Cambridge, UK / Waltham, MA: Abcam plc (“Abcam,” “Company,” “Group”) (Nasdaq: ABCM), a global leader in the supply of life science research tools, today announces that, having listened to and extensively engaged with shareholders, the Board of Directors has unanimously decided to initiate a process to explore strategic alternatives for the Company. The comprehensive process will begin immediately and will evaluate a broad range of options to maximize shareholder value, including a potential sale of the Company. As previously disclosed, Abcam has received strategic inquiries from multiple parties over the past few weeks.
The Company commented: “Abcam is a unique asset that provides innovative products and solutions for the global life sciences community. Our Board is fully aligned in its belief that the best way to maximize value for shareholders is to comprehensively review the Company’s strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of Abcam. We will pursue the pathway that maximizes value for our shareholders and also ensures successful outcomes for our customers and employees.”
The Board of Directors has retained Lazard and Morgan Stanley as financial advisors to assist in its review of strategic alternatives. Latham & Watkins has been appointed as legal advisor in connection with the review process.
There can be no assurance regarding the results or outcome of this review. Abcam does not intend to comment further on this strategic review process and will make further announcements in accordance with its ongoing disclosure obligations and pursuant to applicable laws and regulations.
About Abcam plc
As an innovator in reagents and tools, Abcam’s purpose is to serve life science researchers globally to achieve their mission faster. Providing the research and clinical communities with tools and scientific support, the Company offers highly validated antibodies, assays, and other research tools to address important targets in critical biological pathways.
Already a pioneer in data sharing and ecommerce in the life sciences, Abcam’s ambition is to be the most influential company in life sciences by helping advance global understanding of biology and causes of disease, which, in turn, will drive new treatments and improved health.
Abcam’s worldwide customer base of approximately 750,000 life science researchers’ uses Abcam’s antibodies, reagents, biomarkers, and assays. By actively listening to and collaborating with these researchers, the Company continuously advances its portfolio to address their needs. A transparent program of customer reviews and datasheets, combined with industry-leading validation initiatives, gives researchers increased confidence in their results.
Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Cambridge, UK, the Company has served customers in more than 130 countries. Abcam’s American Depositary Shares (ADSs) trade on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (Nasdaq: ABCM).
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Tommy Thomas, CPA
Vice President, Investor Relations
152 Grove Street, Building 1100
Waltham, MA 02453
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