– Mails Letter to Medivation Shareholders –
– Urges Shareholders Vote the WHITE Consent Card –
Paris, France – June 13, 2016 – Sanofi today announced that it has filed definitive consent solicitation materials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) seeking to remove and replace each member of Medivation, Inc.’s (NASDAQ: MDVN) Board of Directors with eight independent and highly-qualified candidates. Sanofi’s nominees are committed to fully and fairly evaluating all of Medivation’s strategic options, including Sanofi’s acquisition offer, in accordance with their fiduciary duties to Medivation and its shareholders.
Sanofi is mailing a letter to Medivation’s shareholders along with the definitive consent solicitation statement, which includes a WHITE consent card, providing Medivation shareholders the ability to demonstrate support for a transaction.
“We have had extensive conversations with Medivation shareholders and believe that there is overwhelming support for Medivation to undertake a sale process that includes Sanofi,” said Olivier Brandicourt, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, Sanofi. “We have been clear that if Medivation were to engage and provide information, we would be in a position to increase our offer and are confident that we would be able to offer significant additional value. Medivation’s continued refusal to substantively engage beyond its continued rejection underscores that the current Board is not acting, and will not act, in the best interests of Medivation shareholders. We urge all Medivation shareholders to support Sanofi’s efforts to elect directors that are committed to maximizing value.”
The letter being mailed to Medivation shareholders with Sanofi’s definitive solicitation statement reads as follows:
MEDIVATION’S CONTINUED REFUSAL TO SUBSTANTIVELY ENGAGE WITH SANOFI, BEYOND ITS CONTINUED REJECTION, IS DENYING SHAREHOLDERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO REALIZE SIGNIFICANT, IMMEDIATE AND CERTAIN VALUE
ELECT DIRECTORS COMMITTED TO MAXIMIZING VALUE FOR MEDIVATION SHAREHOLDERS
SIGN, DATE AND RETURN THE “WHITE” CONSENT CARD TODAY
Dear Medivation Shareholder:
We are sending you the enclosed Consent Statement and accompanying WHITE consent card to enable you, Medivation’s shareholders, to act in your best financial interests by removing and replacing the current Medivation board of directors with eight independent and highly-qualified candidates.
We believe that the current Medivation board of directors is not acting, and will not act, in your best interests. Our belief is supported by the current Medivation board of directors’ consistent refusal to substantively engage, beyond its continued rejection, with Sanofi on our all-cash offer to acquire Medivation for $52.50 per share of Common Stock. This is all the more concerning given that we have been very clear that Sanofi would be in a position to increase our offer and we are confident that we will be able to offer significant additional value if Medivation were to engage and provide information.
SANOFI’S COMPELLING OFFER demaNDs SUBSTANTIVE ENGAGEMENT BEYOND CONTINUED REJECTION FROM THE MEDIVATION BOARD
On March 25, 2016 and April 3, 2016, Sanofi privately approached Medivation expressing our interest in negotiating a mutually beneficial transaction. In both instances, Medivation informed us that it was not interested in discussing a potential transaction. On April 15, 2016, Sanofi submitted a private proposal to Medivation to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Medivation for $52.50 per share in cash, representing over a 50 percent premium to Medivation’s two-month volume weighted average price prior to there being takeover rumors.
On April 28, 2016, Sanofi made its proposal public as a result of the Medivation Board’s refusal to engage, beyond its rejection. Then, without any significant discussions with Sanofi, the Medivation board of directors rejected Sanofi’s proposal and has consistently refused to substantively engage in any discussions or negotiations, beyond its continued rejection. Sanofi also advised Medivation, and disclosed publicly, that we were – and remain – willing to enter into a confidentiality agreement with Medivation, which would include a reasonable standstill for Medivation to conduct a sale process. As a testament to our good faith efforts to advance discussions with Medivation, Sanofi sent a proposed Confidentially Agreement to Medivation on May 30, 2016, which included a reasonable standstill to give time for Medivation to conduct a sale process. Despite these efforts, Medivation remains unwilling to substantively engage, beyond its continued rejection, and has only offered information already known to the market to justify its refusal to enter negotiations.
Medivation SHAREholders Deserve to Be Heard
Since Sanofi publicly disclosed our proposal to acquire Medivation, we have had extensive conversations with many of you and other Medivation shareholders. Based on our conversations, we believe that you overwhelmingly support the sale of Medivation and want the Medivation board to undertake a sale process and substantively engage with Sanofi, beyond its continued rejection.
We believe Medivation’s refusal to announce a sale process or substantively engage with Sanofi, beyond its continued rejection, underscores that the current Medivation Board is not listening to shareholders and not acting in your best interests.
VOTE TO ELECT DIRECTORS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO MAXIMIZING VALUE FOR MEDIVATION SHAREHOLDERS
Accordingly, we believe that the only way to protect Medivation shareholders is to replace Medivation’s directors with eight independent, well-experienced candidates who are willing to fully and fairly evaluate all of Medivation’s strategic options, in accordance with their fiduciary duties to you and Medivation. Sanofi is seeking your support for the election of eight independent and highly-qualified candidates. If the Nominees are elected, we intend to continue to pursue our acquisition proposal and hope that the new Medivation Board will fully and fairly evaluate all of Medivation’s strategic options, including Sanofi’s acquisition offer, in accordance with their fiduciary responsibilities.
We believe that our candidates are highly-qualified to serve as directors of Medivation and are
well-respected members of the business community with extensive business, public company and/or healthcare experience. Importantly, these individuals are committed to acting in the best interests of Medivation and its shareholders and have the necessary track-record, strategic vision and experience to maximize shareholder value. We believe that, if elected, each of our candidates would be considered an independent director of Medivation and will exercise his or her independent judgment in all matters that come before the Medivation board of directors.
Protect Your Investment and act promptly to sign
and return the white consent card TODAY
We urge you to demonstrate your support for a transaction and consent to the proposals set forth in this consent statement, including electing each of the independent candidates nominated by Sanofi. Please sign, date and return the enclosed WHITE consent card in the postage-paid envelope provided as soon as possible.
We also urge you not to revoke your consent by signing any consent revocation card sent to you by Medivation. You have every right to revoke any consent revocation you may have already submitted to Medivation. To revoke an earlier revocation and change your vote, simply consent to the proposals set forth in this consent statement by following the instructions on the WHITE consent card.
Remember, if your shares of Medivation common stock are held through a brokerage firm, bank or other nominee, only this entity can execute a consent representing your shares and only upon receipt of your specific instructions. Accordingly, it is critical that you promptly follow the instructions included in the materials that you have received or contact the person responsible for your account and give instructions to consent to the proposals, including the election of the independent and highly qualified candidates nominated by us, on your behalf.
If you have any questions about executing or delivering your WHITE consent card or require assistance, please contact our consent solicitor, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, toll-free at (877) 750-5837.
Very truly yours,
Chief Executive Officer
For Sanofi’s proposals in the consent solicitation to become effective, written consents would need to be properly completed by the holders of a majority of Medivation shares outstanding as of the close of business on June 1, 2016. In order to ensure that your consent is delivered to Medivation in a timely manner, we have set July 25, 2016 as the deadline for submission of written consents, but Sanofi reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to extend such deadline.
About Sanofi’s Nominees
On May 25, 2016, Sanofi named its slate of highly qualified directors, which includes Michael E. Campbell, Barbara Deptula, Wendy E. Lane, Ronald S. Rolfe, Steven J. Shulman, Charles P. Slacik, James L. Tyree and David A. Wilson.
Additional information regarding the nominees is available on the Investor Relations section of Sanofi’s website at http://mediaroom.sanofi.com/press-releases/ or Sanofi Files Consent Solicitation to Remove and Replace Medivation’s Board.