Mondobiotech in merger negotiations with Pierrel
Stans – Mondobiotech, a drug discovery company in troubled waters, could soon be under Italian ownership: The Swiss biotech announced it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Milan-based provider of pharmaceutical and life science industries, Pierrel SpA, with regard to a potential combination of the Contract Research Organization (CRO) of Pierrel with Mondobiotech. According to a non-binding letter of intent signed by the parties, the business combination should be structured by way of a contribution in kind of 100% of the share capital of Pierrel Research International AG (the CRO holding company), fully owned by Pierrel into the capital of Mondobiotech, through a dedicated capital increase of the latter. The news led initially to a Mondobiotech share price rally at the SIX Swiss Exchange to a plus of 88 % (at 0.75 CHF) before falling back to 0.40 CHF. Last December, Mondobiotech announced that, due to the current financial market conditions and the lack of significant progress with currently available options, it would be implementing restructuring measures. Together with other fluctuations, this would include a reduction of more than 50% of the firm’s total workforce by the end of February 2012. Activities will be concentrated in the company’s Stans headquarters.