DUBLIN, Nov. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Perrigo Company plc, a leading global provider of "Quality Affordable Healthcare Products®," and Omega Pharma NV, one of the largest OTC healthcare companies in Europe, headquartered in Nazareth, Belgium, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement in which Perrigo has agreed to acquire Omega for €3.6 billion, or $4.5 billion, comprised of the purchase of Omega's equity for €2.48 billion and the assumption of €1.1 billion in debt. The transaction, funded through a combination of cash, debt, and equity, will enhance Perrigo's leading OTC product offering and expand its distribution through Omega's strong established platform.
"The combination of these two great companies accelerates Perrigo's international growth strategy, substantially diversifies our business streams and establishes a durable leadership position in the European OTC marketplace," stated Perrigo Chairman, President and CEO Joseph C. Papa. "We believe this strategic transaction will enhance shareholder value by further strengthening our industry-leading revenue and cash flow growth profile and by expanding market opportunities. Omega brings a leading OTC product portfolio, European capabilities, and a highly experienced management team to support Perrigo's continued growth."