Filed by AbbVie Inc.
Pursuant to Rule 425
Under the Securities Act of 1933
Subject Company: Shire plc
Commission File No. for Registration Statement
on Form S-4 filed by AbbVie Private Limited: 333-198286
On October 14, 2014, AbbVie Inc. made the following communication to its employees:
Today we announced under our Co-Operation agreement with Shire that AbbVies Board of Directors intends to meet to consider whether AbbVie should withdraw or modify its recommendation to support the merger agreement combining AbbVie and Shire.
AbbVies Board will consider, among other things, the impact of the U.S. Department of Treasurys proposed unilateral changes to the tax regulations announced on September 22, 2014, including the impact to the fundamental financial benefits of the transaction.
Under the Agreement, AbbVie must provide three business days notice of any intention to consider a change in recommendation. Accordingly, AbbVies Board plans to meet on October 20, 2014, unless Shire agrees to waive the notice.
At this time, AbbVies Board of Directors has not withdrawn or modified its recommendation to AbbVie stockholders.
For further information see our news release. We will provide you with additional details when we have more information on the matter.
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Offer or Solicitation
This release is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell, or an invitation to subscribe for, purchase or exchange, any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction, nor shall there be any sale, issuance, exchange or transfer of the securities referred to in this release in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In furtherance of the combination, AbbVie Private Limited (New AbbVie) has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a preliminary Proxy Statement of AbbVie that also constitutes a preliminary Prospectus of New AbbVie relating to the New AbbVie shares to be issued to New AbbVie stockholders in the combination. In addition, AbbVie, New AbbVie and Shire may file additional documents with the SEC. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF ABBVIE AND SHIRE ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSACTION, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Those documents, when filed, as well as AbbVies and New AbbVies other public filings with the SEC may be obtained without charge at the SECs website at www.sec.gov, at AbbVies website at www.AbbVieinvestor.com and at Shires website at www.Shire.com. AbbVie plans to mail its stockholders the definitive proxy statement/prospectus after the registration statement on Form S-4 is declared effective by the SEC. It is expected that the New AbbVie shares to be issued to Shire shareholders under a scheme of arrangement will be issued in reliance upon the exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, provided by Section 3(a)(10) thereof.
Participants in the Solicitation
AbbVie, its directors and certain of its executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the transactions contemplated by the proxy statement/prospectus. Information about the directors and executive officers of AbbVie is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, which was filed with the SEC on February 21, 2014, and its proxy statement for its 2014 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 24, 2014. Other information regarding potential participants in the proxy solicitations and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, are contained in the proxy statement/prospectus filed with the SEC.
This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to a combination involving AbbVie and Shire. The words believe, expect, anticipate, project and similar expressions, among others, generally identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the possibility that necessary regulatory approvals or stockholder approvals will not be obtained or any of the other conditions to the combination will not be satisfied, adverse effects on the market price of AbbVie shares and on AbbVies or Shires operating results because of a failure to complete the combination, failure to realise the expected benefits of the possible combination, negative effects relating to the announcement of the possible combination or any further announcements relating to the possible combination or the consummation of the possible combination on the market price of AbbVie shares or Shire shares, significant transaction costs and/or unknown liabilities, general economic and business conditions that affect the combined companies following the consummation of the possible combination, changes in global, political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory forces, future exchange and interest rates, changes in tax laws, regulations, rates and policies, future business combinations or disposals and competitive developments. These forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions and assessments made in light of AbbVies or, as the case may be, Shires experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, business strategies, operating environment, future developments and other factors it believes appropriate. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. The factors described in the context of such forward-looking statements in this release could cause AbbVies plans with respect to Shire, AbbVies or Shires actual results, performance or achievements, industry results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although it is believed that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct and persons reading this release are therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as at the date of this release. Additional information about economic, competitive, governmental, technological and other factors that may affect AbbVie is set forth in Item 1A, Risk Factors, in AbbVies 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in Item 1A, Risk Factors of Part II of AbbVies second quarter 2014 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which have been filed with the SEC, the contents of which are not incorporated by reference into, nor do they form part of, this release. Neither AbbVie nor Shire undertakes any obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements as a result of subsequent events or developments, except as required by law.