ALERE INC. (NYSE:ALR) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

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ALERE INC. (NYSE:ALR) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

Triage Purchase Agreement

On July 15, 2017, Alere Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a Purchase Agreement (the “Triage Purchase Agreement”) with, solely for purposes of Sections 6.13 and 12.15 thereof, Quidel Corporation, a Delaware corporation (“Quidel”), QTB Acquisition Corp., a Delaware corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of Quidel (“Purchaser”), and, for the limited purposes set forth therein, Abbott Laboratories, an Illinois corporation (“Abbott”), to which the Company agreed to sell, and Purchaser agreed to acquire, the Company’s cardiovascular and toxicology Triage® MeterPro business (the “Triage Business”).

As aggregate consideration for the Triage Business, Purchaser will pay $400.0 million in cash at the closing of the acquisition (subject to an inventory adjustment as set forth in the Triage Purchase Agreement) and assume certain post-closing liabilities. Purchaser has indicated that it expects to fund the cash purchase price for the Triage Business with a combination of cash on hand and new debt financing. The Triage Purchase Agreement contains customary representations, warranties and covenants made by each of the Company and Purchaser, as well as mutual indemnification obligations.

The transactions contemplated by the Triage Purchase Agreement are subject to certain closing conditions, including: (i) the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of January 30, 2016, as amended on April 13, 2017, by and among the Company, Abbott and Angel Sub, Inc. (as amended, the “Merger Agreement”), to which the Company will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Abbott (the “Merger”), (ii) no law or judgment (whether temporary, preliminary or permanent) shall have been promulgated, entered, enforced, enacted or issued by any governmental authority, including a court, that remains in effect and that prohibits, enjoins or makes illegal the consummation of the transactions, (iii) the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the BNP Purchase Agreement (as defined below), and (iv) other customary closing conditions. The Company is divesting the Triage Business in connection with review by the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) and the European Commission (the“EC”) of the Merger, which remains subject to FTC and EC approvals and other regulatory approvals. Purchaser’s acquisition of the Triage Business is also subject to approval by the FTC and the EC of Purchaser as the buyer of the Triage Business and other regulatory approvals. Consummation of Purchaser’s acquisition of the Triage Business is expected to occur concurrent with, or as soon as practicable following, the closing of the Merger.

The Triage Purchase Agreement may be terminated under certain circumstances, including: (i) the parties’ mutual agreement, (ii) in the event that Abbott determines in good faith that the FTC, the EC or another governmental authority is not likely to approve the Triage Purchase Agreement, the transactions contemplated thereby, or Purchaser as the buyer of the Triage Business, (iii) if any governmental authority issues a final, non-appealable judgment permanently restraining, enjoining or otherwise prohibiting the transactions contemplated by the Triage Purchase Agreement, (iv) if the Merger Agreement is terminated, (v) the non-terminating party’s uncured material breach of the Triage Purchase Agreement, or (vi) if the transactions contemplated by the Triage Purchase Agreement have not been consummated within 90 days after the consummation of the Merger.

The Triage Purchase Agreement contemplates the entry by the parties into certain ancillary agreements as of the closing of the transactions, including: (i) a mutual transition services agreement, (ii) a manufacturing and supply agreement, to which Purchaser shall provide the Company with certain components, and (iii) lease agreements, to which the Company or its affiliates will lease portions of the real property in San Diego, California that will be acquired by Purchaser to the Triage Purchase Agreement.

The foregoing description of the Triage Purchase Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Triage Purchase Agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Form 8-K and is hereby incorporated by reference into this Item 1.01.

BNP Purchase Agreement

Also on July 15, 2017, the Company entered into a Purchase Agreement (the “BNP Purchase Agreement”) with, solely for purposes of Section 11.15 thereof, Quidel, Purchaser, and, for the limited purposes set forth therein, Abbott, to which the Company agreed to sell, and Purchaser agreed to acquire, assets and liabilities relating to the Company’s contractual arrangement with Beckman Coulter, Inc. for the supply by the Company of antibodies and other inputs related to, and distribution of, the Triage® BNP Test (the“BNP Product”) for the Beckman Coulter Access Family of Immunoassay Systems (the “BNP Business”).

As aggregate consideration for the BNP Business, Purchaser will pay up to $40.0 million in cash, payable in five annual installments of $8.0 million, the first of which will be paid approximately six months following the closing of the transactions contemplated by the BNP Purchase Agreement, and assume certain post-closing liabilities. The cash purchase price is subject to an inventory adjustment as set forth in the BNP Purchase Agreement. Purchaser’s obligation to pay the annual installments will (i) terminate if Purchaser’s net sales of BNP Product fall below a specified amount in the European Economic Area and certain other specified market conditions occur, and (ii) accelerate, and be immediately payable, if Purchaser transfers or conveys certain associated rights, assets or properties. Purchaser intends to fund the cash purchase price for the BNP Business from cash on hand. The BNP Purchase Agreement contains customary representations, warranties and covenants made by each of Purchaser and the Company, as well as mutual indemnification obligations.

The transactions contemplated by the BNP Purchase Agreement are subject to certain closing conditions, including: (i) the consummation of the Merger, (ii) no law or judgment (whether temporary, preliminary or permanent) shall have been promulgated, entered, enforced, enacted or issued by any governmental authority, including a court, that remains in effect and that prohibits, enjoins or makes illegal the consummation of the transactions, (iii) the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Triage Purchase Agreement, and (iv)other customary closing conditions. The Company is divesting the BNP Business in connection with review by the EC of the Merger. Purchaser’s acquisition of the BNP Business is also subject to approval by the EC of Purchaser as the buyer of the BNP Business and other regulatory approvals. Purchaser’s acquisition of the BNP Business is expected to occur at, or as soon as practicable following, the closing of the Merger.

The BNP Purchase Agreement may be terminated under certain circumstances, including (i) the parties’ mutual agreement, (ii) in the event that Abbott determines in good faith that the FTC, the EC or another governmental authority is not likely to approve the BNP Purchase Agreement, the transactions contemplated thereby, or Purchaser as the buyer of the BNP Business, (iii) if any governmental authority issues a final, non-appealable judgment permanently restraining, enjoining or otherwise prohibiting the transactions contemplated by the BNP Purchase Agreement, (iv) if the Merger Agreement is terminated, (v) the non-terminating party’s uncured material breach of the BNP Purchase Agreement, or (vi) if the transactions contemplated by the BNP Purchase Agreement have not been consummated within 90 days after the consummation of the Merger.

The BNP Purchase Agreement contemplates the entry by the parties into certain ancillary agreements as of the closing of the transactions, including: (i) a transition services agreement, to which the Company shall provide certain transitional services to Purchaser and (ii) a distribution agreement, for the distribution of the BNP Product in markets outside of the European Economic Area.

The foregoing description of the BNP Purchase Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the BNP Purchase Agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 10.2 to this Form 8-K and is hereby incorporated by reference into this Item 1.01.

The representations and warranties of the Company contained in the Triage Purchase Agreement and the BNP Purchase Agreement have been made solely for the benefit of the parties thereto. In addition, such representations and warranties (a) have been made only for purposes of the purchase agreements, (b) have been qualified by certain documents filed with, or furnished to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) by the Company prior to the date of the purchase agreements, (c) have been qualified by confidential disclosures made to the other parties to the purchase agreements in connection therewith, (d) are subject to materiality qualifications contained in the Triage Purchase Agreement and the BNP Purchase Agreement, respectively, which may differ from what may be viewed as material by investors, (e) were made only as of the date of the purchase agreements or such other date as is specified in

the applicable purchase agreement and (f) have been included in the purchase agreements for the purpose of allocating risk between the parties to the purchase agreements rather than establishing matters as facts. Accordingly, the Triage Purchase Agreement and the BNP Purchase Agreement are included with this filing only to provide investors with information regarding the terms of the purchase agreements, and not to provide investors with any other factual information regarding the Company or its subsidiaries or business. Investors should not rely on the representations and warranties or any descriptions thereof as characterizations of the actual state of facts or condition of the Company or any of its subsidiaries or business. Moreover, information concerning the subject matter of the representations and warranties may change after the date of the purchase agreements, which subsequent information may or may not be fully reflected in the Company’s public disclosures.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)Exhibits.

ExhibitNo.

Description

10.1

Triage Purchase Agreement, dated July 15, 2017, by and among the Company, Purchaser, for purposes of Section 6.13 and 12.15 thereof, Quidel and for the limited purposes therein set forth therein, Abbott.*

10.2

BNP Purchase Agreement, dated July 15, 2017, by and among the Company, Purchaser, for purposes of Section 11.15 thereof, Quidel and for the limited purposes therein set forth therein, Abbott.*

* Schedules have been omitted to Item 601(b)(2) of Regulation S-K. The Company hereby undertakes to furnish supplemental copies of any of the omitted schedules upon request by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, provided, however, that the parties may request confidential treatment to Rule 24b-2 of the Exchange Act for any document so furnished.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Readers can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “intend,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “continue” or similar words. A number of important factors could cause actual results of Alere and its subsidiaries to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, (i) the risk that the proposed merger with Abbott or the proposed transactions with Quidel may not be completed in a timely manner or at all; (ii) the possibility that any or all of the various conditions to the consummation of the merger or the transactions with Quidel may not be satisfied or waived, including the failure to receive any required regulatory approvals from any applicable governmental entities (or any conditions, limitations or restrictions placed on such approvals); (iii) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement with Abbott or the purchase agreements with Quidel; (iv) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement with Abbott or the purchase agreements with Quidel on Alere’s ability to retain and hire key personnel, its ability to maintain relationships with its customers, suppliers and others with whom it does business, or its operating results and business generally; (v) risks related to diverting management’s attention from Alere’s ongoing business operations; (vi) the risk that stockholder litigation in connection with the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement with Abbott or the purchase agreements with Quidel may result in significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability; and (vii) the risk factors detailed in Part I, Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 (as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 5, 2017) and other risk factors identified herein or from time to time in our periodic filings with the SEC. Readers should carefully review these risk factors, and should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on information, plans and estimates at the date of this communication. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, new information, future events or other changes.

to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

ALERE INC.

Date: July 17, 2017

By:

/s/ Douglas Barry

Douglas Barry

Associate General Counsel

EXHIBITINDEX

ExhibitNo.

Description

10.1

10.2

* Schedules have been omitted to Item 601(b)(2) of Regulation S-K. The Company hereby undertakes to furnish supplemental copies of any of the omitted schedules upon request by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, provided, however, that the parties may request confidential treatment
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About ALERE INC. (NYSE:ALR)

Alere Inc. is a provider of health information through diagnostic tests. The Company’s segments include professional diagnostics, consumer diagnostics, and corporate and other. The professional diagnostics segment includes an array of diagnostic test products and other in vitro diagnostic tests marketed to medical professionals and laboratories for detection of diseases and conditions within its areas of focus. The consumer diagnostics segment consists primarily of manufacturing operations related to its role as the exclusive manufacturer of products for SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics (SPD), its joint venture with The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). The Company’s professional diagnostic solutions allow patients and their healthcare providers to work together to manage patients’ conditions over the continuum of care, from the hospital to home. The Company offers lines of drugs-of-abuse tests, reagent systems and laboratory testing options.

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