Innoviva sells a 15% economic interest in Theravance Respiratory Company to Royalty Pharma for approximately $282 million plus full ownership of existing equity investments and the possibility of a $50 million milestone payment
Innoviva, Inc. (Nasdaq: INVA) (“Innoviva”), a diversified holding company with a royalty portfolio and a growing portfolio of innovative healthcare assets, today announced that the company has entered into an agreement to sell its 15% economic interest in Theravance Respiratory Company LLC (“TRC”), which receives royalties from TRELEGY sales® ELLIPT®, to Royalty Pharma plc (Nasdaq: RPRX) for an initial cash payment of approximately $282 million and a potential milestone payment of $50 million based on sales. Under the terms of the agreement, TRC also transferred to Innoviva all of TRC’s ownership interests and investments in InCarda Therapeutics Inc., ImaginAb, Inc., Gate Neurosciences, Inc. and Nanolive SA. Innoviva retained its royalty rights to ANORO® ELLIPT® and RELVAR®/BREO® ELLIPT®. The sale is expected to close in July 2022.
Theravance Biopharma, Inc. (“Theravance Biopharma”) has entered into a concurrent transaction to sell its 85% economic interest in TRC to Royalty Pharma. As part of the transaction, Innoviva, Theravance Biopharma and GSK executed the customary release of pre-closing conduct claims, including with respect to prior disputes regarding TRC’s investment activity.
“We are very pleased to have entered into this agreement with Royalty Pharma, a market leader in healthcare royalty acquisitions,” said Pavel Raifeld, Chief Executive Officer of Innoviva. Mr. Raifeld added: “This transaction allows us to obtain an attractive valuation for our share of TRELEGY® ELLIPT® economy, improves our cash position at a time of significant market turmoil and demonstrates our continued commitment to spare no effort in our efforts to maximize shareholder value. We look forward to continuing our longstanding collaboration with GSK for RELVAR®/BREO® ELLIPT® and ANORO® ELLIPT®.”
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP served as legal counsel and Moelis & Company LLC served as financial advisor to Innoviva. Torreya Partners LLC served as financial advisor to TRC on its investments in InCarda Therapeutics, ImaginAb, Gate Neurosciences and Nanolive.
Innoviva is a diversified holding company with a portfolio of royalties and other healthcare assets. Innoviva’s royalty portfolio includes respiratory assets in partnership with Glaxo Group Limited (“GSK”), including RELVAR®/BREO® ELLIPT® (fluticasone furoate/vilanterol, “FF/VI”), ANORO® ELLIPT® (umeclidinium bromide/vilanterol, “UMEC/VI”) and, formerly, TRELEGY® ELLIPT® (the FF/UMEC/VI combination). Under the Long-Acting Beta2 Agonist (“LABA”) Collaboration Agreement, Innoviva is entitled to receive royalties from GSK on sales of RELVAR®/BREO® ELLIPT® and ANORO® ELLIPT®.
ANORO®RELVAR®BREO®TRELEGY® and ELLIPTA® are registered trademarks of the GSK group of companies.
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