CARY, NC -- (Marketwired) -- 01/31/14 -- Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CRTX) ("Cornerstone") today announced that the special meeting of its stockholders scheduled to take place today has been adjourned. The special meeting will resume on February 3, 2014, at 1 p.m. EST at Cornerstone's offices located at 1255 Crescent Green Drive, Suite 250, Cary, NC 27518. The purpose of the adjournment is to complete the solicitation of votes required for approval of a merger between Cornerstone and a subsidiary of Cornerstone's majority shareholder, Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A ("Chiesi").
Based on a preliminary assessment, approximately 81% of the shares voted to date by stockholders other than Chiesi or Cornerstone's officers or directors have been voted FOR the adoption of the merger agreement.
As previously announced on September 16, 2013, the special committee of the Cornerstone board of directors, as well as the boards of directors of both companies, approved a definitive merger agreement under which Chiesi will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Cornerstone for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction represents a premium of approximately 78% over Cornerstone's closing price of $5.35 on February 15, 2013, the last trading day prior to Chiesi's initial written proposal, and a premium of approximately 42% to the high end of the range of Chiesi's initial proposal.
Approval of the merger agreement requires, among other things, the affirmative vote of at least a majority of the shares of the common stock entitled to be cast at the special meeting, other than shares owned by Chiesi or by any officer or director of Cornerstone. Cornerstone encourages all of its stockholders to vote at the special meeting and Cornerstone's board of directors (acting without the participation of Dr. Anton Failla and Mr. Marco Vecchia) unanimously recommends that stockholders vote FOR the adoption of the merger agreement. Cornerstone stockholders are reminded that their vote is important regardless of how many or how few shares they own. Cornerstone stockholders who have questions or need assistance voting their shares may call Cornerstone's proxy solicitor, Georgeson Inc., toll free at (888) 663-7851.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
Cornerstone filed a Definitive Proxy Statement relating to the proposed transaction on December 26, 2013 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and Cornerstone and Chiesi have filed a Schedule 13E-3 and other relevant materials with the SEC. The definitive proxy statement was sent to holders of Cornerstone's common stock seeking their approval of the proposed transaction on or about December 26, 2013. WE URGE INVESTORS TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AS WELL AS THE SCHEDULE 13E-3 AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED BY CORNERSTONE OR CHIESI BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CORNERSTONE AND THE PROPOSED MERGER. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THESE DOCUMENTS CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY. Investors are able to obtain these materials and other documents filed with the SEC free of charge at the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov). In addition, these materials are also available free of charge by accessing Cornerstone's website (http://www.crtx.com). Investors may also read and copy any reports, statements and other information filed by Cornerstone with the SEC at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 or visit the SEC's website for further information on its public reference room.
Participants in the Proxy Solicitation
The directors, executive officers and other members of management and employees of Cornerstone may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from stockholders in respect of the proposed transaction. Information regarding Cornerstone's directors and executive officers is available in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, filed with the SEC by Cornerstone on March 14, 2013, as amended by a Form 10-K/A filed with the SEC on April 11, 2013. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, are contained in the Proxy Statement and other relevant materials filed with the SEC.
About Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc.
Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CRTX), headquartered in Cary, N.C., is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on commercializing products for the hospital and adjacent specialty markets. Key elements of Cornerstone's strategy are to focus its commercial and development efforts in the hospital and adjacent specialty product sector within the U.S. pharmaceutical marketplace; continue to seek out opportunities to acquire companies, marketed or registration-stage products and late-stage development products that fit within Cornerstone's focus areas; and generate revenues by marketing approved generic products through Cornerstone's wholly-owned subsidiary, Aristos Pharmaceuticals, Inc. For more information, visit www.crtx.com.
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In addition, the statements in this press release reflect our expectations and beliefs only as of the date of this release. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our expectations and beliefs to change. However, while we may elect to update these forward-looking statements publicly at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law. Our forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any acquisitions, mergers, dispositions, business development transactions, joint ventures or investments that we may make or enter into or make, except that in particular circumstances as specifically indicated we may address the potential impact of the Chiesi Merger. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date after the date of this release.