK PROSPECTUS REGULATION RULES OR THE UK AND EU PROSPECTUS REGULATIONS. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR FORM PART OF, AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS, ANY OFFER, INVITATION OR RECOMMENDATION TO PURCHASE, SELL OR SUBSCRIBE FOR ANY SECURITIES IN ANY JURISDICTION AND NEITHER THE ISSUE OF THE INFORMATION NOR ANYTHING CONTAINED HEREIN SHALL FORM THE BASIS OF OR BE RELIED UPON IN CONNECTION WITH, OR ACT AS AN INDUCEMENT TO ENTER INTO, ANY INVESTMENT ACTIVITY. INVESTORS AND PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS SHOULD NOT MAKE ANY INVESTMENT DECISION ON THE BASIS OF ITS CONTENTS.
 
11 May 2021 13:55 BST
 
AstraZeneca shareholders vote in favour of proposed acquisition of Alexion
 
Approval recognises acquisition's advancement
of the Company's strategic and financial development
 
A requisite majority of AstraZeneca shareholders has approved the proposal to acquire the entire common stock of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Alexion) at a general meeting held earlier today. The Company continues to expect the acquisition will close in Q3 2021, subject to approval by Alexion shareholders, certain regulatory approvals, and other customary closing conditions.
 
The acquisition was described in a circular to shareholders on 12 April 2021. The resolution was set out in the Company's notice of general meeting and voted on by way of a poll. The results are set out below.
 
Pascal Soriot, Chief Executive Officer, said: "The approval of the acquisition by AstraZeneca shareholders represents a significant step toward combining Alexion's leadership in complement biology and rare diseases with AstraZeneca's expertise in precision medicine and growing presence in immunology. We look forward to together advancing life-changing science and bringing even more medicines to patients globally."
 
 ResolutionVotes for% of votes castVotes against% of votes castVotes cast in totalTotal votes cast as a % of issued share capitalVotes withheld      
To approve the acquisition of Alexion
 
941,656,301
 
 
99.89
 
1,072,5390.11942,728,84071.81%7,908,415
 
Issued capital
As of 7 May 2021, the number of issued shares of the Company was 1,312,762,006 ordinary shares, which was the total number of shares entitling the holders to attend and vote for or against the resolution at the general meeting. In accordance with the Company's articles of association, on a poll, every member present in person or by proxy has one vote for every share held.
 
Important additional information
In connection with AstraZeneca's proposed acquisition of Alexion (the Acquisition), AstraZeneca filed a registration statement on Form F-4 with the SEC on 12 April 2021 (the Registration Statement), which has been declared effective by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and which includes a document that serves as a prospectus of AstraZeneca and a proxy statement of Alexion (the proxy statement/prospectus), Alexion filed a proxy statement with the SEC (the proxy statement) on 12 April 2021 and each party will file other documents regarding the Acquisition with the SEC. Investors and security holders of Alexion are urged to carefully read the entire Registration Statement and proxy statement/prospectus or proxy statement and other relevant documents filed with the SEC when they become available, because they will contain important information. Investors and security holders may obtain the Registration Statement and the proxy statement/prospectus or the proxy statement free of charge from the SEC's website or from AstraZeneca or Alexion as described in the paragraphs below.
 
The documents filed by AstraZeneca with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. These documents may also be obtained free of charge on AstraZeneca's website at http://www.astrazeneca.com under the tab "Investors". The documents filed by Alexion with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. These documents may also be obtained free of charge on Alexion's internet website at http://www.alexion.com under the tab, "Investors" and under the heading "SEC Filings" or by contacting Alexion's Investor Relations Department at investorrelations@alexion.com.
 
Participants in the solicitation
AstraZeneca, Alexion and certain of their directors, executive officers and employees may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies from Alexion shareholders in connection with the Acquisition. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of the shareholders of Alexion in connection with the Acquisition, including a description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus or proxy statement filed with the SEC on 12 April 2021. Information about the directors and executive officers of Alexion and their ownership of Alexion shares is set forth in Alexion's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A, as previously filed with the SEC on 16 February 2021. Free copies of these documents may be obtained as described in the paragraphs above.
 
Important notices relating to financial advisors
Evercore Partners International LLP (Evercore), which is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for AstraZeneca and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and the matters referred to in this announcement and the AstraZeneca circular dated 12 April 2021 (the Circular) and will not regard any other person as a client in relation to the matters set out in this announcement and the Circular (whether or not a recipient of this announcement and/or the Circular) and will not be responsible to anyone other than AstraZeneca for providing the protections afforded to its clients, nor for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition or any other matter referred to in this announcement or the Circular. Neither Evercore nor any of its subsidiaries, holding companies, branches or affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client in connection with the Acquisition or any statement contained in this announcement or the Circular or otherwise. Apart from the responsibilities and liabilities, if any, which may be imposed on Evercore by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA), or the regulatory regime established thereunder, or under the regulatory regime of any jurisdiction where exclusion of liability under the relevant regulatory regime would be illegal, void or unenforceable, neither Evercore nor any of its affiliates accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for the contents of this announcement or the Circular, and no representation, express or implied, is made by it, or purported to be made on its behalf, in relation to the contents of this announcement and/or the Circular, including their accuracy, fairness, sufficiency, completeness or verification of any statement contained in this announcement and/or the Circular or any other statement made or purported to be made by it, or on its behalf, in connection with AstraZeneca or the matters described in announcement and/or the Circular, and nothing in this announcement and/or the Circular is, or shall be relied upon as, a promise or representation in this respect, whether as to the past or the future. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, each of Evercore and its affiliates accordingly disclaim all and any responsibility or liability whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise (save as referred to above) which they might otherwise have in respect of this announcement and/or the Circular or any statement contained in this announcement and/or the Circular.
 
Centerview Partners UK LLP (Centerview Partners), which is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for AstraZeneca and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and the matters referred to in this announcement and the Circular and will not regard any other person as a client in relation to the matters set out in this announcement and the Circular (whether or not a recipient of this announcement and/or the Circular) and will not be responsible to anyone other than AstraZeneca for providing the protections afforded to its clients, nor for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition or any other matter referred to in this announcement or the Circular. Neither Centerview Partners nor any of its subsidiaries, holding companies, branches or affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client in connection with the Acquisition or any statement contained in this announcement or the Circular or otherwise. Apart from the responsibilities and liabilities, if any, which may be imposed on Centerview Partners by the FSMA, or the regulatory regime established thereunder, or under the regulatory regime of any jurisdiction where exclusion of liability under the relevant regulatory regime would be illegal, void or unenforceable, neither Centerview Partners nor any of its affiliates accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for the contents of this announcement or the Circular, and no representation, express or implied, is made by it, or purported to be made on its behalf, in relation to the contents of this announcement and/or the Circular, including their accuracy, fairness, sufficiency, completeness or verification of any statement contained in this announcement and/or the Circular or any other statement made or purported to be made by it, or on its behalf, in connection with AstraZeneca or the matters described in this announcement and/or the Circular, and nothing in this announcement and/or the Circular is, or shall be relied upon as, a promise or representation in this respect, whether as to the past or the future. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, each of Centerview Partners and its affiliates accordingly disclaim all and any responsibility or liability whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise (save as referred to above) which they might otherwise have in respect of this announcement and/or the Circular or any statement contained in this announcement and/or the Circular.
 
Forward-looking statements
This announcement and the Circular contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to the operations, performance and financial condition of the AstraZeneca Group, including, among other things, statements about expected revenues, margins, earnings per share or other financial or other measures, as well as the ability of the parties to consummate the Acquisition on a timely basis or at all, the ability of the parties to satisfy the conditions precedent to consummation of the Acquisition, including the ability to secure the required regulatory approvals on the terms expected, at all or in a timely manner, the ability of AstraZeneca to successfully integrate Alexion's operations, and the ability of AstraZeneca to implement its plans, forecasts and other expectations with respect to Alexion's business after Completion and realise expected synergies. Although the AstraZeneca Group believes its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, any forward-looking statements, by their very nature, involve risks and uncertainties and may be influenced by factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those predicted. The forward-looking statements reflect knowledge and information available at the date of preparation of this announcement and the Circular and the AstraZeneca Group undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. The AstraZeneca Group identifies the forward-looking statements by using the words 'anticipates', 'believes', 'expects', 'intends' and similar expressions in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, certain of which are beyond the AstraZeneca Group's control, include, among other things: the risks set out in Part II (Risk Factors) of the Circular; failure or delay in delivery of pipeline or launch of new medicines; failure to meet regulatory or ethical requirements for medicine development or approval; failure to obtain, defend and enforce effective intellectual property (IP) protection and IP challenges by third parties; competitive pressures including expiry or loss of IP rights, and generic competition; price controls and reductions; economic, regulatory and political pressures; uncertainty and volatility in relation to the UK's exit from the EU; failures or delays in the quality or execution of commercial strategies; failure to maintain supply of compliant, quality medicines; illegal trade in medicines; reliance on third-party goods and services; failure in information technology, data protection or cybercrime; failure of critical processes; uncertainty of expected gains from productivity initiatives; failure to attract, develop, engage and retain a diverse, talented and capable workforce, including following Completion; failure to adhere to applicable laws, rules and regulations; the safety and efficacy of marketed medicines being questioned; adverse outcome of litigation and/or governmental investigations, including relating to the Acquisition; failure to adhere to increasingly stringent anti-bribery and anti-corruption legislation; failure to achieve strategic plans or meet targets or expectations; failure in financial control or the occurrence of fraud; unexpected deterioration in AstraZeneca's or Alexion's financial position; the impact that the COVID-19 global pandemic may have or continue to have on these risks, on AstraZeneca's ability to continue to mitigate these risks, and on AstraZeneca's operations, financial results or financial condition; the risk that a condition to the closing of the Acquisition may not be satisfied, or that a regulatory approval that may be required for the Acquisition is delayed or is obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the risk that AstraZeneca is unable to achieve the synergies and value creation contemplated by the Acquisition, or that AstraZeneca is unable to promptly and effectively integrate Alexion's businesses; and the risk that management's time and attention are diverted on Acquisition-related issues or that disruption from the Acquisition makes it more difficult to maintain business, contractual and operational relationships.
 
Neither AstraZeneca nor any of its associates or directors, officers or advisers provides any representation, assurance or guarantee that the occurrence of the events expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements in this announcement or the Circular will actually occur. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Other than in accordance with their legal or regulatory obligations (including under the Listing Rules, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules and the Prospectus Regulation Rules of the FCA), AstraZeneca is under no obligation, and AstraZeneca expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
 
In accordance with Listing Rules 9.6.2R and 9.6.3R, the full text of the resolution passed at the general meeting will be submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will be available in due course for inspection at https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism as well as on AstraZeneca's website https://www.astrazeneca.com/investor-relations/astrazeneca-to-acquire-alexion.html.
 
AstraZeneca
AstraZeneca (LSE/STO/Nasdaq: AZN) is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines in Oncology and BioPharmaceuticals, including Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolism, and Respiratory & Immunology. Based in Cambridge, UK, AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries, and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. Please visit astrazeneca.com and follow the Company on Twitter @AstraZeneca.
 
AstraZeneca contacts
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Adrian Kemp
Company Secretary
AstraZeneca PLC
 
 
 
 
 
 
SIGNATURES
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
 
 AstraZeneca PLC
 
 
Date: 11 May 2021
 
 By: /s/ Adrian Kemp
 Name: Adrian Kemp
 Title: Company Secretary