THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., May 23, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced its intention to offer,
subject to market and other conditions, Senior Notes due 2017, Senior
Notes due 2037, and Senior Floating Rate Notes due 2008 through
offerings pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities
Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). The interest rate and
other terms are to be determined by negotiations between Amgen and the
initial purchasers of the notes.
Amgen expects to use the net proceeds from the offering to
purchase approximately $3 billion worth of shares of its common stock,
including through one or more block trades with one or more of the
initial purchasers and/or their affiliates. Any remaining proceeds
will be added to Amgen´s working capital and will be used for general
corporate purposes, including capital expenditures, other working
capital needs and other business initiatives, including acquisitions
and licensing activities.
This notice does not constitute an offer to sell or the
solicitation of an offer to buy securities. Any offers of the
securities will be made only by means of a private offering
memorandum. The notes have not been, and will not be, registered under
the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction
and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent
registration or an applicable exemption from registration
Amgen discovers, develops and delivers innovative human
therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the
first companies to realize the new science´s promise by bringing safe
and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient.
Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping
millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer,
kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses. With
a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains
committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people´s lives.
To learn more about our pioneering science and our vital medicines,
This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve
significant risks and uncertainties, including those discussed below
and others that can be found in our Form 10-K for the year ended Dec.
31, 2006, and in our periodic reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. Amgen
is providing this information as of the date of this news release and
does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking
statements contained in this document as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise.
No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual results
may differ materially from those we project. The Company´s results may
be affected by our ability to successfully market both new and
existing products domestically and internationally, clinical and
regulatory developments (domestic or foreign) involving current and
future products, sales growth of recently launched products,
competition from other products (domestic or foreign), difficulties or
delays in manufacturing our products. In addition, sales of our
products are affected by reimbursement policies imposed by third-party
payors, including governments, private insurance plans and managed
care providers and may be affected by regulatory, clinical and
guideline developments and domestic and international trends toward
managed care and health care cost containment as well as U.S.
legislation affecting pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement.
Government and others´ regulations and reimbursement policies may
affect the development, usage and pricing of our products.
Furthermore, our research, testing, pricing, marketing and other
operations are subject to extensive regulation by domestic and foreign
government regulatory authorities. We or others could identify safety,
side effects or manufacturing problems with our products after they
are on the market. Our business may be impacted by government
investigations, litigation and products liability claims. Further,
while we routinely obtain patents for our products and technology, the
protection offered by our patents and patent applications may be
challenged, invalidated or circumvented by our competitors. We depend
on third parties for a significant portion of our manufacturing
capacity for the supply of certain of our current and future products
and limits on supply may constrain sales of certain of our current
products and product candidate development. In addition, we compete
with other companies with respect to some of our marketed products as
well as for the discovery and development of new products. Discovery
or identification of new product candidates cannot be guaranteed and
movement from concept to product is uncertain; consequently, there can
be no guarantee that any particular product candidate will be
successful and become a commercial product. Further, some raw
materials, medical devices and component parts for our products are
supplied by sole third-party suppliers.
Amgen, Thousand Oaks
David Polk, 805-447-4613 (media)
Arvind Sood, 805-447-1060 (investors)