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Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced the successful completion of the cash tender offer, through a subsidiary, for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) at a purchase price of $20.00 per share. As of the tender offer expiration, 103,394,298 shares of common stock of ArQule were validly tendered and not withdrawn from the tender offer, representing approximately 75.3 percent of the outstanding common stock of ArQule on a fully diluted basis. All such shares have been accepted for payment in accordance with the terms of the tender offer, and Merck expects to promptly pay for such shares.
Following the completion of the tender offer, Merck completed the acquisition of ArQule today through a merger of Merck’s wholly-owned subsidiary with and into ArQule in which all shares not tendered into the offer were cancelled and converted into the right to receive cash equal to the $20.00 offer price per share, without interest, less any applicable tax withholding. At the completion of the merger, ArQule became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merck. The common stock of ArQule will no longer be listed or traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
For more than a century, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to health care through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, Merck continues to be at the forefront of research to advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and communities around the world - including cancer, cardio-metabolic diseases, emerging animal diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and infectious diseases including HIV and Ebola. For more information, visit www.merck.com and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
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