AstraZeneca completes sale of small molecule antibiotics business to Pfizer

Regulatory News Service

23 December 2016 07:00

AstraZeneca today announced that it has completed the agreement with Pfizer Inc. for the sale of the commercialisation and development rights to its late-stage small molecule antibiotics business, comprising the approved antibiotics Merrem, Zinforo and Zavicefta, and ATM-AVI and CXL, which are in clinical development.

Under the agreement, AstraZeneca has received a payment of $550 million for the commercialisation and development rights to the late-stage antibiotics business in all markets where AstraZeneca holds the rights. In addition, Pfizer will pay a further $175 million in January 2019, up to $250 million in commercial, manufacturing and regulatory milestones, up to $600 million in sales-related payments as well as recurring, double-digit royalties on future sales of Zavicefta and ATM-AVI in certain markets.

As AstraZeneca will not maintain a significant future interest in the late-stage small molecule antibiotics business, all payments will be reported as Other Operating Income in the Company’s financial statements. The $550 million upfront and $175 million unconditional payment will both be booked in the fourth quarter of 2016, net of a product intangible.

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