PASADENA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARWR) today announced that on March 21, 2017 it entered into a stockholder rights agreement in accordance with an authorization and declaration from its board of directors of a dividend distribution of one preferred share purchase right on each outstanding share of the company’s common stock. The rights agreement is intended to ensure that all of the company’s stockholders receive fair and equal treatment and realize the long-term value of their investment in the company in the event of any proposed takeover of the company and to guard against abusive tactics to gain control of the company without paying all stockholders a premium for that control. The rights plan was not adopted in response to any specific attempt to acquire the company.
The rights will be exercisable only if a person or group acquires 15% or more of the company’s outstanding common stock. Each right will entitle stockholders to buy one one-thousandth of a share of a new series of junior participating preferred stock at an exercise price of $20. If a person or group acquires 15% of the company’s outstanding common stock, each right will entitle its holder (other than such person or members of such group) to purchase for $20, a number of company common shares having a market value of twice such price.
In addition, at any time after a person or group acquires 15% of the company’s outstanding common stock (unless such person or group acquires 50% or more), the company’s board of directors may exchange one share of the company’s common stock for each outstanding right (other than rights owned by such person or group, which would have become void).
Prior to the distribution by the company of the rights to the company’s stockholders, which will take place ten business days after acquisition by a person or group of beneficial ownership of 15% of the company’s common stock, the rights are redeemable for one cent per right at the option of the board of directors.
The dividend distribution was made on March 22, 2017, payable to stockholders on that date and is not taxable to stockholders. The rights will expire on March 21, 2018, unless the rights are earlier redeemed or exchanged.
A copy of the stockholder rights plan will be contained in a Form 8-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
About Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals
Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals develops medicines that treat intractable diseases by silencing the genes that cause them. Using a broad portfolio of RNA chemistries and efficient modes of delivery, Arrowhead therapies trigger the RNA interference mechanism to induce rapid, deep, and durable knockdown of target genes. RNA interference, or RNAi, is a mechanism present in living cells that inhibits the expression of a specific gene, thereby affecting the production of a specific protein. Arrowhead’s RNAi-based therapeutics leverage this natural pathway of gene silencing.
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Source: Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc.