XMS Serves as Financial Advisor to Exact Sciences on $2.8 Billion Acquisition of Genomic Health
July 29, 2019
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, July 29, 2019 — XMS Capital Partners, LLC (“XMS”), a global, independent financial services firm providing investment banking, asset management and merchant banking services, announced that it served as financial advisor to Exact Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: EXAS), on the acquisition of the Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: GHDX).
Exact Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: EXAS) and Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: GHDX) today announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Exact Sciences will combine with Genomic Health for $72.00 per share in a cash and stock transaction valued at $2.8 billion. The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
Together, Exact Sciences and Genomic Health will create a leading global cancer diagnostics company. The combined company will offer two of the strongest and fastest growing brands in cancer diagnostics, Cologuard and Oncotype DX, providing a robust platform for continued growth. With this enhanced platform, including a commercial presence in more than 90 countries, the combined company expects to continue to increase adoption of current tests, and to bring new innovative cancer diagnostics to patients throughout the world.
On a pro forma basis, the combined company expects to generate revenue of approximately $1.6 billion and gross profit of approximately $1.2 billion in 2020. Additionally, the combination is expected to generate annualized cost synergies of approximately $25 million within the third full year following close, primarily through reducing public company costs and purchasing optimization.
“Uniting the best minds and molecular diagnostics capabilities will advance the fight against cancer. Combining industry pioneers Exact Sciences and Genomic Health is a pivotal step toward building the leading cancer diagnostics company in the world,” said Kevin Conroy, chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences. “Exact Sciences is continuing to grow sales and expand adoption of Cologuard at a rapid pace, and Genomic Health’s Oncotype DX is the global standard of care to inform treatment decisions for women with breast cancer. Together, with our collective resources and broader platform, we will be able to provide our existing tests to more people, while also accelerating the development and launch of future cancer diagnostic tests. We are excited to join together two teams who are united in their dedication to making a positive impact on patients’ lives.”
“We are very pleased to join forces with Exact Sciences, a company and team with which we have a shared vision to revolutionize the way cancer is diagnosed and treated,” said Kim Popovits, chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of Genomic Health. “Genomic Health has achieved incredible success over nearly two decades in pioneering cancer diagnostics, and the recent landmark TAILORx trial results set a new standard of care for the use of the Oncotype DX test for women with early-stage invasive breast cancer. This transaction provides immediate value to Genomic Health stockholders through an upfront cash payment, as well as ownership in a combined company with enhanced financial strength and the commercial and R&D capabilities to continue to drive significant growth into the future.”
Combining Talented Teams with Proven Capabilities to Create a Leading Cancer Diagnostics Company
Joins two of the strongest brands in cancer diagnostics into one entity and provides platform for continued growth: Cologuard and Oncotype DX, the companies’ leading brands, will respectively continue to help detect colorectal cancer and inform treatment decisions in colorectal, breast and prostate cancer, which collectively represent approximately 40% of all solid tumor incidence.
Exact Sciences’ Cologuard has a total available U.S. screening market of $15 billion, with an additional potential $3 billion opportunity among people ages 45-49 . To date, Cologuard has captured less than 6% of the large addressable market of people over 50 years old, and is rapidly building on its 174,000 health care provider customer base, with a goal of reaching 40% share of the market over the long-term. In the second quarter of 2019, Cologuard revenue grew 94% year-over-year.
Genomic Health’s Oncotype IQ portfolio has guided personalized treatment decisions for more than one million cancer patients worldwide, and delivered more than 19% year-over-year overall revenue growth in the second quarter of 2019. Genomic Health estimates that its Oncotype DX suite of products in oncology and urology have a total available market of $2 billion.
Forms best-in-class commercial, R&D and clinical organization, with enhanced scale and scope in cancer diagnostics: The transaction will create a combined R&D team with extensive clinical capabilities and a robust evidence generation engine, complemented by proven regulatory expertise, and key relationships with oncologists. The combined commercial organization will have more than 1,000 team members inclusive of sales, marketing and reimbursement teams. The combined company will have the financial strength to support a high level of investment in R&D. This will support the development of innovative products across the diagnostic paradigm, including the ongoing work to identify proprietary biomarkers across the world’s 15 deadliest cancers, while continuing to advance the adoption of current products.
Provides global infrastructure to accelerate the ability to provide new innovative cancer diagnostics to patients: The combined company will have a commercial presence in more than 90 countries and expanded reach across primary care, oncology, OB/GYN, gastroenterology, and urology to support growth of existing and future cancer tests. The combined company will build upon Genomic Health’s presence in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing lab infrastructure in a state where the Medicare Administrative Contractor participates in the MolDx program, which may facilitate reimbursement of future liquid biopsy products.
Under the terms of the agreement, for each share of Genomic Health common stock they own, Genomic Health stockholders will receive $27.50 in cash and $44.50 in shares of Exact Sciences stock, subject to a 10% collar centered on Exact Sciences’ volume-weighted average price for the 45 trading days ended July 26, 2019.
Based on the parties’ closing stock prices as of July 26, 2019, the last trading day prior to today’s announcement, the total per-share consideration represents a premium of approximately 19% to Genomic Health’s volume-weighted average price (“VWAP”) for the last 30 trading days. Upon closing, Exact Sciences shareholders are expected to own approximately 91% of the combined company, and Genomic Health stockholders are expected to own approximately 9%.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including the approval of stockholders of Genomic Health. Felix and Julian Baker and certain funds advised by entities with whom they are affiliated, which collectively own approximately 25.3% of the outstanding shares of Genomic Health common stock, have entered into agreements to vote in favor of the transaction.
Exact Sciences Corporation has added a new press release to its web site. To access this press release on the Exact Sciences Corporation web site please click Exact Sciences and Genomic Health to Combine, Creating Leading Global Cancer Diagnostics Company
About XMS Capital Partners
XMS Capital Partners, established in 2006, is a global, independent financial services firm providing investment banking, asset management and merchant banking services to clients. It has offices in Chicago, London and Dublin.
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About Exact Sciences
Exact Sciences Corp. is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of some of the deadliest forms of cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its non-invasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.exactsciences.com, follow Exact Sciences on Twitter @ExactSciences or find Exact Sciences on Facebook.
About Genomic Health
Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: GHDX) is the world’s leading provider of genomic-based diagnostic tests that help optimize cancer care, including addressing the overtreatment of the disease, one of the greatest issues in healthcare today. With its Oncotype IQ® Genomic Intelligence Platform, the company is applying its world-class scientific and commercial expertise and infrastructure to lead the translation of clinical and genomic big data into actionable results for treatment planning throughout the cancer patient journey, from diagnosis to treatment selection and monitoring. The Oncotype IQ portfolio of genomic tests and services currently consists of the company’s flagship line of Oncotype DX® gene expression tests that have been used to guide treatment decisions for over 1 million cancer patients worldwide. Genomic Health is expanding its test portfolio to include additional liquid- and tissue-based tests, including the Oncotype DX® AR-V7 Nucleus Detect™ test. The company is based in Redwood City, California, with international headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, please visit, and follow the company on Twitter: @GenomicHealth, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.