Merck Provides Update on Expenses Related to Recent Transactions


January 23, 2023 6:45 am ET

RAHWAY, N.J., Jan. 23, 2023 – Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, in the fourth quarter of 2022, announced the acquisition of Imago Biosciences, Inc. (Imago) for an approximate total value of $1.35 billion and a license and collaboration agreement with Kelun Biotech (Kelun) which includes an up-front payment of $175 million. The Imago acquisition closed in January 2023 and the collaboration with Kelun is expected to close in the first quarter of 2023, resulting in the inclusion of an aggregate $1.4 billion of research and development expenses in Merck’s GAAP and non-GAAP results for the first quarter and full year of 2023. No tax benefit will be recognized on the expense for the Imago acquisition, which will result in an approximate 1 percentage point unfavorable impact to Merck’s expected full year 2023 GAAP and non-GAAP 2023 tax rates. In total, the full year 2023 GAAP and non-GAAP EPS impact from these two transactions is approximately $0.53, excluding the research and development expense expected to be incurred to advance the development of the respective programs. The impact of these transactions will be reflected in Merck’s 2023 financial outlook that will be communicated on February 2.

As previously disclosed, while research and development expenses may be incurred upon execution of collaborations, licensing agreements, and other asset acquisitions, Merck does not forecast significant research and development expenses from such potential transactions when providing GAAP and non-GAAP outlook information due to the uncertainty of the future occurrence of such transactions in any given period.

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Risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to, general industry conditions and competition; general economic factors, including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; the impact of the global outbreak of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19); the impact of pharmaceutical industry regulation and health care legislation in the United States and internationally; global trends toward health care cost containment; technological advances, new products and patents attained by competitors; challenges inherent in new product development, including obtaining regulatory approval; the company’s ability to accurately predict future market conditions; manufacturing difficulties or delays; financial instability of international economies and sovereign risk; dependence on the effectiveness of the company’s patents and other protections for innovative products; and the exposure to litigation, including patent litigation, and/or regulatory actions.

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