SC TO-T

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

SCHEDULE TO

Tender Offer Statement Pursuant to Section 14(d)(1) or 13(e)(1)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

 

ABIOMED, INC.

(Name of Subject Company (Issuer))

ATHOS MERGER SUB, INC.

(Offeror)

A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

(Parent of Offeror)

(Names of Filing Persons (identifying status as offeror, issuer or other person))

COMMON STOCK, PAR VALUE $0.01 PER SHARE

(Title of Class of Securities)

003654100

(CUSIP Number of Class of Securities)

Nicholas Antoun

Johnson & Johnson

One Johnson & Johnson Plaza

New Brunswick, NJ 08933

(732) 524-0400

(Name, address and telephone number of person authorized to receive notices and communications on behalf of filing persons)

with copies to:

Robert I. Townsend, III

George F. Schoen

Sanjay Murti

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

825 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10019

(212) 474-1000

 

 

 

Check the box if the filing relates solely to preliminary communications made before the commencement of a tender offer.

Check the appropriate boxes below to designate any transactions to which the statement relates:

 

 

third-party tender offer subject to Rule 14d-1.

 

issuer tender offer subject to Rule 13e-4.

 

going-private transaction subject to Rule 13e-3.

 

amendment to Schedule 13D under Rule 13d-2.

Check the following box if the filing is a final amendment reporting the results of the tender offer:  ☐

If applicable, check the appropriate box(es) below to designate the appropriate rule provision(s) relied upon:

 

 

Rule 13e-4(i) (Cross-Border Issuer Tender Offer)

 

Rule 14d-1(d) (Cross-Border Third-Party Tender Offer)

 

 

 


This Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO (this “Schedule TO”) relates to the tender offer by Athos Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Purchaser”) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, a New Jersey corporation (“Johnson & Johnson”), for all of the outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Shares”), of ABIOMED, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“ABIOMED”), at a price of $380.00 per Share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes (the “Cash Amount”), plus one non-tradeable contractual contingent value right per Share (each, a “CVR”), which CVR represents the right to receive contingent payments of up to $35.00 per Share in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, in the aggregate, upon the achievement of specified milestones (the Cash Amount plus one CVR, collectively, the “Offer Price”), upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase, dated as of November 15, 2022 (together with any amendments and supplements thereto, the “Offer to Purchase”), and in the related Letter of Transmittal (the “Letter of Transmittal”), copies of which are attached hereto as exhibits (a)(1)(A) and (a)(1)(B), respectively.

All of the information set forth in the Offer to Purchase, including Schedule I thereto, is incorporated by reference herein in response to Items 1 through 9 and Item 11 of this Schedule TO, and is supplemented by the information specifically provided in this Schedule TO.

Item 1. Summary Term Sheet.

The information set forth in the section of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Summary Term Sheet” is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 2. Subject Company Information.

(a) The name of the subject company and the issuer of the securities to which this Schedule TO relates is ABIOMED, Inc., a Delaware corporation. ABIOMED’s principal executive offices are located at 22 Cherry Hill Drive, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923. ABIOMED’s telephone number at such address is (978) 646-1400. The information set forth in the section of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Certain Information Concerning ABIOMED” is incorporated herein by reference.

(b) This Schedule TO relates to all outstanding Shares. ABIOMED has advised Johnson & Johnson that, as of the close of business on November 7, 2022, there were (i) 45,110,225 Shares issued and outstanding, (ii) 565,707 Shares issuable pursuant to the exercise of outstanding stock options to purchase Shares, (iii) 311,749 Shares subject to issuance upon the vesting and settlement of ABIOMED’s performance-based restricted stock units (based on the levels of performance specified in the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated October 31, 2022, by and among Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and ABIOMED (the “Merger Agreement”)), (iv) 267,987 Shares subject to issuance upon the vesting and settlement of ABIOMED’s restricted stock units and (v) 4,631 Shares estimated to be subject to outstanding rights under ABIOMED’s 1988 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, as amended and restated on February 5, 2019 (the “Company ESPP”). The information set forth in the section of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Introduction” is incorporated herein by reference.

(c) The information set forth in the section of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Price Range of Shares; Dividends” is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 3. Identity and Background of Filing Person.

(a)-(c) This Schedule TO is filed by Johnson & Johnson, a New Jersey corporation, and Athos Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The information set forth in the section of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Certain Information Concerning Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser” and in Schedule I to the Offer to Purchase is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 4. Terms of the Transaction.

(a) The information set forth in the Offer to Purchase is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 5. Past Contacts, Transactions, Negotiations and Agreements.

(a)-(b) The information set forth in the sections of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Summary Term Sheet”, “Introduction”, “Certain Information Concerning Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser”, “Background of the Offer; Past Contacts or Negotiations with ABIOMED”, “The Transaction Agreements” and “Purpose of the Offer; Plans for ABIOMED” is incorporated herein by reference.


Item 6. Purposes of the Transaction and Plans or Proposals.

(a) The information set forth in the sections of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Summary Term Sheet”, “Introduction” and “Purpose of the Offer; Plans for ABIOMED” is incorporated herein by reference.

(c) (1)-(7) The information set forth in the sections of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Summary Term Sheet”, “Introduction”, “Background of the Offer; Past Contacts or Negotiations with ABIOMED”, “The Transaction Agreements”, “Purpose of the Offer; Plans for ABIOMED”, “Certain Effects of the Offer” and “Dividends and Distributions” is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 7. Source and Amount of Funds or Other Consideration.

(a)-(b), (d) The information set forth in the sections of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Summary Term Sheet” and “Source and Amount of Funds” is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 8. Interest in Securities of the Subject Company.

The information set forth in the sections of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Certain Information Concerning Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser”, “Purpose of the Offer; Plans for ABIOMED” and “The Transaction Agreements” is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9. Persons/Assets Retained, Employed, Compensated or Used.

(a) The information set forth in the sections of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Summary Term Sheet” and “Fees and Expenses” is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 10. Financial Statements.

Not applicable.

Item 11. Additional Information.

(a)(1) The information set forth in the sections of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Certain Information Concerning Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser”, “Background of the Offer; Past Contacts or Negotiations with ABIOMED”, “The Transaction Agreements” and “Purpose of the Offer; Plans for ABIOMED” is incorporated herein by reference.

(a)(2) The information set forth in the sections of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Summary Term Sheet”, “Introduction”, “Purpose of the Offer; Plans for ABIOMED”, “Conditions to the Offer” and “Certain Legal Matters; Regulatory Approvals” is incorporated herein by reference.

(a)(3) The information set forth in the sections of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Summary Term Sheet”, “Introduction”, “Conditions to the Offer”, “The Transaction Agreements” and “Certain Legal Matters; Regulatory Approvals” is incorporated herein by reference.

(a)(4) The information set forth in the sections of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Certain Effects of the Offer” is incorporated herein by reference.

(a)(5) The information set forth in the section of the Offer to Purchase entitled “Certain Legal Matters; Regulatory Approvals” is incorporated herein by reference.

(c) The information set forth in the Offer to Purchase and Letter of Transmittal is incorporated herein by reference.


Item 12. Exhibits.

 

Exhibit
No.

  

Description

(a)(1)(A)

   Offer to Purchase, dated as of November 15, 2022.*

(a)(1)(B)

   Form of Letter of Transmittal (including Internal Revenue Service Form W-9).*

(a)(1)(C)

   Form of Notice of Guaranteed Delivery.*

(a)(1)(D)

   Form of Letter to Brokers, Dealers, Banks, Trust Companies and Other Nominees.*

(a)(1)(E)

   Form of Letter to Clients for use by Brokers, Dealers, Banks, Trust Companies and Other Nominees.*

(a)(1)(F)

   Summary Newspaper Advertisement, as published in The Wall Street Journal on November 15, 2022.*

(a)(2)

   Not applicable.

(a)(3)

   Not applicable.

(a)(4)

   Not applicable.

(a)(5)(A)

   Joint Press Release, dated as of November 1, 2022, issued by Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED, Inc. (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 99.1 of the Schedule TO-C filed by Johnson & Johnson with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on November 1, 2022).

(a)(5)(B)

   Investor Presentation, dated November 1, 2022 (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 99.2 of the Schedule TO-C filed by Johnson & Johnson with the SEC on November 1, 2022).

(a)(5)(C)

   Transcript of investor conference call dated November 1, 2022 (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 99.3 of the Schedule TO-C filed by Johnson & Johnson with the SEC on November 1, 2022).

(a)(5)(D)

   Social media posts made on November 1, 2022 (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 99.4 of the Schedule TO-C filed by Johnson & Johnson with the SEC on November 1, 2022).

(a)(5)(E)

   Email to ABIOMED, Inc. employees, dated November 3, 2022 (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 99.1 of the Schedule TO-C filed by Johnson & Johnson with the SEC on November 3, 2022).

(a)(5)(F)

   Presentation at ABIOMED, Inc. Employee Meeting on November 7, 2022 (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 99.1 of the Schedule TO-C filed by Johnson & Johnson with the SEC on November 7, 2022).

(b)

   Not applicable.

(d)(1)

   Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of October 31, 2022, by and among Johnson & Johnson, Athos Merger Sub, Inc. and ABIOMED, Inc. (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 2.1 of the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by ABIOMED, Inc. with the SEC on November 1, 2022).

(d)(2)

   Confidential Disclosure Agreement, dated as of September 28, 2022, between Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED, Inc.*

(d)(3)

   Form of Contingent Value Rights Agreement, by and among Johnson & Johnson and a rights agent mutually acceptable to Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED, Inc. (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 2.2 to Form 8-K filed by ABIOMED, Inc. with the SEC on November 1, 2022).

(d)(4)

   Retention Agreement, dated as of October 31, 2022, between ABIOMED, Inc. and Andrew Greenfield (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Form 8-K filed by ABIOMED, Inc. with the SEC on November 1, 2022).

(d)(5)

   Letter Agreement, dated as of October 31, 2022, between ABIOMED, Inc. and Michael R. Minogue (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to Form 8-K filed by ABIOMED, Inc. with the SEC on November 1, 2022).

(g)

   Not applicable.

(h)

   Not applicable.

107

   Filing Fee Table*

 

*

Filed herewith.

Item 13. Information Required by Schedule 13E-3.

Not applicable.


SIGNATURES

After due inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

 

JOHNSON & JOHNSON
By  

/s/ Marc Larkins

  Name:   Marc Larkins
  Title:  

Corporate Secretary

  Date:   November 15, 2022
ATHOS MERGER SUB, INC.
By  

/s/ Susan Morano

  Name:   Susan Morano
  Title:   President and Chief Executive Officer
  Date:   November 15, 2022
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Exhibit (a)(1)(A)

Offer to Purchase

All Outstanding Shares of Common Stock

of

ABIOMED, Inc.

at

$380.00 net per share, in cash, plus one non-tradeable contingent value right for each share, which represents the contractual right to receive contingent cash payments of up to $35.00 per share in the aggregate upon the achievement of specified milestones,

by

Athos Merger Sub, Inc.

a wholly owned subsidiary of

Johnson & Johnson

THE OFFER AND WITHDRAWAL RIGHTS WILL EXPIRE AT

11:59 P.M., NEW YORK CITY TIME,

ON DECEMBER 13, 2022

UNLESS THE OFFER IS EXTENDED OR EARLIER TERMINATED.

Athos Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Purchaser”) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, a New Jersey corporation (“Johnson & Johnson”), is offering to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Shares”), of ABIOMED, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“ABIOMED”), at a price of $380.00 per Share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes (the “Cash Amount”), plus one non-tradeable contractual contingent value right per Share (each, a “CVR”), which CVR represents the right to receive contingent payments of up to $35.00 per Share in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, in the aggregate, upon the achievement of specified milestones (the Cash Amount plus one CVR, collectively, the “Offer Price”), upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Offer to Purchase (as it may be amended or supplemented from time to time, this “Offer to Purchase”) and in the related Letter of Transmittal (together with this Offer to Purchase and other related materials, as each may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer”).

The Offer is being made pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of October 31, 2022 (as it may be amended from time to time, the “Merger Agreement”), by and among Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and ABIOMED. The Merger Agreement provides, among other things, that as soon as practicable following (but in any event no later than the business day after) the consummation of the Offer and subject to the satisfaction or waiver of specified conditions, Purchaser will be merged with and into ABIOMED (the “Merger”) in accordance with Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) without a vote on the adoption of the Merger Agreement by ABIOMED stockholders, with ABIOMED continuing as the surviving corporation in the Merger and thereby becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. At the closing of the Merger, each Share outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger (other than (a) Shares owned by Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser or ABIOMED (or held in ABIOMED’s treasury), or by any direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser, in each case at the commencement of the Offer and immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger, (b) Shares irrevocably accepted for purchase pursuant to the Offer or (c) Shares owned by any stockholders who have properly and validly demanded their appraisal rights in compliance with Section 262 of the DGCL) will be automatically converted into the right to receive the Offer Price, without interest and less any required withholding taxes. As a result of the Merger, ABIOMED will cease to be a publicly traded company and will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

The Offer is conditioned upon, among other things, (a) (i) the expiration or termination of any applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”) and the


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absence of any voluntary agreement between Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED, on the one hand, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) or the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”), on the other hand, pursuant to which Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED have agreed not to consummate the Offer or the Merger, and (ii) the receipt of approvals under the antitrust laws of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Austria and Japan, (b) that, as of immediately prior to the expiration of the Offer, the number of Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in accordance with the terms of the Offer, and received by the Depositary (as defined in this Offer to Purchase) in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 251(h) of the DGCL (as described in more detail in Section 3—“Procedures for Accepting the Offer and Tendering Shares”), together with the Shares then owned by Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and their respective affiliates (if any), represent at least one Share more than 50% of the then-outstanding Shares, (c) the absence of any law or order issued by any governmental authority of competent and applicable jurisdiction that has the effect of making the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement illegal or the effect of prohibiting or otherwise preventing the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, (d) the absence of any pending legal proceeding under any antitrust law brought by a governmental authority of competent and applicable jurisdiction that challenges or seeks to make illegal, prohibit or otherwise prevent the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, or that seeks to impose any Burdensome Condition (as defined in the Merger Agreement and described in more detail in Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The Merger Agreement—Antitrust Filings”) thereon, (e) the accuracy of the representations and warranties of ABIOMED contained in the Merger Agreement (subject to certain materiality exceptions), (f) ABIOMED’s compliance or performance in all material respects with its covenants and agreements contained in the Merger Agreement prior to the expiration time of the Offer and (g) that the Merger Agreement has not been terminated in accordance with its terms. The Offer is also subject to other conditions as described in this Offer to Purchase. See Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”. Neither the consummation of the Offer nor the Merger is subject to any financing condition.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF ABIOMED UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT ABIOMED STOCKHOLDERS ACCEPT THE OFFER AND TENDER THEIR SHARES PURSUANT TO THE OFFER.

The board of directors of ABIOMED, among other things, has unanimously (a) determined that it is in the best interests of ABIOMED and its stockholders, and declared it advisable, for ABIOMED to enter into the Merger Agreement and consummate the Transactions (as defined in this Offer to Purchase), including the Offer and the Merger, (b) approved the execution and delivery by ABIOMED of the Merger Agreement, the performance by ABIOMED of its covenants and agreements contained in the Merger Agreement and the consummation of the Transactions upon the terms and subject to the conditions contained in the Merger Agreement and (c) resolved to recommend that the stockholders of ABIOMED accept the Offer and tender their Shares to Purchaser pursuant to the Offer, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement.

A summary of the principal terms of the Offer is provided herein under the heading “Summary Term Sheet”. You should read this entire Offer to Purchase carefully before deciding whether to tender your Shares pursuant to the Offer.

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IMPORTANT

If you desire to tender all or any portion of your Shares to Purchaser pursuant to the Offer, you should either (a) complete and sign the letter of transmittal that accompanies this Offer to Purchase (the “Letter of Transmittal”), which is enclosed with this Offer to Purchase, in accordance with the instructions contained in the Letter of Transmittal, and mail or deliver the Letter of Transmittal (or a manually executed facsimile thereof) and any other required documents to American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, in its capacity as depositary and paying agent for the Offer (the “Depositary”), and either (i) deliver the certificates for your Shares to the Depositary along with the Letter of Transmittal (or a manually executed facsimile thereof) or (ii) tender your Shares by book-entry transfer by following the procedures described in Section 3—“Procedures for Accepting the Offer and Tendering Shares”, in each case prior to 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on December 13, 2022, which is the date that is 20 business days after the commencement of the Offer (the “Expiration Time”), unless Purchaser has extended the Offer pursuant to and in accordance with the Merger Agreement (in which event the “Expiration Time” will mean the latest time and date at which the Offer, as so extended by Purchaser, will expire), or (b) request that your broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee effect the transaction for you. If you hold Shares registered in the name of a broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee, you must contact that institution in order to tender your Shares to Purchaser pursuant to the Offer.

Any ABIOMED stockholder may also tender Shares pursuant to the guaranteed delivery procedure described in Section 3—“Procedures for Accepting the Offer and Tendering Shares”.

* * * * *

Questions and requests for assistance should be directed to the Information Agent (as defined in this Offer to Purchase) at its address and telephone numbers set forth below and on the back cover of this Offer to Purchase. Additional copies of this Offer to Purchase, the Letter of Transmittal and other materials related to the Offer may also be obtained for free from the Information Agent. Additionally, copies of this Offer to Purchase, the Letter of Transmittal and any other material related to the Offer may be obtained at the website maintained by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) at www.sec.gov. You may also contact your broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee for assistance.

This Offer to Purchase and Letter of Transmittal contain important information and you should read both carefully and in their entirety before making a decision with respect to the Offer.

The Offer has not been approved or disapproved by the SEC or any state securities commission, nor has the SEC or any state securities commission passed upon the fairness or merits of or upon the accuracy or adequacy of the information contained in this Offer to Purchase. Any representation to the contrary is unlawful.

The Information Agent for the Offer is:

 

LOGO

Innisfree M&A Incorporated

501 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor

New York, New York 10022

Stockholders may call toll free:

(877) 717-3893

Banks and Brokers may call collect:

(212) 750-5833


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

SUMMARY TERM SHEET

     1  

INTRODUCTION

     13  

THE TENDER OFFER

     16  

1.

   Terms of the Offer      16  

2.

   Acceptance for Payment and Payment for Shares.      18  

3.

   Procedures for Accepting the Offer and Tendering Shares.      19  

4.

   Withdrawal Rights      22  

5.

   Material United States Federal Income Tax Consequences.      22  

6.

   Price Range of Shares; Dividends.      26  

7.

   Certain Information Concerning ABIOMED.      27  

8.

   Certain Information Concerning Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser.      28  

9.

   Source and Amount of Funds.      29  

10.

   Background of the Offer; Past Contacts or Negotiations with ABIOMED.      30  

11.

   The Transaction Agreements      36  

12.

   Purpose of the Offer; Plans for ABIOMED.      58  

13.

   Certain Effects of the Offer.      59  

14.

   Dividends and Distributions.      60  

15.

   Conditions to the Offer.      60  

16.

   Certain Legal Matters; Regulatory Approvals.      62  

17.

   Fees and Expenses.      67  

18.

   Miscellaneous.      67  

SCHEDULE I

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SUMMARY TERM SHEET

The information contained in this summary term sheet is a summary only and is not meant to be a substitute for the more detailed description and information contained in this Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal (the “Letter of Transmittal”) and other related materials. You are urged to read carefully this Offer to Purchase, the Letter of Transmittal and other related materials in their entirety. Johnson & Johnson, a New Jersey corporation (“Johnson & Johnson”), and Athos Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (“Purchaser”), have included cross-references in this summary term sheet to other sections of this Offer to Purchase where you will find more complete descriptions of the topics mentioned below. The information concerning ABIOMED, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“ABIOMED”), contained herein and elsewhere in this Offer to Purchase has been provided to Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser by ABIOMED or has been taken from or is based upon publicly available documents or records of ABIOMED on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) or other public sources as of the date hereof. Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser have not independently verified the accuracy and completeness of such information.

 

Securities Sought   All outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of ABIOMED (the “Shares”).
Price Offered Per Share   $380.00 per Share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes (the “Cash Amount”), plus one non-tradeable contractual contingent value right per Share (each, a “CVR”), which CVR represents the right to receive contingent payments of up to $35.00 per Share in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, in the aggregate, upon the achievement of specified milestones (the Cash Amount plus one CVR, collectively, the “Offer Price”).
Scheduled Expiration of Offer   Expiration of the Offer will occur at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on December 13, 2022, unless the Offer is extended or earlier terminated in accordance with the Merger Agreement (as defined below); acceptance and payment for Shares is expected to occur on December 14, 2022 unless the Offer is extended pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement.
Offeror   Purchaser.

Who is offering to purchase my Shares?

Purchaser, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is offering to purchase for cash all of the outstanding Shares. Purchaser is a Delaware corporation that was formed for the sole purpose of making the Offer and effecting the Merger (as defined below) and ancillary activities in connection with the Offer and the Merger.

See the “Introduction” to this Offer to Purchase and Section 8—“Certain Information Concerning Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser”.

Unless the context indicates otherwise, in this Offer to Purchase, we use the terms “us”, “we” and “our” to refer to Purchaser and, where appropriate, Johnson & Johnson.

How many Shares are you seeking to purchase in the Offer?

We are offering to purchase all of the outstanding Shares of ABIOMED on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Offer to Purchase. In this Offer to Purchase, we use the term “Offer” to refer to this offer.

 

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See the “Introduction” to this Offer to Purchase and Section 1—“Terms of the Offer”.

Why are you making the Offer?

We are making the Offer because Johnson & Johnson wants to acquire all outstanding equity interests of ABIOMED. If the Offer is consummated, pursuant to the Merger Agreement, Johnson & Johnson intends to cause Purchaser to consummate the Merger as soon as practicable following (but in any event no later than the business day after) the Acceptance Time (as defined and described below). Upon consummation of the Merger, ABIOMED would cease to be a publicly traded company and would be a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

See Section 12—“Purpose of the Offer; Plans for ABIOMED”.

How much are you offering to pay and what is the form of payment? Will I have to pay any fees or commissions?

We are offering to pay $380.00 per Share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, plus one CVR representing the right to receive contingent cash payments of up to $35.00 per Share in the aggregate, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, if specified milestones are achieved. If you are the record owner of your Shares and you directly tender your Shares to us through American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, the depositary and paying agent in the Offer (the “Depositary”), you will not have to pay brokerage fees, commissions or similar expenses. If you own your Shares through a broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee and your broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee tenders your Shares on your behalf, your broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee may charge you a fee for doing so. You should consult your broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee to determine whether any charges will apply.

See the “Introduction”, Section 1—“Terms of the Offer” and Section 2—“Acceptance for Payment and Payment for Shares”.

Is there an agreement governing the Offer?

Yes. Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and ABIOMED have entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of October 31, 2022 (as it may be amended from time to time, the “Merger Agreement”). The Merger Agreement provides, among other things, for the terms and conditions of the Offer and the subsequent merger of Purchaser with and into ABIOMED (the “Merger”). If the Minimum Condition (as defined in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”) and the other conditions to the Offer are satisfied or waived and we consummate the Offer, we intend to effect the Merger as soon as practicable (but in any event no later than the business day after) the Acceptance Time (as defined below) in accordance with Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) without a vote on the adoption of the Merger Agreement by ABIOMED stockholders.

The Merger will become effective upon the filing of a certificate of merger with respect to the Merger with the Secretary of State for the State of Delaware in accordance with the DGCL, or a later time and day as may be agreed in writing by the parties and specified in the certificate of merger. We refer to the time and day the Merger becomes effective as the “Effective Time”.

See Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements” and Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”.

What is the CVR and how does it work?

At or prior to the Acceptance Time (as defined below), Johnson & Johnson will execute a Contingent Value Rights Agreement (the “CVR Agreement”) with a rights agent mutually agreeable to Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED (the “Rights Agent”) governing the terms of the CVRs issued pursuant to the Offer.

 

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A CVR represents the non-tradeable contractual right to receive contingent cash payments of up to $35.00 per Share in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, in the aggregate (the “Milestone Payments”), payable as specified upon the achievement of the following milestones (each, a “Milestone”):

 

  (a)

$17.50 per CVR, if aggregate worldwide Net Sales (as defined in the CVR Agreement) of the Products (as defined in the CVR Agreement and described in more detail in Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The CVR Agreement”) exceeds $3,700,000,000 (the “Net Sales Milestone”) during the period from the first day of Johnson & Johnson’s fiscal second quarter of 2027 through the last day of Johnson & Johnson’s fiscal first quarter of 2028 (the “2028 Measurement Period”); provided that in the event that the Net Sales Milestone is not achieved during the 2028 Measurement Period, if the Net Sales Milestone is thereafter achieved during any other period of four consecutive fiscal quarters during the period from the first day of Johnson & Johnson’s fiscal third quarter of 2027 through the last day of Johnson & Johnson’s fiscal first quarter of 2029 (the “2028-29 Measurement Period”), the Milestone Payment payable upon the achievement of the Net Sales Milestone will be $8.75 per CVR;

 

  (b)

$7.50 per CVR, if, on or prior to January 1, 2028, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a premarket approval application or a premarket approval application supplement for the use of any device in the Impella Product Family (as defined in the CVR Agreement and described in more detail in Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The CVR Agreement”) in patients presenting with ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (“STEMI”), or Anterior STEMI, without cardiogenic shock (the “FDA Approval Milestone”); and

 

  (c)

$10.00 per CVR, upon the earliest to occur of any of the following:

(i) on or prior to the earlier of (A) four years after publication of results relating to the secondary clinical endpoint in the STEMI DTU study undertaken by ABIOMED and (B) December 31, 2029, results from the STEMI DTU study undertaken by ABIOMED contribute to the publication of a Class I recommendation in the American College of Cardiology / American Heart Association Clinical Practice Guideline for Coronary Artery Revascularization (the “Clinical Practice Guideline”) for the use of any device in the Impella Product Family in patients presenting with STEMI, or Anterior STEMI, without cardiogenic shock (the “STEMI Recommendation Milestone”);

(ii) on or prior to the earlier of (A) four years after publication of results relating to the primary clinical endpoints in the PROTECT IV study undertaken by ABIOMED and (B) December 31, 2029, results from the PROTECT IV study undertaken by ABIOMED contribute to the publication of a Class I recommendation in the Clinical Practice Guideline for the use of any device in the Impella Product Family in high-risk patients with complex coronary artery disease and reduced left ventricular function (the “HRPCI Milestone”); and

(iii) on or prior to the earlier of (A) four years after publication of results relating to the primary clinical endpoints in the RECOVER IV study undertaken by ABIOMED and (B) December 31, 2029, results from the RECOVER IV study undertaken by ABIOMED contribute to the publication of a Class I recommendation in the Clinical Practice Guideline for the use of any device in the Impella Product Family in patients with STEMI-Cardiogenic Shock, or STEMI-CS (the “Cardiogenic Shock Milestone”).

The right to the payment described above is solely a contractual right governed by the terms and conditions of the CVR Agreement. The CVRs will not be evidenced by a certificate or other instrument, will not have any voting or dividend rights and will not represent any equity or ownership interest in Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser, ABIOMED or any of their respective affiliates. The CVRs will not be registered or listed for trading. No interest will accrue or be payable in respect of any of the amounts that may be payable on CVRs. Holders of CVRs will have no greater rights against Johnson & Johnson than those accorded to general, unsecured creditors under applicable law.

For more information on the CVRs, see Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The CVR Agreement”.

 

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Is it possible that no payment will become payable to the holders of CVRs?

Yes. It is possible that the Milestones will not be achieved, in which case you will receive only the Cash Amount for any Shares you tender in the Offer and no payment with respect to your CVRs. It is not possible to predict whether a payment will become payable with respect to the CVRs. The CVR Agreement requires Johnson & Johnson to, with respect to each of (a) the STEMI Recommendation Milestone and the FDA Approval Milestone, (b) the HRPCI Milestone and (c) the Cardiogenic Shock Milestone, expend at least $40 million, $85 million and $40 million, respectively (with each such amount to be adjusted prior to entry into the CVR Agreement to deduct any amounts actually incurred or spent by ABIOMED with respect to the foregoing following the date of the Merger Agreement), towards the achievement of such Milestone(s), subject to certain exceptions specified in the CVR Agreement. Other than with respect to these commitments, Johnson & Johnson (i) has the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to direct and control the development, marketing, commercialization and sale of the Products in all respects and (ii) is not otherwise required (expressly or implicitly) to achieve or undertake any level of efforts, or employ any level of resources, to develop, market, commercialize or sell the Products or achieve the Milestones. There can be no assurance that any of the Milestones will be achieved or that any payment with respect to your CVRs will be made.

For more information on the CVRs, see Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The CVR Agreement”.

May I transfer my CVRs?

The CVRs will not be transferable except:

 

   

upon death of a holder by will or intestacy;

 

   

by instrument to an inter vivos or testamentary trust in which the CVRs are to be passed to beneficiaries upon the death of the trustee;

 

   

pursuant to a court order;

 

   

by operation of law (including by consolidation or merger) or without consideration in connection with the dissolution, liquidation or termination of any corporation, limited liability company, partnership or other entity;

 

   

in the case of CVRs held in book-entry or other similar nominee form, from a nominee to a beneficial owner and, if applicable, through an intermediary, as allowable, by the Depository Trust Company; or

 

   

to Johnson & Johnson or any of its affiliates in connection with the abandonment of such CVR by the applicable holder.

For more information on the CVRs, see Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The CVR Agreement”.

Will you have the financial resources to make payment?

Yes. Neither the consummation of the Offer nor the Merger is subject to any financing condition. The total amount of funds estimated to be required by Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser to consummate the Offer and purchase all outstanding Shares in the Offer, to complete the Merger and to fund payments in respect of outstanding ABIOMED stock options, outstanding ABIOMED restricted stock units and outstanding ABIOMED performance-based stock units is approximately $17.5 billion, excluding related fees and expenses. In addition, Johnson & Johnson would need approximately $1.6 billion to pay the maximum aggregate amount that the holders of CVRs and holders of certain options would be entitled to if all of the specified milestones are achieved. Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser anticipate funding these cash requirements through a combination of Johnson & Johnson’s available cash on hand and short-term financing.

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Is your financial condition relevant to my decision to tender my Shares in the Offer?

No. We do not think our financial condition is relevant to your decision whether to tender Shares and accept the Offer because:

 

   

we have sufficient cash on hand to finance the Offer and the Merger, as well as the funds available to pay the maximum aggregate amount that the holders of CVRs may be entitled to receive;

 

   

the Offer is being made for all outstanding Shares solely for cash (including the right to receive any amounts payable with respect to the CVRs, which will be paid in cash);

 

   

the Offer and the Merger are not subject to any financing condition; and

 

   

if we consummate the Offer, we will acquire all remaining Shares for the same cash price in the Merger as was paid in the Offer (i.e., the Offer Price) (subject to limited exceptions for (a) Shares owned by Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser or ABIOMED (or held in ABIOMED’s treasury), or by any direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser, in each case at the commencement of the Offer and immediately prior to the Effective Time and (b) Shares owned by any stockholders who have properly and validly demanded their appraisal rights in compliance with Section 262 of the DGCL), and Johnson & Johnson will have sufficient cash on hand to pay for all such Shares.

See Section 9—“Source and Amount of Funds”.

How long do I have to decide whether to tender my Shares in the Offer?

You will have until 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on December 13, 2022, which is the date that is 20 business days after the commencement of the Offer (the “Expiration Time”), unless Purchaser has extended the Offer pursuant to and in accordance with the Merger Agreement (in which event the “Expiration Time” will mean the latest time and date at which the Offer, as so extended by Purchaser, will expire) or the Offer is earlier terminated pursuant to and in accordance with the Merger Agreement. If you hold Shares registered in the name of a broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee, you should be aware that these institutions may establish their own earlier deadline for tendering Shares in the Offer. Please give your broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee instructions with sufficient time to permit your nominee to tender your Shares by the Expiration Time.

The time of acceptance for payment by Purchaser of all Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in the Offer pursuant to and subject to the conditions of the Offer is referred to as the “Acceptance Time”.

See Section 1—“Terms of the Offer” and Section 3—“Procedures for Accepting the Offer and Tendering Shares”.

Can the Offer be extended and under what circumstances?

Yes, the Offer and the Expiration Time can be extended in accordance with the Merger Agreement under the following circumstances:

 

   

If, as of the then-scheduled Expiration Time, any of the Offer Conditions (as defined below) other than the Minimum Condition (as defined in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”) is not satisfied or has not been waived, we may (and, if requested by ABIOMED, must) extend the Offer on one or more occasions for an additional period of up to 10 business days (or any longer period as may be approved by ABIOMED) per extension to permit the satisfaction of all Offer Conditions.

 

   

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Condition that is not satisfied, we may (and, if requested by ABIOMED, must) extend the Offer on one or more occasions for an additional period of up to 10 business days (or any longer period as may be approved by ABIOMED) per extension to permit the Minimum Condition to be satisfied (provided that Purchaser is not required to extend the Offer in these circumstances on more than three occasions, but may, in its sole discretion, elect to do so).

 

   

We also must extend the Offer as required by applicable legal requirements and any rule, regulation, interpretation or position of the SEC or its staff or the Nasdaq Global Select Market (“NASDAQ”) that is applicable to the Offer.

However, in no event will Purchaser be required to extend the Offer beyond July 1, 2023 (or, in the event that any of the Antitrust Clearance Condition, the No Legal Restraint Condition (solely in respect of any antitrust law) or the No Antitrust Proceedings Condition (each as defined below) has not been satisfied or waived as of that date, September 1, 2023). If we extend the Offer, the extension will extend the time that you will have to tender (or withdraw) your Shares.

See Section 1—“Terms of the Offer” for more details on our obligation and ability to extend the Offer and Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”.

How will I be notified if the Offer is extended?

If we extend the Offer, we will inform the Depositary of any extension and will make a public announcement of the extension no later than 9:00 a.m., New York City time, on the next business day after the previously scheduled Expiration Time.

See Section 1—“Terms of the Offer”.

What are the conditions to the Offer?

The Offer is conditioned upon the satisfaction or waiver of the following conditions (collectively, the “Offer Conditions”):

 

   

the expiration or termination of any waiting period applicable to the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement and the CVR Agreement (collectively, the “Transactions”) under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”), and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, and the absence of any voluntary agreement between Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED, on the one hand, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) or the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”), on the other hand, pursuant to which Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED have agreed not to consummate the Offer or the Merger, and the receipt of required approvals applicable to the Transactions under the antitrust laws of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Austria and Japan (as further defined in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”, the “Antitrust Clearance Condition”);

 

   

that, as of immediately prior to the Expiration Time, the Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in accordance with the terms of the Offer, and received by the Depositary in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 251(h) of the DGCL (as described in more detail in Section 3—“Procedures for Accepting the Offer and Tendering Shares”), together with the Shares then owned by Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and their respective affiliates (if any), represent at least one Share more than 50% of the then-outstanding Shares (as further defined in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”, the “Minimum Condition”);

 

   

that no governmental authority of competent and applicable jurisdiction has enacted, issued or promulgated any law or issued or granted any order that is in effect as of immediately prior to the Expiration Time and has the effect of making the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement

 

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illegal, or the effect of prohibiting or otherwise preventing the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement (as further defined in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”, the “No Legal Restraint Condition”);

 

   

that there is no pending legal proceeding under any antitrust law brought by any governmental authority of competent and applicable jurisdiction that (a) challenges or seeks to make illegal, prohibit or otherwise prevent the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement or (b) seeks to impose any Burdensome Condition (as defined in the Merger Agreement and described in more detail in Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The Merger Agreement—Antitrust Filings”) thereon (as further defined in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”, the “No Antitrust Proceedings Condition”);

 

   

the accuracy of the representations and warranties made by ABIOMED in the Merger Agreement, subject to the materiality and other qualifications set forth in the Merger Agreement, as described in more detail in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”, including that since March 31, 2022, ABIOMED and its subsidiaries have not suffered any Company Material Adverse Effect (as defined in the Merger Agreement and described in more detail in Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The Merger Agreement—Representations and Warranties”) (as further defined in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”, the “Representations Condition”);

 

   

that ABIOMED has complied or performed in all material respects any covenant or agreement required to be performed, or complied with, by it under the Merger Agreement prior to the Expiration Time (as further defined in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”, the “Covenant Condition”);

 

   

the receipt by Johnson & Johnson of a certificate, signed by ABIOMED’s Chief Executive Officer on behalf of ABIOMED, certifying that the Representations Condition and the Covenant Condition have been duly satisfied; and

 

   

that the Merger Agreement has not been terminated in accordance with its terms (the “Termination Condition”).

Purchaser expressly reserves the right to waive any of the Offer Conditions and make any changes to the terms and conditions of the Offer, including the Offer Conditions. However, without the prior written consent of ABIOMED, we are not permitted to (a) waive or modify the Minimum Condition, the No Legal Restraint Condition, the No Antitrust Proceedings Condition or the Termination Condition, (b) change the form of consideration payable in the Offer, (c) decrease the Cash Amount, (d) decrease the number of Shares sought to be purchased in the Offer, (e) extend the Offer or the Expiration Time or terminate the Offer, except as permitted under the Merger Agreement, (f) impose conditions to the Offer other than the Offer Conditions, (g) amend any term or condition of the Offer in any manner that is materially adverse to ABIOMED stockholders, or that would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to prevent or materially delay the consummation of the Offer or prevent, materially delay or materially impair the ability of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser to consummate the Offer, the Merger or the other Transactions, (h) decrease the number of CVRs to be issued per Share, (i) amend or purport or seek to amend any term of the CVR or the CVR Agreement in any manner that is adverse to any ABIOMED stockholder, or (j) provide any “subsequent offering period” within the meaning of Rule 14d-11 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”).

See Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”.

How do I tender my Shares?

If you hold your Shares directly as the registered owner, you can (a) tender your Shares in the Offer by delivering the certificates for your Shares (“Share Certificates”), together with a completed and signed Letter of Transmittal, with any required signature guarantees, and any other documents required by the Letter of Transmittal, to the Depositary or (b) tender your Shares by following the procedure for book-entry transfer set forth in Section 3 of this Offer to Purchase, no later than the Expiration Time.

 

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If you hold Shares in “street” name through a broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee, your Shares can be tendered by your broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee through the Depositary. You must contact your broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee and give instructions that your Shares be tendered. You should contact the institution that holds your Shares for more details.

If your Share Certificates are not immediately available, or you cannot complete the procedure for delivery by book-entry transfer on a timely basis, or you otherwise cannot deliver all required documents to the Depositary before the Offer expires, you may be able to tender your Shares using the enclosed Notice of Guaranteed Delivery (as defined herein). Please contact Innisfree M&A Incorporated (the “Information Agent”) for assistance.

See Section 3—“Procedures for Accepting the Offer and Tendering Shares”.

Until what time may I withdraw previously tendered Shares?

You may withdraw your previously tendered Shares at any time prior to 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on December 13, 2022, unless we extend the Offer pursuant to the Merger Agreement (i.e., the Expiration Time). Shares tendered pursuant to the Offer may be withdrawn at any time prior to the Expiration Time and, unless accepted for payment by Purchaser pursuant to the Offer, may also be withdrawn at any time after January 13, 2023, which is the 60th day after the date of the commencement of the Offer.

See Section 4—“Withdrawal Rights”.

Will there be a subsequent offering period?

No. Pursuant to Section 251(h) of the DGCL and due to the obligations of Purchaser, Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED pursuant to the Merger Agreement to effect the Merger following the consummation of the Offer, we expect the Merger to occur following the consummation of the Offer without a subsequent offering period. The Merger Agreement does not permit a subsequent offering period for the Offer without ABIOMED’s prior written consent.

How do I withdraw previously tendered Shares?

To withdraw previously tendered Shares, you must deliver a written notice of withdrawal (or a manually executed facsimile thereof), with the required information to the Depositary while you still have the right to withdraw Shares. If you tendered Shares by giving instructions to a broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee, you must instruct the broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee to arrange for the withdrawal of your Shares.

See Section 4—“Withdrawal Rights”.

What does the ABIOMED board of directors think of the Offer?

The board of directors of ABIOMED (the “ABIOMED Board”), among other things, has unanimously (a) determined that it is in the best interests of ABIOMED and its stockholders, and declared it advisable, for ABIOMED to enter into the Merger Agreement and consummate the Transactions, including the Offer and the Merger, (b) approved the execution and delivery by ABIOMED of the Merger Agreement, the performance by ABIOMED of its covenants and agreements contained in the Merger Agreement and the consummation of the Transactions upon the terms and subject to the conditions contained in the Merger Agreement and (c) resolved to recommend that the stockholders of ABIOMED accept the Offer and tender their Shares to Purchaser pursuant to the Offer, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement.

 

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See the “Introduction” and Section 10—“Background of the Offer; Past Contacts or Negotiations with ABIOMED”. A more complete description of the reasons for the ABIOMED Board’s approval of the Offer and the Merger is set forth in the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 filed by ABIOMED with the SEC and to be mailed to all ABIOMED stockholders.

When and how will I be paid for my tendered Shares?

Upon the terms and subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the Offer Conditions (as defined below), we will pay you a dollar amount equal to the number of Shares you tendered multiplied by the Cash Amount, plus one CVR per Share, in each case without interest and less any required withholding taxes, promptly following the Acceptance Time.

We will pay the upfront cash consideration for Shares that are validly tendered and not validly withdrawn by depositing the aggregate Cash Amount with the Depositary, which will act as your agent for the purpose of receiving such payments from us and transmitting such payments to you. In all cases, payment of the upfront cash consideration for Shares tendered and accepted for payment pursuant to the Offer will be made only after (a) timely receipt by the Depositary of Share Certificates or timely confirmation of a book-entry transfer into the Depositary’s account at The Depository Trust Company pursuant to the procedures set forth in Section 3—“Procedures for Accepting the Offer and Tendering Shares”, (b) a properly completed and duly executed Letter of Transmittal, with any required signature guarantees (or, in the case of a book-entry transfer, an Agent’s Message (as defined below) in lieu of the Letter of Transmittal) and (c) any other documents required by the Letter of Transmittal.

Following the consummation of the Offer, holders of CVRs will receive the Milestone Payment(s), in each case without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes, upon the achievement of the applicable Milestone(s). For more information on the CVRs, see Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements”.

See Section 1—“Terms of the Offer” and Section 2—“Acceptance for Payment and Payment for Shares”.

If the Offer is completed, will ABIOMED continue as a public company?

No. As soon as practicable following (but in no event later than the business day after) the Acceptance Time, we expect to complete the Merger pursuant to applicable provisions of Delaware law and take steps to ensure that the Shares will cease to be publicly traded.

See Section 13—“Certain Effects of the Offer”.

Will the Offer be followed by the Merger if all of the Shares are not tendered in the Offer?

If we consummate the Offer, and accordingly we acquire at least one Share more than 50% of the then-outstanding Shares, then, in accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement, and subject to the satisfaction of or waiver of the conditions to the Merger as described in Section 1—“Terms of the Offer”, we will complete the Merger as soon as practicable following (but in no event later than the business day after) the Acceptance Time pursuant to applicable sections of the DGCL without a vote on the adoption of the Merger Agreement by ABIOMED stockholders. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, if the Minimum Condition is not satisfied, we are not required (nor are we permitted without the prior written consent of ABIOMED) to accept the Shares for purchase in the Offer, nor will we consummate the Merger. See Section 1—“Terms of the Offer” for more details on our obligation and ability to extend the Offer.

Under the applicable provisions of the Merger Agreement, the Offer and the DGCL, if we complete the Offer, ABIOMED stockholders who have not tendered their Shares in the Offer (a) will not be required to vote on the adoption of the Merger Agreement, (b) will be entitled to appraisal rights under Section 262 of the DGCL in

 

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connection with the Merger with respect to any Shares not tendered in the Offer and (c) will, upon consummation of the Merger, if they do not validly exercise appraisal rights under Delaware law, have their Shares converted into the right to receive the Offer Price (the “Merger Consideration”), without interest and less any required withholding taxes.

See Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements”, Section 12—“Purpose of the Offer; Plans for ABIOMED—Merger Without a Stockholder Vote” and Section 16—“Certain Legal Matters; Regulatory Approvals”.

If I decide not to tender, how will the Offer affect my Shares?

If the Offer is consummated and the conditions to the Merger described in Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements” are satisfied or waived, the Merger will be consummated as soon as practicable following the Acceptance Time in accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement and without a vote by ABIOMED stockholders, and at the Effective Time, each Share outstanding prior to the Effective Time (other than (a) Shares owned by Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser or ABIOMED (or held in ABIOMED’s treasury), or by any direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser, in each case at the commencement of the Offer and immediately prior to the Effective Time, (b) Shares irrevocably accepted for purchase pursuant to the Offer or (c) Shares owned by any stockholders who have properly and validly demanded their appraisal rights in compliance with Section 262 of the DGCL) will be automatically converted into the right to receive the Offer Price, without interest and less any required withholding taxes. Therefore, if the Merger takes place, the only difference to you between tendering your Shares and not tendering your Shares is that you may be paid earlier and no appraisal rights will be available to you if you tender your Shares.

See the “Introduction” and Section 13—“Certain Effects of the Offer”.

What is the market value of my Shares as of a recent date?

On October 31, 2022, the last full trading day before the public announcement of the execution of the Merger Agreement, the closing sale price per Share reported on NASDAQ was $252.08 per Share. On November 14, 2022, the last full trading day before the commencement of the Offer, the reported closing sale price on NASDAQ was $374.10 per Share.

See Section 6—“Price Range of Shares; Dividends”.

Will I be paid a dividend on my Shares during the pendency of the Offer?

No. The Merger Agreement provides that from the date of the Merger Agreement to the Effective Time, without the prior written consent of Johnson & Johnson, ABIOMED will not declare, set aside, make or pay any dividend or distribution (whether in cash, stock or property) on the Shares. According to ABIOMED’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2022 filed with the SEC, ABIOMED has never declared or paid any cash dividend on the Shares.

See Section 6—“Price Range of Shares; Dividends”.

Will I have appraisal rights in connection with the Offer?

No appraisal rights are available in connection with the Offer. If the Merger is consummated, however, ABIOMED stockholders whose Shares have not been purchased by Purchaser pursuant to the Offer will be entitled to appraisal rights under Section 262 of the DGCL. Stockholders must properly and validly demand their right to seek appraisal under the DGCL in connection with the Merger in order to exercise appraisal rights. From and after the Effective Time, Shares held by ABIOMED stockholders who are entitled to demand and have properly and validly demanded their appraisal rights in compliance in all respects with Section 262 of the DGCL

 

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will no longer be outstanding and will automatically be canceled and cease to exist, and each holder of any such Shares will cease to have any rights with respect thereto, other than the right to receive an amount as may be determined pursuant to Section 262 of the DGCL.

A more detailed discussion of appraisal rights can be found in Section 16—“Certain Legal Matters; Regulatory Approvals” and a copy of Section 262 may be accessed without subscription or cost at the following publicly available website: https://delcode.delaware.gov/title8/c001/sc09/index.html#262.

What will happen to my stock options in the Offer?

Stock options to purchase Shares (“ABIOMED Options”) are not sought in or affected by the Offer. However, pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, at the Effective Time, each ABIOMED Option outstanding as of immediately prior to the Effective Time with an exercise price that is less than the Cash Amount (an “In-the-Money Option”), will be canceled in exchange for the Cash Amount (less the applicable exercise price) plus one CVR, in each case, multiplied by the number of Shares underlying such In-the-Money Option. Any ABIOMED Option outstanding as of immediately prior to the Effective Time with an exercise price that is equal to or greater than the Cash Amount (an “Out-of-the-Money Option”), will instead be canceled in exchange for the right to receive cash payments equal to the total amount of the Milestone Payments actually payable in connection with a CVR (if any), less the amount (if any) by which such exercise price exceeds the Cash Amount, multiplied by the number of Shares underlying such Out-of-the-Money Option.

See Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The Merger Agreement—Treatment of ABIOMED Equity Awards”.

What will happen to my performance stock units in the Offer?

Performance stock units in respect of Shares (“ABIOMED PSUs”) are not sought in or affected by the Offer. However, pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, at the Effective Time, each ABIOMED PSU outstanding as of immediately prior to the Effective Time will be canceled in exchange for the Cash Amount plus one CVR, in each case, multiplied by the number of Shares underlying such ABIOMED PSU, generally determined based on actual performance for any performance periods that have been completed as of the Effective Time and maximum performance for all other performance periods.

See Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The Merger Agreement—Treatment of ABIOMED Equity Awards”.

What will happen to my restricted stock units in the Offer?

Restricted stock units in respect of Shares (“ABIOMED RSUs”) are not sought in or affected by the Offer. However, pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, at the Effective Time, each ABIOMED RSU outstanding as of immediately prior to the Effective Time will be canceled in exchange for the Cash Amount plus one CVR, in each case, multiplied by the number of Shares underlying such ABIOMED RSU.

See Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The Merger Agreement—Treatment of ABIOMED Equity Awards”.

What will happen to my rights to purchase Shares under the ABIOMED, Inc. 1988 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, as amended and restated on February 5, 2019 (the “ESPP”)?

Rights to purchase Shares under the ESPP are not sought in or affected by the Offer. However, pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, if the payment period under the ESPP in effect on the date of the Merger Agreement has not already ended as of the Acceptance Time, such payment period will terminate no later than

 

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two business days prior to the Acceptance Time, and all participant contributions then in the ESPP will be used to purchase Shares on the date of such termination in accordance with the terms of the ESPP. All Shares purchased under the ESPP will be treated identically with all other Shares in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement. No further payment period will commence under the ESPP after the payment period under the ESPP in effect on the date the Merger Agreement ends.

See Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The Merger Agreement—Treatment of ABIOMED Equity Awards”.

What are the material U.S. federal income tax consequences of tendering Shares?

The exchange of Shares for the Offer Price pursuant to the Offer or the Merger (or for cash upon exercise of appraisal rights) will be a taxable transaction for U.S. federal income tax purposes. The amount of gain or loss a holder recognizes, and the timing and character of such gain or loss, depends on the U.S. federal income tax treatment of the CVRs, with respect to which there is uncertainty. We urge you to consult your own tax advisor as to the particular tax consequences to you of the receipt of cash and CVRs in exchange for Shares pursuant to the Offer or the Merger.

See Section 5—“Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences” for a more detailed discussion of the tax consequences of the Offer and the Merger.

Who should I call if I have questions about the Offer?

Innisfree M&A Incorporated is acting as the Information Agent for the Offer. Stockholders may call Innisfree M&A Incorporated toll free at (877) 717-3893 and banks and brokers may call Innisfree M&A Incorporated collect at (212) 750-5833. See the back cover of this Offer to Purchase for additional contact information.

 

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INTRODUCTION

To the Holders of Shares of Common Stock of ABIOMED, Inc.:

Athos Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Purchaser”) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, a New Jersey corporation (“Johnson & Johnson”), is offering to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Shares”), of ABIOMED, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“ABIOMED”), at a price of $380.00 per Share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes (the “Cash Amount”), plus one non-tradeable contractual contingent value right per Share (each, a “CVR”), which CVR represents the right to receive contingent payments of up to $35.00 per Share in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, in the aggregate, upon the achievement of specified milestones (the Cash Amount plus one CVR, collectively, the “Offer Price”), upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Offer to Purchase (this “Offer to Purchase”) and in the related Letter of Transmittal (the “Letter of Transmittal” which, together with this Offer to Purchase and other related materials, as each may be amended or supplemented from time to time, constitutes the “Offer”).

The Offer is being made pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of October 31, 2022 (as it may be amended from time to time, the “Merger Agreement”), by and among Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and ABIOMED. The Merger Agreement provides, among other things, that as soon as practicable following (but in no event later than the business day after) the consummation of the Offer and subject to the satisfaction or waiver of specified conditions, Purchaser will be merged with and into ABIOMED (the “Merger”) in accordance with Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) without a vote on the adoption of the Merger Agreement by ABIOMED stockholders, with ABIOMED continuing as the surviving corporation in the Merger and thereby becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (the “Surviving Corporation”). At the closing of the Merger, each Share outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger (other than (a) Shares owned by Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser or ABIOMED (or held in ABIOMED’s treasury), or by any direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser, in each case at the commencement of the Offer and immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger, (b) Shares irrevocably accepted for purchase pursuant to the Offer or (c) Shares owned by any stockholders who have properly and validly demanded their appraisal rights in compliance with Section 262 of the DGCL) will be automatically converted into the right to receive the Offer Price, without interest and less any required withholding taxes. As a result of the Merger, ABIOMED will cease to be a publicly traded company and will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

The Merger Agreement is more fully described in Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements”, which also contains a discussion of the treatment of stock options to purchase Shares (“ABIOMED Options”), performance stock units in respect of Shares (“ABIOMED PSUs”) and restricted stock units in respect of Shares (“ABIOMED RSUs”) in the Merger.

Tendering stockholders who are record owners of their Shares and who tender directly to American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, the depositary and paying agent for the Offer (the “Depositary”), will not be obligated to pay brokerage fees or commissions or, except as otherwise provided in Instruction 6 of the Letter of Transmittal, stock transfer taxes with respect to the purchase of Shares by Purchaser pursuant to the Offer. Stockholders who hold their Shares through a broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee should consult with these institutions as to whether they charge any service fees or commissions.

The Offer is conditioned upon, among other things, (a) (i) the expiration or termination of any applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”), the absence of any voluntary agreement between Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED, on the one hand, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) or the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”), on the other hand, pursuant to which Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED have agreed not to consummate the Offer or the Merger, and (ii) the receipt of approvals under the antitrust laws of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of

 

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Austria and Japan, (b) that, as of immediately prior to the Expiration Time (as defined below), the number of Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in accordance with the terms of the Offer, and received by the Depositary in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 251(h) of the DGCL (as described in more detail in Section 3—“Procedures for Accepting the Offer and Tendering Shares”), together with the Shares then owned by Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and their respective affiliates (if any), represent at least one Share more than 50% of the then-outstanding Shares (the “Minimum Condition”), (c) the absence of any law or order issued by any governmental authority of competent and applicable jurisdiction that has the effect of making the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement illegal or the effect of prohibiting or otherwise preventing the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, (d) the absence of any pending legal proceeding under any antitrust law brought by a governmental authority of competent and applicable jurisdiction that challenges or seeks to make illegal, prohibit or otherwise prevent the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, or that seeks to impose any Burdensome Condition (as defined in the Merger Agreement and described in more detail in Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The Merger Agreement—Antitrust Filings”) thereon, (e) the accuracy of the representations and warranties of ABIOMED contained in the Merger Agreement (subject to certain materiality exceptions), (f) ABIOMED’s compliance or performance in all material respects with its covenants and agreements contained in the Merger Agreement prior to the expiration time of the Offer and (g) that the Merger Agreement has not been terminated in accordance with its terms. The Offer is also subject to other conditions as described in this Offer to Purchase. See Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”. Neither the consummation of the Offer nor the Merger is subject to any financing condition.

The board of directors of ABIOMED (the “ABIOMED Board”), among other things, has unanimously (a) determined that it is in the best interests of ABIOMED and its stockholders, and declared it advisable, for ABIOMED to enter into the Merger Agreement and consummate the Transactions (as defined in this Offer to Purchase), including the Offer and the Merger, (b) approved the execution and delivery by ABIOMED of the Merger Agreement, the performance by ABIOMED of its covenants and agreements contained in the Merger Agreement and the consummation of the Transactions upon the terms and subject to the conditions contained in the Merger Agreement and (c) resolved to recommend that the stockholders of ABIOMED accept the Offer and tender their Shares to Purchaser pursuant to the Offer, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement.

A more complete description of the ABIOMED Board’s reasons for authorizing and approving the Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated by it, including the Offer and the Merger, is set forth in the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 of ABIOMED (together with any exhibits and annexes attached thereto, the “Schedule 14D-9”), that will be furnished to stockholders in connection with the Offer. ABIOMED stockholders should carefully read the information set forth in the Schedule 14D-9, including the information to be set forth under the sub-headings “—Background of the Offer and the Merger” and “—The Company Board’s Reasons for the Offer and the Merger”.

ABIOMED has advised Johnson & Johnson that, as of the close of business on November 7, 2022, 45,110,225 Shares were outstanding, 565,707 Shares were issuable pursuant to the exercise of outstanding ABIOMED Options, 311,749 Shares were subject to issuance upon the vesting and settlement of outstanding ABIOMED PSUs (based on the levels of performance specified in the Merger Agreement), 267,987 Shares were subject to issuance upon the vesting and settlement of outstanding ABIOMED RSUs and 4,631 Shares were estimated to be subject to outstanding rights under the ESPP.

Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, until their successors are duly elected or appointed and qualified or until their earlier death, resignation or removal in accordance with the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of the Surviving Corporation, the directors of Purchaser immediately prior to the Effective Time will be, from and after the Effective Time, the initial directors of the Surviving Corporation, and the officers of ABIOMED immediately prior to the Effective Time will be, from and after the Effective Time, the initial officers of the Surviving Corporation.

 

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If Purchaser consummates the Offer and the conditions to the Merger specified in the Merger Agreement are satisfied or waived, Purchaser will consummate the Merger in accordance with Section 251(h) of the DGCL as soon as practicable without a vote on the adoption of the Merger Agreement by ABIOMED stockholders.

Material U.S. federal income tax consequences of the sale of Shares pursuant to the Offer and the exchange of Shares pursuant to the Merger (or for cash upon exercise of appraisal rights) are described in Section 5—“Material United States Federal Income Tax Consequences”.

Under the applicable provisions of the Merger Agreement, the Offer and the DGCL, ABIOMED stockholders will be entitled to appraisal rights under Delaware law in connection with the Merger with respect to any Shares not tendered in the Offer, subject to and in accordance with Section 262 of the DGCL. ABIOMED stockholders

must properly and validly demand their right to seek appraisal under the DGCL in connection with the Merger in order to exercise appraisal rights. See Section 16—“Certain Legal Matters; Regulatory Approvals”.

This Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal contain important information that should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the Offer.

 

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THE TENDER OFFER

1. Terms of the Offer

Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Offer (including, if the Offer is extended or amended, the terms and conditions of any extension or amendment), we will accept for payment and promptly pay for all Shares validly tendered prior to the Expiration Time (as defined below) and not validly withdrawn as permitted under Section 4—“Withdrawal Rights”. The term “Expiration Time” means 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on December 13, 2022, which is the date that is 20 business days after the commencement of the Offer, unless Purchaser has extended the Offer pursuant to and in accordance with the Merger Agreement (in which event the “Expiration Time” will mean the latest time and date at which the Offer, as so extended by Purchaser, will expire). The time of acceptance for payment by Purchaser of all Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in the Offer pursuant to and subject to the conditions of the Offer is referred to as the “Acceptance Time”.

The Offer is conditioned upon, among other things, the satisfaction of the Minimum Condition, that the Merger Agreement has not been terminated in accordance with its terms and the satisfaction of the other conditions described in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”.

We have agreed in the Merger Agreement that, subject to our rights to terminate the Merger Agreement in accordance with its terms, if, as of the then-scheduled Expiration Time, any of the Offer Conditions other than the Minimum Condition is not satisfied or has not been waived, we may (and, if requested by ABIOMED, must) extend the Offer on one or more occasions for an additional period of up to 10 business days (or any longer period as may be approved by ABIOMED) per extension to permit the satisfaction of all Offer Conditions.

In addition, if, as of the then-scheduled Expiration Time, all of the Offer Conditions except the Minimum Condition are satisfied or have been waived, such that the Minimum Condition is the only Offer Condition that is not satisfied, we may (and, if requested by ABIOMED, must) extend the Offer on one or more occasions for an additional period of up to 10 business days (or any longer period as may be approved by ABIOMED) per extension to permit the Minimum Condition to be satisfied (provided that Purchaser is not required to extend the Offer in these circumstances on more than three occasions, but may, in its sole discretion, elect to do so).

We also must extend the Offer as required by applicable legal requirements and any rule, regulation, interpretation or position of the SEC or its staff or NASDAQ that is applicable to the Offer.

However, in no event will Purchaser be required to extend the Offer beyond July 1, 2023 (or, in the event that any of the Antitrust Clearance Condition, the No Legal Restraint Condition (solely in respect of any antitrust law) or the No Antitrust Proceedings Condition (each as defined below) has not been satisfied or waived as of that date, September 1, 2023). If we extend the Offer, the extension will extend the time that you will have to tender (or withdraw) your Shares.

Purchaser expressly reserves the right to waive any of the Offer Conditions and make any changes to the terms and conditions of the Offer, including the Offer Conditions. However, without the prior written consent of ABIOMED, we are not permitted to (a) waive or modify the Minimum Condition, the No Legal Restraint Condition, the No Antitrust Proceedings Condition or the Termination Condition (each as defined in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”), (b) change the form of consideration payable in the Offer, (c) decrease the Cash Amount, (d) decrease the number of Shares sought to be purchased in the Offer, (e) extend the Offer or the Expiration Time or terminate the Offer, except as permitted under the Merger Agreement, (f) impose conditions to the Offer other than the Offer Conditions, (g) amend any term or condition of the Offer in any manner that is materially adverse to ABIOMED stockholders, or that would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to prevent or materially delay the consummation of the Offer or prevent, materially delay or materially impair the ability of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser to consummate the Offer, the Merger or the

 

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other transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement and the CVR Agreement (collectively, the “Transactions”), (h) decrease the number of CVRs to be issued per Share, (i) amend or purport or seek to amend any term of the CVR or the CVR Agreement in any manner that is adverse to any ABIOMED stockholder, or (j) provide any “subsequent offering period” within the meaning of Rule 14d-11 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”).

Any extension, termination or amendment of the Offer will be followed as promptly as practicable by a public announcement of the extension, termination or amendment, and any announcement in the case of an extension will be made no later than 9:00 a.m., New York City time, on the next business day after the previously scheduled Expiration Time, and we will notify the Depositary of any extension. Without limiting the manner in which Purchaser may choose to make any public announcement, it currently intends to make announcements regarding the Offer by issuing a press release and making any appropriate filing with the SEC.

If we extend the Offer, are delayed in our acceptance for payment of or payment for Shares (whether before or after our acceptance for payment for Shares) or are unable to accept Shares for payment pursuant to the Offer for any reason, then, without prejudice to our rights under the Offer and the Merger Agreement, the Depositary may retain tendered Shares on our behalf, and such Shares may not be withdrawn except to the extent that tendering stockholders are entitled to withdrawal rights as described herein under Section 4—“Withdrawal Rights”. However, our ability to delay the payment for Shares that we have accepted for payment is limited by Rule 14e-1(c) under the Exchange Act, which requires us to pay the consideration offered or return the securities deposited by or on behalf of stockholders promptly after the termination or withdrawal of the Offer.

If we make a material change in the terms of the Offer or the information concerning the Offer or if we waive a material condition of the Offer, we will disseminate additional tender offer materials and extend the Offer if and to the extent required by Rules 14d-4(d)(1), 14d-6(c) and 14e-1 under the Exchange Act. The minimum period during which the offer must remain open following material changes in the terms of the Offer or information concerning the Offer, other than a change in price or a change in percentage of securities sought, will depend upon the facts and circumstances, including the relative materiality of the terms or information changes. We understand that in the SEC’s view, an offer should remain open for a minimum of five business days from the date the material change is first published, sent or given to stockholders, and with respect to a change in price or a change in percentage of securities sought, a minimum 10 business day period is generally required to allow for adequate dissemination to stockholders and investor response.

If, on or before the Expiration Time, we increase the consideration being paid for Shares accepted for payment in the Offer, the increased consideration will be paid to all stockholders whose Shares are purchased in the Offer, whether those Shares were tendered before or after the announcement of the increase in consideration.

Pursuant to Section 251(h) of the DGCL and due to the obligations of Purchaser, Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED pursuant to the Merger Agreement to effect the Merger following the consummation of the Offer, we expect the Merger to occur following the consummation of the Offer without a “subsequent offering period” (as defined in Rule 14d-1 of the Exchange Act). The Merger Agreement does not permit a subsequent offering period for the Offer without ABIOMED’s prior written consent.

We expressly reserve the right, in our sole discretion, subject to the terms and conditions of the Merger Agreement and any applicable rules and regulations of the SEC, not to accept for payment any Shares if, as of immediately prior to the Expiration Time, any of the Offer Conditions have not been satisfied. See Section 15— “Conditions to the Offer”. Under certain circumstances, we may terminate the Merger Agreement and the Offer. See Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The Merger Agreement—Termination”.

As soon as practicable following (but in any event no later than the business day after) the Acceptance Time, in accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement, we will complete the Merger in accordance with Section 251(h) of the DGCL without a vote on the adoption of the Merger Agreement by ABIOMED stockholders.

 

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The Merger will become effective upon the filing of a certificate of merger with respect to the Merger with the Secretary of State for the State of Delaware in accordance with the DGCL, or a later time and day as may be agreed in writing by the parties and specified in the certificate of merger. We refer to the time and day the Merger becomes effective as the “Effective Time”.

ABIOMED has provided us with its stockholder list and security position listings for the purpose of disseminating this Offer to Purchase, the Letter of Transmittal and other related materials to holders of Shares. This Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal will be mailed to record holders of Shares whose names appear on the stockholder list of ABIOMED as of November 14, 2022 provided to us by ABIOMED and will be furnished, for subsequent transmittal to beneficial owners of Shares, to brokers, dealers, commercial banks, trust companies and similar persons whose nominees, or the names of whose nominees, appear on the stockholder list or, if applicable, who are listed as participants in a clearing agency’s security position listing for subsequent transmittal to beneficial owners of Shares.

2. Acceptance for Payment and Payment for Shares.

Upon the terms and subject to the satisfaction or waiver (to the extent waivable by Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser) of the Offer Conditions set forth in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer” (including, if the Offer is extended or amended, the terms and conditions of any extension or amendment), Purchaser will, and Johnson & Johnson will cause Purchaser to, as promptly as practicable following the Expiration Time, but in any event within one business day thereof, accept for payment and, promptly following the Acceptance Time, pay for all of the Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn pursuant to the Offer. See Section 1—“Terms of the Offer”.

In all cases, payment for Shares tendered and accepted for payment pursuant to the Offer will be made only after (a) timely receipt by the Depositary of certificates for such Shares (“Share Certificates”) or timely confirmation of a book-entry transfer of such Shares (“Book-Entry Confirmations”) into the Depositary’s account at The Depository Trust Company (the “DTC”) pursuant to the procedures set forth in Section 3—“Procedures for Accepting the Offer and Tendering Shares”, (b) a Letter of Transmittal, properly completed and duly executed, with any required signature guarantees (or, in the case of a book-entry transfer, an Agent’s Message (as defined below) in lieu of the Letter of Transmittal) and (c) any other documents required by the Letter of Transmittal. Accordingly, tendering stockholders may be paid at different times depending upon when the Share Certificates or Book-Entry Confirmations with respect to Shares are actually received by the Depositary. Under no circumstances will interest be paid on the Offer Price for any Shares, regardless of any extension of the Offer or any delay in making payment for the Shares.

The term “Agent’s Message” means a message, transmitted by the DTC to, and received by, the Depositary and forming a part of a Book-Entry Confirmation, that states that the DTC has received an express acknowledgment from the participant in the DTC tendering the Shares that are the subject of the Book-Entry Confirmation that the participant has received and agrees to be bound by the terms of the Letter of Transmittal and that Purchaser may enforce such agreement against the participant. The term “Agent’s Message” also includes any hard copy printout evidencing an Agent’s Message generated by a computer terminal maintained at the Depositary’s office.

For purposes of the Offer, Purchaser will be deemed to have accepted for payment, and thereby purchased, Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn as, if and when Purchaser gives oral or written notice to the Depositary of Purchaser’s acceptance for payment of such Shares pursuant to the Offer. Upon the terms set forth in the Merger Agreement and subject to the Offer Conditions, payment for Shares accepted for payment pursuant to the Offer will be made by deposit of the Cash Amount (or funds related to the CVRs, as discussed below) for such Shares with the Depositary, which will act as agent for tendering stockholders for the purpose of receiving payments from Purchaser and transmitting such payments to tendering stockholders whose Shares have been accepted for payment. If Purchaser extends the Offer, is delayed in its acceptance for payment of Shares or is unable to accept Shares for payment pursuant to the Offer for any reason, then, without prejudice to Purchaser’s

 

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rights under the Offer and the Merger Agreement, the Depositary may, nevertheless, on behalf of Purchaser, retain tendered Shares, and such Shares may only be withdrawn to the extent that tendering stockholders are entitled to withdrawal rights as described below under Section 4—“Withdrawal Rights” and as otherwise required by Rule 14e-1(c) under the Exchange Act.

At or prior to the Acceptance Time, Johnson & Johnson will execute a Contingent Value Rights Agreement (the “CVR Agreement”) with a rights agent mutually agreeable to Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED (the “Rights Agent”) governing the terms of the CVRs issued pursuant to the Offer. Neither Purchaser nor Johnson & Johnson will be required to deposit any funds related to the CVRs with the Rights Agent unless and until such deposit is required pursuant to the terms of the CVR Agreement. For more information on the CVRs, Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements”.

If any tendered Shares are not accepted for payment for any reason pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Offer, or if Share Certificates are submitted evidencing more Shares than are tendered, Share Certificates evidencing unpurchased Shares will be returned, without expense to the tendering stockholder (or, in the case of Shares tendered by book-entry transfer into the Depositary’s account at the DTC pursuant to the procedure set forth in Section 3—“Procedures for Accepting the Offer and Tendering Shares”, such Shares will be credited to an account maintained at the DTC), promptly following the expiration or termination of the Offer.

3. Procedures for Accepting the Offer and Tendering Shares.

Valid Tenders. In order for a stockholder to validly tender Shares pursuant to the Offer, the Letter of Transmittal, properly completed and duly executed, together with any required signature guarantees (or, in the case of a book-entry transfer, an Agent’s Message in lieu of the Letter of Transmittal) and any other documents required by the Letter of Transmittal must be received by the Depositary at one of its addresses set forth on the back cover of this Offer to Purchase and either (a) the Certificates evidencing tendered Shares must be received by the Depositary at such address or (b) such Shares must be tendered pursuant to the procedure for book-entry transfer described below and a Book-Entry Confirmation must be received by the Depositary, in each case prior to the Expiration Time.

If you hold Shares in “street” name through a broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee, you must contact your broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee and give instructions that your Shares be tendered.

If your Share Certificates are not immediately available, or you cannot complete the procedure for delivery by book-entry transfer on a timely basis, or you otherwise cannot deliver all required documents to the Depositary before the Offer expires, you may be able to tender your Shares using the enclosed Notice of Guaranteed Delivery, as discussed in greater detail below. Please contact the Information Agent (as defined below) for assistance.

Book-Entry Transfer. The Depositary will establish an account with respect to Shares at the DTC for purposes of the Offer within two business days after the date of this Offer to Purchase. Any financial institution that is a participant in the system of the DTC may make a book-entry delivery of Shares by causing the DTC to transfer such Shares into the Depositary’s account at the DTC in accordance with the DTC’s procedures for the transfer. However, although delivery of Shares may be effected through book-entry transfer at the DTC, an Agent’s Message and any other required documents, must, in any case, be received by the Depositary at one of its addresses set forth on the back cover of this Offer to Purchase prior to the Expiration Time, or the tendering stockholder must comply with the guaranteed delivery procedure described below. Delivery of documents to the DTC does not constitute delivery to the Depositary.

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listing as the owner of Shares) of Shares tendered therewith, unless the registered holder has completed either the box entitled “Special Delivery Instructions” or the box entitled “Special Payment Instructions” on the Letter of Transmittal; or

 

   

Shares are tendered for the account of a financial institution (including most commercial banks, savings and loan associations and brokerage houses) that is a participant in the Securities Transfer Agents Medallion Program or any other “eligible guarantor institution”, as that term is defined in Rule 17Ad-15 of the Exchange Act (each, an “Eligible Institution” and collectively, “Eligible Institutions”).

In all other cases, all signatures on a Letter of Transmittal must be guaranteed by an Eligible Institution. See Instruction 1 of the Letter of Transmittal. If a Share Certificate is registered in the name of a person or persons other than the signer of the Letter of Transmittal, or if payment is to be made or delivered to, or a Share Certificate not accepted for payment or not tendered is to be issued in, the name(s) of a person other than the registered holder(s), then the Share Certificate must be endorsed or accompanied by appropriate duly executed stock powers, in either case signed exactly as the name(s) of the registered holder(s) appear(s) on the Share Certificate, with the signature(s) on the Share Certificate or stock powers guaranteed by an Eligible Institution as provided in the Letter of Transmittal. See Instructions 1 and 5 of the Letter of Transmittal.

Guaranteed Delivery. Shares may also be tendered if all the following conditions are satisfied:

 

   

the tender is made by or through an Eligible Institution;

 

   

a properly completed and duly executed notice of guaranteed delivery (the “Notice of Guaranteed Delivery”), substantially in the form made available by Purchaser, must be received by the Depositary at one of its addresses set forth in the Letter of Transmittal before the Offer expires; and

 

   

the certificates for all tendered Shares, in proper form for transfer (or a Book-Entry Confirmation with respect to all such Shares), together with a properly completed and duly executed Letter of Transmittal, with any required signature guarantees (or, in the case of a book-entry transfer, an Agent’s Message in lieu of the Letter of Transmittal), and any other required documents, are received by the Depositary within two trading days after the date of execution of such Notice of Guaranteed Delivery. A “trading day” is any day on which NASDAQ is open for business.

The Notice of Guaranteed Delivery must include a guarantee by an Eligible Institution in the form set forth in the form of Notice of Guaranteed Delivery made available by Purchaser.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Offer, payment for Shares accepted pursuant to the Offer will in all cases only be made after (a) timely receipt by the Depositary of Share Certificates for such Shares or a Book-Entry Confirmation pursuant to the procedures set forth in this Section 3, (b) a Letter of Transmittal, properly completed and duly executed, with any required signature guarantees or, in the case of a book-entry transfer, an Agent’s Message, and (c) any other documents required by the Letter of Transmittal. Accordingly, tendering stockholders may be paid at different times depending upon when the foregoing documents with respect to Shares are actually received by the Depositary.

Shares tendered by a Notice of Guaranteed Delivery will not be deemed validly tendered for purposes of satisfying the Minimum Condition unless and until the Shares to which the Notice of Guaranteed Delivery relates are received by the Depositary in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 251(h) of the DGCL.

The method of delivery of the Letter of Transmittal, any Share Certificates and all other required documents, including delivery through the DTC, is at the option and the risk of the tendering stockholder and the delivery will be deemed made, and the risk of loss of such Share Certificate(s) and other documents will pass, only when actually received by the Depositary (including, in the case of book-entry

 

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transfer, by Book-Entry Confirmation). If delivery is by mail, registered mail with return receipt requested, properly insured, is recommended. In all cases, sufficient time should be allowed to ensure timely delivery.

The tender of Shares pursuant to any one of the procedures described above will constitute the tendering stockholder’s acceptance of the Offer, as well as the tendering stockholder’s representation and warranty that the stockholder has the full power and authority to tender and assign Shares tendered, as specified in the Letter of Transmittal or the Book-Entry Confirmation, as applicable, and that when accepted for payment, we will acquire good, marketable and unencumbered title, free and clear of all liens, restrictions, charges and encumbrances and not subject to any adverse claims. Purchaser’s acceptance for payment of Shares tendered pursuant to the Offer will constitute a binding agreement between the tendering stockholder and Purchaser upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Offer.

Determination of Validity. All questions as to the validity, form, eligibility (including time of receipt) and acceptance for payment of any tender of Shares will be determined by Purchaser, in its sole discretion, which determination will be final and binding. Purchaser reserves the absolute right to reject any and all tenders determined by it not to be in proper form or the acceptance for payment of which may, in the opinion of Purchaser, be unlawful. Purchaser also reserves the absolute right to waive any defect or irregularity in the tender of any Shares by any particular stockholder, whether or not similar defects or irregularities are waived in the case of other stockholders. No tender of Shares will be deemed to have been validly made until all defects and irregularities have been cured or waived to the satisfaction of Purchaser. None of Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser, ABIOMED, the Depositary, Innisfree M&A Incorporated (the “Information Agent”) or any other person will be under any duty to give notice of any defects or irregularities in tenders or incur any liability for failure to give any such notification.

Appointment as Attorney-In-Fact and Proxy. By executing the Letter of Transmittal, the tendering stockholder will irrevocably appoint each of the designees of Purchaser as the stockholder’s attorneys-in-fact and proxies in the manner set forth in the Letter of Transmittal, each with full power of substitution, to the full extent of the stockholder’s rights with respect to Shares tendered by the stockholder and accepted for payment by Purchaser and with respect to any and all other Shares or other securities or rights issued or issuable in respect of such Shares. The appointment will be effective when, and only to the extent that, Purchaser accepts for payment Shares tendered by the stockholder as provided herein. Upon appointment:

 

   

all such powers of attorney and proxies will be considered irrevocable and coupled with an interest in the tendered Shares;

 

   

all prior powers of attorney, proxies and consents given by the stockholder with respect to such Shares or other securities or rights will, without further action, be revoked;

 

   

no subsequent powers of attorney, proxies, consents or revocations may be given by the stockholder (and, if given, will not be deemed effective); and

 

   

the designees of Purchaser will thereby be empowered to exercise all voting and other rights with respect to such Shares and other securities or rights, including, without limitation, in respect of any annual, special or adjourned meeting of ABIOMED’s stockholders, actions by written consent in lieu of a stockholder meeting or otherwise, as they in their sole discretion deem proper.

Purchaser reserves the right to require that, in order for Shares to be deemed validly tendered, immediately upon Purchaser’s acceptance for payment of such Shares, Purchaser must be able to exercise full voting, consent and other rights with respect to such Shares and other related securities or rights, including voting at any meeting of stockholders. The Offer does not constitute a solicitation of proxies, absent a purchase of Shares, for any meeting of ABIOMED’s stockholders.

 

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4. Withdrawal Rights

Shares tendered pursuant to the Offer may be withdrawn at any time prior to the Expiration Time and, unless theretofore accepted for payment by Purchaser pursuant to the Offer, may also be withdrawn at any time after January 13, 2023.

For a withdrawal to be effective, a written notice of withdrawal must be timely received by the Depositary at one of its addresses set forth on the back cover page of this Offer to Purchase. The notice of withdrawal must specify the name of the person who tendered the Shares to be withdrawn, the number of Shares to be withdrawn and the name of the registered holder of such Shares, if different from that of the person who tendered such Shares. If Share Certificates evidencing Shares to be withdrawn have been delivered or otherwise identified to the Depositary, then, prior to the physical release of such Share Certificates, the serial numbers shown on such Share Certificates must be submitted to the Depositary and the signature(s) on the notice of withdrawal must be guaranteed by an Eligible Institution, unless such Shares have been tendered for the account of an Eligible Institution. If Shares have been tendered pursuant to the procedure for book-entry transfer as set forth in Section 3—“Procedures for Accepting the Offer and Tendering Shares”, any notice of withdrawal must also specify the name and number of the account at the DTC to be credited with the withdrawn Shares. If Purchaser extends the Offer, is delayed in its acceptance for payment of Shares or is unable to accept Shares for payment pursuant to the Offer for any reason, then, without prejudice to Purchaser’s rights under the Offer, the Depositary may, nevertheless, on behalf of Purchaser, retain tendered Shares, and such Shares may not be withdrawn except to the extent that tendering stockholders are entitled to withdrawal rights as described herein and as otherwise required by Rule 14e-1(c) under the Exchange Act.

Withdrawals of Shares may not be rescinded. Any Shares withdrawn will thereafter be deemed not to have been validly tendered for purposes of the Offer. However, withdrawn Shares may be re-tendered following one of the procedures described in Section 3—“Procedures for Accepting the Offer and Tendering Shares” at any time prior to the Expiration Time.

All questions as to the form and validity (including time of receipt) of any notice of withdrawal will be determined by Purchaser, in its sole discretion, whose determination will be final and binding. None of Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser, ABIOMED, the Depositary, the Information Agent or any other person will be under any duty to give notice of any defects or irregularities in any notice of withdrawal or incur any liability for failure to give any such notification.

5. Material United States Federal Income Tax Consequences.

The following is a general summary of material U.S. federal income tax consequences of the Offer and the Merger to stockholders of ABIOMED whose Shares are tendered and accepted for payment of the Offer Price pursuant to the Offer or whose Shares are converted into the right to receive the Offer Price (or cash as a result of exercising appraisal rights). This summary applies only to stockholders of ABIOMED who hold their shares as “capital assets” within the meaning of Section 1221 of the Code (generally, property held for investment). This summary does not purport to address all U.S. federal income tax matters that may be relevant to a particular stockholder. This summary does not address tax considerations applicable to stockholders that may be subject to special tax rules including, without limitation, the following: (a) persons that are subject to special expatriation rules; (b) financial institutions; (c) insurance companies; (d) dealers or traders in securities or currencies or notional principal contracts; (e) tax-exempt entities; (f) persons that hold Shares as part of a “hedging” or “conversion” transaction or as a position in a “straddle” or as part of a “synthetic security” or other integrated transaction for U.S. federal income tax purposes; (g) stockholders subject to the alternative minimum tax; (h) regulated investment companies; (i) real estate investment trusts; (j) persons that own (or are deemed to own) 5% or more of the outstanding Shares; (k) partnerships and other pass-through entities and persons who hold Shares through such partnerships or other pass-through entities; (l) persons that have a “functional currency” other than the U.S. dollar; (m) stockholders that acquired (or will acquire) Shares through exercise of employee

 

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stock options or otherwise as compensation; and (n) persons required to accelerate the recognition of any item of gross income as a result of such income being recognized on an applicable financial statement.

This summary is not a complete analysis of all potential U.S. federal income tax consequences, nor does it address any tax consequences arising under any state, local or foreign tax laws or U.S. federal estate or gift tax laws. This summary is based on current provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), existing, proposed and temporary regulations thereunder and administrative and judicial interpretations thereof. All of the foregoing are subject to change, and changes could apply retroactively and could affect the tax consequences described below.

For purposes of the Offer and the Merger, a “U.S. Holder” means a beneficial owner of Shares that is, for U.S. federal income tax purposes: (a) an individual who is a citizen or resident of the United States; (b) a corporation (or other entity taxable as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes) created or organized under the laws of the United States or any political subdivision thereof; (c) an estate, the income of which is subject to U.S. federal income taxation regardless of its source; or (d) a trust (i) if a court within the United States is able to exercise primary supervision over its administration and one or more U.S. persons has the authority to control all the substantial decisions of the trust or (ii) that has a valid election under applicable U.S. Treasury Regulations to be treated as a U.S. person. For purposes of the Offer and the Merger, a “Non-U.S. Holder” is a beneficial owner of Shares that is not a U.S. Holder and is not a partnership for U.S. federal income tax purposes. If a partnership (or other entity taxable as a partnership for U.S. federal income tax purposes) holds Shares, the tax treatment of a partner will generally depend upon the status of the partner and upon the activities of the partnership. Partners of partnerships holding Shares should consult their own tax advisors.

The descriptions of U.S. federal income tax consequences set forth below are for general information only. Holders should consult their own tax advisors as to the particular tax consequences to them of this Offer and the Merger, including the application of U.S. federal, state, local and foreign tax laws and possible changes in such laws.

Consequences of the Offer and the Merger to U.S. Holders. The exchange of Shares for the Offer Price pursuant to the Offer or the Merger (or for cash upon exercise of appraisal rights) will be a taxable transaction for U.S. federal income tax purposes. The amount of gain or loss a U.S. Holder recognizes and the timing and character of a portion of such gain or loss depend on the U.S. federal income tax treatment of the CVRs, with respect to which there is uncertainty. The installment method of reporting any gain attributable to the receipt of a CVR or payment with respect to a CVR generally will not be available with respect to the disposition of Shares pursuant to the Offer or the Merger because the Shares are traded on an established securities market.

There is no legal authority directly addressing the U.S. federal income tax treatment of the receipt of the CVRs in connection with the Offer or the Merger. The receipt of the CVRs pursuant to the Offer or the Merger, as the case may be, might be treated as a “closed transaction” or as an “open transaction” for U.S. federal income tax purposes, each discussed below.

Pursuant to U.S. Treasury Regulations dealing with contingent payment obligations analogous to the CVRs, if the fair market value of the CVRs is “reasonably ascertainable”, a U.S. Holder should treat the transaction as a “closed transaction” and treat the fair market value of the CVRs as part of the consideration received in the Offer or the Merger for purposes of determining gain or loss. On the other hand, if the fair market value of the CVRs cannot be reasonably ascertained, a U.S. Holder should treat the transaction as an “open transaction” for purposes of determining gain or loss. These Treasury Regulations state that only in “rare and extraordinary” cases would the value of contingent payment obligations not be reasonably ascertainable. The following sections discuss the U.S. federal income tax consequences of the receipt of cash and CVRs in exchange for Shares in the event it is treated as a “closed transaction” and, alternatively, in the event it is treated as an “open transaction”. There is no authority directly addressing whether contingent payment rights with characteristics similar to the rights under a CVR should be treated as “closed transactions” or “open transactions”, and such question is inherently factual in

 

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nature. Accordingly, U.S. Holders are urged to consult their own tax advisors regarding the availability of “open transaction” treatment and other possible characterizations of the receipt of a CVR. Johnson & Johnson intends to treat the CVRs received with respect to the Shares pursuant to the Offer or the Merger for all U.S. federal and applicable state and local income tax purposes as additional consideration paid for the Shares pursuant to the Offer or the Merger as part of a “closed transaction”.

Treatment as Closed Transaction. If the receipt of the CVRs is treated as, or determined to be, part of a “closed transaction” for U.S. federal income tax purposes, a U.S. Holder generally will recognize capital gain or loss on a sale of Shares for the Offer Price pursuant to the Offer or an exchange of Shares for the Offer Price pursuant to the Merger (or for cash upon exercise of appraisal rights), in an amount equal to the difference, if any, between (a) the amount of cash the U.S. Holder receives plus the “reasonably ascertainable” fair market value of any CVRs the U.S. Holder receives and (b) the U.S. Holder’s adjusted tax basis in the U.S. Holder’s Shares. The proper method to determine the fair market value of a CVR is not clear, but it is possible that the trading value of ABIOMED’s stock would be considered along with other factors in making that determination. Gain or loss generally will be calculated separately for each block of Shares (that is, Shares acquired at the same cost in a single transaction) tendered pursuant to the Offer or exchanged for the Offer Price pursuant to the Merger (or for cash upon exercise of appraisal rights). Any capital gain or loss recognized will be long-term capital gain or loss if the U.S. Holder’s holding period for such Shares exceeds one year. Long-term capital gains for non-corporate U.S. Holders are generally eligible for a reduced rate of federal income taxation. For both corporate and non-corporate taxpayers, the deductibility of capital losses is subject to limitations.

A U.S. Holder’s initial tax basis in a CVR will equal the fair market value of such CVR upon receipt. The holding period for the CVR will begin on the day following the date of the closing of the Offer or the Merger, as applicable.

There is no authority directly addressing the U.S. federal income tax treatment of receiving payments on the CVRs and, therefore, the amount, timing and character of any gain, income or loss with respect to the CVRs is uncertain. For example, payments with respect to the CVRs could be treated as payments with respect to a sale or exchange of a capital asset or as giving rise to ordinary income. Johnson & Johnson intends to treat any CVR payment (except to the extent of any imputed interest, as described below under “Imputed Interest”) as additional consideration for Shares tendered pursuant to the Offer or exchanged pursuant to the Merger. U.S. Holders should consult their own tax advisors with respect to the treatment of the CVRs, including any payments made on the CVRs.

Treatment as Open Transaction. If the transaction is treated as an “open transaction” for U.S. federal income tax purposes, the fair market value of the CVRs would not be treated as additional consideration for the Shares at the time the CVRs are received in the Offer or the Merger, as the case may be, and the U.S. Holder would have no tax basis in the CVRs. Instead, the U.S. Holder would take payments under the CVRs into account when made or deemed made in accordance with the U.S. Holder’s regular method of accounting for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Such payments (less any imputed interest under Section 483 of the Code, as described below under “Imputed Interest”) may be treated, in general, as additional consideration for the disposition of the Shares. Payments of cash pursuant to the Offer or the Merger, plus the portion of payments on the CVRs not treated as imputed interest, generally first would be applied to reduce a U.S. Holder’s adjusted tax basis in the Shares. A U.S. Holder then would recognize gain to the extent of any cash received pursuant to the Offer or the Merger or the portion of CVR payments not treated as imputed interest received after the U.S. Holder’s adjusted tax basis was reduced to zero. A U.S. Holder would recognize loss to the extent of any remaining basis after the basis reduction described in the previous sentence, although it is possible that such holder would not be able to recognize such loss until the resolution of all contingencies under the CVRs or possibly until such holder’s abandonment of the holder’s CVRs. Gain or loss generally would be calculated separately for each block of Shares (that is, Shares acquired at the same cost in a single transaction). Any such gain or loss would be long-term if the Shares were held for more than one year prior to such disposition. Long-term capital gains for non-corporate U.S. Holders are generally eligible for a reduced rate of federal income taxation. For both corporate and non-corporate taxpayers, the deductibility of capital losses is subject to limitations.

 

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Imputed Interest. Under either the “closed transaction” or “open transaction” treatment, a portion of any payment with respect to a CVR may be treated as imputed interest that is ordinary income to a U.S. Holder. The portion of the payment treated as imputed interest under Section 483 of the Code would be determined at the time such payment is made and generally would equal the excess of (a) the amount of the CVR payment over (b) the present value of such amount as of the closing of the Offer or the Effective Time (as applicable), calculated using the applicable federal rate as the discount rate. The applicable federal rate is published monthly by the IRS. The relevant applicable federal rate would be the lower of the lowest applicable federal rate in effect during the three-month period ending with the month that includes the date on which the Merger Agreement was signed or the lowest applicable federal rate in effect during the three month period ending with the month that includes the date of the consummation of the Offer or the Merger, as applicable. A U.S. Holder would include in its taxable income interest imputed pursuant to Section 483 of the Code using such holder’s regular method of accounting for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

As discussed above, the U.S. federal income tax treatment of the CVRs is unclear. U.S. Holders should consult their own tax advisors regarding such treatment.

Consequences of the Offer and the Merger to Non-U.S. Holders. Subject to the discussions below under “Backup Withholding” and “FATCA”, payments a Non-U.S. Holder receives with respect to Shares that the Non-U.S. Holder tenders pursuant to the Offer or exchanges pursuant to the Merger (or as a result of exercising appraisal rights) generally will be exempt from U.S. federal income tax, unless:

 

   

the Non-U.S. Holder’s gain, if any, on Shares is effectively connected with the Non-U.S. Holder’s conduct of a trade or business in the United States (and, if an income tax treaty applies, is attributable to the Non-U.S. Holder’s permanent establishment in the United States), in which case (a) the Non-U.S. Holder will be subject to U.S. federal income tax generally in the same manner as if the Non-U.S. Holder were a U.S. Holder (except that the non-U.S. Holder should provide an IRS Form W-8ECI instead of an IRS Form W-9) and (b) if the Non-U.S. Holder is a corporation, the Non-U.S. Holder may also be subject to branch profits tax on such gain at a 30% rate (or such lower rate as may be specified under an applicable income tax treaty); or

 

   

the Non-U.S. Holder is an individual who was present in the United States for 183 days or more in the taxable year of the disposition and certain other conditions are met, in which case the Non-U.S. Holder will be subject to U.S. federal income tax at a rate of 30% (or such lower rate as may be specified under an applicable income tax treaty) on the gain from the exchange of Shares (net of certain losses recognized during such year).

Generally, if CVR payments are made to a Non-U.S. Holder more than one year after the closing of the Offer or the Effective Time (as applicable), unless a holder establishes its entitlement to exemption from or a reduced rate of withholding under an applicable tax treaty (generally, by providing a properly completed IRS Form W-8BEN or W-8BEN-E or other applicable form), Johnson & Johnson expects to withhold or cause to be withheld an amount equal to 30% (or lower applicable treaty rate) of the portion of any such payments treated as imputed interest (as discussed above). As discussed above, the tax treatment of the CVRs and payments on the CVRs is unclear, and it is possible that Johnson & Johnson or an applicable withholding agent may be required to withhold additional amounts on payments with respect to the CVRs. Non-U.S. Holders are urged to consult their own tax advisors with respect to the treatment of the CVRs and payments on the CVRs.

Backup Withholding. All payments to which a holder would be entitled pursuant to the Offer or the Merger (or as a result of exercising appraisal rights) and amounts received in respect of CVRs will be subject to backup withholding, currently at a rate of 24%, unless the holder (a) is a corporation, a Non-U.S. Holder or another exempt recipient or (b) provides the holder’s taxpayer identification number (“TIN”) and certifies that no loss of exemption from backup withholding has occurred. If a holder is a U.S. Holder, the holder should complete and sign the IRS Form W-9 that is included with the Letter of Transmittal, to be returned to the Depositary, in order to provide the information and certification necessary to avoid backup withholding, unless an applicable

 

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exception exists and is proved in a manner satisfactory to the Depositary. If a holder is a Non-U.S. Holder, the holder must generally submit an IRS Form W-8BEN (or other applicable IRS Form W-8) attesting to the holder’s exempt foreign status in order to qualify as an exempt recipient.

If a holder does not provide a correct TIN, the holder may be subject to penalties imposed by the IRS. Any amount paid as backup withholding does not constitute an additional tax and generally will be creditable against the holder’s U.S. federal income tax liability, provided the required information is given to the IRS. If backup withholding results in an overpayment of tax, a holder may obtain a refund by filing a U.S. federal income tax return. Holders should consult their own tax advisors as to their qualification for exemption from backup withholding and the procedure for obtaining the exemption.

FATCA. Pursuant to Sections 1471 to 1474 of the Code and the U.S. Treasury Regulations promulgated thereunder (the provisions commonly known as “FATCA”), if a Non-U.S. Holder exchanges Shares pursuant to the Offer or the Merger, the gross proceeds payable to such Non-U.S. Holder from such sale generally would be subject to withholding at a rate of 30% unless such Non-U.S. Holder complies with the documentation, registration, due diligence and reporting requirements of FATCA. However, proposed U.S. Treasury Regulations have eliminated the application of FATCA withholding to payments of gross proceeds from the disposition of a stock interest in a domestic corporation (such as the Shares). Taxpayers generally may rely on these proposed Treasury Regulations until final Treasury Regulations are issued. Non-U.S. Holders may also be subject to FATCA withholding with respect to imputed interest amounts. Non-U.S. Holders should consult with their tax advisors regarding the possible implications of these rules.

6. Price Range of Shares; Dividends.

The Shares trade on NASDAQ under the symbol “ABMD”. The following table sets forth the high and low closing sale prices per Share for the periods indicated. Share prices are as reported on NASDAQ based on published financial sources.

 

     High      Low  

Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2021

     

First Quarter

   $ 257.09      $ 141.40  

Second Quarter

   $ 317.00      $ 255.22  

Third Quarter

   $ 324.20      $ 251.88  

Fourth Quarter

   $ 355.13      $ 285.92  

Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2022

     

First Quarter

   $ 351.17      $ 262.71  

Second Quarter

   $ 376.20      $ 310.19  

Third Quarter

   $ 371.35      $ 300.63  

Fourth Quarter

   $ 366.29      $ 277.25  

Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2023

     

First Quarter

   $ 338.64      $ 224.73  

Second Quarter

   $ 301.46      $ 242.49  

Third Quarter (through November 14, 2022)

   $ 377.82      $ 242.77  

On October 31, 2022, the last full trading day prior to the public announcement of the execution of the Merger Agreement, the closing sale price per Share reported on NASDAQ was $252.08 per Share. On November 14, 2022, the last full day of trading prior to the commencement of the Offer, the closing sale price per Share reported on NASDAQ was $374.10. Stockholders are urged to obtain a current market quotation for Shares.

According to ABIOMED’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2022 filed with the SEC, ABIOMED has never declared or paid any cash dividends on the Shares. Under the Merger Agreement, ABIOMED is not permitted to declare, set aside, make or pay any dividends with respect to the Shares without the prior written consent of Johnson & Johnson.

 

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7. Certain Information Concerning ABIOMED.

General. ABIOMED was founded in 1981 and is incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware. ABIOMED’s common stock is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol “ABMD”. The address of ABIOMED’s principal executive offices are 22 Cherry Hill Drive, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923. The telephone number of ABIOMED’s principal executive office is (978) 646-1400.

The following description of ABIOMED and its business has been derived from ABIOMED’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022 and is qualified in its entirety by reference to that report. ABIOMED is a provider of medical devices that provide circulatory support and oxygenation. ABIOMED develops, manufactures and markets proprietary products that are designed to enable the heart to rest and recover by improving blood flow and/or performing the pumping function of the heart and provide sufficient oxygenation to those in respiratory failure. ABIOMED’s products are used in the cardiac catheterization lab, or cath lab, by interventional cardiologists and in the heart surgery suite by cardiac surgeons for patients who are in need of hemodynamic support prophylactically or emergently before, during or after angioplasty or heart surgery procedures.

Available Information. The Shares are registered under the Exchange Act. Accordingly, ABIOMED is subject to the information reporting requirements of the Exchange Act and, in accordance with the Exchange Act, is required to file periodic reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC relating to its business, financial condition and other matters. Information as of particular dates concerning ABIOMED’s directors and officers, their remuneration, stock options granted to them, the principal holders of ABIOMED’s securities, any material interests of those persons in transactions with ABIOMED and other matters is required to be disclosed in proxy statements, the most recent one having been filed with the SEC on June 28, 2022. Such reports, proxy statements and other information are available for inspection through the SEC’s website on the Internet at www.sec.gov.

Although Purchaser has no knowledge that any of the foregoing information is untrue, Purchaser takes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of information contained in this Offer to Purchase with respect to ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates or for any failure by ABIOMED to disclose any events which may have occurred or may affect the significance or accuracy of the foregoing information.

Certain Projections. ABIOMED provided us with certain unaudited financial information concerning ABIOMED. Such information, as well as certain additional unaudited projected financial information, is described under “Item 4. The Solicitation or Recommendation—Projected Financial Information” in the Schedule 14D-9, which will be filed with the SEC and is being mailed to holders of Shares with this Offer to Purchase (the “Projections”). The holders of Shares are urged to, and should, carefully read the Schedule 14D-9.

Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser have been informed by ABIOMED that ABIOMED does not, as a matter of course, make public disclosure of detailed forecasts or projections of its expected financial performance for extended periods given, among other things, the inherent difficulty of predicting future periods and the likelihood that the underlying assumptions and estimates may prove not to be appropriate.

Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser also have been informed by ABIOMED that such unaudited prospective financial information is included in the Schedule 14D-9 solely to give ABIOMED stockholders access to certain financial projections that were made available to the ABIOMED Board and advisors and Johnson & Johnson, and is not included in the Schedule 14D-9 in order to influence any stockholder to tender Shares or for any other purpose.

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established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for preparation and presentation of prospective financial information.

Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser further have been informed by ABIOMED that the Projections reflect numerous variables and assumptions that are inherently uncertain and may be beyond ABIOMED management’s control. The assumptions upon which the Projections were based necessarily involve judgments with respect to, among other things, future economic, competitive and regulatory conditions and financial market conditions and future business decisions that may not be realized and that are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive and regulatory uncertainties and contingencies, including, among other things, the inherent uncertainty of the business and economic conditions affecting the industry in which ABIOMED operates, and other risks and uncertainties, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict and many of which are beyond ABIOMED’s control. The inclusion of the Projections in the Schedule 14D-9 should not be regarded as an indication that ABIOMED or anyone who received the Projections, including Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser, our respective advisors or any of our or their respective affiliates, then considered, or now considers, the Projections to be predictive of actual future results, and this information should not be relied upon as such. None of Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser, our respective advisors or any of our or their respective affiliates assumes any responsibility for the validity, reasonableness, accuracy or completeness of the Projections. None of Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser, our respective advisors or any of our or their respective affiliates intends to, and we and each of them disclaim any obligation to, update, revise or correct any information contained in the Projections if it is or becomes, or the underlying assumptions are or become, inaccurate (even in the short term).

Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser further have been informed by ABIOMED that the Projections should be evaluated, if at all, in conjunction with the historical financial statements and other information regarding ABIOMED in ABIOMED’s public filings with the SEC. ABIOMED has informed Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser that the Projections do not take into account any circumstances or events occurring after the date they were prepared, including any potential changes resulting from the Offer or the Merger.

8. Certain Information Concerning Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser.

Johnson & Johnson is a corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of New Jersey, with its principal executive offices located at One Johnson & Johnson Plaza, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08933. The telephone number of Johnson & Johnson is (732) 524-0400.

The following description of Johnson & Johnson and its business has been derived from Johnson & Johnson’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2022 and is qualified in its entirety by reference to that report. Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries have approximately 141,700 employees worldwide engaged in the research and development, manufacture and sale of a broad range of products in the healthcare field. Johnson & Johnson is a holding company, with operating companies conducting business in virtually all countries of the world. Johnson & Johnson’s primary focus is products related to human health and well-being.

Purchaser is a corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware, with its principal executive offices located at One Johnson & Johnson Plaza, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08933. The telephone number of Purchaser is (732) 524-0400. Purchaser is a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Purchaser was incorporated on October 28, 2022 solely for the purpose of effecting the Offer and the Merger and has conducted no business activities other than those incidental to its formation or those contemplated by the Merger Agreement, and has no assets or liabilities other than those contemplated by the Merger Agreement. Upon the completion of the Merger, Purchaser’s separate corporate existence will cease and ABIOMED will continue as the Surviving Corporation. Until immediately prior to the time Purchaser accepts for payment Shares pursuant to the Offer, it is not anticipated that Purchaser will have any assets or liabilities, other than those contemplated by the Merger Agreement. Prior to the Effective Time, Purchaser will not engage in activities other than those incidental to its formation and capitalization and the transactions contemplated by the Offer and the Merger.

 

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The name, citizenship, business address, present principal occupation or employment and five-year employment history of each of the directors and executive officers of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser are listed in Schedule I to this Offer to Purchase.

During the last five (5) years, none of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser or, to the best knowledge of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser, any of the persons listed in Schedule I to this Offer to Purchase (a) has been convicted in a criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations or similar misdemeanors) or (b) was a party to any judicial or administrative proceeding (except for matters that were dismissed without sanction or settlement) that resulted in a judgment, decree or final order enjoining such person from future violations of, or prohibiting activities subject to, federal or state securities laws, or a finding of any violation of such laws. Except as provided in the Merger Agreement or as otherwise described in this Offer to Purchase, (i) none of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser or, to the best knowledge of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser, any of the persons listed in Schedule I to this Offer to Purchase or any associate or majority-owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser, or any of the persons so listed beneficially owns or has any right to acquire, directly or indirectly, any Shares (other than with respect to (A) Hubert Joly, a director of Johnson & Johnson, who beneficially owns 39 Shares through investment vehicles over which Mr. Joly does not direct investment decisions and (B) Darius Adamczyk, a director of Johnson & Johnson, who beneficially owns 15 Shares through an investment vehicle over which Mr. Adamczyk does not direct investment decision) and (ii) none of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser or, to the best knowledge of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser, any of the persons or entities referred to in Schedule I hereto nor any director, executive officer or subsidiary of any of the foregoing has effected any transaction in respect of any Shares during the past 60 days. Except as provided in the Merger Agreement or as otherwise described in this Offer to Purchase, none of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser or, to the best knowledge of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser, any of the persons listed in Schedule I to this Offer to Purchase, has any material contract, arrangement, understanding or relationship with any other person with respect to any securities of ABIOMED (including, but not limited to, any contract, arrangement, understanding or relationship concerning the transfer or the voting of any such securities, joint ventures, loan or option arrangements, puts or calls, guaranties of loans, guaranties against loss, or the giving or withholding of proxies, consents or authorizations).

Except as set forth in this Offer to Purchase, none of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser or, to the best knowledge of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser, any of the persons listed in Schedule I hereto, has had any business relationship or transaction with ABIOMED or any of its executive officers, directors or affiliates that is required to be reported under the rules and regulations of the SEC applicable to the Offer. Except as set forth in this Offer to Purchase, there have been no negotiations, transactions or material contacts between Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser or any of their subsidiaries, or, to the best knowledge of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser, any of the persons listed in Schedule I to this Offer to Purchase, on the one hand, and ABIOMED or its affiliates, on the other hand, concerning a merger, consolidation or acquisition, tender offer or other acquisition of securities, an election of directors or a sale or other transfer of a material amount of assets during the past two (2) years.

Available Information. Pursuant to Rule 14d-3 under the Exchange Act, we have filed with the SEC a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO (the “Schedule TO”), of which this Offer to Purchase forms a part, and exhibits to the Schedule TO. The Schedule TO and the exhibits thereto, as well as other information filed by Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser with the SEC, are available at the SEC’s website on the Internet at www.sec.gov that contains the Schedule TO and the exhibits thereto and other information that Purchaser has filed electronically with the SEC.

9. Source and Amount of Funds.

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consideration in respect of the ABIOMED Options, the ABIOMED PSUs and the ABIOMED RSUs, and to pay all related fees and expenses required to be paid by Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement. Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser have also represented to ABIOMED that on each date on which Johnson & Johnson may be required under the terms of the CVR Agreement to deliver a notice to the Rights Agent indicating that a Milestone (as defined below and described in more detail in Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements”) has been achieved, Johnson & Johnson will have sufficient funds to satisfy its cash payment obligations under the CVR Agreement, including payment of the applicable Milestone Payment (as defined below and described in more detail in Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements”) and any fees and expenses of, or payable by, Johnson & Johnson in connection with the transactions contemplated by the CVR Agreement. Johnson & Johnson estimates that the total amount of funds required by Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser to consummate the Offer and the Merger and to fund payments in respect of outstanding ABIOMED Options, ABIOMED PSUs and ABIOMED RSUs is approximately $17.5 billion, excluding related fees and expenses. In addition, Johnson & Johnson would need approximately $1.6 billion to pay the maximum aggregate amount that the holders of CVRs and holders of certain options would be entitled to if the specified milestones are achieved. Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser expect to finance the Offer, the Merger, and any fees, costs and expenses through a combination of Johnson & Johnson’s available cash on hand and short-term financing.

10. Background of the Offer; Past Contacts or Negotiations with ABIOMED.

From time to time in the ordinary course of business, the management and board of directors of Johnson & Johnson (the “Johnson & Johnson Board”) evaluate various business opportunities in an effort to enhance stockholder value and to complement and enhance its existing businesses. As part of this process, the management and board of directors of Johnson & Johnson consider a number of potential strategic transactions, including potential acquisitions.

On April 28, 2022, the Johnson & Johnson Board held a regular meeting, with representatives of senior management of Johnson & Johnson also present. Among other things, representatives of senior management reviewed with the Johnson & Johnson Board various acquisition opportunities for Johnson & Johnson’s MedTech business, including a potential acquisition of ABIOMED.

Subsequent to the discussion with the Johnson & Johnson Board on April 28, 2022, senior management of Johnson & Johnson engaged J.P. Morgan Securities LLC (“J.P. Morgan”) on May 10, 2022 as financial advisor, to evaluate the potential acquisition of ABIOMED. Senior management of Johnson & Johnson discussed the potential acquisition of ABIOMED with the Johnson & Johnson Board at regular meetings on June 13, 2022 and July 18, 2022. Representatives of J.P. Morgan were also in attendance during the July 18, 2022 meeting.

In June 2022, Ms. Ashley McEvoy, Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Vice President and Worldwide Chairman of MedTech and Mr. Michael Minogue, ABIOMED’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, met at a trade industry conference and discussed their mutual involvement in AdvaMed, a trade association (“AdvaMed”), and the transition of the AdvaMed Chairman role. As part of this discussion, Ms. McEvoy and Mr. Minogue also discussed events in the medical technology industry and Mr. Minogue provided an overview of ABIOMED and its work in the cardiovascular space.

On August 15, 2022, Ms. McEvoy contacted Mr. Minogue via a telephone call and Ms. McEvoy expressed Johnson & Johnson’s interest in acquiring ABIOMED for $355.00 per Share in cash. Following the call, Ms. McEvoy sent Mr. Minogue a preliminary, non-binding proposal letter (the “August 15 Proposal”), pursuant to which Johnson & Johnson proposed to acquire all of the outstanding equity interests of ABIOMED for a purchase price of $355.00 per Share in cash, based on certain assumptions with respect to ABIOMED’s fully diluted share count and expected net cash position, and proposed to meet in-person later that week. The offer was not contingent on Johnson & Johnson obtaining financing but was subject to completion of due diligence.

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ABIOMED’s standalone value to be, and that, accordingly, ABIOMED was not interested in discussing a potential transaction with Johnson & Johnson on the terms outlined in the August 15 Proposal. In addition, Mr. Minogue noted that he would not meet with them the following week as the August 15 Proposal had been rejected by ABIOMED, but that he would be open to building a working relationship with Mr. Joaquin Duato, Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson, and Ms. McEvoy.

On August 29, 2022, Ms. McEvoy and Mr. Minogue exchanged messages regarding an introductory meeting at ABIOMED’s headquarters on September 15, 2022.

On September 15, 2022, Mr. Duato and Ms. McEvoy had an in-person meeting at ABIOMED’s headquarters with Mr. Minogue to discuss certain mutual industry insights and provide an overview of ABIOMED, including the work ABIOMED was doing in the cardiovascular space and ABIOMED’s innovation and culture, as well as potential future opportunities between Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED.

On September 23, 2022, Mr. Duato had a video conference call with Mr. Minogue to discuss a potential revised offer, including an increase in the upfront per Share price along with the possibility of a contingent value right structure to further increase the value of Johnson & Johnson’s proposal. On the call, Mr. Minogue proposed to Mr. Duato a contingent value right with a maximum total payment in the range of $50.00 to $100.00. In response, Mr. Duato noted that these values were too high and informed Mr. Minogue that Johnson & Johnson could offer $380.00 per Share and provide specific terms of a proposed contingent value right if it were provided with certain information about ABIOMED that would assist Johnson & Johnson in assessing its valuation of ABIOMED.

On September 24, 2022, Mr. Duato had a further telephone call with Mr. Minogue to discuss the possibility of commencing a diligence process for purposes of facilitating an increase in the overall value of Johnson & Johnson’s proposal, including through a potential contingent value right.

On September 26, 2022, Mr. Duato sent Mr. Minogue a revised preliminary non-binding proposal letter (the “September 26 Proposal”), pursuant to which Johnson & Johnson offered to acquire all of the outstanding equity interests of ABIOMED for an upfront purchase price of $380.00 per Share in cash. The September 26 Proposal was based on the same assumptions as the August 15 Proposal with respect to ABIOMED’s fully diluted share count and expected net cash position. In the September 26 Proposal, Mr. Duato also stated that Johnson & Johnson would be prepared to discuss the terms of a contractual contingent value right following an initial diligence meeting focused on certain commercial, clinical, regulatory, operational and financial topics.

Also on September 26, 2022, Ms. McEvoy shared with Mr. Minogue a draft confidentiality agreement, the terms of which were subsequently negotiated between representatives of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP (“Cravath”), legal advisor to Johnson & Johnson, and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, legal advisor to ABIOMED (“Sullivan & Cromwell”). The confidentiality agreement was entered into by Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED on September 28, 2022 and contained, among other things, a customary standstill provision pursuant to which Johnson & Johnson would be prohibited from taking certain actions with respect to ABIOMED until December 31, 2023, subject to certain standstill termination triggers, as further described in Section 11“The Transaction AgreementsThe Confidentiality Agreement”.

On September 28, 2022, Mr. Minogue communicated to Mr. Duato that ABIOMED was willing to explore a transaction with Johnson & Johnson on the terms contained in the September 26 Proposal on the condition that Johnson & Johnson provide additional value through a contingent value right structure and that, upon the execution of the confidentiality agreement, ABIOMED was willing to provide to Johnson & Johnson certain additional information concerning ABIOMED to facilitate an increase in Johnson & Johnson’s proposed purchase price.

On October 3, 2022, Mr. Duato, Ms. McEvoy and other members of Johnson & Johnson’s senior management met with Mr. Minogue and other members of ABIOMED’s senior management at The Ritz-Carlton in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Minogue and other members of ABIOMED’s senior management presented to members of

 

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Johnson & Johnson’s senior management an overview of ABIOMED and its existing product line, future product technologies and indications and potential market opportunities. Representatives of Goldman Sachs LLC, financial advisor to ABIOMED (“Goldman Sachs”) and J.P. Morgan, also attended the meeting.

On October 5, 2022, Mr. Duato met with Mr. Minogue at Johnson & Johnson’s headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey. At this meeting, Mr. Duato proposed to Mr. Minogue a $30.00 per share contingent value right, with two $15.00 per share milestone payments based on future revenue performance (the “October 5 Proposal”). Mr. Minogue expressed a desire to include a milestone payment based on clinical or regulatory events with respect to ABIOMED’s STEMI-DTU study and a revenue-based milestone payment, along with a 50% per share stepdown in payment if such milestone was achieved later than the measurement period proposed in the October 5 Proposal. Mr. Duato and Mr. Minogue agreed to revisit these points following Johnson & Johnson’s due diligence review.

Also on October 5, 2022, ABIOMED made available to Johnson & Johnson a virtual data room containing certain financial, regulatory and legal materials of ABIOMED. From October 5, 2022 through October 31, 2022 (the date on which the Merger Agreement was signed), Johnson & Johnson and its representatives conducted due diligence of ABIOMED through document review and a number of video conferences with representatives of ABIOMED, covering various areas including, but not limited to, corporate organization and structure, commercial operations, litigation and legal compliance, executive compensation and employee benefits, intellectual property, regulatory matters, research and development and general corporate matters.

On October 6, 2022, a representative of Sullivan & Cromwell contacted a representative of Cravath, who noted Johnson & Johnson’s willingness to contemplate a tender offer structure.

On October 12, 2022, representatives of Cravath provided to representatives of Sullivan & Cromwell a draft Merger Agreement providing for (a) a two-step process in which Johnson & Johnson would conduct a tender offer for the Shares, followed by a short-form merger, (b) no obligations on Johnson & Johnson to divest or hold separate any assets of Johnson & Johnson or ABIOMED or agree to any other conduct or other remedies proposed by any antitrust authorities, or to litigate against such authorities in order to obtain clearances, (c) a termination fee in an amount equal to 3.5% of ABIOMED’s fully diluted equity value based on the Offer Price (including the nominal value of CVR payments) that would be payable by ABIOMED in certain circumstances to Johnson & Johnson, (d) a non-solicitation covenant and (e) an outside date of six months.

Also on October 12, 2022, Ms. McEvoy and Ms. Lisa Blair Davis, Vice President of Human Resources, Medical Devices at Johnson & Johnson, convened a video conference call with Mr. Minogue to discuss proposed organizational structure, human resources arrangements following the consummation of the contemplated transaction, ABIOMED’s performance management systems and certain other matters.

On October 15, 2022, Mr. Duato had a video conference call with Mr. Minogue, during which Mr. Minogue proposed a $45.00 per Share contingent value right, consisting of three $15.00 per share payments (with one such payment based on ABIOMED’s future revenue performance measured at two different periods (where achievement of the milestone in the later period would result in 50% lower payment) and two such payments based on clinical or regulatory events).

On October 17, 2022, representatives of Sullivan & Cromwell, on behalf of ABIOMED, circulated a revised draft Merger Agreement to representatives of Cravath, which draft contained, among other things, (a) an obligation on Johnson & Johnson to divest and/or litigate against governmental authorities in order to obtain antitrust clearance and a restriction on Johnson & Johnson’s ability to take certain actions between signing and closing such as making acquisitions that would reasonably be expected to impose a material delay or materially increase the risk of not obtaining antitrust clearance, (b) a termination fee in an amount equal to $435 million (corresponding to 2.49% of ABIOMED’s fully diluted equity value based on the Offer Price (excluding nominal value of CVR payments)) that would be payable by ABIOMED in certain circumstances to Johnson & Johnson,

 

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(c) certain proposed changes to the non-solicitation covenant, (d) certain regulatory-related exceptions to the definition of “Company Material Adverse Effect” and (e) a regulatory reverse break fee in an amount equal to $870 million (corresponding to 4.98% of ABIOMED’s fully diluted equity value based on the Offer Price (excluding nominal value of CVR payments)) that would be payable by Johnson & Johnson to ABIOMED in the event that either party terminates the Merger Agreement in the event (i) a governmental authority had enacted a final and non-appealable law or order that made the proposed Transactions illegal or prohibited or otherwise prevented the consummation of the Transactions or (ii) the Acceptance Time did not occur by the Termination Date (as defined in the Merger Agreement) and certain regulatory-related closing conditions had not been satisfied at such time.

On October 19, 2022, the Johnson & Johnson Board held a regular meeting, with representatives of senior management of Johnson & Johnson and J.P. Morgan also present. Among other things, Mr. Duato, Ms. McEvoy and representatives of senior management provided updates to the Johnson & Johnson Board on the status of discussions between Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED, and the Johnson & Johnson Board authorized senior management of Johnson & Johnson to continue negotiations with ABIOMED with regards to a potential acquisition.

On October 21, 2022, Mr. Duato had a video conference call with Mr. Minogue, during which Mr. Duato communicated Johnson & Johnson’s interest in acquiring ABIOMED for $380.00 per Share in cash, plus a contingent value right with a maximum total payment of $35.00, consisting of up to $17.50 per share payment upon the achievement of a milestone based on net sales (where achievement of the milestone in the later period would result in 50% lower payment), $7.50 per share payment upon the achievement of a milestone based on regulatory approvals and $10.00 per share payment upon the achievement of a milestone based on clinical recommendations. During the call, Mr. Minogue asked Mr. Duato whether Johnson & Johnson was willing to increase the upfront per Share value, and Mr. Duato confirmed that $380.00 was the highest upfront amount that Johnson & Johnson was willing to offer per Share. Following the call, representatives of Cravath circulated a revised draft Merger Agreement to representatives of Sullivan & Cromwell that was substantially similar to the draft that representatives of Cravath shared on October 12, 2022, except that the draft accepted, among other things, a restriction on Johnson & Johnson’s ability to take certain actions between signing and closing such as making acquisitions that would reasonably be expected to impose a material delay or materially increase the risk of not obtaining antitrust approvals, and representatives of Sullivan & Cromwell circulated a preliminary term sheet regarding the proposed contingent value right to representatives of Cravath.

On October 23, 2022, representatives of Johnson & Johnson conducted a site visit with representatives of ABIOMED at ABIOMED’s headquarters in Danvers, Massachusetts. Representatives of Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan were also in attendance.

Later that day, representatives of Cravath circulated a draft CVR Agreement to representatives of Sullivan & Cromwell, which provided that Johnson & Johnson was not required to expend any efforts to achieve the milestones contained therein, the clinical recommendation milestone must be achieved by June 30, 2028 or March 31, 2029, depending on the study or indication, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approval milestone must be achieved by June 30, 2026.

On October 24, 2022 and October 25, 2022, representatives of Johnson & Johnson conducted a meeting and site visit with representatives of ABIOMED at ABIOMED’s site in Aachen, Germany. Representatives of Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan were also in attendance.

Also on October 24, 2022, Mr. Duato and Mr. Minogue exchanged messages regarding certain issues in the draft CVR Agreement, including the efforts required by Johnson & Johnson following the closing of the Transactions to achieve the milestones contained therein and the expiration dates for the clinical recommendation milestone.

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shared on October 21, 2022 and a revised draft CVR Agreement, which provided that Johnson & Johnson was required to use diligent efforts to achieve the milestones contained therein, certain details around enforcement of rights under the CVR Agreement and certain details regarding the milestones and related expiration dates.

In the evening of October 24, 2022, Ms. Susan Morano, Johnson & Johnson’s Vice President of Business Development, and Mr. Minogue met at the AdvaMed conference in Boston, Massachusetts and discussed, among other topics, certain details regarding the milestones in the CVR Agreement.

On October 25, 2022, Mr. Duato and Mr. Minogue had a video conference call to discuss the status of ongoing diligence and contractual negotiations, including certain issues in the draft Merger Agreement, including, among other topics, the antitrust efforts standard and certain antitrust remedies, a regulatory reverse break fee that would be payable by Johnson & Johnson to ABIOMED under certain circumstances and the treatment of ABIOMED PSUs, and in the draft CVR Agreement, including, among other topics, the efforts required by Johnson & Johnson following the closing of the Transactions to achieve the milestones and the expiration dates for the clinical recommendation milestone.

Also on October 25, 2022, representatives of Cravath and Sullivan & Cromwell had a video conference call to discuss certain issues in the draft Merger Agreement, including among other topics, the antitrust efforts standard and certain antitrust remedies, the amount of the termination fee that would be payable by ABIOMED in certain circumstances to Johnson & Johnson, a regulatory reverse break fee that would be payable by Johnson & Johnson to ABIOMED, certain provisions relating to the non-solicitation covenant and the definition of “Company Material Adverse Effect” to be used in the Merger Agreement, and the draft CVR Agreement, including among other topics, the milestone triggers, the milestone payment dates, the efforts required by Johnson & Johnson following the closing of the Transactions to achieve the milestones and certain details around enforcement of rights under the CVR Agreement.

On October 26, 2022, Ms. McEvoy and Mr. Minogue had a video call to discuss, among other topics, certain employment arrangements.

Also on October 26, 2022, Mr. Nicholas Antoun, Assistant General Counsel of Johnson & Johnson, and Mr. Marc Began, General Counsel of ABIOMED, had a telephone call to discuss, among other topics, certain provisions in the draft Merger Agreement relating to antitrust clearance and certain issues in the draft CVR Agreement, including the efforts required by Johnson & Johnson following the closing of the Transactions to achieve the milestones contained therein, the expiration dates for the clinical recommendation milestone and certain details around enforcement of rights under the CVR Agreement.

Later that evening, representatives of Cravath circulated to representatives of Sullivan & Cromwell a revised draft of the Merger Agreement, providing for, among other things, (i) Johnson & Johnson’s obligation to contest and defend any legal proceeding and divest any ABIOMED assets requested by regulators in order to obtain antitrust clearance, in each case up to a specified threshold, (ii) a termination fee in an amount equal to $672 million (corresponding to 3.5% of ABIOMED’s fully diluted equity value based on the Offer Price (including the nominal value of CVR payments)) that would be payable by ABIOMED in certain circumstances to Johnson & Johnson, (iii) no regulatory reverse break fee that would be payable by Johnson & Johnson to ABIOMED, (iv) certain provisions related to treatment of equity awards that were subject to ongoing negotiation between the parties and (v) a definition of “Company Material Adverse Effect” without the regulatory-related exceptions proposed by ABIOMED.

On October 27, 2022, representatives of Cravath circulated to representatives of Sullivan & Cromwell a revised draft of the CVR Agreement that was substantially similar to the draft that representatives of Cravath shared on October 23, 2022 but agreeing to a longer measurement period for the $8.75 per CVR milestone payment with respect to net sales (as further described in Section 11“The Transaction AgreementsThe CVR Agreement”) and expend certain budgeted amounts for the clinical trials related to the clinical recommendation milestone.

 

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Later that evening, Ms. Blair Davis and Mr. Minogue had a video conference call to discuss, among other topics, certain retention arrangements and certain compensation arrangements.

On October 28, 2022, Mr. Duato and Mr. Minogue exchanged messages regarding certain issues in the draft CVR Agreement, including the efforts required by Johnson & Johnson following the closing of the Transactions to achieve the milestones contained therein and the expiration dates for the clinical recommendation milestone.

Later that morning, representatives of Cravath and Sullivan & Cromwell had a video conference call to discuss the draft Merger Agreement, including, among other topics, the amount of the termination fee that would be payable by ABIOMED in certain circumstances to Johnson & Johnson, antitrust timing filing, the outside date and ability of ABIOMED to extend such outside date for two months within its discretion and the definition of “Company Material Adverse Effect,” and the draft CVR Agreement, including, among other topics, certain details regarding the clinical recommendation milestone and the FDA approval milestone and certain details around enforcement of rights under the CVR Agreement.

In the early afternoon on October 28, 2022, Mr. Duato and Mr. Minogue had a video conference call and Mr. Antoun and Mr. Began separately had a telephone call, in each case to discuss, among other topics, issues in the draft Merger Agreement, including the proposed outside date, and the draft CVR Agreement, including, among other topics, the level of efforts that Johnson & Johnson would be required to expend to achieve the milestones in the CVR Agreement, certain details regarding the clinical recommendation milestone and certain details around enforcement of rights under the CVR Agreement.

Later that day, representatives of Cravath and Sullivan & Cromwell reconvened on a telephone call to continue discussing certain issues in the draft Merger Agreement. In connection with the foregoing, Cravath proposed a termination fee in an amount equal to $600 million (corresponding to 3.28% of ABIOMED’s fully diluted equity value based on the Offer Price (including the nominal value of CVR payments)) that would be payable by ABIOMED in certain circumstances to Johnson & Johnson, antitrust timing filing and the definition of “Company Material Adverse Effect,” and the draft CVR Agreement, including, among other topics, certain details regarding the clinical recommendation milestone and the FDA approval milestone and certain details around enforcement of rights under the CVR Agreement. Later that evening, representatives of Sullivan & Cromwell circulated to representatives of Cravath revised drafts of the Merger Agreement and CVR Agreement reflecting such discussions, and providing for, among other things, a termination fee in an amount equal to $500 million (corresponding to 2.72% of ABIOMED’s fully diluted equity value based on the Offer Price (assuming 50% of the CVR payments)) that would be payable by ABIOMED in certain circumstances to Johnson & Johnson, an outside date of eight months subject to an automatic extension for an additional two months if certain regulatory closing conditions remain the only conditions to not have been satisfied or waived as of the original outside date and a definition of “Company Material Adverse Effect” in the Merger Agreement without certain regulatory-related exceptions.

Between October 28, 2022 and October 31, 2022, representatives of Cravath and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, who were engaged by certain representatives of senior management of ABIOMED, including Mr. Minogue and Mr. Greenfield, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of ABIOMED, to negotiate on their behalf with respect to certain letter agreements regarding, among other things, change in control payments, exchanged drafts of such letter agreements, at which time ABIOMED and representatives of senior management of ABIOMED entered into such letter agreements.

On October 29, 2022, representatives of Cravath and Sullivan & Cromwell had a telephone call to discuss certain issues in the draft Merger Agreement, including among other topics, the amount of the termination fee that would be payable by ABIOMED in certain circumstances to Johnson & Johnson and antitrust timing filing, and the draft CVR Agreement, including, among other topics, certain details around enforcement of rights under the CVR Agreement.

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termination fee in an amount equal to $575 million (corresponding to 3.08% of ABIOMED’s fully diluted equity value based on the Offer Price (including the nominal value of the CVR payments)) that would be payable by ABIOMED in certain circumstances to Johnson & Johnson.

Also on October 29, 2022, Ms. Blair Davis, Ms. McEvoy and Mr. Minogue exchanged messages regarding retention agreements for certain executives of ABIOMED.

On October 30, 2022, representatives of Johnson & Johnson, ABIOMED, Cravath, Sullivan & Cromwell and Goldman Sachs had a video conference call to discuss certain issues, including, among other things, ABIOMED’s proposed budget as it relates to Johnson & Johnson’s required efforts to complete ABIOMED’s clinical trials under the draft CVR Agreement.

Following the call, Ms. McEvoy and Mr. Minogue had a telephone call to discuss, among other topics, certain employment arrangements, the treatment of ABIOMED PSUs and certain details regarding the clinical recommendation milestone and certain details around enforcement of rights under the CVR Agreement.

Through October 31, 2022, representatives of Cravath and representatives of Sullivan & Cromwell exchanged and finalized drafts of the Merger Agreement, reflecting termination fee in an amount equal to $550 million (corresponding to 2.9% of ABIOMED’s fully diluted equity value based on the Offer Price (including the nominal value of CVR payments)) that would be payable by ABIOMED in certain circumstances to Johnson & Johnson, and CVR Agreement.

After the closing of trading on NASDAQ on October 31, the Johnson & Johnson Board held a video conference meeting to discuss the Merger Agreement and the CVR Agreement. Representatives of senior management, J.P. Morgan and Cravath also attended the meeting. After carefully considering the proposed terms of the transaction with ABIOMED, and taking into consideration the matters discussed during the meeting and prior meetings of the Johnson & Johnson Board, the Johnson & Johnson Board unanimously (a) declared that it was advisable for Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser to enter into the Merger Agreement and the CVR Agreement and (b) approved the execution and delivery by Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser of the Merger Agreement and the CVR Agreement, the performance by Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser of their respective covenants and agreements contained therein, and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement and the CVR Agreement, including the Offer and the Merger.

Later that evening, Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and ABIOMED entered into the Merger Agreement.

On the morning of November 1, 2022, prior to the opening of trading on the NYSE and NASDAQ, Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED issued a joint press release announcing the execution of the Merger Agreement.

11. The Transaction Agreements

The following are summaries of the material terms of the Merger Agreement, the CVR Agreement, the Confidentiality Agreement (as defined below), the Retention Agreement (as defined below) and the Letter Agreement (as defined below). They have been included to provide investors and stockholders with information regarding the terms of such agreements. The following summaries do not purport to be complete and, in the case of the Merger Agreement, the Confidentiality Agreement, the Retention Agreement and the Letter Agreement, are qualified in their entirety by reference to the definitive agreements themselves, which have been filed as exhibits to the Schedule TO (or in case of the Retention Agreement and the Letter Agreement, by ABIOMED to the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 of ABIOMED (together with any exhibits and annexes attached thereto, the “Schedule 14D-9”)), and in the case of the CVR Agreement, are qualified in its entirety by reference to the form attached as Exhibit A to the Merger Agreement. ABIOMED stockholders and other interested parties should read the Merger Agreement, the CVR Agreement, the Confidentiality Agreement, the Retention Agreement and the Letter Agreement in their entirety for more complete descriptions of the terms

 

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summarized below. The Merger Agreement and the CVR Agreement may be examined and copies may be obtained at the places and in the manner set forth in Section 8—“Certain Information Concerning Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser”.

The Merger Agreement and the summary included below are not intended to provide any factual information about ABIOMED, its stockholders or executives, Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser, their respective businesses, or the actual conduct of their respective businesses during the period prior to the consummation of the Merger. The representations, warranties and covenants contained in the Merger Agreement were made only as of specified dates for the purposes of such agreement, were solely for the benefit of the parties to the agreements and may be subject to qualifications and limitations agreed upon by the parties. In particular, in reviewing the representations, warranties and covenants contained in the Merger Agreement and described in the following summary, it is important to bear in mind that such representations, warranties and covenants were negotiated with the principal purpose of allocating risk between the parties, rather than establishing matters as facts. Such representations, warranties and covenants may also be subject to a contractual standard of materiality different from those generally applicable to stockholders and to reports and documents filed with the SEC, and in some cases were qualified by disclosures set forth in a confidential disclosure letter that was provided by ABIOMED to Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser but is not filed with the SEC as part of the Merger Agreement. Investors and stockholders are not third-party beneficiaries under the Merger Agreement. Accordingly, investors and stockholders should not rely on such representations, warranties and covenants as characterizations of the actual state of facts or circumstances described therein without consideration of the entirety of the factual disclosures about ABIOMED, Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser made in this Offer to Purchase, the Schedule 14D-9 or reports filed with the SEC. Information concerning the subject matter of such representations, warranties and covenants, which do not purport to be accurate as of the date of this Offer to Purchase, may have changed since the date of the Merger Agreement, which subsequent information may or may not be fully reflected in this Offer to Purchase or the parties’ public disclosures.

The Merger Agreement

The Offer. The Merger Agreement provides that Purchaser will commence the Offer as promptly as practicable (but in no event more than 10 business days) after the date of the Merger Agreement and that, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement and the Offer, Purchaser will, at or as promptly as practicable following the Expiration Time (but in any event within one business day thereafter), irrevocably accept for payment, and, promptly following the Acceptance Time, pay for, all Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn pursuant to the Offer. Unless the Offer is extended pursuant to and in accordance with the Merger Agreement, the Offer will expire at 11:59 p.m., New York time, on December 13, 2022, which is the date that is 20 business days after the date the Offer is first commenced. In the event that the Offer is extended pursuant to and in accordance with the Merger Agreement, then the Offer will expire on the date and at the time to which the Offer has been so extended.

The obligations of Purchaser to irrevocably accept for payment and pay for Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn pursuant to the Offer are subject only to the satisfaction or, if permissible under applicable law, waiver of the Offer Conditions described in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”. Purchaser expressly reserves the right to waive any of the Offer Conditions and to make any change in the terms of or conditions to the Offer. However, without the prior written consent of ABIOMED, Purchaser may not:

 

   

waive or modify the Minimum Condition, the No Legal Restraint Condition, the No Antitrust Proceedings Condition or the Termination Condition;

 

   

make any change in the terms of or conditions to the Offer that:

 

   

changes the form of consideration to be paid in the Offer;

 

   

decreases the Cash Amount or the number of Shares sought in the Offer;

 

   

extends the Offer or the Expiration Time or terminates the Offer, except as permitted or required by the Merger Agreement;

 

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imposes conditions to the Offer other than the Offer Conditions, as described in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”;

 

   

amends any term or condition of the Offer in any manner that is materially adverse to ABIOMED stockholders, or that would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to prevent or materially delay the consummation of the Offer or prevent, materially delay or materially impair the ability of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser to consummate the Offer, the Merger or the other transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement and by the CVR Agreement (collectively, the “Transactions”);

 

   

decrease the number of CVRs to be issued per Share; or

 

   

amends or purports or seeks to amend any term of the CVR or the CVR Agreement in any manner that is adverse to any ABIOMED stockholder; or

 

   

provide any “subsequent offering period” within the meaning of Rule 14d-11 promulgated under the Exchange Act.

The Merger Agreement contains provisions that govern the circumstances in which Purchaser is required or permitted to extend the Expiration Time. Unless the Merger Agreement has been terminated in accordance with its terms:

 

   

Purchaser must extend the Offer for the minimum period required by any law or order, or any rule, regulation, interpretation or position of the SEC or its staff or NASDAQ that is applicable to the Offer;

 

   

in the event that any of the Offer Conditions, as described in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”, other than the Minimum Condition, are not satisfied or waived as of the time the Offer is scheduled to expire, Purchaser may (and, if requested by ABIOMED, is required to) extend the Offer for one or more successive extension periods of up to 10 business days each (or any longer period as may be approved in advance by ABIOMED) in order to permit the satisfaction of all of the conditions to the Offer; and

 

   

in the event that all of the Offer Conditions, as described in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”, have been satisfied or waived, except that the Minimum Condition has not been satisfied, as of the time the Offer is scheduled to expire, Purchaser may (and, if requested by ABIOMED, is required to) extend the Offer for one or more successive extensions of 10 business days each (or any longer period as may be approved in advance by ABIOMED); provided that Purchaser is not required in these circumstances to extend the Offer on more than three occasions, but may, in its sole discretion, elect to do so.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, Purchaser is not, however, required to extend the Offer beyond the Termination Date (as defined below in the subsection “—Termination”). In the event that the Merger Agreement is validly terminated, Purchaser will irrevocably and unconditionally terminate the Offer and promptly return all tendered Shares to the registered holders thereof.

The Merger. The Merger Agreement provides that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement and the applicable provisions of the DGCL, at the Effective Time, Purchaser will be merged with and into ABIOMED, the separate corporate existence of Purchaser will cease and ABIOMED will continue as the surviving corporation of the Merger and as a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The Merger will be effected in accordance with Section 251(h) of the DGCL as soon as practicable following the Acceptance Time. The closing of the Merger (the “Closing”) will take place as soon as practicable following (and in any event no later than the business day after) the Acceptance Time and the satisfaction or, if permissible under applicable law, waiver of the conditions to the Merger described in the subsection “—Conditions to the Merger”. On the date of the Closing, the parties will file a certificate of merger with respect to the Merger in accordance with the DGCL (the “Certificate of Merger”) with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware and shall take such further actions as may be required to make the Merger effective. The Merger will become effective at the

 

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time and day of the filing of the Certificate of the Merger and acceptance by the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware, or a later time and day as may be agreed in writing by the parties and specified in the Certificate of Merger.

Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws. At the Effective Time, subject to the provisions of the Merger Agreement described in “—Directors’ and Officers’ Indemnification and Insurance” below, (a) the certificate of incorporation of ABIOMED will be amended and restated in its entirety to read as set forth on Exhibit B to the Merger Agreement, and (b) the bylaws of ABIOMED will be amended and restated in its entirety to be in the form of the bylaws of Purchaser, as in effect immediately prior to the Effective Time (except that the name of the Surviving Corporation will be ABIOMED, Inc.).

Directors and Officers. From and after the Effective Time, until their successors are duly appointed and qualified or until their earlier death, resignation or removal in accordance with the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of the Surviving Corporation, the directors of Purchaser immediately prior to the Effective Time will be, from and after the Effective Time, the initial directors of the Surviving Corporation, and the officers of ABIOMED immediately prior to the Effective Time will be, from and after the Effective Time, the initial officers of the Surviving Corporation.

Effect on Capital Stock. Upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, at the Effective Time:

 

   

each Share that is outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time (excluding (A) Canceled Shares, (B) Accepted Shares and (C) any Dissenting Shares (each as defined below)) will be automatically converted into the right to receive the Offer Price (the “Merger Consideration”), without interest and less any required withholding tax;

 

   

each Share (A) owned by Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser or ABIOMED (or held in ABIOMED’s treasury), or by any direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser, in each case, at the commencement of the Offer and immediately prior to the Effective Time (the “Canceled Shares”) or (B) irrevocably accepted for purchase pursuant to the Offer (the “Accepted Shares”), will, in each case, be canceled and extinguished without any conversion thereof or consideration paid therefor at the Effective Time by virtue of the Merger; and

 

   

each share of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of Purchaser that is outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time will be converted into one validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable share of common stock of the Surviving Corporation.

Shares held by ABIOMED stockholders who are entitled to demand and have properly and validly demanded their statutory rights of appraisal in respect of these Shares in compliance in all respects with Section 262 of the DGCL (“Dissenting Shares”) will not be converted into or represent the right to receive the Merger Consideration, but instead will be entitled to receive an amount as may be determined pursuant to Section 262 of the DGCL. However, all Dissenting Shares that are held by ABIOMED stockholders who have failed to properly and validly demand or who have effectively withdrawn or otherwise lost their rights to appraisal of these Dissenting Shares under Section 262 of the DGCL will no longer be considered to be Dissenting Shares and will be deemed to have been converted into, as of the Effective Time, the right to receive the Merger Consideration, without interest and less any required withholding tax, upon compliance with the applicable procedures set forth in the Merger Agreement with respect to the surrender of certificates representing Shares or the book-entry transfer of Shares.

From and after the Effective Time, all Shares will no longer be outstanding and will automatically cease to exist, and will cease to have any rights with respect thereto, except as specified above.

 

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Treatment of ABIOMED Equity Awards. Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, at the Effective Time:

 

   

each stock option to purchase Shares (an “ABIOMED Option”) outstanding as of immediately prior to the Effective Time with an exercise price that is less than the Cash Amount (an “In-the-Money Option”) will be canceled in exchange for the Cash Amount (less the applicable exercise price) plus one CVR, in each case, multiplied by the number of Shares underlying such In-the-Money Option;

 

   

each ABIOMED Option outstanding as of immediately prior to the Effective Time with an exercise price that is equal to or greater than the Cash Amount (an “Out-of-the-Money Option”) will be canceled in exchange for the right to receive cash payments equal to the total amount of the Milestone Payments actually payable in connection with a CVR (if any), less the amount by which such exercise price exceeds the Cash Amount (if any), multiplied by the number of Shares underlying such Out-of-the-Money Option;

 

   

each performance stock unit in respect of Shares (“ABIOMED PSU”) outstanding as of immediately prior to the Effective Time will be canceled in exchange for the Cash Amount plus one CVR, in each case, multiplied by the number of Shares underlying such ABIOMED PSU, generally determined based on actual performance for any performance periods that have been completed as of the Effective Time and maximum performance for all other performance periods; and

 

   

each restricted stock unit in respect of Shares (“ABIOMED RSU”) outstanding as of immediately prior to the Effective Time will be canceled in exchange for the Cash Amount plus one CVR, in each case, multiplied by the number of Shares underlying such ABIOMED RSU.

In addition, pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, if the payment period under the ABIOMED, Inc. 1988 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, as amended and restated on February 5, 2019 (the “ESPP”) in effect on the date of the Merger Agreement has not already ended as of the Acceptance Time, such payment period will terminate no later than two business days prior to the Acceptance Time, and all participant contributions then in the ESPP will be used to purchase Shares on the date of such termination in accordance with the terms of the ESPP. All Shares purchased under the ESPP will be treated identically with all other Shares in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement. No further payment period will commence under the ESPP after the payment period under the ESPP in effect on the date the Merger Agreement ends.

Representations and Warranties. In the Merger Agreement, ABIOMED has made customary representations and warranties to Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser, which are qualified by information set forth in a confidential disclosure letter of ABIOMED provided to Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser in connection with the execution of the Merger Agreement and certain disclosures in ABIOMED’s SEC filings since April 1, 2020 and publicly available prior to the date of the Merger Agreement, including representations and warranties relating to: organization and qualification; capitalization; subsidiaries; corporate power and authority; enforceability of the Merger Agreement; the absence of any required ABIOMED stockholder approval to approve the Merger following the Acceptance Time; required governmental authorizations; non-contravention of applicable law and orders and ABIOMED’s organizational documents and contracts; SEC filings, financial statements and internal controls and procedures; the absence of undisclosed liabilities; the absence of a Company Material Adverse Effect (as defined below); the absence of certain changes to the business of ABIOMED since March 31, 2022; information provided or included in the Schedule TO and other documents relating to the Offer; brokers’ fees; employee benefit and employee matters; litigation; taxes; compliance with laws and permits; environmental matters; intellectual property; real property; material contracts; regulatory compliance; insurance; compliance with anti-bribery and anti-money laundering laws; Rule 14d-10 matters; related party transactions; the opinion of ABIOMED’s financial advisor; and the inapplicability of state takeover laws. Each of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser has made customary representations and warranties to ABIOMED with respect to, among other matters: organization and qualification; corporate power and authority; the enforceability of the Merger Agreement; information provided or included in the Schedule TO and other documents relating to the Offer; required governmental authorizations; non-contravention of applicable law and orders and their organizational documents and contracts; litigation; that neither is an “interested stockholder” within the meaning of Section 203 of the DGCL; availability of sufficient funds; operation of Purchaser; and brokers’ fees.

 

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Some of the representations and warranties in the Merger Agreement made by ABIOMED are qualified as to “materiality” or “Company Material Adverse Effect”. For purposes of the Merger Agreement, a “Company Material Adverse Effect” means any change, occurrence, effect, event, circumstance or development (each, an “Effect”), that, individually or in the aggregate, has had, or would reasonably be expected to have, a material adverse effect on the business, assets, liabilities, financial condition or results of operations of ABIOMED and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole. However, no Effect to the extent resulting from, attributable to or arising out of any of the following will be deemed to be or constitute a “Company Material Adverse Effect”, or be taken into account when determining whether a “Company Material Adverse Effect” has occurred, except, in the case of clauses (a) through (f) below, to the extent any such Effect disproportionately impacts ABIOMED and its subsidiaries relative to other companies operating in the medical device industry, in which case the incremental disproportionate impact of such Effect may be taken into account in determining whether there has occurred a “Company Material Adverse Effect”:

 

  (a)

general economic conditions (or changes in these conditions) in the United States or any other country or region in the world, or conditions in the global economy generally;

 

  (b)

conditions (or changes in these conditions) in the securities markets, capital markets, credit markets, currency markets or other financial markets in the United States or any other country or region in the world, including (i) changes in interest rates in the United States or any other country or region in the world and changes in exchange rates for the currencies of any countries and (ii) any suspension of trading in securities (whether equity, debt, derivative or hybrid securities) generally on any securities exchange or over-the-counter market operating in the United States or any other country or region in the world;

 

  (c)

conditions (or changes in these conditions) in the medical device industry;

 

  (d)

political conditions (or changes in these conditions) in the United States or any other country or region in the world or acts of war, sabotage or terrorism (including any escalation or general worsening of any acts of war, sabotage or terrorism) in the United States or any other country or region in the world;

 

  (e)

earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, floods, epidemics, pandemics (including COVID-19), mudslides, wild fires or other natural disasters, weather conditions and other force majeure events in the United States or any other country or region in the world;

 

  (f)

changes in law or other legal or regulatory conditions (or the interpretation thereof), any quarantine, “shelter in place” or other similar law, order or formal recommendation by any governmental authority in connection with or in response to COVID-19 or any other virus, infection or infectious or transmissible disease (“Public Health Measures”) or any change in any Public Health Measures, or changes in GAAP or other accounting standards (or the interpretation thereof);

 

  (g)

the announcement of the Merger Agreement or the Transactions, the identity of Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser or their affiliates as the acquiror of ABIOMED, any loss of, or any adverse Effect in or with respect to, the relationship of ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries, with governmental authorities or employees (including departure or termination of any officers, directors, employees or independent contractors of ABIOMED or its subsidiaries) as a result thereof or in connection therewith, and any legal proceedings made or brought on or after the date of the Merger Agreement by current or former ABIOMED stockholders (on their own behalf or on behalf of ABIOMED) directly arising out of the Merger Agreement or the transactions contemplated by it (provided that the exception described in this clause (g) will not apply with respect to ABIOMED’s representations and warranties relating to non-contravention of applicable law and orders and ABIOMED’s organizational documents and contracts);

 

  (h)

(i) any actions taken by Johnson & Johnson or any of its controlled affiliates or (ii) any actions taken or omitted to be taken by ABIOMED (A) to which Johnson & Johnson has consented in writing, (B) upon the written request of Johnson & Johnson or (C) that is expressly required or prohibited (as applicable) by the terms of the Merger Agreement. However, the exception in clause (C) will not apply to any action taken or omitted to be taken pursuant to ABIOMED’s covenants described in the subsection

 

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  “—Conduct of Business” below (unless ABIOMED has requested to take an action that is prohibited by these covenants and Johnson & Johnson has unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed its written consent thereto, in which case the failure of ABIOMED to take such action will not be taken into account in determining whether there has occurred a “Company Material Adverse Effect”); or

 

  (i)

changes in ABIOMED’s stock price or the trading volume of ABIOMED’s stock, in and of itself, or any failure by ABIOMED to meet any estimates or expectations of ABIOMED’s revenue, earnings or other financial performance or results of operations for any period, in and of itself, or any failure by ABIOMED to meet any internal budgets, plans or forecasts of its revenues, earnings or other financial performance or results of operations, in and of itself (but not, in each case, the underlying cause of these changes or failures, unless these changes or failures would otherwise be excepted from the definition of a “Company Material Adverse Effect”).

Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, ABIOMED has represented that the ABIOMED Board has (a) determined that it is in the best interests of ABIOMED and its stockholders, and declared it advisable, for ABIOMED to enter into the Merger Agreement and consummate the Transactions, (b) approved the execution and delivery by ABIOMED of the Merger Agreement, the performance by ABIOMED of its covenants and agreements contained in the Merger Agreement and the consummation of the Transactions upon the terms and subject to the conditions contained in the Merger Agreement and (c) resolved, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, to recommend that ABIOMED stockholders accept the Offer and tender their Shares to Purchaser pursuant to the Offer.

Conduct of Business. The Merger Agreement provides that, during the period from the date of the Merger Agreement until the earlier of the termination of the Merger Agreement and the Effective Time (the “Pre-Closing Period”), except (a) as set forth in the confidential disclosure letter of ABIOMED provided to Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser in connection with the execution of the Merger Agreement, (b) as required by applicable law, (c) as consented to in writing by Johnson & Johnson (which will not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed) or (d) as required or expressly provided for by the Merger Agreement, ABIOMED and its subsidiaries will:

 

   

conduct its business in all material respects according to its ordinary and usual course of business consistent with past practice; and

 

   

use commercially reasonable efforts to preserve intact its business organization and to preserve the present relationships with parties having significant business relationships with ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries. However, notwithstanding the foregoing, during any period of full or partial suspension of operations related to COVID-19 or any Public Health Measures, ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries may, in connection with COVID-19 or any Public Health Measures, take actions reasonably necessary (i) to protect the health and safety of its employees and other individuals with whom it has business dealings or (ii) to respond to third-party supply or service disruptions caused by COVID-19 or any Public Health Measures, following prior consultation with Johnson & Johnson to the extent reasonably practicable.

The Merger Agreement also contains specific covenants restricting ABIOMED and each of its subsidiaries from taking certain actions during the Pre-Closing Period (subject to the same exceptions listed above and certain additional exceptions specified in the Merger Agreement) including, among other things, not to:

 

   

adopt any amendments to the certificate of incorporation or bylaws (or similar governing documents) of ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries;

 

   

issue, sell, grant options or rights to purchase, pledge, or authorize or propose the issuance, sale, grant of options or rights to purchase or pledge, any securities of ABIOMED or its subsidiaries;

 

   

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split, combine or reclassify its capital stock or declare, set aside, make or pay any dividend or distribution (whether in cash, stock or property) on any shares of its capital stock;

 

   

(A) acquire, by means of a merger, consolidation, recapitalization or otherwise, any (1) material assets or (2) ownership interest in any person or any business or division thereof, in each case, with a fair market value or purchase price in excess of $5,000,000 in the aggregate, (B) sell, lease, license, transfer or otherwise dispose of, or subject to any lien, any material assets of ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries (including material intellectual property rights of ABIOMED and shares in the capital stock of ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries), or (C) adopt a plan of complete or partial liquidation, dissolution, recapitalization or restructuring;

 

   

incur, assume or otherwise become liable or responsible for any indebtedness for borrowed money in excess of $5,000,000 in the aggregate;

 

   

make any loans, advances or capital contributions to, any other person in excess of $3,000,000 in the aggregate;

 

   

change any financial accounting methods, principles or practices used by it;

 

   

(A) change any annual tax accounting period or method, (B) make, change or revoke any material tax election, (C) settle or compromise any audit or proceeding in respect of any material tax liabilities, except any ordinary course extension or waiver of an applicable statute of limitations, (D) file any material amended tax return, (E) enter into any closing agreement with respect to any material tax, (F) surrender any right to claim a material tax refund or (G) enter into any tax indemnification, sharing, allocation, reimbursement or similar agreement, arrangement or understanding (other than any customary Tax indemnification provisions in ordinary course commercial agreements or arrangements that are not primarily related to taxes);

 

   

except as required under a compensation or benefit plan in existence on the date of the Merger Agreement, (A) pay any amount or benefit under, or grant or promise to grant any awards under, any bonus, incentive, performance or other compensation plan, program, agreement or arrangement (including the grant of any ABIOMED Option, ABIOMED PSU or ABIOMED RSU or other equity or equity-based awards); (B) provide for an increase in the compensation or benefits provided to any employee of ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries or member of the ABIOMED Board, (C) establish, adopt, enter into, materially amend or terminate any compensation or benefit plan or any collective bargaining or similar labor contract; (D) accelerate the time of payment or vesting of any compensation, rights or benefits, or make any material determination under any compensation or benefit plan; (E) take any action to fund or in any other way secure the payment of compensation or benefits under any compensation or benefit plan; (F) grant any employee, director or other service provider who is a natural person of or to ABIOMED or its subsidiaries change of control, severance, retention or termination compensation or benefits or provide for any increase thereto; (G) terminate the employment of any employee of ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries with annualized base earnings of $150,000 or higher or (H) hire or promote any individual with annualized base earnings of $200,000 or higher;

 

   

make or authorize any capital expenditures, or incur any obligations, liabilities or indebtedness in respect thereof;

 

   

settle any suit, action, claim, proceeding or investigation;

 

   

(A) enter into any contract that would, if entered into prior to the date of the Merger Agreement, constitute a material contract or a real property lease, (B) materially modify, materially amend or terminate any material contract or real property lease or waive, release or assign any material rights or claims thereunder or (C) lease, sublease or license any portion of owned or leased real property;

 

   

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intellectual property office for or fail to defend, in each case, any material registered intellectual property of ABIOMED for which ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries controls the prosecution or maintenance thereof;

 

   

initiate or commit to undertake any new clinical trials;

 

   

adopt or implement any stockholder rights plan or similar arrangement; or

 

   

authorize, agree or commit, in writing or otherwise, to take any of the foregoing actions.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in the Merger Agreement is intended to give Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser, directly or indirectly, the right to control or direct the business or operations of ABIOMED or its subsidiaries prior to the Effective Time.

No Solicitation. Except as otherwise described below, ABIOMED has agreed that it and its subsidiaries will not, and will not authorize or permit any of their representatives to, directly or indirectly:

 

   

solicit, initiate, knowingly encourage, or knowingly facilitate or assist, any inquiry, proposal or offer, or the making, submission or announcement of any inquiry, proposal or offer, that constitutes or would reasonably be expected to lead to an Acquisition Proposal (as defined below);

 

   

furnish to any third party any non-public information relating to ABIOMED or its subsidiaries, or afford to any third party access to the business, properties, assets, books, records or other non-public information, or to any personnel, of ABIOMED or its subsidiaries, in any such case in connection with, in response to or with the intent to encourage, facilitate or assist the making, submission or announcement of any Acquisition Proposal;

 

   

participate or engage in any discussions or negotiations with any person with respect to any Acquisition Proposal or potential Acquisition Proposal;

 

   

adopt, approve or enter into any merger agreement, purchase agreement, letter of intent, memorandum of understanding or similar contract with respect to an Acquisition Transaction (as defined below); or

 

   

resolve or agree to do any of the foregoing.

Acquisition Proposal” means any offer, proposal or indication of interest by a third party to engage in an Acquisition Transaction.

Acquisition Transaction” means any transaction or series of related transactions (other than the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement) resulting in: (a) any acquisition by any third party or “group” (as defined under Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act) of beneficial ownership of more than 20% of the outstanding voting securities of ABIOMED or any tender or exchange offer that, if consummated, would result in any third party or group beneficially owning more than 20% of the outstanding voting securities of ABIOMED; (b) any merger, consolidation, business combination, recapitalization, reorganization or other similar transaction involving ABIOMED or its subsidiaries (i) pursuant to which any third party or group, other than ABIOMED stockholders (as a group) immediately prior to the consummation of the transaction, would hold, directly or indirectly, equity interests in the surviving or resulting entity of the transaction representing more than 20% of the voting power of the surviving or resulting entity or (ii) as a result of which ABIOMED stockholders (as a group) would hold, directly or indirectly, equity interests in the surviving or resulting entity of the transaction representing less than 80% of the voting power of the surviving or resulting entity; or (c) any sale or disposition of more than 20% of the assets of ABIOMED and its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis (determined on a fair market value basis).

Except as otherwise described below, ABIOMED has also agreed that ABIOMED and its subsidiaries will immediately cease all existing discussions or negotiations with any third party conducted prior to the date of the Merger Agreement with respect to any Acquisition Proposal or potential Acquisition Proposal. Further,

 

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ABIOMED has also agreed to promptly after and within one day of the date of the Merger Agreement terminate access by any third party to any physical or electronic dataroom relating to a potential Acquisition Proposal (or prior discussions in respect of a potential Acquisition Proposal) and request that each third party that has executed a confidentiality agreement relating to a potential Acquisition Proposal (or prior discussions in respect of a potential Acquisition Proposal) promptly return to ABIOMED or destroy all non-public documents and materials containing non-public information of ABIOMED that has been furnished by ABIOMED or any of its representatives to the third party.

Further, from the date of the Merger Agreement until the earlier of the termination of the Merger Agreement and the Acceptance Time, ABIOMED will provide Johnson & Johnson with written notice of receipt of an Acquisition Proposal or any inquiries, proposals or offers relating to any Acquisition Proposal or that would reasonably be expected to lead to an Acquisition Proposal, as promptly as practicable and in any event within 24 hours following receipt. Such notice will indicate the identity of the third party making the Acquisition Proposal, inquiry, proposal or offer, and include the material terms and conditions thereof. Thereafter, ABIOMED will keep Johnson & Johnson reasonably informed on a prompt and timely basis with respect to the status of or material terms and conditions of any Acquisition Proposal, inquiry, proposal or offer (including any amendments or proposed amendments to such material terms). ABIOMED has also agreed to promptly, and in any event within 24 hours following receipt or delivery thereof, provide Johnson & Johnson with copies of all written Acquisition Proposals and all written inquiries, proposals, offers or other materials (including proposed agreements and proposed financing documents) relating to any Acquisition Proposal or that would reasonably be expected to lead to an Acquisition Proposal that, in each case, are either received by ABIOMED or any of its representatives from the person(s) making any such Acquisition Proposal, inquiry, proposal or offer or any of its representatives, or are delivered by ABIOMED or any of its representatives to such person(s) or any of its or their representatives.

Notwithstanding the restrictions described above, if at any time prior to the Acceptance Time, ABIOMED has received a written, bona fide Acquisition Proposal from any third party after the date of the Merger Agreement that did not result from a material breach of the non-solicitation provisions of the Merger Agreement which are described in this subsection “—No Solicitation” , and the ABIOMED Board determines in good faith, after consultation with its financial advisor(s) and outside legal counsel, that the Acquisition Proposal constitutes or is reasonably likely to lead to a Superior Proposal and that the failure to take the actions described in clause (a), (b) or (c) below would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties under applicable law, then ABIOMED may (a) enter into a confidentiality agreement with the third party in accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement, (b) furnish information with respect to ABIOMED to the third party making the Acquisition Proposal and its representatives (provided that (i) ABIOMED substantially contemporaneously provides to Johnson & Johnson any such non-public information to the extent not previously provided to Johnson & Johnson and (ii) ABIOMED must have entered into a confidentiality agreement with the third party in accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement and provided Johnson & Johnson a copy of such confidentiality agreement) and (c) participate and engage in discussions or negotiations with the third party making the Acquisition Proposal and its representatives regarding the Acquisition Proposal (and waive the third party’s noncompliance with the provisions of any “standstill” agreement solely to the extent necessary to permit these discussions or negotiations). Prior to or concurrently with ABIOMED first taking any of the actions described in clauses (a), (b) or (c) of the immediately preceding sentence, ABIOMED must provide written notice to Johnson & Johnson of the determination of the ABIOMED Board that the Acquisition Proposal constitutes or is reasonably likely to lead to a Superior Proposal.

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with outside legal counsel and its financial advisor(s), to be (a) more favorable to ABIOMED stockholders, from a financial point of view, than the terms of the Offer and Merger (including any changes to the terms and conditions of the Merger Agreement and the CVR Agreement proposed by Johnson & Johnson in writing in a binding offer in response to the proposal) and (b) reasonably likely to be consummated in accordance with its terms, in the case of each of clauses (a) and (b), taking into account all financial, regulatory, legal, financing and other aspects and terms of the Acquisition Proposal that the ABIOMED Board deems relevant and the Person making such Acquisition Proposal (provided, however, that for purposes of the reference to an “Acquisition Proposal” in this definition of a “Superior Proposal”, all references to percentages in the definition of “Acquisition Transaction” will be deemed to be references to “50%”).

ABIOMED Board Recommendation; Termination for a Superior Proposal; Matching Rights. Subject to the provisions described below, the ABIOMED Board will recommend that ABIOMED stockholders accept the Offer and tender their Shares to Purchaser pursuant to the Offer, which we refer to as the “ABIOMED Board Recommendation”. ABIOMED agreed that neither the ABIOMED Board nor any committee thereof will: (a) withdraw, amend, modify or qualify in a manner adverse to Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser, the ABIOMED Board Recommendation, or publicly propose to do any of the foregoing; (b) approve or recommend, or propose publicly to approve or recommend, an Acquisition Proposal; or (c) fail to include the ABIOMED Board Recommendation in the Schedule 14D-9 (each of clauses (a), (b) and (c), an “ABIOMED Board Recommendation Change”). However, a “stop, look and listen” communication by the ABIOMED Board or any committee thereof to ABIOMED stockholders pursuant to Rule 14d-9(f) of the Exchange Act will not be deemed to an ABIOMED Board Recommendation Change.

Notwithstanding the foregoing restrictions or anything to the contrary set forth in the Merger Agreement, at any time prior to the Acceptance Time, (i) in response to the receipt of a written, bona fide Acquisition Proposal received after the date of the Merger Agreement that did not result from a material breach of the non-solicitation provisions of the Merger Agreement or the occurrence of an Intervening Event (as defined below), the ABIOMED Board is permitted to effect an ABIOMED Board Recommendation Change and (ii) in response to the receipt of a written, bona fide Acquisition Proposal received after the date of the Merger Agreement that did not result from a material breach of the non-solicitation provisions of the Merger Agreement, ABIOMED is permitted to terminate the Merger Agreement to concurrently enter into a definitive agreement with respect to a Superior Proposal, if, in each case, all of the following conditions are met:

 

   

the ABIOMED Board must determine in good faith (after consultation with outside legal counsel) that the failure to take such action would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties under applicable law;

 

   

in the case of receipt of an Acquisition Proposal, the ABIOMED Board must determine in good faith (after consultation with financial advisor(s) and outside legal counsel) that the Acquisition Proposal constitutes a Superior Proposal;

 

   

ABIOMED must provide written notice to Johnson & Johnson at least four business days prior to effecting an ABIOMED Board Recommendation Change or terminating the Merger Agreement to concurrently enter into a definitive agreement with respect to a Superior Proposal of its intent to take such action, specifying the reasons therefor, including, in the case of receipt of an Acquisition Proposal, the material terms and conditions of the Acquisition Proposal (including a copy of all definitive agreements in respect thereof and any other relevant proposed transaction documentation (including any financing commitments)) (a “Change of Recommendation/Termination Notice”);

 

   

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no earlier than the end of the four business day period, the ABIOMED Board must determine in good faith (after consultation with its financial advisor(s) and outside legal counsel), after considering any proposed amendments to the terms and conditions of the Merger Agreement and the CVR Agreement proposed in writing in a binding offer by Johnson & Johnson during the four business day period, that the failure to take such action would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties under applicable law (and, in the case of an Acquisition Proposal, that the Acquisition Proposal constitutes a Superior Proposal).

Following delivery of a Change of Recommendation/Termination Notice in the case of an Acquisition Proposal, in the event of any change to the financial terms (including any change to the amount or form of consideration) or other material revision to the terms or conditions thereof, ABIOMED must provide a new Change of Recommendation/Termination Notice to Johnson & Johnson, and any ABIOMED Board Recommendation Change or termination of the Merger Agreement to enter into a definitive agreement with respect to a Superior Proposal following delivery of a new Change of Recommendation/Termination Notice will again be subject to the procedures described above, except that references to four business days will be deemed to be two business days.

Intervening Event” means a change, occurrence, effect, event, circumstance or development that (a) was not known to the ABIOMED Board prior to the date of the Merger Agreement or, if known, the material consequences of which were not reasonably foreseeable by the ABIOMED Board as of the date of the Merger Agreement and (b) does not relate to an Acquisition Proposal.

Reasonable Best Efforts. Each of Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and ABIOMED has agreed to use its reasonable best efforts to take, or cause to be taken, all actions that are necessary, proper or advisable to consummate and make effective, as promptly as practicable, the Transactions, including using reasonable best efforts to (a) cause each of the Offer Conditions described in Section 15 — “Conditions to the Offer” and the conditions to the Merger described in the subsection “—Conditions to the Merger” to be satisfied, in each case as promptly as practicable after the date of the Merger Agreement; (b) obtain, as promptly as practicable after the date of the Merger Agreement, and maintain all necessary actions or non-actions and consents from governmental authorities and make all necessary registrations, declarations and filings with governmental authorities, that are necessary to consummate the Offer and the Merger; (c) obtain all necessary consents under any contracts to which ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries is a party in connection with the Merger Agreement and the consummation of the Transactions; and (d) reasonably cooperate with the other party or parties with respect to any of the foregoing. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Merger Agreement, neither party, prior to the Effective Time, will be required to, and ABIOMED will not without the consent of Johnson & Johnson, pay any consent or other similar fee or other consideration to obtain any consent of any third party under any contract, but if Johnson & Johnson so requests, ABIOMED will agree to any such payment that is conditioned upon the consummation of the Offer.

Antitrust Filings. Each of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser, on the one hand, and ABIOMED, on the other hand, has agreed to file (a) with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) a notification and report form relating to the Merger Agreement and the Transactions (the “HSR Filings”) as required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”), as soon as practicable after the date of the Merger Agreement and in no event later than November 7, 2022 (unless a later date is mutually agreed between the parties) and (b) any other submission required pursuant to any foreign antitrust law in the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Austria and Japan as soon as practicable after the date of the Merger Agreement.

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resist any legal proceeding and to have vacated, lifted, reversed or overturned any order that may result from these legal proceedings, whether temporary, preliminary or permanent, that is in effect and that prohibits, prevents or restricts consummation of the Transactions, and (e) use reasonable best efforts to cause the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting periods under the HSR Act as soon as practicable, and to avoid any impediment to the consummation of the Offer or the Merger under any antitrust laws, including (i) proffering and consenting and/or agreeing to the sale, divestiture, licensing or other disposition, or the holding separate, of particular assets, categories of assets or portions of any business of ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries, (ii) promptly effecting the disposition, licensing or holding separate of particular assets, categories of assets or portions of any business of ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries and (iii) agreeing to limitations on the conduct or actions of Johnson & Johnson and/or its affiliates (including the Surviving Corporation and its subsidiaries) with respect to any particular assets, categories of assets or portions of any business of ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries, in each case, as may be required in order to enable the consummation of the Transactions, including the Offer and the Merger, to occur as soon as reasonably practicable (and in any event no later than the Termination Date) (the actions referred to in clauses (i), (ii) and (iii), “Remedy Actions”).

Notwithstanding the foregoing, neither Johnson & Johnson nor any of its affiliates will be required to proffer, consent to or agree to or effect any Remedy Action (x) with respect to any assets, categories of assets or portions of any business of ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries if, in each case, the Remedy Action would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to (i) be material to the business, assets or financial condition of ABIOMED and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or (ii) be materially detrimental to the benefits Johnson & Johnson and its affiliates expect as a result of the Offer or the Merger, or (y) with respect to any assets, categories of assets or portions of any business of Johnson & Johnson or any of its affiliates (the effects referred to in clauses (x) and (y), a “Burdensome Condition”).

Further, in no event will Johnson & Johnson, ABIOMED or their respective affiliates be required to (and ABIOMED and its subsidiaries will not, without the prior written consent of Johnson & Johnson) proffer, consent to or agree to or effect any Remedy Action unless such Remedy Action is conditioned upon the Merger; however, if so requested by Johnson & Johnson, ABIOMED will agree to take any such Remedy Action that is conditioned upon the Merger. Neither party will extend any waiting period under the HSR Act (by pull and refile or otherwise) or enter into any agreement with the FTC, the DOJ or any other governmental authority not to consummate the Transactions without the consent of the other party (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed).

Each of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser, on the one hand, and ABIOMED, on the other hand, has agreed to promptly inform the other of any substantive communication from any governmental authority regarding any of the Transactions in connection with any filings or investigations with, by or before any governmental authority relating to the Merger Agreement or the Transactions, including any proceedings initiated by a private party. If any party to the Merger Agreement or an affiliate thereof receives a request for additional information or documentary material from any governmental authority with respect to the Transactions pursuant to the HSR Act or any other antitrust law with respect to which any filings have been made, then such party will use its reasonable best efforts to make, or cause to be made, as soon as reasonably practicable and after consultation with the other party, an appropriate response in compliance with such request. In connection with the foregoing, to the extent reasonably practicable and unless prohibited by applicable law or by the applicable governmental authority, the parties have also agreed to (a) give the other party reasonable advance notice of and the opportunity to participate in substantive meetings and conference calls with any governmental authority relating to the Offer or the Merger, (b) keep the other party reasonably apprised of any substantive oral communications with any governmental authority in respect of the Offer or the Merger, (c) cooperate in the filing of any analyses, presentations, memoranda, briefs, arguments, opinions or other substantive written communications explaining or defending the Offer or the Merger, articulating any regulatory or competitive argument and/or responding to requests or objections made by any governmental authority, (d) provide each other with a reasonable advance opportunity to review and comment upon, and consider in good faith the views of the other with respect to, all substantive written communications to or from any governmental authority relating to the Offer or the Merger,

 

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(e) provide each other with copies of all substantive written communications to or from any governmental authority relating to the Offer or the Merger and (f) cooperate and provide each other with a reasonable opportunity to participate in, and consider in good faith the views of the other with respect to, all material deliberations with respect to all efforts to satisfy the Antitrust Clearance Condition, the No Legal Restraint Condition (solely in respect of any antitrust law) and the No Antitrust Proceedings Condition (each as defined in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”) and the condition to the Merger relating to the absence of legal prohibitions.

Johnson & Johnson has agreed that neither it nor Purchaser nor any of their controlled affiliates will, after the date of the Merger Agreement, acquire or agree to acquire any rights, business, person or division thereof (by way of license, merger, consolidation, share exchange, investment, other business combination, asset, stock or equity purchase, or otherwise) or enter into or agree to enter into any joint venture, collaboration, or other similar arrangement, in each case that would reasonably be expected to prevent, materially delay or materially impair Johnson & Johnson’s ability to obtain the approval of any governmental authority under any antitrust laws or the expiration or termination of any applicable waiting period with respect to the Transactions.

Merger. The parties have agreed that, upon the terms and conditions of the Merger Agreement, the parties will take all necessary and appropriate actions to cause the Merger to become effective as soon as practicable after the Acceptance Time in accordance with Section 251(h) of the DGCL.

Public Statements and Disclosure. Each of ABIOMED, Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser has agreed that neither ABIOMED, on the one hand, nor Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser, on the other hand, will issue any public release or make any public announcement concerning the Merger Agreement or the Transactions without the prior written consent of the other parties (which consent will not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), except as required by applicable law or applicable stock exchange rules or regulations, in which case the party required to make the release or announcement will use its reasonable best efforts to allow the other party or parties a reasonable opportunity to comment on such release or announcement in advance of such issuance, subject to certain other exceptions.

Anti-Takeover Laws. In the event that any state anti-takeover or other similar law is or becomes applicable to the Merger Agreement or the Transactions, ABIOMED has agreed that ABIOMED and the ABIOMED Board will grant any necessary approval and take any necessary action so that the Transactions may be consummated as promptly as practicable on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement.

Access. ABIOMED has agreed, subject to certain exceptions, to afford Johnson & Johnson and its representatives reasonable access during normal business hours, upon reasonable notice, to the properties, books and records and personnel of ABIOMED and its subsidiaries and to furnish reasonably promptly to Johnson & Johnson all information (financial or otherwise) concerning its business, properties and personnel as Johnson & Johnson may reasonably request, in each case solely for the purpose of effectuating the Transactions or for reasonable integration planning purposes and subject to customary exceptions and limitations. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Merger Agreement, ABIOMED will not be required to prepare any reports, analyses, appraisals or opinions that are not readily available.

Section 16(b) Exemption. ABIOMED has agreed to take all actions reasonably necessary to cause the dispositions of equity securities of ABIOMED (including “derivative securities” (as defined in Rule 16a-1(c) under the Exchange Act)) in connection with the Transactions by any director or executive officer of ABIOMED to be exempt under Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act.

Directors’ and Officers’ Indemnification and Insurance. The Merger Agreement provides for certain indemnification, expense advancement and exculpation rights from and after the Effective Time in favor of ABIOMED’s current or former directors and officers (determined as of the Effective Time), in each case, when acting in such capacity or in serving as a director, officer, member, trustee or fiduciary of another entity or

 

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enterprise at the request or benefit of ABIOMED (collectively, the “D&O Indemnified Parties”). In addition, Johnson & Johnson and the Surviving Corporation have agreed, for a period of six years from the Effective Time, to maintain in effect the indemnification, expense advancement and exculpation equivalent to the provisions of ABIOMED’s certificate of incorporation and bylaws as in effect immediately prior to the Effective Time, with respect to any acts or omissions occurring prior to the Effective Time, and not to amend, repeal or otherwise modify any such provisions in any manner that would adversely affect the rights thereunder of any D&O Indemnified Parties.

The Merger Agreement also provides that, prior to the Effective Time, ABIOMED will or, if ABIOMED is unable to, the Surviving Corporation as of the Effective Time will, purchase a six year prepaid “tail” policy with respect to matters arising on or before the Effective Time (including in connection with the Merger Agreement and the transactions or actions contemplated by the Merger Agreement), with terms, conditions, retentions and limits of liability that are no less favorable than the coverage provided under ABIOMED’s existing directors’ and officers’ liability insurance and fiduciary liability insurance policies. The Surviving Corporation will maintain such “tail” policy in full force and effect, for its full term, and honor all obligations thereunder. Notwithstanding the foregoing, ABIOMED will not pay, and the Surviving Corporation will not be required to pay, in excess of 300% of the last annual premium ABIOMED paid prior to the date of the Merger Agreement in respect of such “tail” policy. If, however, ABIOMED or the Surviving Corporation fails to obtain such “tail” insurance policies prior to or as of the Effective Time, the Merger Agreement provides that the Surviving Corporation will, for a period of six years from the Effective Time, maintain in effect the current directors’ and officers’ liability insurance and fiduciary liability insurance policies maintained by ABIOMED as of the date of the Merger Agreement with respect to matters arising on or before the Effective Time, but in such event, Johnson & Johnson and the Surviving Corporation will not be required to pay annual premiums in excess of 300% of the last annual premium paid by ABIOMED prior to the date of the Merger Agreement in respect of the coverage required to be obtained but will instead purchase as much coverage as practicable for that amount.

Employee Matters. For 12 months following the Effective Time, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to provide each ABIOMED employee who continues employment following the Effective Time (a “Continuing Employee”) with: (a) a base salary or wage rate, as applicable, and annual cash incentive opportunity that are each no less favorable than the base salary or wage rate (as applicable) and annual cash incentive opportunity provided by ABIOMED immediately prior to the Effective Time, (b) severance benefits that are no less than the severance benefits provided by ABIOMED immediately prior to the Effective Time and (c) other compensation and employee benefits that are, taken as a whole, substantially comparable in the aggregate to the other compensation and employee benefits (excluding defined benefit pensions or post-employment health or welfare benefits, equity and retention, change in control or other one-off payments or benefits) provided by ABIOMED or, at Johnson & Johnson’s election, if greater, the other compensation and employee benefits provided to similarly situated new hires of Johnson & Johnson and its affiliates.

If the date of the Closing occurs before the date annual bonuses for ABIOMED’s fiscal year 2023 are paid under an annual cash incentive compensation plan or arrangement of ABIOMED (a “2023 Bonus Plan”), Johnson & Johnson will continue to operate the 2023 Bonus Plan consistent with ABIOMED’s past practice and pay an annual bonus for ABIOMED’s fiscal year 2023 under the 2023 Bonus Plan at substantially the same time as annual bonuses have historically been paid by ABIOMED to each Continuing Employee who participates in a 2023 Bonus Plan and remains employed as of the payment date or who experiences an earlier termination without “Cause” (as defined in the ABIOMED, Inc. Second Amended and Restated 2015 Omnibus Incentive Plan) or due to death or disability.

Stockholder Litigation. ABIOMED has agreed to promptly advise Johnson & Johnson of, and keep Johnson & Johnson reasonably informed about, any legal proceeding against ABIOMED and/or any of its directors (in their capacity as such) by any ABIOMED stockholders (on their own behalf or on behalf of ABIOMED) relating to the Merger Agreement or the Transactions. Except if the ABIOMED Board has made an ABIOMED Board Recommendation Change, ABIOMED has agreed to give Johnson & Johnson the opportunity to consult with

 

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ABIOMED regarding, or participate in, but not control, the defense or settlement of any such legal proceeding. ABIOMED may not enter into any settlement agreement in respect of such legal proceeding against ABIOMED and/or its directors or officers relating to the Merger Agreement or any of the Transactions without Johnson & Johnson’s prior written consent (not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed).

Delisting. The parties have agreed to cooperate to take all actions necessary to delist the Shares from NASDAQ and terminate its registration under the Exchange Act, effective following the Effective Time.

14d-10 Matters. ABIOMED has agreed that, prior to the Acceptance Time, the compensation committee of the ABIOMED Board will (a) approve as an “employment compensation, severance or other employee benefit arrangement” within the meaning of Rule 14d-10(d)(2) under the Exchange Act each plan, program, agreement or arrangement between Johnson & Johnson, ABIOMED or their respective affiliates and any of the current or former officers, directors or employees of ABIOMED that are entered into after the date of the Merger Agreement and prior to the Acceptance Time pursuant to which compensation is paid to such officer, director or employee and (b) take all steps reasonably necessary to satisfy the requirements of the non-exclusive safe harbor under Rule 14d-10(d) under the Exchange Act with respect to each such plan, program, agreement or arrangement.

Notice of Certain Events. ABIOMED has agreed to give prompt notice to Johnson & Johnson, and Johnson & Johnson has agreed to give prompt notice to ABIOMED, (a) of any notice or other communication received from any person alleging that the consent of such person is or may be required in connection with any of the Transactions, if the subject matter of such communication or the failure of such party to obtain the consent could be material to ABIOMED, the Surviving Corporation or Johnson & Johnson, (b) of any legal proceeding commenced or, to any party’s knowledge, threatened against, such party or any of its affiliates or otherwise relating to such party or any of its affiliates, in each case relating to any of the Transactions and (c) if it obtains knowledge of any breach of its representations, warranties and covenants under the Merger Agreement that would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to lead to the failure of any condition to the other party’s obligations to consummate the Transactions.

Real Estate Matters. ABIOMED has agreed to provide reasonable assistance to Johnson & Johnson (at its request and expense) in connection with Johnson & Johnson’s efforts to (a) obtain new title insurance policies and (b) new surveys (or updates to existing surveys, if applicable), in respect of any real property owned in fee simple by ABIOMED and any of its subsidiaries.

Conditions to the Merger. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, the respective obligations of ABIOMED, Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser to consummate the Merger are subject to the satisfaction or waiver (where permissible under applicable law) of the following conditions prior to the Effective Time:

 

   

Purchaser will have irrevocably accepted for payment all of the Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn pursuant to the Offer; and

 

   

No governmental authority of competent jurisdiction will have enacted, issued or promulgated any law or issued or granted any order, in each case, that is in effect as of immediately prior to the Effective Time and has the effect of (a) making the Merger illegal or (b) prohibiting or otherwise preventing the consummation of the Merger.

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  (a)

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Antitrust Clearance Condition, the No Legal Restraint Condition (solely in respect of any antitrust law) or the No Antitrust Proceedings Condition has not been satisfied or waived, then the Termination Date will be automatically extended to September 1, 2023 (and all references to the Termination Date in this Offer to Purchase will be as so extended) (we refer to a termination as described in this clause (A) as an “End Date Termination”), or (B) the Offer has expired (and has not been extended in accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement) without acceptance for payment of the Shares tendered in the Offer (we refer to a termination as described in this clause (B) as an “Expired Offer Termination”); provided, however, that the right to terminate the Merger Agreement pursuant to either an End Date Termination or an Expired Offer Termination will not be available to any party whose material breach of its obligations under the Merger Agreement has been a principal cause of or resulted in the failure of the Acceptance Time to occur on or before the date of such termination; or

(ii) if there exists any Legal Restraint (as defined in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”) which has become final and non-appealable; provided, that the right to so terminate the Merger Agreement will not be available to any party whose material breach of its obligations under the Merger Agreement has been the principal cause of or resulted in the existence of such Legal Restraint;

 

  (c)

by ABIOMED, in the event that:

(i) (A) ABIOMED is not in breach of the Merger Agreement such that Johnson & Johnson has the right to terminate the Merger Agreement pursuant to an ABIOMED Breach Termination (as defined below), (B) Johnson & Johnson and/or Purchaser has breached or otherwise failed to perform any of their respective covenants, agreements, or other obligations under the Merger Agreement, or any of the representations and warranties of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser set forth in the Merger Agreement has become or been inaccurate, which breach, failure to perform or inaccuracy, individually or in the aggregate with other such breaches, failures to perform or inaccuracies, would reasonably be expected to prevent, materially delay or materially impair Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser from consummating the Offer and the Merger on or before the Termination Date, and (C) such breach, failure to perform or inaccuracy is not capable of being cured by the Termination Date or is not cured within 20 business days following ABIOMED’s delivery of written notice to Johnson & Johnson of such breach, failure to perform or inaccuracy (we refer to a termination as described in this clause (i) as a “Johnson & Johnson Breach Termination”);

(ii) the ABIOMED Board has determined to terminate the Merger Agreement in accordance with the terms described in the subsection “—ABIOMED Board Recommendation” above in order to concurrently with such termination enter into a definitive agreement with respect to a Superior Proposal; provided that (A) ABIOMED has complied in all material respects with the terms described in the subsection “—ABIOMED Board Recommendation; Termination and Superior Proposal” and “—No Solicitation” above, and (B) concurrently with and as a condition to such termination, the ABIOMED Board pays Johnson & Johnson the Termination Fee (we refer to a termination as described in this clause (ii) as a “Superior Offer Termination”); or

(iii) in the event that (A) Purchaser has failed to commence (within the meaning of Rule 14d-2 under the Exchange Act) the Offer within the period described in the subsection “—The Offer” above; provided, however, ABIOMED will not be able to terminate the Merger Agreement pursuant to this clause (iii) if ABIOMED’s material breach of its obligations under the Merger Agreement has been a principal cause of or resulted in such failure to commence the Offer or (B) Purchaser has failed to accept for payment and pay for all Shares validly tendered (and not validly withdrawn) when required to do so in accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement; or

 

  (d)

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ABIOMED set forth in the Merger Agreement has been or become inaccurate, which in either case would give rise to the failure of any of the Representations Condition or the Covenant Condition (each as further described in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”) to be satisfied, and (C) such breach, failure to perform or inaccuracy is not capable of being cured by the Termination Date or is not cured within 20 business days following Johnson & Johnson’s delivery of written notice to ABIOMED of such breach, failure to perform or inaccuracy (we refer to a termination as described in this clause (i) as an “ABIOMED Breach Termination”); or

(ii) (A) an ABIOMED Board Recommendation Change has occurred or (B) following receipt by ABIOMED of an Acquisition Proposal that is publicly announced or otherwise publicly known, ABIOMED has failed to publicly reaffirm the ABIOMED Board Recommendation within 10 business days of receipt of a written request by Johnson & Johnson to provide such reaffirmation (we refer to a termination as described in this clause (ii) as a “Change in Recommendation Termination”).

Effect of Termination. If the Merger Agreement is properly and validly terminated, the Merger Agreement will be of no further force or effect (other than the confidentiality and certain other specified provisions therein) and, subject to the payment of the Termination Fee (as defined below), there will be no liability of any party or parties to the Merger Agreement or their respective directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents or other representatives; provided that no party will be relieved from any liability or damage resulting from any Fraud or Willful Breach (each, as defined below) of the Merger Agreement that occurs prior to such termination.

Fraud” means common law fraud under Delaware law of ABIOMED, Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser, as applicable, in the making of the representations and warranties set forth in the Merger Agreement.

Willful Breach” means a material breach of a covenant or obligation set forth in the Merger Agreement that is the consequence of an act or omission by the breaching party with the actual knowledge that the taking of such act or failure to take such action would cause or constitute such material breach of a covenant or obligation set forth in the Merger Agreement.

Termination Fee. ABIOMED has agreed to pay Johnson & Johnson a termination fee of $550,000,000 (the “Termination Fee”) in the event that:

 

  (a)

(i) the Merger Agreement is terminated by Johnson & Johnson or ABIOMED pursuant to an End Date Termination or an Expired Offer Termination (provided that (A) at the time of such termination, the Antitrust Clearance Condition, the No Legal Restraint Condition (solely with respect to any U.S. antitrust laws) and the No Antitrust Proceedings Condition are satisfied and the Minimum Condition is not satisfied, and (B) in the case of a termination by ABIOMED, only if at such time Johnson & Johnson is not in material breach of its obligations such that Johnson & Johnson would be prohibited from terminating the Merger Agreement pursuant to the ABIOMED Breach Termination); (ii) following the execution and delivery of the Merger Agreement and prior to such termination of the Merger Agreement, a bona fide Acquisition Proposal has been publicly announced or has otherwise become publicly disclosed or publicly known, and such Acquisition Proposal has not been publicly and unconditionally withdrawn prior to the date that is 10 business days prior to the termination of the Merger Agreement; and (iii) within twelve months following such termination of the Merger Agreement, (x) ABIOMED enters into a definitive agreement with any third party with respect to an Acquisition Transaction and such Acquisition Transaction is subsequently consummated (whether during or after such twelve month period), or (y) an Acquisition Transaction is consummated, in which case the Termination Fee will be payable concurrently with the consummation of any such Acquisition Transaction (except that for purposes of determining if the Termination Fee is payable under this prong (a), all references to percentages in the definition of “Acquisition Transaction” described above under “—No Solicitation” will be deemed to be references to “50%”);

 

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  (b)

the Merger Agreement is terminated by ABIOMED pursuant to a Superior Offer Termination, in which case the Termination Fee is payable concurrently with and as a condition to the effectiveness of such termination; or

 

  (c)

the Merger Agreement is terminated by Johnson & Johnson pursuant to a Change in Recommendation Termination, in which case the Termination Fee is payable within two business days after such termination.

In no event will ABIOMED be required to pay the Termination Fee on more than one occasion. The payment by ABIOMED of the Termination Fee (and, in respect of any overdue payment, if applicable, (i) expense reimbursement of Johnson & Johnson (including disbursements and fees of counsel) incurred in the successful collection of such overdue amount, including in connection with any related legal proceedings and (ii) interest payments) will be the sole and exclusive remedy of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser in the event of termination of the Merger Agreement under circumstances requiring the payment of a Termination Fee for any and all losses or damages suffered or incurred by Johnson & Johnson or any of its affiliates or representatives in connection with the Merger Agreement and the Transactions (and the termination thereof or any matter forming the basis for such termination), including the Offer and the Merger (except that such payment by ABIOMED of the Termination Fee will not limit the rights or remedies of Johnson & Johnson or any of its affiliates under the equitable remedy provisions described in “—Remedies” below or in the case of Willful Breach).

Remedies. Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and ABIOMED have agreed that irreparable damage would occur in the event that any provision of the Merger Agreement were not performed in accordance with its specific terms or were otherwise breached, and that money damages or other legal remedies would not be an adequate remedy for any such damages. Accordingly, the parties have acknowledged and agreed that in the event of any breach by ABIOMED, on the one hand, or Johnson & Johnson and/or Purchaser, on the other hand, of any of their respective covenants or obligations set forth in the Merger Agreement, ABIOMED, on the one hand, and Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser, on the other hand, will be entitled (without proof of actual damages or otherwise or posting or securing any bond) to an injunction or injunctions to prevent or restrain breaches of the Merger Agreement by the other (as applicable), and to specifically enforce the terms and provisions of the Merger Agreement to prevent breaches of, or to enforce compliance with, the covenants and obligations of the other under the Merger Agreement. ABIOMED, on the one hand, and Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser, on the other hand, have agreed not to oppose the availability of the equitable remedy of specific performance on the basis that the other party has an adequate remedy at law or an award of specific performance is not an appropriate remedy for any reason at law or in equity.

Fees and Expenses. Except in limited circumstances expressly specified in the Merger Agreement, including as described under subsection “—Termination Fee” above, all fees and expenses incurred in connection with the Merger Agreement and the Transactions will be paid by the party or parties, as applicable, incurring such expenses whether or not the Offer and the Merger are consummated.

Governing Law. The Merger Agreement is governed by and will be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, regardless of the laws that might otherwise govern under applicable principles of conflicts of laws thereof.

The CVR Agreement

At or prior to the Acceptance Time, Johnson & Johnson will execute the CVR Agreement with the Rights Agent governing the terms of the CVRs issued pursuant to the Offer.

Each CVR represents the non-tradeable contractual right to receive contingent cash payments of up to $35.00 per Share in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, in the aggregate (the “Milestone Payments”), payable as specified upon the achievement of the following milestones (each, a “Milestone”):

 

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  (a)

$17.50 per CVR, if aggregate worldwide Net Sales (as defined in the CVR Agreement) of the Products (as defined below) exceeds $3,700,000,000 (the “Net Sales Milestone”) during the period from the first day of Johnson & Johnson’s fiscal second quarter of 2027 through the last day of Johnson & Johnson’s fiscal first quarter of 2028 (the “2028 Measurement Period”); provided that in the event that the Net Sales Milestone is not achieved during the 2028 Measurement Period, if the Net Sales Milestone is thereafter achieved during any other period of four consecutive fiscal quarters during the period from the first day of Johnson & Johnson’s fiscal third quarter of 2027 through the last day of Johnson & Johnson’s fiscal first quarter of 2029 (the “2028-29 Measurement Period”), the Milestone Payment payable upon the achievement of the Net Sales Milestone will be $8.75 per CVR;

 

  (b)

$7.50 per CVR, if, on or prior to January 1, 2028, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a premarket approval application or a premarket approval application supplement for the use of any device in the Impella Product Family (as defined below) in patients presenting with ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (“STEMI”), or Anterior STEMI, without cardiogenic shock (the “FDA Approval Milestone”); and

 

  (c)

$10.00 per CVR, upon the earliest to occur of any of the following:

(i) on or prior to the earlier of (A) four years after publication of results relating to the secondary clinical endpoint in the STEMI DTU study undertaken by ABIOMED and (B) December 31, 2029, results from the STEMI DTU study undertaken by ABIOMED contribute to the publication of a Class I recommendation in the American College of Cardiology / American Heart Association Clinical Practice Guideline for Coronary Artery Revascularization (the “Clinical Practice Guideline”) for the use of any device in the Impella Product Family in patients presenting with STEMI, or Anterior STEMI, without cardiogenic shock (the “STEMI Recommendation Milestone”);

(ii) on or prior to the earlier of (A) four years after publication of results relating to the primary clinical endpoints in the PROTECT IV study undertaken by ABIOMED and (B) December 31, 2029, results from the PROTECT IV study undertaken by ABIOMED contribute to the publication of a Class I recommendation in the Clinical Practice Guideline for the use of any device in the Impella Product Family in high-risk patients with complex coronary artery disease and reduced left ventricular function (the “HRPCI Milestone”); and

(iii) on or prior to the earlier of (A) four years after publication of results relating to the primary clinical endpoints in the RECOVER IV study undertaken by ABIOMED and (B) December 31, 2029, results from the RECOVER IV study undertaken by ABIOMED contribute to the publication of a Class I recommendation in the Clinical Practice Guideline for the use of any device in the Impella Product Family in patients with STEMI-Cardiogenic Shock, or STEMI-CS (the “Cardiogenic Shock Milestone”).

Impella Product Family” means Impella CP, Impella RP, Impella 5.5, Impella ECP, Impella Apto, and any future or improved versions of the foregoing, including any related micro axial heart pumps and percutaneous ventricular assist devices in research or development by ABIOMED as of the date of the CVR Agreement.

Products” means any product that is contemplated for development, in clinical trials or being manufactured, marketed, sold, commercialized, offered, made available, licensed, distributed or branded by or for ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries as of the date of the CVR Agreement, consisting of the following products and proposed products: Impella 2.5, Impella CP, Impella RP, Impella 5.0, Impella LD, Impella 5.5, SmartAssist, Impella Connect, Impella XR Sheath, Automated Impella Controller (AIC), Impella BTR, Impella ECP, Impella Apto, Breethe Oxy-1 System and PreCARDIA and, in each case, any related accessories or ancillary components, and any future or improved versions thereof; provided that any product that Johnson & Johnson or any of its subsidiaries (including the Surviving Corporation and its subsidiaries) may license, sublicense, purchase or otherwise acquire from a third party (whether via a sale or swap of assets or other rights, merger, reorganization, joint venture, lease, exclusive license or any other transaction or arrangement) after the date of the CVR Agreement will not be considered a Product.

 

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The CVR Agreement requires Johnson & Johnson to, with respect to each of (a) the STEMI Recommendation Milestone and the FDA Approval Milestone, (b) the HRPCI Milestone and (c) the Cardiogenic Shock Milestone, expend at least $40 million, $85 million and $40 million, respectively (with each such amount to be adjusted prior to entry into the CVR Agreement to deduct any amounts actually incurred or spent by ABIOMED with respect to the foregoing following the date of the Merger Agreement), towards the achievement of such Milestone(s), subject to certain exceptions specified in the CVR Agreement. Other than with respect to these commitments, Johnson & Johnson (i) has the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to direct and control the development, marketing, commercialization and sale of the Products in all respects and (ii) is not otherwise required (expressly or implicitly) to achieve or undertake any level of efforts, or employ any level of resources, to develop, market, commercialize or sell the Products or achieve the Milestones.

It is possible that none of the Milestones will be achieved, in which case you will receive only the Cash Amount for any Shares you tender in the Offer and no payment with respect to your CVRs. It is not possible to predict whether any payment will become payable with respect to the CVRs. Whether any Milestone required for payment of any Milestone Payment is met will depend on many factors, some of which are outside the control of Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries. There can be no assurance that any of the Milestones will be achieved or that any payment with respect to your CVRs will be made.

The right to the payment described above is solely a contractual right governed by the terms and conditions of the CVR Agreement. The CVRs will not be evidenced by a certificate or other instrument, will not have any voting or dividend rights and will not represent any equity or ownership interest in Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser, ABIOMED or any of their respective affiliates. The CVRs will not be registered or listed for trading. No interest will accrue or be payable in respect of any of the amounts that may be payable on CVRs. Holders of CVRs will have no greater rights against Johnson & Johnson than those accorded to general, unsecured creditors under applicable law.

The CVRs will not be transferable except (a) upon death of a holder by will or intestacy; (b) by instrument to an inter vivos or testamentary trust in which the CVRs are to be passed to beneficiaries upon the death of the trustee; (c) pursuant to a court order; (d) by operation of law (including by consolidation or merger) or without consideration in connection with the dissolution, liquidation or termination of any corporation, limited liability company, partnership or other entity; (e) in the case of CVRs held in book-entry or other similar nominee form, from a nominee to a beneficial owner and, if applicable, through an intermediary, as allowable by DTC; or (f) to Johnson & Johnson or any of its affiliates in connection with the abandonment of such CVR by the applicable holder.

Holders of CVRs are intended third party beneficiaries of the CVR Agreement. In addition, the CVR Agreement provides that, if (a) the Net Sales Milestone is not achieved during the 2028 Measurement Period or (b) the Net Sales Milestone is not achieved during the 2028 Measurement Period and also not achieved during the 2028-29 Measurement Period, then in each case within 60 days following the last day of the applicable Measurement Period, Johnson & Johnson will deliver to the Rights Agent a written notice and a certificate certifying that the Net Sales Milestone was not achieved during the applicable Measurement Period, accompanied by a written statement setting forth with reasonable detail a calculation of Net Sales and Permitted Deductions during such Measurement Period. Holders representing at least 35% of the outstanding CVRs (the “Acting Holders”) will then have the right to request an audit by an independent accounting firm to access the books and records of Johnson & Johnson and its affiliates pertaining to Net Sales as may be reasonably necessary to evaluate and verify Johnson & Johnson’s determination that the Net Sales Milestone was not achieved during the applicable Measurement Period. If the independent accounting firm concludes that Johnson & Johnson’s determination that the Net Sales Milestone was not achieved during the applicable Measurement Period was erroneous, then within 30 days of receipt of such conclusion, Johnson & Johnson can commence a legal proceeding to adjudicate whether the Net Sales Milestone was achieved during the applicable Measurement Period in accordance with the dispute resolution provisions set forth in the CVR Agreement. If Johnson & Johnson fails to commence such a legal proceeding within such 30-day period, the independent accounting firm’s conclusion will become final and

 

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binding. The Acting Holders may not exercise the audit rights more than once with respect to the non-achievement of the Net Sales Milestone in each of the 2028 Measurement Period and the 2028-29 Measurement Period, and there will be no audit rights with respect to any of the other Milestones.

The foregoing description of the CVR Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the form of the CVR Agreement, a copy of which has been filed as Exhibit (d)(3) to the Schedule TO of which this Offer to Purchase forms a part. For a complete understanding of the CVR Agreement, holders of Shares are encouraged to read the full text of the CVR Agreement.

The Confidentiality Agreement

On September 28, 2022, Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED entered into a Confidential Disclosure Agreement (the “CDA”) to facilitate certain discussions between the parties regarding the possibility of a potential business transaction involving Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED. Under the CDA, Johnson & Johnson agreed, among other things, to keep certain non-public information concerning ABIOMED confidential (subject to certain exceptions) for a period of two years from the date of the CDA. Under the CDA, Johnson & Johnson is also subject to standstill restrictions until December 31, 2023 with respect to the securities of ABIOMED with customary fallaway provisions and permission for Johnson & Johnson to confidentially approach the Chief Executive Officer of ABIOMED or the ABIOMED Board during the standstill period. However, notwithstanding the foregoing and pursuant to the Merger Agreement, ABIOMED has waived such standstill restrictions with respect to any actions taken in furtherance of or to facilitate the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement.

Retention and Letter Agreements

Retention Agreement with Andrew Greenfield

On October 31, 2022, at the request of Johnson & Johnson, ABIOMED entered into a retention agreement (the “Retention Agreement”) with Andrew Greenfield, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of ABIOMED. The Retention Agreement modifies certain provisions of Mr. Greenfield’s Change of Control Agreement with ABIOMED (the “Greenfield CIC Agreement”).

Pursuant to the Retention Agreement, Mr. Greenfield is entitled to a retention opportunity equal to $3,500,000 in the aggregate, with $2,400,000 of such amount payable on the first anniversary of the Closing and the remainder payable on the second anniversary of the Closing, in each case, subject to Mr. Greenfield’s continued employment with ABIOMED and its affiliates (including Johnson & Johnson) through the applicable retention date.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, if Mr. Greenfield’s employment is terminated prior to the second anniversary of the Closing by ABIOMED or its affiliates other than for Cause (as defined in the Greenfield CIC Agreement), due to Mr. Greenfield’s death or disability or if Mr. Greenfield resigns for Good Reason (as defined in the Retention Agreement), then (a) if such termination is prior to the first anniversary of the Closing, Mr. Greenfield will receive the sum of (i) the severance compensation and benefits payable under the Greenfield CIC Agreement and (ii) $2,250,500 and (b) if such termination is after the first anniversary of the Closing and prior to the second anniversary of the Closing, Mr. Greenfield will receive $1,100,000.

Following the 12-month anniversary of the closing, Mr. Greenfield will not be entitled to any severance or separation payments or benefits under the Greenfield CIC Agreement (other than any compensation or benefits he may be entitled to pursuant to Sections 8 or 9 of such agreement). Following the 24-month anniversary of the Closing, if he remains employed by Johnson & Johnson and its affiliates, Mr. Greenfield will be eligible for severance benefits under the applicable severance policy of Johnson & Johnson and its affiliates.

 

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A more complete description of the Retention Agreement is included under the sub-heading “—Executive Change of Control Agreements and Other Agreements” in the Schedule 14D-9.

Letter Agreement with Michael R. Minogue

On October 31, 2022, at the request of Johnson & Johnson, ABIOMED entered into a letter agreement (the “Letter Agreement”) with Michael R. Minogue, the Chief Executive Officer of ABIOMED, which modifies certain provisions of Mr. Minogue’s Employment Agreement and Change of Control Agreement with ABIOMED (the “Minogue CIC Agreement”).

Under the terms of the Letter Agreement, immediately following the Closing, Mr. Minogue’s employment with ABIOMED and its affiliates will terminate, which termination of employment will be treated as a termination by ABIOMED and its affiliates other than for Cause (as defined in the Minogue CIC Agreement). Upon such termination, Mr. Minogue will receive the following payments and benefits in full satisfaction of ABIOMED’s obligations under Section 6(d) of the Minogue CIC Agreement:

 

   

all Accrued Obligations (as defined in the Minogue CIC Agreement);

 

   

$152,636,616 (an amount calculated based on the existing severance formula in the Minogue CIC Agreement as of the date of the Merger Agreement and not enhanced in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement);

 

   

18 months of continued medical benefits as described in Section 6(d)(ii) of the Minogue CIC Agreement; and

 

   

up to $5,000 of outplacement benefits.

Mr. Minogue has agreed to cooperate with any requests by Johnson & Johnson to take actions that would reduce the amount of any excise tax incurred under Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, in the event that the Closing is reasonably expected to occur on or after January 1, 2023.

Additionally, Mr. Minogue will remain reasonably available to provide consulting and other transition-related services at the reasonable request of Johnson & Johnson for four months following the Closing. Mr. Minogue will not be entitled to any additional compensation in respect of the foregoing services.

A more complete description of the Letter Agreement is included under the sub-heading “—Executive Change of Control Agreements and Other Agreements” in the Schedule 14D-9.

12. Purpose of the Offer; Plans for ABIOMED.

Purpose of the Offer. The purpose of the Offer is for Johnson & Johnson, through Purchaser, to acquire control of, and the entire equity interest in, ABIOMED. The Offer, as the first step in the acquisition of ABIOMED, is intended to facilitate the acquisition of all outstanding Shares. The purpose of the Merger is to acquire all outstanding Shares not tendered and purchased pursuant to the Offer. If the Offer is consummated, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions to the obligations of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser to effect the Merger contained in the Merger Agreement, Purchaser intends to consummate the Merger as soon as practicable following the Acceptance Time.

Former holders of Shares whose Shares are purchased in the Offer will cease to have any equity interest in ABIOMED and will no longer participate in the future growth of ABIOMED (other than with respect to any potential Milestone Payments). If the Merger is consummated, all current holders of Shares will no longer have an equity interest in ABIOMED, regardless of whether or not they tender their Shares in connection with the Offer, and instead will only have the right to receive the Offer Price or, to the extent that holders of Shares are entitled to and have properly demanded appraisal in connection with the Merger in compliance with Section 262 of the DGCL, the amounts to which such holders of Shares are entitled in accordance therewith.

 

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Merger Without a Vote of ABIOMED Stockholders. If the Offer is consummated, we are not required to and will not seek the approval of ABIOMED’s remaining public stockholders before effecting the Merger. Section 251(h) of the DGCL generally provides that following consummation of a successful tender offer for a public corporation, and subject to certain statutory provisions, if the acquiring corporation and its affiliates own at least such percentage of the shares of stock, and each class or series thereof of the target corporation that, absent Section 251(f) of the DGCL, would be required to adopt a merger agreement under the DGCL and the target corporation’s certificate of incorporation, and the other stockholders are entitled to receive the same consideration for their stock in the merger as was payable in the tender offer, the acquiring corporation can effect a merger without a vote of the stockholders of the target corporation. Accordingly, if the Offer is completed, it will mean that the Minimum Condition has been satisfied, and if the Minimum Condition has been satisfied, it will mean that the Merger will be effected in accordance with Section 251(h) of the DGCL. Accordingly, if we consummate the Offer, we intend to effect the closing of the Merger without a vote of the stockholders of ABIOMED, in accordance with Section 251(h) of the DGCL.

Plans for ABIOMED. Except as otherwise set forth in this Offer to Purchase, it is currently expected that, following the Merger, the business and operations of ABIOMED will operate on a standalone basis within Johnson & Johnson’s MedTech business segment. Johnson & Johnson currently intends to continue to evaluate the business and operations of ABIOMED after the Effective Time and will take actions that it deems appropriate under the circumstances then existing.

Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, until their successors are duly elected or appointed and qualified or until their earlier death, resignation or removal in accordance with the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of the Surviving Corporation, the directors of Purchaser immediately prior to the Effective Time will be, from and after the Effective Time, the initial directors of the Surviving Corporation, and the officers of ABIOMED immediately prior to the Effective Time will be, from and after the Effective Time, the initial officers of the Surviving Corporation.

Except as described above or elsewhere in this Offer to Purchase (including Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements”, this Section 12 and Section 13—“Certain Effects of the Offer”), neither we nor Johnson & Johnson has any present plans or proposals that would result in (a) any extraordinary transaction involving ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries (such as a merger, reorganization or liquidation), (b) any purchase, sale or transfer of a material amount of assets of ABIOMED or any of its subsidiaries, (c) any material change in ABIOMED’s capitalization or dividend rate or policy or indebtedness, (d) any change in the present board of directors or management of ABIOMED, (e) any other material change in ABIOMED’s corporate structure or business, (f) any class of equity securities of ABIOMED being delisted from a national securities exchange or ceasing to be authorized to be quoted in an automated quotation system operated by a national securities association, (g) any class of equity securities of ABIOMED becoming eligible for termination of registration pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act, (h) the suspension of ABIOMED’s obligation to file reports under Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act, (i) the acquisition by any person of additional securities of ABIOMED, or the disposition of securities of ABIOMED, or (j) any changes in ABIOMED’s charter, bylaws or other governing instruments or other actions that could impede the acquisition of control of the subject company.

13. Certain Effects of the Offer.

Because the Merger will be effected in accordance with Section 251(h) of the DGCL, no stockholder vote will be required to consummate the Merger. Following the Acceptance Time and subject to the satisfaction of the remaining conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, we and ABIOMED will consummate the Merger as soon as practicable. We do not expect there to be a significant period of time between the Acceptance Time and the consummation of the Merger.

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terms of the Merger Agreement, we will effect the Merger as soon as practicable following the consummation of the Offer. As a result of the Merger, there will be no public or other market for the Shares.

Stock Quotation. The Shares are currently quoted on NASDAQ. However, the rules of NASDAQ establish certain criteria that, if not met, could lead to the discontinuance of quotation of Shares from the NASDAQ. Among these criteria are the number of stockholders, the number of shares publicly held and the aggregate market value of the shares publicly held. If, as a result of the purchase of Shares pursuant to the Offer or otherwise, Shares no longer meet the requirements of NASDAQ for continued quotation and the quotation of Shares is discontinued, the market for Shares would be adversely affected. Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and ABIOMED have agreed to take, or cause to be taken, all actions necessary to delist the Shares from NASDAQ after the Effective Time. We expect to consummate the Merger as soon as practicable following the Acceptance Time and, if the Merger takes place, ABIOMED will no longer be publicly traded.

Margin Regulations. The Shares are currently “margin securities” under the Regulations of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve Board”), which designation has the effect, among other effects, of allowing brokers to extend credit on the collateral of Shares. Depending upon factors similar to those described above regarding the market for Shares and stock quotations, it is possible that, following the Offer, Shares would no longer constitute “margin securities” for the purposes of the margin regulations of the Federal Reserve Board and, therefore, could no longer be used as collateral for loans made by brokers.

Exchange Act Registration. The Shares are currently registered under the Exchange Act. The registration of the Shares may be terminated upon application by ABIOMED to the SEC if Shares are neither listed on a national securities exchange nor held by 300 or more holders of record. Termination of registration of Shares under the Exchange Act would substantially reduce the information required to be furnished by ABIOMED to its stockholders and to the SEC and would make certain provisions of the Exchange Act no longer applicable to ABIOMED, such as the short-swing profit recovery provisions of Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act, the requirement of furnishing a proxy statement pursuant to Section 14(a) of the Exchange Act in connection with stockholders meetings and the related requirement of furnishing an annual report to stockholders and the requirements of Rule 13e-3 under the Exchange Act with respect to “going private” transactions. Furthermore, the ability of “affiliates” of ABIOMED and persons holding “restricted securities” of ABIOMED to dispose of such securities pursuant to Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, may be impaired. If registration of the Shares under the Exchange Act were terminated, the Shares would no longer be “margin securities” or be eligible for quotation on NASDAQ as described above. Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser currently intend to cause ABIOMED to terminate the registration of Shares under the Exchange Act (and as permitted by applicable law, the requirement to make filings under the Exchange Act) after the Effective Time and as soon as the requirements for termination of registration are met.

14. Dividends and Distributions.

The Merger Agreement provides that, from the date of the Merger Agreement until the earlier of the Effective Time and the termination of the Merger Agreement, neither ABIOMED nor any of its subsidiaries will declare, set aside, make or pay any dividend or distribution (whether in cash, stock or property) on any shares of its capital stock, except (a) dividends paid to ABIOMED or one of its wholly owned subsidiaries by another of ABIOMED’s wholly owned subsidiaries with respect to its capital stock or other equity interests or (b) with the prior written consent of Johnson & Johnson (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed). According to ABIOMED’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2022 filed with the SEC, ABIOMED has never declared or paid any cash dividends on the Shares.

15. Conditions to the Offer.

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Exchange Act (relating to the obligation of Purchaser to pay for or return tendered Shares promptly after termination or withdrawal of the Offer)), pay for any Shares that are validly tendered pursuant to the Offer and not validly withdrawn prior to the Expiration Time, and may extend, terminate or amend the Offer, in each case, only to the extent provided by the Merger Agreement, in the event that, as of immediately prior to the Expiration Time:

 

  (i)

(A) any waiting period (and extensions thereof) applicable to the Transactions under the HSR Act has not expired or been terminated or there is in effect any voluntary agreement between Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED, on the one hand, and the FTC or the DOJ, on the other hand, pursuant to which Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED have agreed not to consummate the Offer or the Merger or (B) any required approvals applicable to the Transactions under the antitrust laws of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Austria and Japan have not been obtained (the “Antitrust Clearance Condition”);

 

  (ii)

as of immediately prior to the Expiration Time, there have not been validly tendered (and not withdrawn in accordance with the terms of the Offer), and received by the Depositary in accordance with Section 251(h) of the DGCL (as described in more detail in Section 3—“Procedures for Accepting the Offer and Tendering Shares”), a number of Shares that, together with the Shares then owned by Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and their respective affiliates (if any), represent at least one Share more than 50% of the then-outstanding Shares (the “Minimum Condition”); or

 

  (iii)

any of the following has not been satisfied or waived (to the extent permitted by the Merger Agreement and applicable law):

 

  1.

no governmental authority of competent and applicable jurisdiction has (A) enacted, issued or promulgated any law that is in effect as of the Expiration Time and has the effect of making the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement illegal or the effect of prohibiting or otherwise preventing the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement or (B) issued or granted any order that is in effect as of the Expiration Time and has the effect of making the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement illegal or the effect of prohibiting or otherwise preventing the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement (we refer to a law or order as described in this Item (iii)(1) as a “Legal Restraint”) (the “No Legal Restraint Condition”);

 

  2.

there is not existing any pending legal proceeding under any antitrust law brought by any governmental authority of competent and applicable jurisdiction that (A) challenges or seeks to make illegal, prohibit or otherwise prevent the consummation of the Offer, the acquisition of the Shares by Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser or the Merger or (B) seeks to impose any Burdensome Condition (as defined in the Merger Agreement and described in more detail in Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The Merger Agreement—Antitrust Filings”) thereon (the “No Antitrust Proceedings Condition”);

 

  3.

(A) the representation and warranty of ABIOMED with respect to the absence of a Company Material Adverse Effect (as defined in the Merger Agreement and described in more detail in Section 11—“The Transaction Agreements—The Merger Agreement—Representations and Warranties”) since March 31, 2022 is true and correct in all respects as of immediately prior to the Expiration Time as though made as of such time;

 

  (B)

certain specified representations and warranties of ABIOMED with respect to capitalization are true and correct in all respects as of immediately prior to the Expiration Time as though made as of that time (except to the extent expressly made as of an earlier date, in which case as of that earlier date), except for any de minimis inaccuracies;

 

  (C)

certain specified representations and warranties of ABIOMED with respect to organization, good standing, capitalization, subsidiaries, corporate power and authority to enter into the Merger Agreement, stockholder approval of the Merger Agreement, ABIOMED’s brokers

 

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  and other advisors and anti-takeover laws (without giving effect to any qualification as to “materiality” or “Company Material Adverse Effect” qualifiers set forth therein) are true and correct in all material respects as of immediately prior to the Expiration Time as though made as of that time (except to the extent expressly made as of an earlier date, in which case as of that earlier date); or

 

  (D)

any other representation or warranty of ABIOMED set forth in Article IV of the Merger Agreement (without giving effect to any qualification as to “materiality” or “Company Material Adverse Effect” qualifiers set forth therein) is true and correct in all respects as of immediately prior to the Expiration Time as though made as of that time (except to the extent expressly made as of an earlier date, in which case as of that earlier date), except where the failure to be so true and correct would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Company Material Adverse Effect (the Offer Conditions set forth in clauses (A) through (D), the “Representations Condition”);

 

  4.

ABIOMED has complied or performed in all material respects any agreement or covenant to be performed, or complied with, by it under the Merger Agreement prior to the Expiration Time (the “Covenant Condition”);

 

  5.

ABIOMED has delivered to Johnson & Johnson a certificate, signed on behalf of ABIOMED by its Chief Executive Officer, certifying that the Representations Condition and the Covenant Condition have been duly satisfied; or

 

  6.

the Merger Agreement has not been terminated in accordance with its terms (the “Termination Condition”).

The foregoing conditions, which we refer to collectively as the “Offer Conditions”, are for the sole benefit of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser, may be asserted by Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser and may be waived by Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser in whole or in part at any time and from time to time in the sole discretion of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser, subject in each case to the terms of the Merger Agreement and the applicable rules and regulations of the SEC. The failure by Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser at any time to exercise any of the foregoing rights shall not be deemed a waiver of any such right, and each such right shall be deemed an ongoing right which may be asserted at any time and from time to time.

Purchaser expressly reserves the right to waive any of the Offer Conditions and make any changes to the terms and conditions of the Offer, including the Offer Conditions. However, without the prior written consent of ABIOMED, we are not permitted to (a) waive or modify the Minimum Condition, the No Legal Restraint Condition, the No Antitrust Proceedings Condition or the Termination Condition, (b) change the form of consideration payable in the Offer, (c) decrease the Cash Amount, (d) decrease the number of Shares sought to be purchased in the Offer, (e) extend the Offer or the Expiration Time or terminate the Offer, except as permitted under the Merger Agreement, (f) impose conditions to the Offer other than the Offer Conditions, (g) amend any term or condition of the Offer in any manner that is materially adverse to ABIOMED stockholders, or that would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to prevent or materially delay the consummation of the Offer or prevent, materially delay or materially impair the ability of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser to consummate the Offer, the Merger or the other Transactions, (h) decrease the number of CVRs to be issued per Share, (i) amend or purport or seek to amend any term of the CVR or the CVR Agreement in any manner that is adverse to any ABIOMED stockholder, or (j) provide any “subsequent offering period” within the meaning of Rule 14d-11 promulgated under the Exchange Act.

16. Certain Legal Matters; Regulatory Approvals.

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permit that appears to be material to ABIOMED’s business that might be adversely affected by Purchaser’s acquisition of Shares as contemplated herein or of any approval or other action by any governmental, administrative or regulatory authority or agency, domestic or foreign, that would be required for the acquisition or ownership of Shares by Purchaser or Johnson & Johnson as contemplated herein. Should any such approval or other action be required, Purchaser currently contemplates that, except as described below under “State Takeover Statutes”, such approval or other action will be sought. While Purchaser does not currently intend to delay acceptance for payment of Shares tendered pursuant to the Offer pending the outcome of any such matter, there can be no assurance that any such approval or other action, if needed, would be obtained or would be obtained without substantial conditions or that if such approvals were not obtained or such other actions were not taken, adverse consequences might not result to ABIOMED’s business, any of which under certain conditions specified in the Merger Agreement could cause Purchaser to elect to terminate the Offer without the purchase of Shares thereunder. See Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”.

State Takeover Statutes. A number of states (including Delaware, where ABIOMED is incorporated) have adopted laws that purport, to varying degrees, to apply to attempts to acquire securities of corporations that are incorporated in, or that have substantial assets, stockholders, principal executive offices or principal places of business in those states or whose business operations otherwise have substantial economic effects in such states. ABIOMED, directly or through subsidiaries, conducts business in a number of states throughout the United States, some of which have enacted such laws.

As a Delaware corporation, ABIOMED has not opted out of Section 203 of the DGCL. In general, Section 203 of the DGCL prevents certain “business combinations” (defined to include mergers and certain other actions) with an “interested stockholder” (generally, any person who individually or with or through any of its affiliates or associates, owns (as defined in Section 203 of the DGCL) 15% or more of a corporation’s outstanding voting stock or is an affiliate or associate of the corporation and was the owner of 15% or more of a corporation’s outstanding voting stock at any time within the three-year period immediately prior to the date of the determination as to whether such person is an interested stockholder) for a period of three years following the time that person became an interested stockholder, unless, among other things, prior to the time the interested stockholder became an interested stockholder, the board of directors of the corporation approved either the business combination or the transaction in which the interested stockholder became an interested stockholder.

ABIOMED has represented to Purchaser and Johnson & Johnson that its Board of Directors has taken all necessary actions so that the restrictions on business combinations set forth in Section 203 of the DGCL are not applicable to the Merger Agreement, the CVR Agreement and the Transactions, including the Offer and the Merger. In addition, ABIOMED has represented that it is not aware of any other state takeover statute or similar regulation that applies or purports to apply to the Transactions. If any government official or third party should seek to apply any state takeover law to the Offer or the Merger or other business combination between Purchaser or any of its affiliates and ABIOMED, Purchaser will take such action as then appears desirable, which action may include challenging the applicability or validity of that statute in appropriate court proceedings. In the event it is asserted that one or more state takeover statutes is applicable to the Offer or the Merger and an appropriate court does not determine that it is inapplicable or invalid as applied to the Offer or the Merger, Purchaser might be required to file certain information with, or to receive approvals from, the relevant state authorities or holders of Shares, and Purchaser might be unable to accept for payment or pay for Shares tendered pursuant to the Offer, or be delayed in continuing or consummating the Offer or the Merger. In that case, Purchaser may not be obligated to accept for purchase, or pay for, any Shares tendered. See Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”.

United States Antitrust Laws. Under the HSR Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, certain transactions may not be consummated until certain information and documentary material has been furnished for review by the FTC and the DOJ and certain waiting period requirements have been satisfied. The requirements of the HSR Act apply to Purchaser’s acquisition of Shares in the Offer.

 

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The FTC recently issued an Informal Interpretation of the HSR rules, pursuant to which the FTC concluded that the presence of a CVR disqualified a transaction from being treated as a cash tender offer to which the shorter 15-day HSR waiting period would apply.

The waiting period under the HSR Act for the purchase of Shares in the Offer may not be completed until the expiration or termination of a 30-calendar day waiting period (or if the date of expiration is not a business day, the next business day after such date), which begins when Johnson & Johnson, on behalf of Purchaser, has filed a Premerger Notification Report Form (the “HSR Notification”) with the FTC and the DOJ. If the 30-calendar day waiting period expires on a federal holiday or weekend, the waiting period is automatically extended until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, the next business day. ABIOMED and Johnson & Johnson each filed an HSR Notification with the FTC and the DOJ in connection with the purchase of Shares in the Offer and the Merger on November 7, 2022, and the required waiting period with respect to the Offer and the Merger will expire at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on December 7, 2022, unless earlier terminated by the FTC and the DOJ, or later, if Johnson & Johnson, with the consent of ABIOMED, elects to withdraw and re-submit its HSR Notification, or the FTC or the DOJ issues a request for additional information and documentary material (a “Second Request”) prior to that time. If the FTC or DOJ issues a Second Request prior to the expiration of the initial waiting period, the parties must observe an additional 30-day waiting period, which would begin to run only after Johnson & Johnson has substantially complied with the Second Request, unless the waiting period is terminated earlier. After that time, consummation of the Merger may be delayed by court order (through an injunction preventing the closing) or with the mutual written consent of Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED. The Merger will not require an additional filing under the HSR Act if Purchaser owns at least 50% of the outstanding Shares at the time of the Merger (which Purchaser expects to be the case if the Offer is consummated, given the Minimum Condition) and if the Merger occurs within one year after the HSR Act waiting period applicable to the Offer expires or is terminated.

At any time before or after the purchase of Shares by Purchaser, notwithstanding the termination or expiration of the waiting period under the HSR Act, the FTC or the DOJ could take any action under the antitrust laws as it deems necessary or desirable in the public interest, including seeking to enjoin the purchase of Shares in the Offer and the Merger, seeking divestiture of substantial assets of the parties, or requiring the parties to license or hold separate assets or terminate existing relationships and contractual rights. At any time before or after the completion of the purchase of Shares in the Offer, and notwithstanding the termination or expiration of the waiting period under the HSR Act, a state or foreign jurisdiction could in certain circumstances take action under the antitrust laws as it deems necessary or desirable in the public interest. Private parties may also seek to take legal actions under the antitrust laws under certain circumstances. We cannot be certain that a challenge to the purchase of Shares in the Offer will not be made or that, if a challenge is made, we will prevail. See Section 11— “The Transaction Agreements—The Merger Agreement—Reasonable Best Efforts” and Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer”.

Foreign Laws. As described below, it is also a condition to Purchaser’s obligation to accept for payment and pay for Shares tendered pursuant to the Offer that required approvals in respect of the Transactions shall have been obtained under the applicable antitrust laws in the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Austria and Japan. Purchaser is not aware of any other applicable restrictions or requirements under antitrust or other competition laws of jurisdictions other than the United States, Germany, Austria and Japan.

German Antitrust Laws. The Act Against Restraint of Competition requires Johnson & Johnson to file a notification with the Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) and provides that the acquisition of Shares pursuant to the Offer may not be consummated unless the FCO notified Johnson & Johnson within one month of submission of the complete notification that the conditions for a prohibition of the concentration are not satisfied or a one-month waiting period from submission of the complete notification has expired without the FCO initiating an in-depth investigation. In the event of an in-depth investigation, the acquisition of Shares pursuant to the Offer may not be consummated unless the FCO approves the transaction or the FCO has not prohibited the concentration by a decision within a waiting period of five months from submission of a complete notification to the FCO (subject to extension).

 

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Austrian Antitrust Laws. Johnson & Johnson is required to file a notification with the Federal Competition Authority (“FCA”) under the Austrian Cartel Act, which provides that the acquisition of Shares pursuant to the Offer may not be consummated unless the right to apply for an in-depth investigation of the transaction is waived or the four-week waiting period (possibly extended to six-week) from submission of a complete notification to the FCA has expired without a request for an in-depth investigation. In the event an in-depth investigation is requested, the acquisition of Shares pursuant to the Offer may not be consummated unless the Austrian Cartel Court or the Austrian Supreme Cartel Court, as the case may be, has dismissed the request, declared that the concentration will not be prohibited, or discontinued the investigation proceedings.

Japanese Antitrust Laws. The Japanese Act on Prohibition of Private Monopolization and Maintenance of Fair Trade (Act No. 54 of April 14, 1947, as amended) requires Johnson & Johnson to file a notification with the Japan Fair Trade Commission (“JFTC”), and the Transaction may not be consummated unless (a) the 30 calendar day waiting period from the date of acceptance of the notification has elapsed without a written notice from the JFTC that notifies Johnson & Johnson of the initiation of an in-depth investigation (in which case a Phase II review is opened for the longer of: (i) 120 calendar days from the date of receipt of the initial filing or (ii) 90 calendar days from the date of the JFTC’s complete acceptance of the additionally requested information) or (b) the JFTC issues a written notice to the effect that the JFTC does not intend to issue a cease and desist order as well as another written notice to the effect that the JFTC shortens the 30 calendar day waiting period applicable to the notification.

Appraisal Rights. No appraisal rights are available to the holders of Shares in connection with the Offer. However, if the Merger takes place in accordance with Section 251(h) of the DGCL, stockholders and beneficial owners who have not tendered their Shares pursuant to the Offer and who comply with the applicable legal requirements will have appraisal rights under Section 262 of the DGCL. If you choose to exercise your appraisal rights in connection with the Merger and you comply with the applicable legal requirements under the DGCL, you will be entitled to payment for your Shares based on a judicial determination of the fair value of your Shares, together with interest, if any, as determined by the Delaware Court of Chancery (the “Delaware Court”), in lieu of the consideration you would otherwise be entitled to for your Shares pursuant to the Merger Agreement. From and after the Effective Time, Shares held by stockholders and beneficial owners who are entitled to demand and have properly and validly demanded their appraisal rights in compliance in all respects with Section 262 of the DGCL will no longer be outstanding and will automatically be canceled and cease to exist, and each holder of any such Shares will cease to have any rights with respect thereto, other than the right to receive such amount as may be determined pursuant to Section 262 of the DGCL. This value may be the same, more than or less than the Offer Price. Moreover, Purchaser or ABIOMED may argue in an appraisal proceeding that, for purposes of such a proceeding, the fair value of such Shares is less than the Offer Price.

The following is intended as a brief summary of the material provisions of Section 262 of the DGCL required to be followed by a holder of Shares to exercise appraisal rights in connection with the Merger, does not constitute any legal or other advice and does not constitute a recommendation that holders of Shares exercise their appraisal rights under Section 262 of the DGCL. Any stockholder or beneficial owner wishing to exercise appraisal rights is urged to consult legal counsel before attempting to exercise such rights.

Under Section 262 of the DGCL, where a merger is approved under Section 251(h) of the DGCL, either a constituent corporation before the effective date of the merger, or the surviving corporation within 10 days thereafter, shall notify each of the holders of any class or series of stock of such constituent corporation who are entitled to appraisal rights of the approval of the merger and that appraisal rights are available for any or all shares of such class or series of stock of such constituent corporation, and shall include in such notice a copy of Section 262 of the DGCL. The Schedule 14D-9 constitutes the formal notice of appraisal rights under Section 262 of the DGCL and a copy of the full text of Section 262 of the DGCL may be accessed without subscription or cost at the following publicly available website: https://delcode.delaware.gov/title8/c001/sc09/index.html#262. Any holder of Shares who wishes to exercise such appraisal rights or who wishes to preserve his, her or its right to do so, should review the discussion of appraisal rights in the Schedule 14D-9 as well as Section 262 of the DGCL carefully because failure to timely and properly comply with the procedures specified will result in the loss of appraisal rights under the DGCL.

 

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As described more fully in the Schedule 14D-9, if a stockholder or beneficial owner elects to exercise appraisal rights under Section 262 of the DGCL and the Merger is consummated in accordance with Section 251(h) of the DGCL, the stockholder or beneficial owner must do all of the following:

 

   

within the later of the consummation of the Offer, which shall occur on the date on which Purchaser irrevocably accepts the Shares for purchase, and 20 days after the date of mailing of the notice of appraisal rights in the Schedule 14D-9 (which date of mailing is November 15, 2022), properly deliver to ABIOMED, at the address indicated in Section 8 of the Schedule 14D-9, a demand in writing for appraisal of Shares held, which demand must reasonably inform ABIOMED of the identity of the stockholder or beneficial owner and that the stockholder or beneficial owner is demanding appraisal;

 

   

not tender such stockholder’s or beneficial owner’s Shares in the Offer;

 

   

continuously hold of record or beneficially own, as applicable, such Shares from the date on which the written demand for appraisal is made through the Effective Time;

 

   

strictly and timely follow the statutory procedures for perfecting appraisal rights under Section 262 of the DGCL, including filing a petition in the Delaware Court demanding a determination of the fair value of the Shares entitled to appraisal within 120 days after the Effective Time, unless ABIOMED or another holder of Shares or beneficial owner of shares who has complied with the requirements of Section 262 and who is otherwise entitled to appraisal rights has done so. ABIOMED is under no obligation to file any petition and has no intention of doing so; and

 

   

in the case of a beneficial owner, the demand must (A) reasonably identify the holder of record of the shares for which the demand is made, (B) be accompanied by documentary evidence of such beneficial owner’s beneficial ownership and a statement that such documentary evidence is a true and correct copy of what it purports to be, and (C) provide an address at which such beneficial owner consents to receive notices given by ABIOMED and to be set forth on the verified list to be filed with the Delaware Register in the Delaware Court.

The foregoing summary of the rights of ABIOMED stockholders or beneficial owners to seek appraisal rights under Delaware law is qualified in its entirety by reference to Section 262 of the DGCL. The preservation and proper exercise of appraisal rights requires strict and timely adherence to the applicable provisions of the DGCL. Failure to fully and precisely follow the steps required by Section 262 of the DGCL for the perfection of appraisal rights will result in the loss of those rights. A copy of Section 262 of the DGCL may be accessed without subscription or cost at the following publicly available website: https://delcode.delaware.gov/title8/c001/sc09/index.html#262.

The information provided above is for informational purposes only. If you tender your Shares in the Offer, you will not be entitled to exercise appraisal rights with respect to your Shares but, instead, upon the terms and subject to the Offer Conditions, you will receive the Offer Price for your Shares.

“Going Private” Transactions. The SEC has adopted Rule 13e-3 under the Exchange Act, which is applicable to certain “going private” transactions, and which may under certain circumstances be applicable to the Merger or another business combination following the purchase of Shares pursuant to the Offer in which Purchaser seeks to acquire the remaining Shares not held by it. Purchaser believes that Rule 13e-3 will not be applicable to the Merger because it is anticipated that the Merger will be effected within one year following the consummation of the Offer and, in the Merger, stockholders will receive the same Offer Price as that paid in the Offer.

Litigation. To the knowledge of Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser, as of November 14, 2022, there is no pending litigation against Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser or ABIOMED in connection with the Merger or the Transactions.

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exchange is required to authorize a merger if certain requirements are met, including that (a) the acquiring company consummates a tender offer for any and all of the outstanding stock of the company to be acquired on the terms set forth in a merger agreement that, absent Section 251(h) of the DGCL, would be entitled to vote on the adoption of the merger agreement, and (b) immediately following the consummation of the tender offer, the stock irrevocably accepted for purchase pursuant to such offer and received by the depositary prior to the expiration of such offer, together with the stock otherwise owned by the acquiring company or its affiliates, equals at least such percentage of the stock of the company to be acquired, and of each class and series thereof, that, absent Section 251(h) of the DGCL, would be required to adopt the merger agreement under the DGCL and the certificate of incorporation of the company to be acquired. If the Minimum Condition is satisfied and Purchaser accepts Shares for payment pursuant to the Offer, Purchaser will hold a sufficient number of Shares to consummate the Merger under Section 251(h) of the DGCL without submitting the adoption of the Merger Agreement to a vote of ABIOMED stockholders. Following the Acceptance Time, and subject to the satisfaction of the remaining conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and ABIOMED will take all necessary and appropriate action to effect the Merger as soon as practicable without a meeting of ABIOMED stockholders in accordance with Section 251(h) of the DGCL.

17. Fees and Expenses.

Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser have retained Innisfree M&A Incorporated to act as the Information Agent and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC to act as the Depositary in connection with the Offer. The Information Agent may contact holders of Shares by mail, telephone, telecopy, telegraph and personal interview and may request brokers, dealers, commercial banks, trust companies and other nominees to forward materials relating to the Offer to beneficial owners of Shares.

The Information Agent and the Depositary each will receive reasonable and customary compensation for their respective services in connection with the Offer, will be reimbursed for reasonable expenses and will be indemnified against certain liabilities and expenses in connection with their respective services.

Neither Johnson & Johnson nor Purchaser will pay any fees or commissions to any broker or dealer or to any other person (other than to the Depositary and the Information Agent) in connection with the solicitation of tenders of Shares pursuant to the Offer. Brokers, dealers, commercial banks, trust companies and other nominees will, upon request, be reimbursed by Purchaser for customary mailing and handling expenses incurred by them in forwarding the Offer materials to their customers.

18. Miscellaneous.

The Offer is not being made to holders of Shares in any jurisdiction in which the making of the Offer would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction. In those jurisdictions where applicable laws require the Offer to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the Offer will be deemed to be made on behalf of Purchaser by one or more registered brokers or dealers licensed under the laws of such jurisdiction to be designated by Purchaser.

No person has been authorized to give any information or to make any representation on behalf of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser not contained herein or in the Letter of Transmittal, and, if given or made, such information or representation must not be relied upon as having been authorized. No broker, dealer, bank, trust company, fiduciary or other person will be deemed to be the agent of Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser, the Depositary or the Information Agent for the purpose of the Offer.

Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser have filed with the SEC a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO pursuant to Rule 14d-3 of the Exchange Act, together with exhibits furnishing certain additional information with respect to the Offer, and may file amendments to it. In addition, ABIOMED has filed with the SEC a Schedule 14D-9, together with exhibits, pursuant to Rule 14d-9 under the Exchange Act, setting forth the ABIOMED Board

 

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Recommendation and the reasons for the ABIOMED Board Recommendation and furnishing certain additional related information. A copy of these documents, and any amendments to them, may be examined at, and copies may be obtained from, the SEC in the manner set forth under Section 8— “Certain Information Concerning Johnson & Johnson and Purchaser”.

Athos Merger Sub, Inc.

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SCHEDULE I

INFORMATION RELATING TO JOHNSON & JOHNSON AND PURCHASER

Johnson & Johnson

The following table sets forth information about Johnson & Johnson’s directors and executive officers as of November 15, 2022. The current business address of each such person is One Johnson & Johnson Plaza, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08933, and the business telephone number of each such person is (732) 524-0400. Unless otherwise indicated, each such person is a citizen of the United States of America.

 

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Position at Johnson & Johnson

Alex Gorsky    Executive Chairman, Board of Directors; Chair, Finance Committee
Darius Adamczyk    Director; Member, Compensation & Benefits Committee
Mary C. Beckerle, Ph.D.    Director; Chair, Science, Technology & Sustainability Committee; Member, Regulatory Compliance & Sustainability Committee
D. Scott Davis    Director; Chair, Audit Committee; Member, Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee
Ian E. L. Davis    Director; Member, Audit Committee; Member, Regulatory Compliance & Sustainability Committee
Joaquin Duato    Director; Chairman, Executive Committee; Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D.    Director; Member, Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee; Member, Science & Technology Committee
Marillyn A. Hewson    Director; Chair, Compensation & Benefits Committee; Member, Regulatory Compliance & Sustainability Committee
Hubert Joly    Director; Member, Compensation & Benefits Committee; Member, Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee
Mark B. McClellan    Director; Member, Regulatory Compliance & Sustainability Committee; Member, Science & Technology Committee
Anne M. Mulcahy    Director; Chair, Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee; Member, Audit Committee; Member, Finance Committee
A. Eugene Washington, M.D., M.Sc.    Director; Member, Compensation & Benefits Committee; Member, Science & Technology Committee
Mark A. Weinberger    Director; Chair, Regulatory Compliance & Sustainability Committee; Member, Audit Committee
Nadja Y. West, M.D.    Director; Member, Regulatory Compliance & Sustainability Committee; Member, Science & Technology Committee
Vanessa Broadhurst    Member, Executive Committee; Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs
Peter Fasolo, Ph.D.    Member, Executive Committee; Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Liz Forminard    Member, Executive Committee; Executive Vice President, General Counsel
William N. Hait, M.D., Ph.D.    Member, Executive Committee; Executive Vice President, Chief External Innovation and Medical Safety Officer; Interim Head, Janssen R&D

 

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Ashley McEvoy    Member, Executive Committee; Executive Vice President, Worldwide Chairman, MedTech
Thibaut Mongon    Member, Executive Committee; Executive Vice President and Worldwide Chairman, Consumer Health; CEO Designate, The Planned New Consumer Health Company
James Swanson    Member, Executive Committee; Executive Vice President, Enterprise Chief Information Officer
Jennifer Taubert    Member, Executive Committee; Executive Vice President, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals
Kathryn E. Wengel    Member, Executive Committee; Executive Vice President & Chief Global Supply Chain Officer
Joseph J. Wolk    Member, Executive Committee; Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Executive Officers and Directors of Johnson & Johnson

ALEX GORSKY

Alex Gorsky has been Executive Chairman, Board of Directors since January 3, 2022 after serving since 2012 as Chairman, Board of Directors, and Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Executive Committee. Mr. Gorsky began his Johnson & Johnson career with Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. in 1988. Over the next 15 years, he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and management. In 2001, Mr. Gorsky was appointed President of Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc., and in 2003 he was named Company Group Chairman of the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Gorsky left Johnson & Johnson in 2004 to join Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, where he served as head of the pharmaceutical business in North America. Mr. Gorsky returned to Johnson & Johnson in 2008 as Company Group Chairman for Ethicon. In early 2009, he was appointed Worldwide Chairman of the Surgical Care Group and member of the Executive Committee. In September 2009, he was appointed Worldwide Chairman of the Medical Devices and Diagnostics Group. Mr. Gorsky became Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee in January 2011. Mr. Gorsky serves on the Boards of the Travis Manion Foundation, the National Academy Foundation and the Wharton Board of Overseers. He was a Member of the Board of Business Roundtable and served as the Chairman of its Corporate Governance Committee, and he serves on the Board of Trustees for New York Presbyterian Hospital.

DARIUS ADAMCZYK

Darius Adamczyk has served as an independent director of Johnson & Johnson since 2022. Mr. Adamczyk has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Honeywell International Inc. since April 2018. Mr. Adamczyk was President and Chief Executive Officer from March 2017 to April 2018 and Chief Operating Officer from April 2016 to March 2017. From April 2014 to April 2016, Mr. Adamczyk served as President and CEO of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT). Prior to serving as President and CEO of PMT, Mr. Adamczyk served as President of Honeywell Process Solutions from 2012 to 2014 and as President of Honeywell Scanning and Mobility from 2008 to 2012. Mr. Adamczyk joined Honeywell in 2008 when Honeywell acquired Metrologic, Inc., where he was the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Metrologic, Mr. Adamczyk held several general management assignments at Ingersoll Rand, served as a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and started his career as an electrical engineer at General Electric. He is a member of the USChina Business Council, Business Roundtable and The Business Council.

 

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MARY C. BECKERLE, Ph.D.

Mary C. Beckerle, Ph.D. has served as an independent director of Johnson & Johnson since 2015. Dr. Beckerle has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah since 2006. She is the Associate Vice President for Cancer Affairs and a Distinguished Professor of Biology and Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah. Dr. Beckerle joined the faculty of the University of Utah in 1986 and currently holds the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Endowed Chair. Dr. Beckerle has served on the National Institute of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee to the Director, on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Cancer Research, as President of the American Society for Cell Biology and as the Chair of the American Cancer Society Council for Extramural Grants. She currently serves on a number of scientific advisory boards, including the Medical Advisory Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute (USA) and the External Advisory Board of the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. She is an elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

D. SCOTT DAVIS

D. Scott Davis has served as an independent director of Johnson & Johnson since 2014. Mr. Davis served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) (shipment and logistics) from 2008 to 2014 and as Chairman from 2014 to 2016. Previously, Mr. Davis held various leadership positions with UPS, primarily in the finance and accounting area, including as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Davis is a Certified Public Accountant. He previously served on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 2003 to 2009, serving as Chairman in 2009.

IAN E. L. DAVIS

Ian E. L. Davis has served as an independent director of Johnson & Johnson since 2010. Mr. Davis is the former non-executive Chairman, Rolls-Royce Holdings plc. Mr. Davis retired from McKinsey & Company (management consulting) in 2010 as a Senior Partner, having served as Chairman and Worldwide Managing Director from 2003 until 2009. In his more than 30 years at McKinsey, he served as a consultant to a range of global organizations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to becoming Chairman and Worldwide Managing Director, he was Managing Partner of McKinsey’s practice in the United Kingdom and Ireland. His experience included oversight for McKinsey clients and services in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and he has expertise in the consumer products and retail industries. Mr. Davis is a Director at Majid Al Futtaim Holding LLC, a Senior Advisor at Apax Partners, a private equity firm, and Chairman at Thoughtworks Inc. Mr. Davis is a citizen of the United Kingdom.

JOAQUIN DUATO

Joaquin Duato became Johnson & Johnson’s Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Executive Committee and joined the Board of Directors in January 2022. He joined Johnson & Johnson in 1989 with Janssen-Farmaceutica S.A. (Spain), a subsidiary, and held executive positions of increasing responsibility in the pharmaceutical sector. In 2009, he was named Company Group Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, and in 2011, he was named Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals. In 2016, Mr. Duato became a member of the Executive Committee and was named Executive Vice President, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals. In July 2018, Mr. Duato was promoted to Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee, with responsibility for the company’s Pharmaceutical and Consumer Health sectors, supply chain, information technology, global services and the Health & Wellness groups. As a dual citizen of Spain and the United States, Mr. Duato’s international perspective and global lens gives him a deep appreciation of diverse thoughts and opinions. Mr. Duato serves on the Board of Directors of UNICEF USA and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and he is an Advisory Board Member of Tsinghua University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

 

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JENNIFER A. DOUDNA, Ph.D.

Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D. has served as an independent director of Johnson & Johnson since 2018. Dr. Doudna, age 58, joined the faculty at University of California, Berkeley, as a Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in 2002. She directs the Innovative Genomics Institute, a joint UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco center, holds the Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Professorship in Biomedical and Health and is the Chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Biology at UC Berkeley. Dr. Doudna is Principal Investigator at the Doudna Lab at UC Berkeley and has founded and serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Caribou Biosciences, Inc. and Intellia Therapeutics, Inc., both leading CRISPR genome engineering companies. She has been an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1997. Dr. Doudna is the recipient of numerous scientific awards in biochemistry and genetics, including the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020. Dr. Doudna is a Trustee for Pomona College.

MARILLYN A. HEWSON

Marillyn A. Hewson has served as an independent director of Johnson & Johnson since 2019. Ms. Hewson served as the Executive Chairman of Lockheed Martin Corporation (aerospace) from June 2020 until March 2021, as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer from 2014 to June 2020 and held the positions of Chief Executive Officer and President from January to December 2013. Ms. Hewson served as a Director of Lockheed Martin Corporation from 2012 through March 2021. Ms. Hewson currently serves on the University of Alabama President’s Cabinet and the Culverhouse College of Business Board of Visitors. In addition, she is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the Trilateral Commission. Ms. Hewson has also served on several U.S. government advisory bodies, public company boards, and charitable organization boards.

HUBERT JOLY

Hubert Joly has served as an independent director of Johnson & Johnson since 2019. Mr. Joly served as the Executive Chairman of Best Buy Co., Inc. (consumer electronics) from June 2019 to June 2020, having joined the company in 2012 as President and Chief Executive Officer and becoming Chairman, President and Chief Executive in 2015. From 2004 to 2008, he was Global President and Chief Executive Officer, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and then served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Carlson Companies from 2008 to 2012. In 1999, he joined Vivendi as Global Chief Executive Officer, Vivendi Universal Games, and was later appointed Executive Vice President of U.S. Assets and Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Vivendi Universal. Prior roles included, from 1996 to 1999, Vice President, Europe and President of Electronic Data Systems France and, from 1983 to 1996, McKinsey & Company, eventually serving as Partner. Mr. Joly is a Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and serves on the Board of Directors of Sciences Po Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the New York Public Library and the International Advisory Board of his alma mater, HEC Paris.

MARK B. MCCLELLAN, M.D., Ph.D.

Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. has served as an independent director of Johnson & Johnson since 2013. Dr. McClellan became the inaugural Director of the Duke-Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy and the Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine and Policy at Duke University in January 2016. He is also a faculty member at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas in Austin. Previously, he served from 2007 to 2015 as a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies and as Director of the Initiatives on Value and Innovation in Health Care at the Brookings Institution. Dr. McClellan served as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2004 to 2006 and as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2002 to 2004. He served as a Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and as Senior Director for Healthcare Policy at the White House from 2001 to 2002 and, during the Clinton administration, held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy for the Department of the Treasury. Dr. McClellan previously served as an Associate Professor of Economics and

 

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Medicine with tenure at Stanford University, where he also directed the Program on Health Outcomes Research. Dr. McClellan is the founding Chair and Senior Advisor to the Board of the Reagan-Udall Foundation, is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Academy’s Leadership Consortium for Value and Science-Driven Health Care, and Co-Chairs the Guiding Committee of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. He sits on the Boards of Directors of ResearchAmerica!, Long Term Quality Alliance, Alignment Healthcare, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, PrognomIQ, Inc. and United States of Care.

ANNE M. MULCAHY

Anne M. Mulcahy has served as lead independent director of Johnson & Johnson since 2012 and has been on the Board since 2009. Ms. Mulcahy was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xerox Corporation (business equipment and services) until July 2009, when she retired as CEO after eight years in the position. Prior to serving as CEO, Ms. Mulcahy was President and Chief Operating Officer of Xerox. She also served as President of Xerox’s General Markets Operations, which created and sold products for reseller, dealer and retail channels. Earlier in her career at Xerox, which began in 1976, Ms. Mulcahy served as Vice President for Human Resources with responsibility for compensation, benefits, human resource strategy, labor relations, management development and employee training; and as Vice President and Staff Officer for Customer Operations, covering South America and Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Ms. Mulcahy was the U.S. Board Chair of Save the Children from March 2010 to February 2017 and was appointed as a Trustee in February 2018.

A. EUGENE WASHINGTON, M.D., M.SC.

A. Eugene Washington, M.D., M.SC. has served as an independent director of Johnson & Johnson since 2012. Dr. Washington is Duke University’s Chancellor for Health Affairs and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Duke University Health System. Previously, he was Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences, Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Chief Executive Officer of the UCLA Health System; and Distinguished Professor of Gynecology and Health Policy at UCLA. Prior to UCLA, he served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) from 2004 to 2010. Dr. Washington co-founded UCSF’s Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations in 1993 and served as Director until 2005. He was Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF from 1996 to 2004. Dr. Washington also co-founded the UCSF-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center and served as its first Director from 1997 to 2002. Prior to UCSF, Dr. Washington worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Washington was elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine in 1997, where he served on its governing Council. He was founding Chair of the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, served as a member of the Scientific Management Review Board for the NIH and also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of both the California Healthcare Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation. Dr. Washington serves on the Boards of Directors of the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

MARK A. WEINBERGER

Mark A. Weinberger has served as an independent director of Johnson & Johnson since 2019. Mr. Weinberger served as the Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EY (Ernst & Young) (professional services) from 2013 through June 2019, having served as Global Chairman and CEO-elect in the prior year. He was Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury in the George W. Bush Administration and was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the U.S. Social Security Administration Advisory Board. Mr. Weinberger serves as a Senior Advisor to Stone Canyon Industries Holdings Inc. and Teneo. He is an Executive Advisor to G100 and World 50. Mr. Weinberger also serves as a Strategic Advisor to the Board of FCLTGlobal, which focuses on long-term investing and corporate governance. Mr. Weinberger is on the CEO Advisory Council of JUST Capital. He sits on the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), is a Senior Advisor to Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) and is a member of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group. He is a member of the Boards of Trustees for Emory University, Case Western Reserve University, The Concord Coalition, The Greater Washington Partnership and The US Council for International Business.

 

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NADJA Y. WESET, M.D.

Nadja Y. West, M.D. has served as an independent director of Johnson & Johnson since 2020. Dr. Nadja West retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Lieutenant General in October 2019. She served as the 44th Army Surgeon General and the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command from 2015 to 2019, overseeing the highest medical readiness and battlefield wound survival rates in history. As the Joint Staff Surgeon from 2013 to 2015, Dr. West was the principal medical advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, where she coordinated all related health services issues, including operational medicine, force health protection and readiness within the military. Her prior roles include Deputy Chief of Staff for Support, U.S. Army Medical Command from 2012 to 2013, ensuring proper resources and support for smooth operation of the entire command. From 2010 to 2012, Dr. West served as Commanding General of the Europe Regional Medical Command. She is the recipient of numerous U.S. military awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters. Dr. West currently serves as Trustee of both the National Recreation Foundation and Mount St. Mary’s University, and board member of Americares and The Woodruff Foundation.

VANESSA BROADHURST

Vanessa Broadhurst has served as Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs and a member of the Executive Committee since 2022. From 2018 to 2022, Ms. Broadhurst served as Company Group Chairman, Global Commercial Strategy Organization.

PETER FASOLO, Ph.D.

Peter M. Fasolo, Ph.D. has served as Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources officer since April 2016 and as a member of the Executive Committee since 2011. From 2010 to 2016, Dr. Fasolo served as Vice President, Global Human Resources.

LIZ FORMINARD

Liz Forminard has served as Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel and as a member of the Executive Committee since October 2022. From 2019 to 2022, Ms. Forminard served as Worldwide Vice President, General Counsel, Pharmaceuticals.

WILLIAM N. HAIT, M.D., PH.D.

William N. Hait, M.D., Ph. D. has served as Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Vice President, Chief External Innovation, Medical Safety and Global Public Health Officer and as a member of the Executive Committee since 2022. From 2018 to 2022, Dr. Hait served as Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Global External Innovation.

ASHLEY MCEVOY

Ashley McEvoy has served as Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Vice President, Worldwide Chairman, Medical Devices and as a member of the Executive Committee since July 2018. From 2014 to 2018, Ms. McEvoy served as Company Group Chairman, Consumer Medical Devices. From 2012 to 2014, Ms. McEvoy served as Company Group Chairman, Vision Care.

THIBAUT MONGON

Thibaut Mongon has served as Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Vice President, Worldwide Chairman, Consumer Health and as a member of the Executive Committee since 2019. From 2014 to 2019, Mr. Mongon served as Company Group Chairman Asia-Pacific. Mr. Mongon is a citizen of France.

 

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JAMES SWANSON

James Swanson has served as Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer since October 2019 and as a member of the Executive Committee since January 2022.

JENNIFER TAUBERT

Jennifer L. Taubert has served as Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Vice President, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals and as a member of the Executive Committee since July 2018. From 2015 to July 2018, Ms. Taubert served as Company Group Chairman, The Americas, Pharmaceuticals. From 2012 to 2015, Ms. Taubert served as Company Group Chairman, North America Pharmaceuticals.

KATHRYN E. WENGEL

Kathryn E. Wengel has served as Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Vice President, Chief Global Supply Chain Officer and as a member of the Executive Committee since July 2018. From 2014 to July 2018, Ms. Wengel served as Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain.

JOSEPH J. WOLK

Joseph J. Wolk has served as Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and as a member of the Executive Committee since July 2018. From 2016 to July 2018, Mr. Wolk served as Vice President, Investor Relations. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Wolk served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

Purchaser

The following table sets forth information about Purchaser’s directors and executive officers as of November 15, 2022. The current business address of each such person is One Johnson & Johnson Plaza, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08933, and the business telephone number of each such person is (732) 524-0400. Unless otherwise indicated, each such person is a citizen of the United States of America.

 

Name

  

Position at Purchaser

Susan Morano    Director; President and Chief Executive Officer
David Fortunati    Director
Vincent Sommella    Director; Secretary
Christoph Feddern    Chief Financial Officer, VP and Treasurer

Executive Officers and Directors of Purchaser

SUSAN MORANO

Susan Morano has served as Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Operations, MedTech at Johnson & Johnson since 2020. Since October 2022, Ms. Morano has served as a director and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Purchaser.

DAVID FORTUNATI

David Fortunati has served as Senior Director, Business Development at Johnson & Johnson since 2016. Since October 2022, Mr. Fortunati has served as a director of Purchaser.

 

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VINCENT SOMMELLA

Vincent Sommella has served as Senior Counsel at Johnson & Johnson since June 2019. Since October 2022, Mr. Sommella has served as a director and as Secretary of Purchaser.

CHRISTOPH FEDDERN

Christoph Feddern has served as Finance Director, Mergers & Acquisitions at Johnson & Johnson since 2019. Since October 2022, Mr. Feddern has served as Chief Financial Officer, VP and Treasurer of Purchaser. Mr. Feddern is a citizen of Switzerland.

 

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The Letter of Transmittal, any certificates evidencing Shares and any other required documents should be sent or delivered by each stockholder or its, his or her broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee to the Depositary at one of its addresses set forth below:

The Depositary for the Offer is:

LOGO

 

If delivering by hand, express mail, courier

or other expedited service:

  If delivering by mail:

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC

Operations Center

Attn: Reorganization Department

6201 15th Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11219

 

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC

Operations Center

Attn: Reorganization Department

6201 15th Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11219

Questions or requests for assistance or additional copies of this Offer to Purchase, the Letter of Transmittal and the Notice of Guaranteed Delivery may be directed to the Information Agent at its telephone numbers and address set forth below. Stockholders may also contact their broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee for assistance concerning the Offer.

The Information Agent for the Offer is:

 

LOGO

Innisfree M&A Incorporated

501 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor

New York, New York 10022

Stockholders may call toll free:

(877) 717-3893

Banks and Brokers may call collect:

(212) 750-5833

EX-99.(a)(1)(B)

Exhibit (a)(1)(B)

Letter of Transmittal to Tender Shares of Common Stock

of

ABIOMED, INC.

at

$380.00 net per share, in cash, plus one non-tradeable contingent value right for each share, which represents the contractual right to receive contingent cash payments of up to $35.00 per share in the aggregate upon the achievement of specified milestones,

Pursuant to the Offer to Purchase, dated November 15, 2022

by

ATHOS MERGER SUB, INC.

a wholly owned subsidiary of

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

 

THE OFFER AND WITHDRAWAL RIGHTS WILL EXPIRE AT 11:59 P.M., NEW YORK CITY TIME, ON DECEMBER 13, 2022, UNLESS THE OFFER IS EXTENDED OR EARLIER TERMINATED.

Method of delivery of the certificate(s) is at the option and risk of the owner thereof. See Instruction 2.

Mail or deliver this Letter of Transmittal, together with the certificate(s) representing your shares, to:

 

LOGO

 

If delivering by hand, express mail, courier

or other expedited service:

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC

Operations Center

Attn: Reorganization Department

6201 15th Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11219

  

If delivering by mail:

 

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC

Operations Center

Attn: Reorganization Department

6201 15th Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11219

Pursuant to the offer of Athos Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Purchaser”) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, a New Jersey corporation (“Johnson & Johnson”), to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Shares”), of ABIOMED, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“ABIOMED”), the undersigned encloses herewith and tenders the following certificate(s) representing the Shares:

 

DESCRIPTION OF SHARES TENDERED

 

Name(s) and Address(es) of Registered Owner(s)

(If blank, please fill in exactly as name(s) appear(s) on share
certificate(s))

 

 

Shares Tendered

(attached additional list if necessary)

 

    

Certificated Shares**

 

    
 

Certificate
Number(s)*

 

 

Total Number
of Shares
Represented
by
Certificate(s)*

 

 

Number of
Shares
Tendered**

 

 

Book Entry
Shares
Tendered

 

                   
                   
                      
                      
                      
                      
                      
                      
                      
                      
                      
    

Total Shares

 

              
    

 

*   Need not be completed by book-entry stockholders.
**   Unless otherwise indicated, it will be assumed that all
Shares represented by certificates described above are
being tendered hereby.

 


PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ACCOMPANYING THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE ADDITIONAL COPIES OF THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL OR ANY OF THE OTHER OFFERING DOCUMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE INFORMATION AGENT, INNISFREE M&A INCORPORATED (THE “INFORMATION AGENT”) AT (212) 750-5833 IF YOU ARE A BANK OR BROKER OR (877) 717-3893 IF YOU ARE A STOCKHOLDER.

You have received this Letter of Transmittal (this “Letter of Transmittal”) in connection with the offer of Purchaser to purchase the Shares at a price of $380.00 per Share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes (the “Cash Amount”), plus one non-tradeable contractual contingent value right per Share (each, a “CVR”), which CVR represents the right to receive contingent payments of up to $35.00 per Share in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, in the aggregate, upon the achievement of specified milestones (the Cash Amount plus one CVR, collectively, or any higher amount per Share paid pursuant to the Offer, the “Offer Price”), upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase, dated as of November 15, 2022, (as it may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer to Purchase” and, together with this Letter of Transmittal and other related materials, as each may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer”).

This Letter of Transmittal is to be used if you are delivering Shares represented by stock certificates to American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (the “Depositary”) or, unless an Agent’s Message (as defined in Instruction 2 below) is utilized, if delivery of Shares is to be made by book-entry transfer to an account maintained by the Depositary at The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”). In this Letter of Transmittal, stockholders who deliver certificates representing their Shares are referred to as “Certificate Stockholders,” and stockholders who deliver their Shares through book-entry transfer are referred to as “Book-Entry Stockholders.”

If certificates for your Shares are not immediately available or you cannot deliver your certificates and all other required documents to the Depositary prior to the Expiration Time (as defined in Section 1 of the Offer to Purchase) or you cannot complete the book-entry transfer procedures prior to the Expiration Time, you may nevertheless tender your Shares according to the guaranteed delivery procedures set forth in Section 3 of the Offer to Purchase. See Instruction 2 below. Delivery of documents to DTC will not constitute delivery to the Depositary.

 

☐    

  CHECK HERE IF TENDERED SHARES ARE BEING DELIVERED BY BOOK-ENTRY TRANSFER TO THE ACCOUNT MAINTAINED BY THE DEPOSITARY WITH DTC AND COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING (ONLY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS THAT ARE PARTICIPANTS IN DTC MAY DELIVER SHARES BY BOOK-ENTRY TRANSFER):
           Name of Tendering Institution:          

 

           DTC Participant Number:          

 

           Transaction Code Number:          

 

☐    

  CHECK HERE IF TENDERED SHARES ARE BEING DELIVERED PURSUANT TO A NOTICE OF GUARANTEED DELIVERY PREVIOUSLY SENT TO THE DEPOSITARY AND COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING (PLEASE ENCLOSE A PHOTOCOPY OF SUCH NOTICE OF GUARANTEED DELIVERY):
           Name(s) of Registered Owner(s):          

 

           Window Ticket Number (if any) or DTC Participant Number:          

 

           Date of Execution of Notice of Guaranteed Delivery:          

 

           Name of Institution which Guaranteed Delivery:          

 

NOTE: SIGNATURES MUST BE PROVIDED BELOW.

PLEASE READ THE ACCOMPANYING INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.


Ladies and Gentlemen:

The undersigned hereby tenders to Athos Merger, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Purchaser”) and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, a New Jersey corporation (“Johnson & Johnson”), the shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Shares”), of ABIOMED, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“ABIOMED”), at a price of $380.00 per Share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes (the “Cash Amount”), plus one non-tradeable contractual contingent value right per Share (each, a “CVR”), which CVR represents the right to receive contingent payments of up to $35.00 per Share in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, in the aggregate, upon the achievement of specified milestones (the Cash Amount plus one CVR, collectively, or any higher amount per Share paid pursuant to the Offer, the “Offer Price”), on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase, dated as of November 15, 2022 (as it may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer to Purchase”), receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, and this Letter of Transmittal (this “Letter of Transmittal” and, together with the Offer to Purchase and other related materials, as each may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer”).

On the terms and subject to the conditions of the Offer (including, if the Offer is extended or amended, the terms and conditions of such extension or amendment), subject to, and effective upon, acceptance for payment of the Shares validly tendered herewith prior to the Expiration Time (as defined in Section 1 of the Offer to Purchase), and not properly withdrawn pursuant to the Offer, the undersigned hereby sells, assigns and transfers to, or upon the order of, Purchaser, all right, title and interest in and to all of the Shares being tendered hereby and with respect to any and all other securities or rights issued or issuable in respect of such Shares on or after the date hereof (collectively, “Distributions”). In addition, the undersigned hereby irrevocably appoints American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (the “Depositary”) the true and lawful agent and attorney-in-fact and proxy of the undersigned with respect to such Shares and any Distributions with full power of substitution (such proxy and power of attorney being deemed to be an irrevocable power coupled with an interest in the tendered shares) to the full extent of such stockholder’s rights with respect to such Shares and any Distributions (a) to deliver certificates representing Shares (the “Share Certificates”) and any Distributions, or transfer of ownership of such Shares and any Distributions on the account books maintained by DTC, together, in either such case, with all accompanying evidence of transfer and authenticity, to or upon the order of Purchaser, (b) to present such Shares and any Distributions for transfer on the books of ABIOMED and (c) to receive all benefits and otherwise exercise all rights of beneficial ownership of such Shares and any Distributions, all in accordance with the terms and subject to the conditions of the Offer.

The undersigned hereby irrevocably appoints each of the designees of Purchaser the attorneys-in-fact and proxies of the undersigned, each with full power of substitution, to the full extent of such stockholder’s rights with respect to the Shares tendered hereby and accepted for payment by Purchaser and any Distributions. The designees of Purchaser will, with respect to the Shares and any other securities or rights for which the appointment is effective, be empowered to exercise all voting and any other rights of such stockholder, as they, in their sole discretion, may deem proper at any annual, special, adjourned or postponed meeting of ABIOMED’s stockholders, by written consent in lieu of any such meeting or otherwise. This proxy and power of attorney shall be irrevocable and coupled with an interest in the tendered Shares. Such appointment is effective when, and only to the extent that, Purchaser accepts the Shares tendered with this Letter of Transmittal for payment pursuant to the Offer. Upon the effectiveness of such appointment, all prior powers of attorney, proxies and consents given by such stockholder with respect to such Shares or other securities or rights will, without further action, be revoked and no subsequent powers of attorney, proxies, consents or revocations may be given by such stockholder (and, if given, will not be deemed effective). Purchaser reserves the right to require that, in order for Shares to be deemed validly tendered, immediately upon Purchaser’s acceptance for payment of such Shares, Purchaser must be able to exercise full voting, consent and other rights with respect to such Shares and other related securities or rights.

The undersigned hereby represents and warrants that the undersigned has full power and authority to tender, sell, assign and transfer the Shares and any Distributions tendered hereby and, when the same are accepted for payment by Purchaser, Purchaser will acquire good, marketable and unencumbered title thereto, free and clear of


all liens, restrictions, charges and encumbrances and the same will not be subject to any adverse claim. The undersigned hereby represents and warrants that the undersigned is the registered owner of the Shares, or the Share Certificate(s) have been endorsed to the undersigned in blank, or the undersigned is a participant in DTC whose name appears on a security position listing as the owner of the Shares. The undersigned will, upon request, execute and deliver any additional documents deemed by the Depositary or Purchaser to be necessary or desirable to complete the sale, assignment and transfer of the Shares and any Distributions tendered hereby. In addition, the undersigned shall promptly remit and transfer to the Depositary for the account of Purchaser any and all Distributions in respect of the Shares tendered hereby, accompanied by appropriate documentation of transfer and, pending such remittance or appropriate assurance thereof, Purchaser shall be entitled to all rights and privileges as owner of any such Distributions and may withhold the entire purchase price or deduct from the purchase price the amount or value thereof, as determined by Purchaser in its sole discretion.

IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT THE METHOD OF DELIVERY OF THE SHARES, THE SHARE CERTIFICATE(S) AND ALL OTHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (INCLUDING DELIVERY THROUGH DTC) IS AT THE OPTION AND RISK OF THE UNDERSIGNED AND THAT THE RISK OF LOSS OF SUCH SHARES, SHARE CERTIFICATE(S) AND OTHER DOCUMENTS SHALL PASS ONLY AFTER THE DEPOSITARY HAS ACTUALLY RECEIVED THE SHARES OR SHARE CERTIFICATE(S) (INCLUDING, IN THE CASE OF A BOOK-ENTRY TRANSFER, BY BOOK- ENTRY CONFIRMATION (AS DEFINED BELOW)). IF DELIVERY IS BY MAIL, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ALL SUCH DOCUMENTS BE SENT BY PROPERLY INSURED REGISTERED MAIL WITH RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED. IN ALL CASES, SUFFICIENT TIME SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO ENSURE TIMELY DELIVERY.

All authority herein conferred or agreed to be conferred pursuant to this Letter of Transmittal shall not be affected by, and shall survive, the death or incapacity of the undersigned and any obligation of the undersigned hereunder shall be binding upon the heirs, executors, administrators, trustees in bankruptcy, personal representatives, successors and assigns of the undersigned. Except as stated in the Offer to Purchase, this tender is irrevocable.

The undersigned understands that the valid tender of Shares pursuant to any of the procedures described in the Offer to Purchase and in the instructions hereto will constitute the undersigned’s acceptance of the terms and conditions of the Offer. Purchaser’s acceptance of such Shares for payment will constitute a binding agreement between the undersigned and Purchaser upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Offer (and if the Offer is extended or amended, the terms and conditions of such extension or amendment). The undersigned recognizes that under certain circumstances set forth in the Offer, Purchaser may not be required to accept for exchange any Shares tendered hereby.

The undersigned understands that the CVRs will not be transferable except (a) upon death of a holder by will or intestacy; (b) by instrument to an inter vivos or testamentary trust in which the CVRs are to be passed to beneficiaries upon the death of the trustee; (c) pursuant to a court order; (d) by operation of law (including by consolidation or merger) or without consideration in connection with the dissolution, liquidation or termination of any corporation, limited liability company, partnership or other entity; (e) in the case of CVRs held in book-entry or other similar nominee form, from a nominee to a beneficial owner and, if applicable, through an intermediary, as allowable by DTC; or (f) to Johnson & Johnson or any of its affiliates in connection with the abandonment of such CVR by the applicable holder. The undersigned further understands that the CVRs will not be evidenced by a certificate or other instrument, will not have any voting or dividend rights, will not represent any equity or ownership interest in Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser, ABIOMED or any of their respective affiliates, will not be registered or listed for trading, and that no interest will accrue or be payable in respect of any of the amounts that may be payable on CVRs. The undersigned further understands that the CVRs will be governed by the terms and conditions of the CVR Agreement (as defined in the Offer to Purchase) and that holders of CVRs will have no greater rights against Johnson & Johnson than those accorded to general, unsecured creditors under applicable law. The undersigned understands that the CVRs will be registered in the name of the undersigned.


Unless otherwise indicated herein under “Special Payment Instructions,” please issue the check for the aggregate Cash Amount for all Shares purchased in the name(s) of, and/or return any Share Certificates representing Shares not tendered or accepted for payment to, the registered owner(s) appearing under “Description of Shares Tendered.” Similarly, unless otherwise indicated under “Special Delivery Instructions,” please mail the check for the aggregate Cash Amount for all Shares purchased and/or return any Share Certificates representing Shares not tendered or accepted for payment (and accompanying documents, as appropriate) to the address(es) of the registered owner(s) appearing under “Description of Shares Tendered.” In the event that both the Special Delivery Instructions and the Special Payment Instructions are completed, please issue the check for the aggregate Cash Amount for all Shares purchased and/or issue any Share Certificates representing Shares not tendered or accepted for payment (and any accompanying documents, as appropriate) in the name(s) of, and deliver such check and/or return such Share Certificates (and any accompanying documents, as appropriate) to, the person or persons so indicated. Unless otherwise indicated herein in the box titled “Special Payment Instructions,” please credit any Shares tendered hereby or by an Agent’s Message and delivered by book-entry transfer, but which are not purchased, by crediting the account at DTC designated above. The undersigned recognizes that Purchaser has no obligation pursuant to the Special Payment Instructions to transfer any Shares from the name of the registered owner thereof if Purchaser does not accept for payment any of the Shares so tendered.

This Letter of Transmittal shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, without regard to the conflicts of law rules of such State.

BY EXECUTING THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL, WITH RESPECT TO ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL OR ANY OF THE TRANSACTIONS DESCRIBED HEREIN OR CONTEMPLATED HEREBY OR BY THE OFFER TO PURCHASE (OR FOR RECOGNITION AND ENFORCEMENT OF ANY JUDGMENT IN RESPECT THEREOF), THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY (A) IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY AND ALL RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY, (B) IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY CONSENTS TO THE EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OF THE COURT OF CHANCERY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (OR, ONLY IF THE COURT OF CHANCERY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE DECLINES TO ACCEPT OR DOES NOT HAVE JURISDICTION OVER A PARTICULAR MATTER, ANY FEDERAL OR OTHER STATE COURT SITTING IN NEW CASTLE COUNTY WITHIN THE STATE OF DELAWARE), (C) AGREES THAT THE UNDERSIGNED WILL NOT ATTEMPT TO DENY OR DEFEAT SUCH PERSONAL JURISDICTION BY MOTION OR OTHER REQUEST FOR LEAVE FROM ANY SUCH COURT, (D) AGREES THAT SUCH PROCEEDINGS SHALL BE BROUGHT, TRIED AND DETERMINED ONLY IN THE COURT OF CHANCERY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (OR, ONLY IF THE COURT OF CHANCERY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE DECLINES TO ACCEPT OR DOES NOT HAVE JURISDICTION OVER A PARTICULAR MATTER, ANY FEDERAL OR OTHER STATE COURT SITTING IN NEW CASTLE COUNTY WITHIN THE STATE OF DELAWARE), (E) WAIVES ANY OBJECTION THAT IT MAY NOW OR HEREAFTER HAVE TO THE VENUE OF ANY SUCH PROCEEDING IN ANY SUCH COURT OR THAT SUCH PROCEEDING WAS BROUGHT IN AN INCONVENIENT COURT AND AGREES NOT TO PLEAD OR CLAIM THE SAME AND (F) AGREES NOT TO BRING ANY SUCH PROCEEDING IN ANY COURT OTHER THAN THE AFORESAID COURTS. THE UNDERSIGNED AGREES THAT A FINAL JUDGMENT IN ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING IN SUCH COURTS AS PROVIDED ABOVE SHALL BE CONCLUSIVE AND MAY BE ENFORCED IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS BY SUIT ON THE JUDGMENT OR IN ANY OTHER MANNER PROVIDED BY APPLICABLE LAW.


SPECIAL PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS

(See Instructions 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7)

 

To be completed ONLY if Share Certificate(s) not tendered or not accepted for payment and/or the check for the aggregate Cash Amount for Shares accepted for payment are to be issued in the name of someone other than the undersigned or if Shares tendered by book-entry transfer which are not accepted for payment are to be returned by credit to an account maintained at DTC other than that designated above.

 

Issue:    Check and/or

             Share Certificates to:

 

Name:      
  (Please Print)
Address:    
     
     
  (Include Zip Code)
     
  (Tax Identification or Social Security Number)
    Credit Shares tendered by book-entry transfer that are not accepted for payment to the DTC account set forth below.
     
  (DTC Account Number)
    

SPECIAL DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS

(See Instructions 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7)

 

To be completed ONLY if Share Certificate(s) not tendered or not accepted for payment and/or the check for the aggregate Cash Amount for Shares accepted for payment are to be sent to someone other than the undersigned or to the undersigned at an address other than that shown in the box titled “Description of Shares Tendered” above.

 

Deliver:    Check(s) and/or

                 Share Certificates to:

 

Name:      
  (Please Print)
Address:    
     
     
  (Include Zip Code)
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 


 

IMPORTANT—SIGN HERE

(U.S. Holders: Please Also Complete the Enclosed IRS Form W-9)

(Non-U.S. Holders: Please Obtain and Complete IRS Form W-8BEN or Other Applicable IRS Form W-8)

 

 

(Signature(s) of Stockholder(s))

 

Dated:                                      , 2022

 

(Must be signed by registered owner(s) exactly as name(s) appear(s) on Share Certificate(s) or on a security position listing or by person(s) authorized to become registered owner(s) by certificates and documents transmitted herewith. If signature is by trustees, executors, administrators, guardians, attorneys-in-fact, agents, officers of corporations or others acting in a fiduciary or representative capacity, please set forth full title and see Instruction 5. For information concerning signature guarantees, see Instruction 1.)

 

Name(s): 

   
(Please Print)

 

Capacity (full title): 

   

 

Address: 

   
 
(Include Zip Code)

 

Area Code and Telephone Number: 

   

Tax Identification or

Social Security No.:

   

 

GUARANTEE OF SIGNATURE(S)

(For use by Eligible Institutions only;

see Instructions 1 and 5)

 

Name of Firm:     
 
(Include Zip Code)

 

Authorized Signature: 

   

 

Name: 

   
  (Please Type or Print)

 

Area Code and Telephone Number: 

   

 

Dated:                                      , 2022

 

Place medallion guarantee in space below:

 


INSTRUCTIONS

Forming Part of the Terms and Conditions of the Offer

1. Guarantee of Signatures. Except as otherwise provided below, all signatures on this Letter of Transmittal must be guaranteed by a financial institution (including most commercial banks, savings and loan associations and brokerage houses) that is a participant in the Security Transfer Agent Medallion Signature Program or other “eligible guarantor institution,” as such term is defined in Rule 17Ad-15 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) (each, an “Eligible Institution” and, collectively, “Eligible Institutions”). Signatures on this Letter of Transmittal need not be guaranteed (a) if this Letter of Transmittal is signed by the registered owner(s) (which term, for purposes of this document, includes any participant in any of DTC’s systems whose name appears on a security position listing as the owner of the Shares) of Shares tendered herewith and such registered owner has not completed the box titled “Special Payment Instructions” or the box titled “Special Delivery Instructions” on this Letter of Transmittal or (b) if such Shares are tendered for the account of an Eligible Institution. See Instruction 5.

2. Requirements of Tender. In order for Shares to be validly tendered pursuant to the Offer, one of the following procedures must be followed:

For Shares held as physical certificates, the Share Certificates representing tendered Shares, a properly completed and duly executed Letter of Transmittal (or facsimile thereof), together with any required signature guarantees, and any other documents required by this Letter of Transmittal, must be received by the Depositary at one of its addresses set forth on the front page of this Letter of Transmittal before the Expiration Time (as defined in Section 1 of the Offer to Purchase).

For Shares held in book-entry form, either a properly completed and duly executed Letter of Transmittal, together with any required signature guarantees, or an Agent’s Message in lieu of this Letter of Transmittal, and any other required documents, must be received by the Depositary at the appropriate address set forth on the front page of this Letter of Transmittal, and such Shares must be delivered according to the book-entry transfer procedures (as set forth in Section 3 of the Offer to Purchase) and a timely confirmation of a book-entry transfer of Shares into the Depositary’s account at DTC (a “Book-Entry Confirmation”) must be received by the Depositary, in each case before the Expiration Time.

Stockholders whose Share Certificates are not immediately available or who cannot deliver all other required documents to the Depositary prior to the Expiration Time or who cannot complete the procedures for book-entry transfer prior to the Expiration Time may nevertheless tender their Shares by properly completing and duly executing a Notice of Guaranteed Delivery pursuant to the guaranteed delivery procedure set forth in Section 3 of the Offer to Purchase. Pursuant to such procedure: (a) such tender must be made by or through an Eligible Institution, (b) a properly completed and duly executed Notice of Guaranteed Delivery substantially in the form provided by Purchaser must be received by the Depositary prior to the Expiration Time, and (c) Share Certificates representing all tendered Shares, in proper form for transfer (or a Book-Entry Confirmation with respect to such Shares), this Letter of Transmittal (or facsimile thereof), properly completed and duly executed with any required signature guarantees (or, in the case of a book-entry transfer, an Agent’s Message), and all other documents required by this Letter of Transmittal, if any, must be received by the Depositary within two NASDAQ Global Select Market trading days after the date of execution of such Notice of Guaranteed Delivery.

The term “Agent’s Message” means a message, transmitted through electronic means by DTC in accordance with the normal procedures of DTC and the Depositary, to, and received by, the Depositary and forming a part of a Book-Entry Confirmation, which states that DTC has received an express acknowledgment from the participant tendering the Shares that are the subject of Book-Entry Confirmation that such participant has received and agrees to be bound by the terms of the Letter of Transmittal and that Purchaser may enforce such agreement against the participant. The term “Agent’s Message” also includes any hard copy printout evidencing such message generated by a computer terminal maintained at the Depositary’s office.

THE METHOD OF DELIVERY OF THE SHARES, THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL AND ALL OTHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING DELIVERY THROUGH DTC, IS AT THE


ELECTION AND RISK OF THE TENDERING STOCKHOLDER. DELIVERY OF ALL SUCH DOCUMENTS WILL BE DEEMED MADE AND RISK OF LOSS OF THE SHARE CERTIFICATES SHALL PASS ONLY WHEN ACTUALLY RECEIVED BY THE DEPOSITARY (INCLUDING, IN THE CASE OF A BOOK-ENTRY TRANSFER, BY BOOK-ENTRY CONFIRMATION). IF SUCH DELIVERY IS BY MAIL, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ALL SUCH DOCUMENTS BE SENT BY PROPERLY INSURED REGISTERED MAIL WITH RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED. IN ALL CASES, SUFFICIENT TIME SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO ENSURE TIMELY DELIVERY.

No alternative, conditional or contingent tenders will be accepted, and no fractional Shares will be purchased. All tendering stockholders, by execution of this Letter of Transmittal (or facsimile thereof), waive any right to receive any notice of the acceptance of their Shares for payment.

All questions as to validity, form and eligibility (including time of receipt) of the tender of any Share Certificate hereunder, including questions as to the proper completion or execution of any Letter of Transmittal, Notice of Guaranteed Delivery or other required documents and as to the proper form for transfer of any certificate of Shares, will be determined by Purchaser in its reasonable discretion (which may delegate power in whole or in part to the Depositary), which determination will be final and binding. Purchaser reserves the absolute right to reject any and all tenders determined by it not to be in proper form or the acceptance for payment of or payment for which may be unlawful. Purchaser also reserves the absolute right to waive any defect or irregularity in the tender of any Shares or Share Certificate(s) whether or not similar defects or irregularities are waived in the case of any other stockholder. A tender will not be deemed to have been validly made until all defects and irregularities have been cured or waived.

3. Inadequate Space. If the space provided herein is inadequate, the certificate numbers and/or the number of Shares should be listed on a separate schedule attached hereto and separately signed on each page thereof in the same manner as this Letter of Transmittal is signed.

4. Partial Tenders (Applicable to Certificate Stockholders Only). If fewer than all the Shares evidenced by any Share Certificate delivered to the Depositary are to be tendered, fill in the number of Shares which are to be tendered in the column titled “Number of Shares Tendered” in the box titled “Description of Shares Tendered.” In such cases, new certificate(s) for the remainder of the Shares that were evidenced by the old certificate(s) but not tendered will be sent to the registered owner, unless otherwise provided in the appropriate box on this Letter of Transmittal, as soon as practicable after the Expiration Time. All Shares represented by Share Certificates delivered to the Depositary will be deemed to have been tendered unless otherwise indicated.

5. Signatures on Letter of Transmittal; Stock Powers and Endorsements. If this Letter of Transmittal is signed by the registered owner(s) of the Shares tendered hereby, the signature(s) must correspond with the name(s) as written on the face of the Share Certificate(s) without alteration or any other change whatsoever.

If any Shares tendered hereby are owned of record by two or more joint owners, all such owners must sign this Letter of Transmittal.

If any tendered Shares are registered in the names of different holder(s), it will be necessary to complete, sign and submit as many separate Letters of Transmittal (or facsimiles thereof) as there are different registrations of such Shares.

If this Letter of Transmittal or any certificates or stock powers are signed by trustees, executors, administrators, guardians, attorneys-in-fact, agents, officers of corporations or others acting in a fiduciary or representative capacity, such persons should so indicate when signing, and proper evidence satisfactory to Purchaser of such persons’ authority so to act must be submitted.

If this Letter of Transmittal is signed by the registered owner(s) of the Shares listed and transmitted hereby, no endorsements of Share Certificates or separate stock powers are required unless payment is to be made to, or Share Certificates representing Shares not tendered or accepted for payment are to be issued in the name of, a


person other than the registered owner(s), in which case the Share Certificates representing the Shares tendered by this Letter of Transmittal must be endorsed or accompanied by appropriate stock powers, in either case, signed exactly as the name(s) of the registered owner(s) or holder(s) appear(s) on the Share Certificates. Signatures on such Share Certificates or stock powers must be guaranteed by an Eligible Institution.

If this Letter of Transmittal is signed by a person other than the registered owner(s) of the Share(s) listed, the Share Certificate(s) must be endorsed or accompanied by the appropriate stock powers, in either case, signed exactly as the name or names of the registered owner(s) or holder(s) appear(s) on the Share Certificate(s). Signatures on such Share Certificates or stock powers must be guaranteed by an Eligible Institution.

6. Transfer Taxes. If payment of the purchase price is to be made to, or (in the circumstances permitted hereby) if Share Certificates not tendered or accepted for payment are to be registered in the name of, any person other than the registered owner(s), or if tendered Share Certificates are registered in the name of any person other than the person signing this Letter of Transmittal, it will be a condition to payment that the person requesting such payment shall have paid any transfer taxes (whether imposed on the registered owner(s) or such person) payable on account of the transfer to such person or such person shall have established that such transfer taxes have been paid or are not applicable.

Except as provided in this Instruction 6, it will not be necessary for transfer tax stamps to be affixed to the Share Certificates listed in this Letter of Transmittal.

7. Special Payment and Delivery Instructions. If a check for the aggregate Cash Amount for all Shares accepted for payment is to be issued, and/or Share Certificates representing Shares not tendered or accepted for payment are to be issued or returned to, a person other than the signer(s) of this Letter of Transmittal or to an address other than that shown in the box titled “Description of Shares Tendered” above, the appropriate boxes on this Letter of Transmittal should be completed. Stockholders delivering Shares tendered hereby or by Agent’s Message by book-entry transfer may request that Shares not purchased be credited to an account maintained at DTC as such stockholder may designate in the box titled “Special Payment Instructions” herein. If no such instructions are given, all such Shares not purchased will be returned by crediting the same account at DTC as the account from which such Shares were delivered.

8. Requests for Assistance or Additional Copies. Questions or requests for assistance may be directed to the Information Agent at its address and telephone numbers set forth below or to your broker, dealer, commercial bank or trust company. Additional copies of the Offer to Purchase, this Letter of Transmittal, the Notice of Guaranteed Delivery and other tender offer materials may be obtained from the Information Agent as set forth below, and will be furnished at Purchaser’s expense.

9. Tax Forms: Under U.S. federal income tax law, failure to provide a properly completed and signed Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Form W-9 or applicable IRS Form W-8 may result in backup withholding on any consideration paid pursuant to the Offer or the Merger (as defined in the Offer to Purchase) and may result in a penalty imposed by the IRS. Each “U.S. person” (as defined in the instructions accompanying the enclosed IRS Form W-9) receiving consideration is required to provide a correct Taxpayer Identification Number on IRS Form W-9, and to indicate whether the holder is subject to backup withholding. Additionally, each non-U.S. person is required to provide a properly executed IRS Form W-8BEN or IRS Form W-8BENE (or other applicable IRS Form W-8). Please see “IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION”.

NOTE: FAILURE TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THE IRS FORM W-9 MAY RESULT IN BACKUP WITHHOLDING OF A PORTION OF ANY PAYMENTS MADE TO YOU PURSUANT TO THE OFFER. PLEASE REVIEW THE “IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION” SECTION BELOW.

10. Lost, Destroyed, Mutilated or Stolen Share Certificates. If any Share Certificate has been lost, destroyed, mutilated or stolen, the stockholder should promptly notify ABIOMED’s stock transfer agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC at (800) 937-5449 or (718) 921-8124. The stockholder will then be instructed as to the steps that must be taken in order to replace the Share Certificate. This Letter of


Transmittal and related documents cannot be processed until the procedures for replacing lost, mutilated, destroyed or stolen Share Certificates have been followed.

11. Waiver of Conditions. Purchaser expressly reserves the right to waive any of the Offer Conditions (as defined in the Offer to Purchase) and make any changes to the terms and conditions of the Offer, including the Offer Conditions. However, without the prior written consent of ABIOMED, Purchaser is not permitted to (a) waive or modify the Minimum Condition, the No Legal Restraint Condition, the No Antitrust Proceedings Condition or the Termination Condition (each as defined in the Offer to Purchase), (b) change the form of consideration payable in the Offer, (c) decrease the Cash Amount, (d) decrease the number of Shares sought to be purchased in the Offer, (e) extend the Offer or the Expiration Time or terminate the Offer, except as permitted under the Merger Agreement, (f) impose conditions to the Offer other than the Offer Conditions, (g) amend any term or condition of the Offer in any manner that is materially adverse to ABIOMED stockholders, or that would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to prevent or materially delay the consummation of the Offer or prevent, materially delay or materially impair the ability of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser to consummate the Offer, the Merger or the other Transactions (as defined in the Offer to Purchase), (h) decrease the number of CVRs to be issued per Share, (i) amend or purport or seek to amend any term of the CVR or the CVR Agreement in any manner that is adverse to any ABIOMED stockholder, or (j) provide any “subsequent offering period” within the meaning of Rule 14d-11 promulgated under the Exchange Act.

SHARE CERTIFICATES, OR A BOOK-ENTRY CONFIRMATION INTO THE DEPOSITARY’S ACCOUNT AT DTC, AS WELL AS THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL, PROPERLY COMPLETED AND DULY EXECUTED, WITH ANY REQUIRED SIGNATURE GUARANTEES, OR AN AGENT’S MESSAGE (IF UTILIZED IN LIEU OF THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL IN CONNECTION WITH A BOOK-ENTRY TRANSFER), AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL, MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE THE EXPIRATION TIME, OR THE TENDERING STOCKHOLDER MUST COMPLY WITH THE PROCEDURES FOR GUARANTEED DELIVERY.


IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION

PLEASE COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THE ACCOMPANYING IRS FORM W-9 IF YOU ARE A U.S. PERSON OR THE APPROPRIATE IRS FORM W-8 IF YOU ARE NOT A U.S. PERSON, WHICH SUCH FORM CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE IRS WEBSITE AT WWW.IRS.GOV. Please note that a failure to properly complete and return an IRS Form W-9 or IRS Form W-8, as applicable, may subject any payments made to you in connection with this Letter of Transmittal to backup withholding (at the applicable statutory rate (currently 24%)).

Under current U.S. federal income tax law, a stockholder or assignee that is a non-exempt “U.S. person” (as defined in the instructions accompanying the enclosed IRS Form W-9) whose tendered Shares are accepted for payment, or whose Shares are converted in the Merger may be subject to backup withholding (in either case, a “Payee”). In order to avoid such backup withholding, the Payee must provide the Depositary with the Payee’s correct taxpayer identification number (“TIN”) and certify under penalties of perjury that such TIN is correct, that such Payee is not subject to such backup withholding and that the Payee is a U.S. person by completing the IRS Form W-9 provided herewith. In general, if the Payee is an individual, the TIN is generally his or her Social Security number. If the Depositary is not provided with the correct TIN, the Payee may be subject to penalties imposed by the IRS and any consideration such Payee receives in the Merger may be subject to backup withholding at the applicable rate (currently 24%). For further information concerning backup withholding and instructions for completing the IRS Form W-9 (including how to obtain a taxpayer identification number if you do not have one and how to complete the IRS Form W-9 if the ABIOMED stock certificates are held in more than one name), consult the instructions on the IRS Form W-9.

Certain Payees that are U.S. persons (including, among others, certain corporations) are exempt recipients not subject to these backup withholding requirements. See the enclosed copy of the IRS Form W-9 and the General Instructions to Form W-9. To avoid possible erroneous backup withholding, exempt Payees should indicate their exempt status on the enclosed IRS Form W-9 by furnishing their TIN, entering the appropriate “exempt payee code” box(es) on the form, and signing and dating the form. Each Payee is urged to consult his, her or its tax advisor for more information.

To prevent backup withholding, Payees that are not U.S. persons should (i) submit a properly completed IRS Form W-8BEN or IRS Form W-8BENE (or other applicable IRS Form W-8), or other applicable form, to the Depositary, certifying under penalties of perjury to the Payee’s non-United States status or (ii) otherwise establish an exemption. IRS Form W-8BEN or IRS Form W-8BENE (or other applicable IRS Form W-8), or other applicable forms, may be obtained from the Depositary or from the IRS website at www.irs.gov. Each Payee that is not a U.S. person is urged to consult his, her or its tax advisor for more information.

Backup withholding is not an additional tax. Rather, the federal income tax liability of a person subject to backup withholding will be reduced by the amount of tax withheld. If withholding results in an overpayment of taxes, a refund may be obtained provided that the required information is timely furnished to the IRS. Please consult your tax advisor for further guidance regarding the completion of IRS Form W-9 or the appropriate version of IRS Form W-8, as applicable, to claim exemption from backup withholding, including which version of IRS Form W-8 you should provide to the Depositary.

NOTE: FAILURE TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THE IRS FORM W-9 OR THE APPROPRIATE IRS FORM W-8 MAY RESULT IN BACKUP WITHHOLDING OF A PORTION OF ANY PAYMENTS MADE TO YOU PURSUANT TO THE MERGER. U.S. PERSONS SHOULD REVIEW THE ENCLOSED “GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS” ON IRS FORM W-9 FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS.


 

Form      W-9

(Rev. October 2018)

Department of the Treasury

Internal Revenue Service

 

Request for Taxpayer

Identification Number and Certification

 

u Go to www.irs.gov/FormW9 for instructions and the latest information.

 

Give Form to the

requester. Do not

send to the IRS.

 

 

LOGO   

 

1  Name (as shown on your income tax return). Name is required on this line; do not leave this line blank.

 

                   
 

2  Business name/disregarded entity name, if different from above

 

                        
 

3  Check appropriate box for federal tax classification of the person whose name is entered on line 1. Check only one of the following seven boxes.

 

   

4  Exemptions (codes apply only to certain entities, not individuals; see instructions on page 3):

 

Exempt payee code (if any)           

 

Exemption from FATCA reporting code (if any)                                   

 

 

(Applies to accounts maintained outside the U.S.)

 

    Individual/sole proprietor or single-member LLC           

C Corporation

 

           

S Corporation

 

 

           

Partnership

 

         Trust/estate  
 

   Limited liability company. Enter the tax classification (C=C corporation, S=S corporation, P=Partnership)  u                            

 

Note: Check the appropriate box in the line above for the tax classification of the single-member owner. Do not check LLC if the LLC is classified as a single-member LLC that is disregarded from the owner unless the owner of the LLC is another LLC that is not disregarded from the owner for U.S. federal tax purposes. Otherwise, a single-member LLC that is disregarded from the owner should check the appropriate box for the tax classification of its owner.

 

  Other (see instructions)  u

 
 

 

5  Address (number, street, and apt. or suite no.) See instructions.

 

 

 

    Requester’s name and address (optional)

                   
 

 

6  City, state, and ZIP code

 

   
 

 

7  List account number(s) here (optional)

 

    
  Part I      Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)
 

Enter your TIN in the appropriate box. The TIN provided must match the name given on line 1 to avoid backup withholding. For individuals, this is generally your social security number (SSN). However, for a resident alien, sole proprietor, or disregarded entity, see the instructions for Part I, later. For other entities, it is your employer identification number (EIN). If you do not have a number, see How to get a TIN, later.

 

Note: If the account is in more than one name, see the instructions for line 1. Also see What Name and Number To Give the Requester for guidelines on whose number to enter.

 

Social security number

                          
 

      

 

      

 

      

 

 

 

 

      

 

     

 

 

 

 

      

 

      

 

      

 

     

  or      
 

 

Employer identification number

              
                          
         

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

      

 

 

    

 

 

       

 

       

 

      

 
  Part II      Certification

Under penalties of perjury, I certify that:

 

1.   The number shown on this form is my correct taxpayer identification number (or I am waiting for a number to be issued to me); and

 

2.   I am not subject to backup withholding because: (a) I am exempt from backup withholding, or (b) I have not been notified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that I am subject to backup withholding as a result of a failure to report all interest or dividends, or (c) the IRS has notified me that I am no longer subject to backup withholding; and

 

3.   I am a U.S. citizen or other U.S. person (defined below); and

 

4.   The FATCA code(s) entered on this form (if any) indicating that I am exempt from FATCA reporting is correct.

Certification instructions. You must cross out item 2 above if you have been notified by the IRS that you are currently subject to backup withholding because you have failed to report all interest and dividends on your tax return. For real estate transactions, item 2 does not apply. For mortgage interest paid, acquisition or abandonment of secured property, cancellation of debt, contributions to an individual retirement arrangement (IRA), and generally, payments other than interest and dividends, you are not required to sign the certification, but you must provide your correct TIN. See the instructions for Part II, later.

 

Sign      
Here      
    Signature of
 U.S. person  
u
    

Date  u

 

 

General Instructions

Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code unless otherwise noted.

Future developments. For the latest information about developments related to Form W-9 and its instructions, such as legislation enacted after they were published, go to www.irs.gov/FormW9.

Purpose of Form

An individual or entity (Form W-9 requester) who is required to file an information return with the IRS must obtain your correct taxpayer identification number (TIN) which may be your social security number (SSN), individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN), or employer identification number (EIN), to report on an information return the amount paid to you, or other amount reportable on an information return. Examples of information returns include, but are not limited to, the following.

• Form 1099-INT (interest earned or paid)

• Form 1099-DIV (dividends, including those from stocks or mutual funds)

• Form 1099-MISC (various types of income, prizes, awards, or gross proceeds)

• Form 1099-B (stock or mutual fund sales and certain other transactions by brokers)

• Form 1099-S (proceeds from real estate transactions)

• Form 1099-K (merchant card and third party network transactions)

• Form 1098 (home mortgage interest), 1098-E (student loan interest), 1098-T (tuition)

• Form 1099-C (canceled debt)

• Form 1099-A (acquisition or abandonment of secured property)

Use Form W-9 only if you are a U.S. person (including a resident alien), to provide your correct TIN.

If you do not return Form W-9 to the requester with a TIN, you might be subject to backup withholding. See What is backup withholding, later.

 

 

 

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Form W-9 (Rev. 10-2018)


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By signing the filled-out form, you:

1. Certify that the TIN you are giving is correct (or you are waiting for a number to be issued),

2. Certify that you are not subject to backup withholding, or

3. Claim exemption from backup withholding if you are a U.S. exempt payee. If applicable, you are also certifying that as a U.S. person, your allocable share of any partnership income from a U.S. trade or business is not subject to the withholding tax on foreign partners’ share of effectively connected income, and

4. Certify that FATCA code(s) entered on this form (if any) indicating that you are exempt from the FATCA reporting, is correct. See What is FATCA reporting, later, for further information.

Note: If you are a U.S. person and a requester gives you a form other than Form W-9 to request your TIN, you must use the requester’s form if it is substantially similar to this Form W-9.

Definition of a U.S. person. For federal tax purposes, you are considered a U.S. person if you are:

• An individual who is a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident alien;

• A partnership, corporation, company, or association created or organized in the United States or under the laws of the United States;

• An estate (other than a foreign estate); or

• A domestic trust (as defined in Regulations section 301.7701-7).

Special rules for partnerships. Partnerships that conduct a trade or business in the United States are generally required to pay a withholding tax under section 1446 on any foreign partners’ share of effectively connected taxable income from such business. Further, in certain cases where a Form W-9 has not been received, the rules under section 1446 require a partnership to presume that a partner is a foreign person, and pay the section 1446 withholding tax. Therefore, if you are a U.S. person that is a partner in a partnership conducting a trade or business in the United States, provide Form W-9 to the partnership to establish your U.S. status and avoid section 1446 withholding on your share of partnership income.

In the cases below, the following person must give Form W-9 to the partnership for purposes of establishing its U.S. status and avoiding withholding on its allocable share of net income from the partnership conducting a trade or business in the United States.

• In the case of a disregarded entity with a U.S. owner, the U.S. owner of the disregarded entity and not the entity;

• In the case of a grantor trust with a U.S. grantor or other U.S. owner, generally, the U.S. grantor or other U.S. owner of the grantor trust and not the trust; and

• In the case of a U.S. trust (other than a grantor trust), the U.S. trust (other than a grantor trust) and not the beneficiaries of the trust.

Foreign person. If you are a foreign person or the U.S. branch of a foreign bank that has elected to be treated as a U.S. person, do not use Form W-9. Instead, use the appropriate Form W-8 or Form 8233 (see Pub. 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities).

Nonresident alien who becomes a resident alien. Generally, only a nonresident alien individual may use the terms of a tax treaty to reduce or eliminate U.S. tax on certain types of income. However, most tax treaties contain a provision known as a “saving clause.” Exceptions specified in the saving clause may permit an exemption from tax to continue for certain types of income even after the payee has otherwise become a U.S. resident alien for tax purposes.

If you are a U.S. resident alien who is relying on an exception contained in the saving clause of a tax treaty to claim an exemption from U.S. tax on certain types of income, you must attach a statement to Form W-9 that specifies the following five items.

1. The treaty country. Generally, this must be the same treaty under which you claimed exemption from tax as a nonresident alien.

2. The treaty article addressing the income.

3. The article number (or location) in the tax treaty that contains the saving clause and its exceptions.

4. The type and amount of income that qualifies for the exemption from tax.

5. Sufficient facts to justify the exemption from tax under the terms of the treaty article.

Example. Article 20 of the U.S.-China income tax treaty allows an exemption from tax for scholarship income received by a Chinese student temporarily present in the United States. Under U.S. law, this student will become a resident alien for tax purposes if his or her stay in the United States exceeds 5 calendar years. However, paragraph 2 of the first Protocol to the U.S.-China treaty (dated April 30, 1984) allows the provisions of Article 20 to continue to apply even after the Chinese student becomes a resident alien of the United States. A Chinese student who qualifies for this exception (under paragraph 2 of the first protocol) and is relying on this exception to claim an exemption from tax on his or her scholarship or fellowship income would attach to Form W-9 a statement that includes the information described above to support that exemption.

If you are a nonresident alien or a foreign entity, give the requester the appropriate completed Form W-8 or Form 8233.

Backup Withholding

What is backup withholding? Persons making certain payments to you must under certain conditions withhold and pay to the IRS 24% of such payments. This is called “backup withholding.” Payments that may be subject to backup withholding include interest, tax-exempt interest, dividends, broker and barter exchange transactions, rents, royalties, nonemployee pay, payments made in settlement of payment card and third party network transactions, and certain payments from fishing boat operators. Real estate transactions are not subject to backup withholding.

You will not be subject to backup withholding on payments you receive if you give the requester your correct TIN, make the proper certifications, and report all your taxable interest and dividends on your tax return.

Payments you receive will be subject to backup withholding if:

1. You do not furnish your TIN to the requester,

2. You do not certify your TIN when required (see the instructions for Part II for details),

3. The IRS tells the requester that you furnished an incorrect TIN,

4. The IRS tells you that you are subject to backup withholding because you did not report all your interest and dividends on your tax return (for reportable interest and dividends only), or

5. You do not certify to the requester that you are not subject to backup withholding under 4 above (for reportable interest and dividend accounts opened after 1983 only).

Certain payees and payments are exempt from backup withholding. See Exempt payee code, later, and the separate Instructions for the Requester of Form W-9 for more information.

Also see Special rules for partnerships, earlier.

What is FATCA Reporting?

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) requires a participating foreign financial institution to report all United States account holders that are specified United States persons. Certain payees are exempt from FATCA reporting. See Exemption from FATCA reporting code, later, and the Instructions for the Requester of Form W-9 for more information.

Updating Your Information

You must provide updated information to any person to whom you claimed to be an exempt payee if you are no longer an exempt payee and anticipate receiving reportable payments in the future from this person. For example, you may need to provide updated information if you are a C corporation that elects to be an S corporation, or if you no longer are tax exempt. In addition, you must furnish a new Form W-9 if the name or TIN changes for the account; for example, if the grantor of a grantor trust dies.

Penalties

Failure to furnish TIN. If you fail to furnish your correct TIN to a requester, you are subject to a penalty of $50 for each such failure unless your failure is due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect.

Civil penalty for false information with respect to withholding. If you make a false statement with no reasonable basis that results in no backup withholding, you are subject to a $500 penalty.

Criminal penalty for falsifying information. Willfully falsifying certifications or affirmations may subject you to criminal penalties including fines and/or imprisonment.

 


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Misuse of TINs. If the requester discloses or uses TINs in violation of federal law, the requester may be subject to civil and criminal penalties.

Specific Instructions

Line 1

You must enter one of the following on this line; do not leave this line blank. The name should match the name on your tax return.

If this Form W-9 is for a joint account (other than an account maintained by a foreign financial institution (FFI)), list first, and then circle, the name of the person or entity whose number you entered in Part I of Form W-9. If you are providing Form W-9 to an FFI to document a joint account, each holder of the account that is a U.S. person must provide a Form W-9.

a.  Individual. Generally, enter the name shown on your tax return. If you have changed your last name without informing the Social Security Administration (SSA) of the name change, enter your first name, the last name as shown on your social security card, and your new last name.

Note: ITIN applicant: Enter your individual name as it was entered on your Form W-7 application, line 1a. This should also be the same as the name you entered on the Form 1040/1040A/1040EZ you filed with your application.

b.  Sole proprietor or single-member LLC. Enter your individual name as shown on your 1040/1040A/1040EZ on line 1. You may enter your business, trade, or “doing business as” (DBA) name on line 2.

c.  Partnership, LLC that is not a single-member LLC, C corporation, or S corporation. Enter the entity’s name as shown on the entity’s tax return on line 1 and any business, trade, or DBA name on line 2.

d.  Other entities. Enter your name as shown on required U.S. federal tax documents on line 1. This name should match the name shown on the charter or other legal document creating the entity. You may enter any business, trade, or DBA name on line 2.

e.  Disregarded entity. For U.S. federal tax purposes, an entity that is disregarded as an entity separate from its owner is treated as a “disregarded entity.” See Regulations section 301.7701-2(c)(2)(iii). Enter the owner’s name on line 1. The name of the entity entered on line 1 should never be a disregarded entity. The name on line 1 should be the name shown on the income tax return on which the income should be reported. For example, if a foreign LLC that is treated as a disregarded entity for U.S. federal tax purposes has a single owner that is a U.S. person, the U.S. owner’s name is required to be provided on line 1. If the direct owner of the entity is also a disregarded entity, enter the first owner that is not disregarded for federal tax purposes. Enter the disregarded entity’s name on line 2, “Business name/disregarded entity name.” If the owner of the disregarded entity is a foreign person, the owner must complete an appropriate Form W-8 instead of a Form W-9. This is the case even if the foreign person has a U.S. TIN.

Line 2

If you have a business name, trade name, DBA name, or disregarded entity name, you may enter it on line 2.

Line 3

Check the appropriate box on line 3 for the U.S. federal tax classification of the person whose name is entered on line 1. Check only one box on line 3.

 

IF the entity/person on line 1 is

a(n) . . .

  THEN check the box for . . .

  Corporation

  Corporation

  Individual

 

  Sole proprietorship, or

 

  Single-member limited liability
company (LLC) owned by an
individual and disregarded for U.S.
federal tax purposes.

 

  Individual/sole proprietor or single-
member LLC

  LLC treated as a partnership for
U.S. federal tax purposes,

 

  LLC that has filed Form 8832 or
2553 to be taxed as a corporation, or

 

  LLC that is disregarded as an
entity separate from its owner but
the owner is another LLC that is not
disregarded for U.S. federal tax
purposes.

 

  Limited liability company and enter
the appropriate tax classification. (P= Partnership; C= C corporation;
or S= S corporation)

  Partnership

 

  Partnership

  Trust/estate

 

  Trust/estate

Line 4, Exemptions

If you are exempt from backup withholding and/or FATCA reporting, enter in the appropriate space on line 4 any code(s) that may apply to you.

Exempt payee code.

  Generally, individuals (including sole proprietors) are not exempt from backup withholding.

  Except as provided below, corporations are exempt from backup withholding for certain payments, including interest and dividends.

  Corporations are not exempt from backup withholding for payments made in settlement of payment card or third party network transactions.

  Corporations are not exempt from backup withholding with respect to attorneys’ fees or gross proceeds paid to attorneys, and corporations that provide medical or health care services are not exempt with respect to payments reportable on Form 1099-MISC.

The following codes identify payees that are exempt from backup withholding. Enter the appropriate code in the space in line 4.

1—An organization exempt from tax under section 501(a), any IRA, or a custodial account under section 403(b)(7) if the account satisfies the requirements of section 401(f)(2)

2—The United States or any of its agencies or instrumentalities

3—A state, the District of Columbia, a U.S. commonwealth or possession, or any of their political subdivisions or instrumentalities

4—A foreign government or any of its political subdivisions, agencies, or instrumentalities

5—A corporation

6—A dealer in securities or commodities required to register in the United States, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. commonwealth or possession

7—A futures commission merchant registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

8—A real estate investment trust

9—An entity registered at all times during the tax year under the Investment Company Act of 1940

10—A common trust fund operated by a bank under section 584(a)

11—A financial institution

12—A middleman known in the investment community as a nominee or custodian

13—A trust exempt from tax under section 664 or described in section 4947

The following chart shows types of payments that may be exempt from backup withholding. The chart applies to the exempt payees listed above, 1 through 13.

 

IF the payment is for . . .

  THEN the payment is exempt for . . .

Interest and dividend payments

 

 

All exempt payees except
for 7

 

Broker transactions

 

Exempt payees 1 through 4 and 6 through 11 and all C corporations. S corporations must not enter an exempt payee code because they are exempt only for sales of noncovered securities acquired prior to 2012.

 

Barter exchange transactions and patronage dividends

 

  Exempt payees 1 through 4

Payments over $600 required to be reported and direct sales over $5,0001

 

  Generally, exempt payees 1
through 52

Payments made in settlement of payment card or third party network transactions

 

  Exempt payees 1 through 4

 

1 

See Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and its instructions.

 

2 

However, the following payments made to a corporation and reportable on Form 1099-MISC are not exempt from backup withholding: medical and health care payments, attorneys’ fees, gross proceeds paid to an attorney reportable under section 6045(f), and payments for services paid by a federal executive agency.

 


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Exemption from FATCA reporting code. The following codes identify payees that are exempt from reporting under FATCA. These codes apply to persons submitting this form for accounts maintained outside of the United States by certain foreign financial institutions. Therefore, if you are only submitting this form for an account you hold in the United States, you may leave this field blank. Consult with the person requesting this form if you are uncertain if the financial institution is subject to these requirements. A requester may indicate that a code is not required by providing you with a Form W-9 with “Not Applicable” (or any similar indication) written or printed on the line for a FATCA exemption code.

A—An organization exempt from tax under section 501(a) or any individual retirement plan as defined in section 7701(a)(37)

B—The United States or any of its agencies or instrumentalities

C—A state, the District of Columbia, a U.S. commonwealth or possession, or any of their political subdivisions or instrumentalities

D—A corporation the stock of which is regularly traded on one or more established securities markets, as described in Regulations section 1.1472-1(c)(1)(i)

E—A corporation that is a member of the same expanded affiliated group as a corporation described in Regulations section 1.1472-1(c)(1)(i)

F—A dealer in securities, commodities, or derivative financial instruments (including notional principal contracts, futures, forwards, and options) that is registered as such under the laws of the United States or any state

G—A real estate investment trust

H—A regulated investment company as defined in section 851 or an entity registered at all times during the tax year under the Investment Company Act of 1940

I—A common trust fund as defined in section 584(a)

J—A bank as defined in section 581

K—A broker

L—A trust exempt from tax under section 664 or described in section 4947(a)(1)

M—A tax exempt trust under a section 403(b) plan or section 457(g) plan

Note: You may wish to consult with the financial institution requesting this form to determine whether the FATCA code and/or exempt payee code should be completed.

Line 5

Enter your address (number, street, and apartment or suite number). This is where the requester of this Form W-9 will mail your information returns. If this address differs from the one the requester already has on file, write NEW at the top. If a new address is provided, there is still a chance the old address will be used until the payor changes your address in their records.

Line 6

Enter your city, state, and ZIP code.

Part I. Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)

Enter your TIN in the appropriate box. If you are a resident alien and you do not have and are not eligible to get an SSN, your TIN is your IRS individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Enter it in the social security number box. If you do not have an ITIN, see How to get a TIN below.

If you are a sole proprietor and you have an EIN, you may enter either your SSN or EIN.

If you are a single-member LLC that is disregarded as an entity separate from its owner, enter the owner’s SSN (or EIN, if the owner has one). Do not enter the disregarded entity’s EIN. If the LLC is classified as a corporation or partnership, enter the entity’s EIN.

Note: See What Name and Number To Give the Requester, later, for further clarification of name and TIN combinations.

How to get a TIN. If you do not have a TIN, apply for one immediately. To apply for an SSN, get Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card, from your local SSA office or get this form online at www.SSA.gov. You may also get this form by calling 1-800-772-1213. Use Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, to apply for an ITIN, or Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, to apply for an EIN. You can apply for an EIN online by accessing the IRS website at www.irs.gov/Businesses and clicking on Employer Identification Number (EIN) under Starting a Business. Go to www.irs.gov/Forms to view, download, or print Form W-7 and/or Form SS-4. Or, you can go to www.irs.gov/OrderForms to place an order and have Form W-7 and/or SS-4 mailed to you within 10 business days.

If you are asked to complete Form W-9 but do not have a TIN, apply for a TIN and write “Applied For” in the space for the TIN, sign and date the form, and give it to the requester. For interest and dividend payments, and certain payments made with respect to readily tradable instruments, generally you will have 60 days to get a TIN and give it to the requester before you are subject to backup withholding on payments. The 60-day rule does not apply to other types of payments. You will be subject to backup withholding on all such payments until you provide your TIN to the requester.

Note: Entering “Applied For” means that you have already applied for a TIN or that you intend to apply for one soon.

Caution: A disregarded U.S. entity that has a foreign owner must use the appropriate Form W-8.

Part II. Certification

To establish to the withholding agent that you are a U.S. person, or resident alien, sign Form W-9. You may be requested to sign by the withholding agent even if item 1, 4, or 5 below indicates otherwise.

For a joint account, only the person whose TIN is shown in Part I should sign (when required). In the case of a disregarded entity, the person identified on line 1 must sign. Exempt payees, see Exempt payee code, earlier.

Signature requirements. Complete the certification as indicated in items 1 through 5 below.

1. Interest, dividend, and barter exchange accounts opened before 1984 and broker accounts considered active during 1983. You must give your correct TIN, but you do not have to sign the certification.

2. Interest, dividend, broker, and barter exchange accounts opened after 1983 and broker accounts considered inactive during 1983. You must sign the certification or backup withholding will apply. If you are subject to backup withholding and you are merely providing your correct TIN to the requester, you must cross out item 2 in the certification before signing the form.

3. Real estate transactions. You must sign the certification. You may cross out item 2 of the certification.

4. Other payments. You must give your correct TIN, but you do not have to sign the certification unless you have been notified that you have previously given an incorrect TIN. “Other payments” include payments made in the course of the requester’s trade or business for rents, royalties, goods (other than bills for merchandise), medical and health care services (including payments to corporations), payments to a nonemployee for services, payments made in settlement of payment card and third party network transactions, payments to certain fishing boat crew members and fishermen, and gross proceeds paid to attorneys (including payments to corporations).

5. Mortgage interest paid by you, acquisition or abandonment of secured property, cancellation of debt, qualified tuition program payments (under section 529), ABLE accounts (under section 529A), IRA, Coverdell ESA, Archer MSA or HSA contributions or distributions, and pension distributions. You must give your correct TIN, but you do not have to sign the certification.

 


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What Name and Number To Give the Requester

 

   
For this type of account:   Give name and SSN of:
  1.     Individual   The individual
 
  2.     Two or more individuals (joint account) other than an account maintained by an FFI   The actual owner of the account or, if combined funds, the first individual on the account1
 
  3.     Two or more U.S. persons (joint account maintained by an FFI)   Each holder of the account
 
  4.     Custodial account of a minor (Uniform Gift to Minors Act)   The minor2
 
  5.     a. The usual revocable savings trust (grantor is also trustee)   The grantor-trustee1
  b. So-called trust account that is not a legal or valid trust under state law   The actual owner1
 
  6.     Sole proprietorship or disregarded entity owned by an individual   The owner3
 
  7.     Grantor trust filing under Optional Form 1099 Filing Method 1 (see Regulations section 1.671-4(b)(2)(i) (A))   The grantor*
   
For this type of account:   Give name and EIN of:
  8.     Disregarded entity not owned by an individual   The owner
 
  9.     A valid trust, estate, or pension trust   Legal entity4
 
  10.     Corporation or LLC electing corporate status on Form 8832 or Form 2553   The corporation
 
  11.     Association, club, religious, charitable, educational, or other tax-exempt organization   The organization
 
  12.     Partnership or multi-member LLC   The partnership
 
  13.     A broker or registered nominee   The broker or nominee
  14.     Account with the Department of Agriculture in the name of a public entity (such as a state or local government, school district, or prison) that receives agricultural program payments   The public entity
 
  15.     Grantor trust filing under the Form 1041 Filing Method or the Optional Form 1099 Filing Method 2 (see Regulations section 1.671-4(b)(2)(i)(B))   The trust

1 List first and circle the name of the person whose number you furnish. If only one person on a joint account has an SSN, that person’s number must be furnished.

2 Circle the minor’s name and furnish the minor’s SSN.

3 You must show your individual name and you may also enter your business or DBA name on the “Business name/disregarded entity” name line. You may use either your SSN or EIN (if you have one), but the IRS encourages you to use your SSN.

4 List first and circle the name of the trust, estate, or pension trust. (Do not furnish the TIN of the personal representative or trustee unless the legal entity itself is not designated in the account title.) Also see Special rules for partnerships, earlier.

*Note: The grantor also must provide a Form W-9 to trustee of trust.

Note: If no name is circled when more than one name is listed, the number will be considered to be that of the first name listed.

Secure Your Tax Records From Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information such as your name, SSN, or other identifying information, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. An identity thief may use your SSN to get a job or may file a tax return using your SSN to receive a refund.

To reduce your risk:

• Protect your SSN,

• Ensure your employer is protecting your SSN, and

• Be careful when choosing a tax preparer.

If your tax records are affected by identity theft and you receive a notice from the IRS, respond right away to the name and phone number printed on the IRS notice or letter.

If your tax records are not currently affected by identity theft but you think you are at risk due to a lost or stolen purse or wallet, questionable credit card activity or credit report, contact the IRS Identity Theft Hotline at 1-800-908-4490 or submit Form 14039.

For more information, see Pub. 5027, Identity Theft Information for Taxpayers.

Victims of identity theft who are experiencing economic harm or a systemic problem, or are seeking help in resolving tax problems that have not been resolved through normal channels, may be eligible for Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) assistance. You can reach TAS by calling the TAS toll-free case intake line at 1-877-777-4778 or TTY/TDD 1-800-829-4059.

Protect yourself from suspicious emails or phishing schemes. Phishing is the creation and use of email and websites designed to mimic legitimate business emails and websites. The most common act is sending an email to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.

The IRS does not initiate contacts with taxpayers via emails. Also, the IRS does not request personal detailed information through email or ask taxpayers for the PIN numbers, passwords, or similar secret access information for their credit card, bank, or other financial accounts.

If you receive an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, forward this message to phishing@irs.gov. You may also report misuse of the IRS name, logo, or other IRS property to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484. You can forward suspicious emails to the Federal Trade Commission at spam@uce.gov or report them at www.ftc.gov/complaint. You can contact the FTC at www.ftc.gov/idtheft or 877-IDTHEFT (877-438-4338). If you have been the victim of identity theft, see www.IdentityTheft.gov and Pub. 5027.

Visit www.irs.gov/IdentityTheft to learn more about identity theft and how to reduce your risk.

 

 

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Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code requires you to provide your correct TIN to persons (including federal agencies) who are required to file information returns with the IRS to report interest, dividends, or certain other income paid to you; mortgage interest you paid; the acquisition or abandonment of secured property; the cancellation of debt; or contributions you made to an IRA, Archer MSA, or HSA. The person collecting this form uses the information on the form to file information returns with the IRS, reporting the above information. Routine uses of this information include giving it to the Department of Justice for civil and criminal litigation and to cities, states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. commonwealths and possessions for use in administering their laws. The information also may be disclosed to other countries under a treaty, to federal and state agencies to enforce civil and criminal laws, or to federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to combat terrorism. You must provide your TIN whether or not you are required to file a tax return. Under section 3406, payers must generally withhold a percentage of taxable interest, dividend, and certain other payments to a payee who does not give a TIN to the payer. Certain penalties may also apply for providing false or fraudulent information.


The Depositary for the Offer to Purchase is:

 

 

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If delivering by hand, express mail, courier or

other expedited service:

 

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC

Operations Center

Attn: Reorganization Department

6201 15th Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11219

  

If delivering by mail:

 

 

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC Operations Center

Attn: Reorganization Department

6201 15th Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11219

DELIVERY OF THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL TO AN ADDRESS OTHER THAN AS SET FORTH ABOVE WILL NOT CONSTITUTE A VALID DELIVERY TO THE DEPOSITARY.

Any questions or requests for assistance may be directed to the Information Agent at its telephone numbers and address listed below. Requests for additional copies of the Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal may be directed to the Information Agent at the telephone numbers and address listed below. You may also contact your broker, dealer, commercial bank or trust company or other nominee for assistance concerning the Offer.

The Information Agent for the Offer is:

 

 

 

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Innisfree M&A Incorporated

501 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor

New York, New York 10022

Stockholders may call toll free:

(877) 717-3893

Banks and Brokers may call collect:

(212) 750-5833

EX-99.(a)(1)(C)

Exhibit (a)(1)(C)

Notice of Guaranteed Delivery

for

Offer to Purchase

All Outstanding Shares of Common Stock

of

ABIOMED, INC.

at

$380.00 net per share, in cash, plus one non-tradeable contingent value right for each share, which represents the contractual right to receive contingent cash payments of up to $35.00 per share in the aggregate upon the achievement of specified milestones,

Pursuant to the Offer to Purchase, dated November 15, 2022

by

ATHOS MERGER SUB, INC.

a wholly owned subsidiary of

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

 

THE OFFER AND WITHDRAWAL RIGHTS WILL EXPIRE AT 11:59 P.M., NEW YORK CITY TIME, ON DECEMBER 13, 2022, UNLESS THE OFFER IS

EXTENDED OR EARLIER TERMINATED.

(Not to be used for signature guarantees)

This Notice of Guaranteed Delivery (this “Notice of Guaranteed Delivery”), or a substantially equivalent form, must be used to accept the Offer (as defined below) if (a) certificates representing shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Shares”), of ABIOMED, Inc., a Delaware corporation, are not immediately available, (b) the procedure for book-entry transfer described in Section 3 of the Offer to Purchase, dated as of November 15, 2022 (as it may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer to Purchase”), cannot be completed on a timely basis or (c) all required documents otherwise cannot be delivered to American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (the “Depositary”) prior to the Expiration Time (as defined in the Offer to Purchase). This form may be delivered by courier or transmitted by hand delivery, facsimile transmission or mail to the Depositary and must include a guarantee by an Eligible Institution (as defined below) in the form set forth in this Notice of Guaranteed Delivery. See Section 3 of the Offer to Purchase for more information regarding the guaranteed delivery procedures.

The Depositary for the Offer is:

 

LOGO

 

If delivering by hand, express mail, courier or other expedited service:    If delivering by mail:

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC Operations Center

Attn: Reorganization Department
6201 15th Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11219

  

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC Operations Center

Attn: Reorganization Department
6201 15th Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11219

FAX: (718) 765-8758
Email the following address ONLY if you are confirming a facsimile transmission
CONFIRM: Domenick.Apisa@equiniti.com
For information, call Innisfree M&A Incorporated, the Information Agent, at: (212) 750-5833 if you are a bank or broker or (877) 717-3893 if you are a stockholder


Delivery of this Notice of Guaranteed Delivery to an address other than one set forth above or transmission of instructions via facsimile to a number other than the facsimile number set forth above does not constitute a valid delivery.

This Notice of Guaranteed Delivery is not to be used to guarantee signatures. If a signature on a Letter of Transmittal (as defined below) is required to be guaranteed by an Eligible Institution under the instructions to the Letter of Transmittal, the signature guarantee must appear in the applicable space provided in the signature box on the Letter of Transmittal.

The guarantee included on the following page must be completed.

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

The undersigned represents that the undersigned owns and hereby tenders to Athos Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, a New Jersey corporation, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase and in the related Letter of Transmittal (the “Letter of Transmittal” and, together with the Offer to Purchase and other related materials, as each may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer”), receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the number of Shares set forth below, all pursuant to the guaranteed delivery procedures set forth in the Offer to Purchase.

 

Name(s) of Record Holder(s):          

 

Number of Shares Tendered:          

 

Certificate Number(s) (if        

available):

 

 

(please print)

Address(es):          

 

 

(Zip Code)

 

☐ Check if securities will be tendered by book-entry transfer Signature(s):

Name of Tendering Institution:          

 

Area Code and Telephone No.(s):          

 

Signature(s):          

 

DTC Participant No.:          

 

Transaction Code No.:           

 

Dated:          

 

 


GUARANTEE

(Not to be used for signature guarantee)

The undersigned, a financial institution that is a participant in the Security Transfer Agent Medallion Program, or any other “eligible guarantor institution,” as such term is defined in Rule 17Ad-15 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (each, an “Eligible Institution” and, collectively, “Eligible Institutions”), hereby guarantees the delivery to the Depositary of either the certificates representing the Shares tendered hereby, in proper form for transfer, or to deliver Shares pursuant to the procedure for book-entry transfer into the Depositary’s account at The Depository Trust Company (pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Offer to Purchase), in any such case together with a properly completed and duly executed Letter of Transmittal (or a manually executed facsimile thereof), with any required signature guarantees or an Agent’s Message (as defined in the Offer to Purchase), and any other documents required by the Letter of Transmittal, all within two trading days after the date of execution of this Notice of Guaranteed Delivery.

The Eligible Institution that completes this form must communicate the guarantee to the Depositary and must deliver the properly completed and duly executed Letter of Transmittal, certificates for Shares and/or any other required documents to the Depositary within the time period shown herein. Failure to do so could result in a financial loss to such Eligible Institution.

 

Name of Firm:  

 

Address:  

 

 

 

(Zip Code)

Area Code and Tel. No.:  

 

 

 

(Authorized Signature)

Name:  

 

(Please type or print)
Title:  

 

Dated:  

 

 

  NOTE:

DO NOT SEND CERTIFICATES REPRESENTING TENDERED SHARES WITH THIS NOTICE. CERTIFICATES REPRESENTING TENDERED SHARES SHOULD BE SENT WITH YOUR PROPERLY COMPLETED AND DULY EXECUTED LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.

 

 

EX-99.(a)(1)(D)

Exhibit (a)(1)(D)

Offer to Purchase

All Outstanding Shares of Common Stock

of

ABIOMED, INC.

at

$380.00 net per share, in cash, plus one non-tradeable contingent value right for each share, which represents the contractual right to receive contingent cash payments of up to $35.00 per share in the aggregate upon the achievement of specified milestones,

Pursuant to the Offer to Purchase, dated November 15, 2022

by

ATHOS MERGER SUB, INC.

a wholly owned subsidiary of

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

 

THE OFFER AND WITHDRAWAL RIGHTS WILL EXPIRE AT 11:59 P.M., NEW YORK CITY TIME, ON DECEMBER 13, 2022 UNLESS THE OFFER IS EXTENDED OR EARLIER TERMINATED.

November 15, 2022

To Brokers, Dealers, Banks, Trust Companies and other Nominees:

Athos Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Purchaser”) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, a New Jersey corporation (“Johnson & Johnson”), and Johnson & Johnson have appointed Innisfree M&A Incorporated to act as the information agent in connection with Purchaser’s offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Shares”), of ABIOMED, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“ABIOMED”), at a price of $380.00 per Share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes (the “Cash Amount”), plus one non-tradeable contractual contingent value right per Share (each, a “CVR”), which CVR represents the right to receive contingent payments of up to $35.00 per Share in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, in the aggregate, upon the achievement of specified milestones (the Cash Amount plus one CVR, collectively, or any higher amount per Share paid pursuant to the Offer, the “Offer Price”), upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase, dated as of November 15, 2022 (as it may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer to Purchase”) and in the related Letter of Transmittal (the “Letter of Transmittal” and, together with the Offer to Purchase and other related materials, as each may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer”) enclosed herewith. Please furnish copies of the enclosed materials to those of your clients for whom you hold Shares registered in your name or in the name of your nominee.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF ABIOMED UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT ABIOMED STOCKHOLDERS ACCEPT THE OFFER AND TENDER ALL OF THEIR SHARES PURSUANT TO THE OFFER.

We urge you to contact your clients promptly. Please note that the Offer and any withdrawal rights will expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on December 13, 2022, which is the date that is 20 business days after the commencement of the Offer (the “Expiration Time”), unless Purchaser has extended the Offer pursuant to and in accordance with the Merger Agreement (as defined below) (in which event the “Expiration Time” will mean the latest time and date at which the Offer, as so extended by Purchaser, will expire).

The conditions to the Offer are described in Section 15 of the Offer to Purchase.


For your information and for forwarding to your clients for whom you hold Shares registered in your name or in the name of your nominee, enclosed herewith are copies of the following documents:

 

  1.

Offer to Purchase, dated as of November 15, 2022;

 

  2.

Letter of Transmittal to be used by stockholders of ABIOMED in accepting the Offer, including Internal Revenue Service Form W-9;

 

  3.

ABIOMED’s solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9;

 

  4.

a printed form of letter that may be sent to your clients for whose accounts you hold Shares registered in your name or in the name of a nominee, with space provided for obtaining such clients’ instructions with regard to the Offer;

 

  5.

Notice of guaranteed delivery to be used to accept the Offer if certificates representing the Shares and all other required documents cannot be delivered to American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (the “Depositary”) prior to the Expiration Time, if the procedure for delivery by book-entry transfer cannot be completed prior to the Expiration Time, or if time will not permit all required documents to reach the Depositary prior to the Expiration Time; and

 

  6.

return envelope addressed by mail to: American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC Operations Center, Attn: Reorganization Department, 6201 15th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11219.

The Offer is conditioned on, among other things, that as of immediately prior to the expiration of the Offer, the number of Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in accordance with the terms of the Offer, and received by the Depositary in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) (as described in more detail in Section 3 of the Offer to Purchase), together with the Shares then owned by Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and their respective affiliates (if any), represent at least one Share more than 50% of the then-outstanding Shares. The Offer is also subject to certain other conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase, including the expiration or termination of any applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, the absence of any voluntary agreement between Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED, on the one hand, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission or the U.S. Department of Justice, on the other hand, pursuant to which Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED have agreed not to consummate the Offer or the Merger (as defined below), and the receipt of approvals under the antitrust laws of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Austria and Japan, and other customary conditions as described in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer” of the Offer to Purchase. Neither the consummation of the Offer nor the Merger is subject to any financing condition.

The board of directors of ABIOMED, among other things, has unanimously (a) determined that it is in the best interests of ABIOMED and its stockholders, and declared it advisable, for ABIOMED to enter into the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of October 31, 2022, by and among Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and ABIOMED (as it may be amended from time to time, the “Merger Agreement”) and consummate the Transactions (as defined in the Offer to Purchase), including the Offer and the Merger, (b) approved the execution and delivery by ABIOMED of the Merger Agreement, the performance by ABIOMED of its covenants and agreements contained in the Merger Agreement and the consummation of the Transactions upon the terms and subject to the conditions contained in the Merger Agreement and (c) resolved to recommend that the stockholders of ABIOMED accept the Offer and tender their Shares to Purchaser pursuant to the Offer, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement.

The Merger Agreement provides, among other things, that as soon as practicable following (but in any event no later than the business day after) the consummation of the Offer and subject to the satisfaction or waiver of specified conditions, Purchaser will be merged with and into ABIOMED (the “Merger”) in accordance with Section 251(h) of the DGCL without a vote on the adoption of the Merger Agreement by ABIOMED stockholders, with ABIOMED continuing as the surviving corporation in the Merger and thereby becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. At the closing of the Merger, each Share outstanding

 

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immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger (other than (a) Shares owned by Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser or ABIOMED (or held in ABIOMED’s treasury), or by any direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser, in each case at the commencement of the Offer and immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger, (b) Shares irrevocably accepted for purchase pursuant to the Offer or (c) Shares owned by any stockholders who have properly and validly demanded their appraisal rights in compliance with Section 262 of the DGCL) will be automatically converted into the right to receive the Offer Price, without interest and less any required withholding taxes. As a result of the Merger, ABIOMED will cease to be a publicly traded company and will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

For purposes of the Offer, Purchaser will be deemed to have accepted for payment, and thereby purchased, Shares validly tendered to Purchaser and not validly withdrawn as, if and when Purchaser gives oral or written notice to the Depositary of Purchaser’s acceptance for payment of the Shares in the Offer. Upon the terms set forth in the Merger Agreement and subject to the conditions as described in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer” of the Offer to Purchase, payment for Shares accepted for payment pursuant to the Offer will be made by deposit of the aggregate Cash Amount (or funds related to the CVRs, as discussed below) for such Shares with the Depositary, which will act as agent for tendering stockholders for the purpose of receiving payments from Purchaser and transmitting such payments to tendering stockholders whose Shares have been accepted for payment. If Purchaser extends the Offer, is delayed in its acceptance for payment of Shares or is unable to accept Shares for payment pursuant to the Offer for any reason, then, without prejudice to Purchaser’s rights under the Offer and the Merger Agreement, the Depositary may, nevertheless, on behalf of Purchaser, retain tendered Shares, and such Shares may only be withdrawn to the extent that tendering stockholders are entitled to withdrawal rights as described in the Offer to Purchase and as otherwise required by Rule 14e-1(c) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Under no circumstances will interest be paid on the Offer Price for any Shares, regardless of any extension of the Offer or any delay in making payment for Shares.

At or prior to the time of acceptance for payment by Purchaser of all Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in the Offer pursuant to and subject to the conditions of the Offer, Johnson & Johnson will execute a Contingent Value Rights Agreement (the “CVR Agreement”) with a rights agent mutually agreeable to Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED (the “Rights Agent”) governing the terms of the CVRs issued pursuant to the Offer. Neither Purchaser nor Johnson & Johnson will be required to deposit any funds related to the CVRs with the Rights Agent unless and until such deposit is required pursuant to the terms of the CVR Agreement.

In all cases, payment for Shares tendered and accepted for payment pursuant to the Offer will be made only after timely receipt by the Depositary of (a) certificates for such Shares (“Share Certificates”) or timely confirmation of a book-entry transfer of such Shares (“Book-Entry Confirmations”) into the Depositary’s account at The Depository Trust Company pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Offer to Purchase, (b) a Letter of Transmittal, properly completed and duly executed, with any required signature guarantees (or, in the case of a book-entry transfer, an Agent’s Message (as defined in the Offer to Purchase) in lieu of the Letter of Transmittal) and (c) any other documents required by the Letter of Transmittal. Accordingly, tendering stockholders may be paid at different times depending upon when the Share Certificates or Book-Entry Confirmations with respect to Shares are actually received by the Depositary.

Purchaser is not aware of any jurisdiction in which the making of the Offer or the tender of Shares in connection therewith would not be in compliance with the laws of such jurisdiction. If Purchaser becomes aware of any jurisdiction in which the making of the Offer would not be in compliance with applicable law, Purchaser will make a good faith effort to comply with any such law. If, after such good faith effort, Purchaser cannot comply with any such law, the Offer will not be made to (nor will tenders be accepted from or on behalf of) the holders of Shares residing in such jurisdiction. In those jurisdictions where applicable laws require the Offer to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the Offer will be deemed to be made on behalf of Purchaser by one or more registered brokers or dealers licensed under the laws of such jurisdiction to be designated by Purchaser.

In order to tender Shares pursuant to the Offer, a Letter of Transmittal (or a manually executed facsimile thereof), properly completed and duly executed, with any required signature guarantees, (or, in the case of book-

 

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entry transfer, an Agent’s Message if submitted in lieu of a Letter of Transmittal), and any other documents required by the Letter of Transmittal, should be sent to and timely received by the Depositary, and either Share Certificates or a timely Book-Entry Confirmation should be delivered, all in accordance with the instructions set forth in the Letter of Transmittal and the Offer to Purchase.

Neither Purchaser nor Johnson & Johnson will pay any fees or commissions to any broker or dealer or other person (other than to Innisfree M&A Incorporated in its capacity as Information Agent and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC in its capacity as the Depositary, as described in the Offer to Purchase) for making solicitations or recommendations in connection with the Offer. You will be reimbursed by Purchaser upon request for customary mailing and handling expenses incurred by you in forwarding the enclosed materials to your customers.

If a stockholder desires to tender Shares in the Offer and the Share certificates and all other required documents cannot be delivered to the Depositary prior to the Expiration Time, if the procedure for delivery by book-entry transfer cannot be completed prior to the Expiration Time, or if time will not permit all required documents to reach the Depositary prior to the Expiration Time, the stockholder’s tender may still be effected by following the guaranteed delivery procedures set forth in the Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal.

Questions and requests for additional copies of the enclosed materials may be directed to the Information Agent or the undersigned at the address and telephone numbers set forth on the back cover of the enclosed Offer to Purchase.

Very truly yours,

Innisfree M&A Incorporated

NOTHING CONTAINED HEREIN OR IN THE ENCLOSED DOCUMENTS SHALL RENDER YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON THE AGENT OF PURCHASER, JOHNSON & JOHNSON, THE DEPOSITARY OR THE INFORMATION AGENT OR AUTHORIZE YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON TO GIVE ANY INFORMATION OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION ON BEHALF OF ANY OF THEM WITH RESPECT TO THE OFFER NOT CONTAINED IN THE OFFER TO PURCHASE OR THE LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.

EX-99.(a)(1)(E)

Exhibit (a)(1)(E)

Offer to Purchase

All Outstanding Shares of Common Stock

of

ABIOMED, INC.

at

$380.00 net per share, in cash, plus one non-tradeable contingent value right for each share, which represents the contractual right to receive contingent cash payments of up to $35.00 per share in the aggregate upon the achievement of specified milestones,

Pursuant to the Offer to Purchase, dated November 15, 2022

by

ATHOS MERGER SUB, INC.

a wholly owned subsidiary of

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

 

THE OFFER AND WITHDRAWAL RIGHTS WILL EXPIRE AT 11:59 P.M., NEW YORK CITY TIME, ON DECEMBER 13, 2022 UNLESS THE OFFER IS EXTENDED OR EARLIER TERMINATED.

November 15, 2022

To Our Clients:

Enclosed for your consideration are the Offer to Purchase, dated as of November 15, 2022, (as it may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer to Purchase”), and the related Letter of Transmittal (the “Letter of Transmittal” and, together with the Offer to Purchase and other related materials, as each may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer”), relating to the offer by Athos Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Purchaser”) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, a New Jersey corporation (“Johnson & Johnson”), to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Shares”), of ABIOMED, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“ABIOMED”), at a price of $380.00 per Share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes (the “Cash Amount”), plus one non-tradeable contractual contingent value right per Share (each, a “CVR”), which CVR represents the right to receive contingent payments of up to $35.00 per Share in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, in the aggregate, upon the achievement of specified milestones (the Cash Amount plus one CVR, collectively, or any higher amount per Share paid pursuant to the Offer, the “Offer Price”), upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal.

Also enclosed is ABIOMED’s Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF ABIOMED UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT YOU ACCEPT THE OFFER AND TENDER ALL OF YOUR SHARES PURSUANT TO THE OFFER.

WE (OR OUR NOMINEES) ARE THE HOLDER OF RECORD OF SHARES HELD BY US FOR YOUR ACCOUNT. A TENDER OF SUCH SHARES CAN BE MADE ONLY BY US AS THE HOLDER OF RECORD AND PURSUANT TO YOUR INSTRUCTIONS. THE LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL IS FURNISHED TO YOU FOR YOUR INFORMATION ONLY AND CANNOT BE USED TO TENDER SHARES FOR YOUR ACCOUNT.

We request instructions as to whether you wish to tender any or all of the Shares held by us for your account according to the terms and conditions set forth in the enclosed Offer.


Your attention is directed to the following:

 

  1.

The Offer Price for the Offer is $380.00 per Share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, plus one non-tradeable contractual contingent value right per Share, which CVR represents the right to receive contingent payments of up to $35.00 per Share in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, in the aggregate, upon the achievement of specified milestones.

 

  2.

The Offer is being made for all outstanding Shares.

 

  3.

The board of directors of ABIOMED, among other things, has unanimously (a) determined that it is in the best interests of ABIOMED and its stockholders, and declared it advisable, for ABIOMED to enter into the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of October 31, 2022, by and among Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and ABIOMED (as it may be amended from time to time, the Merger Agreement) and consummate the Transactions (as defined in the Offer to Purchase), including the Offer and the Merger (as defined below), (b) approved the execution and delivery by ABIOMED of the Merger Agreement, the performance by ABIOMED of its covenants and agreements contained in the Merger Agreement and the consummation of the Transactions upon the terms and subject to the conditions contained in the Merger Agreement and (c) resolved to recommend that the stockholders of ABIOMED accept the Offer and tender their Shares to Purchaser pursuant to the Offer, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement.

 

  4.

The Offer is being made pursuant to the Merger Agreement. The Merger Agreement provides, among other things, that as soon as practicable following (but in any event no later than the business day after) the consummation of the Offer and subject to the satisfaction or waiver of specified conditions, Purchaser will be merged with and into ABIOMED (the “Merger”) in accordance with Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) without a vote on the adoption of the Merger Agreement by ABIOMED stockholders, with ABIOMED continuing as the surviving corporation in the Merger and thereby becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. At the closing of the Merger, each Share outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger (other than (a) Shares owned by Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser or ABIOMED (or held in ABIOMED’s treasury), or by any direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser, in each case at the commencement of the Offer and immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger, (b) Shares irrevocably accepted for purchase pursuant to the Offer or (c) Shares owned by any stockholders who have properly and validly demanded their appraisal rights in compliance with Section 262 of the DGCL) will be automatically converted into the right to receive the Offer Price, without interest and less any required withholding taxes. As a result of the Merger, ABIOMED will cease to be a publicly traded company and will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

 

  5.

THE OFFER AND WITHDRAWAL RIGHTS WILL EXPIRE AT 11:59 P.M., NEW YORK CITY TIME, ON DECEMBER 13, 2022, (THE “EXPIRATION TIME”), UNLESS THE OFFER IS EXTENDED OR EARLIER TERMINATED.

 

  6.

The Offer is conditioned on, among other things, that as of immediately prior to the expiration of the Offer, the number of Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in accordance with the terms of the Offer, and received by the Depositary in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 251(h) of the DGCL (as described in more detail in Section 3 of the Offer to Purchase), together with the Shares then owned by Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and their respective affiliates (if any), represent at least one Share more than 50% of the then-outstanding Shares. The Offer is also subject to certain other conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase, including the expiration or termination of any applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, the absence of any voluntary agreement between Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED, on the one hand, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission or the

 

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  U.S. Department of Justice, on the other hand, pursuant to which Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED have agreed not to consummate the Offer or the Merger, and the receipt of approvals under the antitrust laws of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Austria and Japan, and other customary conditions as described in Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer” of the Offer to Purchase. Neither the consummation of the Offer nor the Merger is subject to any financing condition.

 

  7.

Tendering stockholders will not be obligated to pay brokerage fees or commissions to the Depositary or Innisfree M&A Incorporated, which is acting as the information agent for the Offer, or, except as set forth in Instruction 6 of the Letter of Transmittal, transfer taxes on the tender of Shares in the Offer. However, U.S. federal income tax backup withholding may be required unless an exemption applies and is provided to the Depositary or unless the required taxpayer identification information and certain other certifications are provided to the Depositary. See Instruction 9 of the Letter of Transmittal.

If you wish to have us tender any or all of the Shares held by us for your account, please so instruct us by completing, executing, detaching and returning to us the instruction form on the detachable part hereof. An envelope to return your instructions to us is enclosed. If you instruct us to tender your Shares, all such Shares will be tendered unless otherwise specified on the detachable part hereof.

YOUR INSTRUCTIONS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO US IN AMPLE TIME TO PERMIT US TO SUBMIT A TENDER ON YOUR BEHALF BEFORE THE EXPIRATION TIME.

In all cases, payment for Shares tendered and accepted for payment pursuant to the Offer will be made only after timely receipt by the Depositary of (a) certificates for such Shares (“Share Certificates”) or timely confirmation of a book-entry transfer of such Shares (“Book-Entry Confirmations”) into the Depositary’s account at The Depository Trust Company pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Offer to Purchase, (b) a Letter of Transmittal, properly completed and duly executed, with any required signature guarantees (or, in the case of a book-entry transfer, an Agent’s Message (as defined in the Offer to Purchase) in lieu of the Letter of Transmittal) and (c) any other documents required by the Letter of Transmittal. Accordingly, tendering stockholders may be paid at different times depending upon when the Share Certificates or Book-Entry Confirmations with respect to Shares are actually received by the Depositary.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL INTEREST BE PAID ON THE OFFER PRICE FOR THE SHARES, REGARDLESS OF ANY EXTENSION OF THE OFFER OR ANY DELAY IN MAKING A PAYMENT.

Purchaser is not aware of any jurisdiction in which the making of the Offer or the tender of Shares in connection therewith would not be in compliance with the laws of such jurisdiction. If Purchaser becomes aware of any jurisdiction in which the making of the Offer would not be in compliance with applicable law, Purchaser will make a good faith effort to comply with any such law. If, after such good faith effort, Purchaser cannot comply with any such law, the Offer will not be made to (nor will tenders be accepted from or on behalf of) the holders of Shares residing in such jurisdiction. In those jurisdictions where applicable laws require the Offer to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the Offer will be deemed to be made on behalf of Purchaser by one or more registered brokers or dealers licensed under the laws of such jurisdiction to be designated by Purchaser.

 

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INSTRUCTION FORM

with Respect to the

Offer to Purchase

All Outstanding Shares of Common Stock

of

ABIOMED, INC.

at

$380.00 net per share, in cash, plus one non-tradeable contingent value right for each share, which represents the contractual right to receive contingent cash payments of up to $35.00 per share in the aggregate upon the achievement of specified milestones,

Pursuant to the Offer to Purchase, dated November 15, 2022

by

ATHOS MERGER SUB, INC.

a wholly owned subsidiary of

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

The undersigned acknowledge(s) receipt of your letter, the Offer to Purchase, dated as of November 15, 2022 (as it may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer to Purchase”), and the related Letter of Transmittal (the “Letter of Transmittal”) relating to shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Shares”), of ABIOMED, Inc., a Delaware corporation.

This will instruct you to tender the number of Shares indicated below held by you for the account of the undersigned, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase and Letter of Transmittal.

The undersigned understands and acknowledges that all questions as to validity, form and eligibility of the tender of any certificate representing Shares submitted on behalf of the undersigned to American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (the “Depositary”) will be determined by Purchaser (which may delegate power in whole or in part to the Depositary) and such determination shall be final and binding.

 

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NUMBER OF SHARES TO BE TENDERED(1)    SIGN HERE
_________________________________________Shares   

 

  

 

   (Signature(s))
  

 

  

 

   Please Type or Print Name(s)
  

 

  

 

   Please Type or Print Name(s)
  

 

  

 

   Area Code and Telephone Number
  

 

   Tax Identification or Social Security Number
Dated:                                                             

 

(1)

Unless otherwise indicated, it will be assumed that all your Shares are to be tendered.

 

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EX-99.(a)(1)(F)

Exhibit (a)(1)(F)

This announcement is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell Shares (as defined below), and the provisions herein are subject in their entirety to the provisions of the Offer (as defined below). The Offer is made solely by the Offer to Purchase, dated as of November 15, 2022, and the related Letter of Transmittal and any amendments or supplements thereto, and is being made to all holders of Shares. The Offer is not being made to (nor will tenders be accepted from or on behalf of) holders of Shares in any jurisdiction in which the making of the Offer or the acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, “blue sky” or other laws of such jurisdiction. In those jurisdictions where applicable laws require the Offer to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the Offer will be deemed to be made on behalf of Purchaser (as defined below) by one or more registered brokers or dealers licensed under the laws of such jurisdiction to be designated by Purchaser.

Notice of Offer to Purchase

All Outstanding Shares of Common Stock

of

ABIOMED, Inc.

at

$380.00 net per share, in cash, plus one non-tradeable

contingent value right for each share, which represents

the contractual right to receive contingent cash payments of

up to $35.00 per share in the aggregate

upon the achievement of specified milestones

Pursuant to the Offer to Purchase, dated November 15, 2022

by

Athos Merger Sub, Inc.

a wholly owned subsidiary of

Johnson & Johnson

Athos Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Purchaser”) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, a New Jersey corporation (“Johnson & Johnson”), is offering to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Shares”), of ABIOMED, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“ABIOMED”), at a price of $380.00 per Share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes (the “Cash Amount”), plus one non-tradeable contractual contingent value right per Share (each, a “CVR”), which CVR represents the right to receive contingent payments of up to $35.00 per Share in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, in the aggregate, upon the achievement of specified milestones (the Cash Amount plus one CVR, collectively, or any higher amount per Share paid pursuant to the Offer, the “Offer Price”), upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase, dated as of November 15, 2022 (as it may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer to Purchase”) and in the related Letter of Transmittal (the “Letter of Transmittal” and, together with the Offer to Purchase and other related materials, as each may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer”).

Each CVR represents the non-tradeable contractual right to receive contingent cash payments of up to $35.00 per Share in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, in the aggregate (the “Milestone Payments”), payable as specified upon the achievement of the following milestones:


  (a)

$17.50 per CVR, if aggregate worldwide Net Sales (as defined in the CVR Agreement (as defined below)) of the Products (as defined in the CVR Agreement) exceeds $3,700,000,000 (the “Net Sales Milestone”) during the period from the first day of Johnson & Johnson’s fiscal second quarter of 2027 through the last day of Johnson & Johnson’s fiscal first quarter of 2028 (the “2028 Measurement Period”); provided that in the event that the Net Sales Milestone is not achieved during the 2028 Measurement Period, if the Net Sales Milestone is thereafter achieved during any other period of four consecutive fiscal quarters during the period from the first day of Johnson & Johnson’s fiscal third quarter of 2027 through the last day of Johnson & Johnson’s fiscal first quarter of 2029, the Milestone Payment payable upon the achievement of the Net Sales Milestone will be $8.75 per CVR;

 

  (b)

$7.50 per CVR, if, on or prior to January 1, 2028, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a premarket approval application or a premarket approval application supplement for the use of any device in the Impella Product Family (as defined in the CVR Agreement) in patients presenting with ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (“STEMI”), or Anterior STEMI, without cardiogenic shock; and

 

  (c)

$10.00 per CVR, upon the earliest to occur of any of the following:

(i) on or prior to the earlier of (A) four years after publication of results relating to the secondary clinical endpoint in the STEMI DTU study undertaken by ABIOMED and (B) December 31, 2029, results from the STEMI DTU study undertaken by ABIOMED contribute to the publication of a Class I recommendation in the American College of Cardiology / American Heart Association Clinical Practice Guideline for Coronary Artery Revascularization (the “Clinical Practice Guideline”) for the use of any device in the Impella Product Family in patients presenting with STEMI, or Anterior STEMI, without cardiogenic shock;

(ii) on or prior to the earlier of (A) four years after publication of results relating to the primary clinical endpoints in the PROTECT IV study undertaken by ABIOMED and (B) December 31, 2029, results from the PROTECT IV study undertaken by ABIOMED contribute to the publication of a Class I recommendation in the Clinical Practice Guideline for the use of any device in the Impella Product Family in high-risk patients with complex coronary artery disease and reduced left ventricular function; and

(iii) on or prior to the earlier of (A) four years after publication of results relating to the primary clinical endpoints in the RECOVER IV study undertaken by ABIOMED and (B) December 31, 2029, results from the RECOVER IV study undertaken by ABIOMED contribute to the publication of a Class I recommendation in the Clinical Practice Guideline for the use of any device in the Impella Product Family in patients with STEMI-Cardiogenic Shock, or STEMI-CS.

Tendering stockholders who are record owners of their Shares and who tender directly to American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, the depositary and paying agent for the Offer (the “Depositary”), will not be obligated to pay brokerage fees or commissions or, except as otherwise provided in Instruction 6 of the Letter of Transmittal, stock transfer taxes with respect to the purchase of Shares by Purchaser pursuant to the Offer. Stockholders who hold their Shares through a broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee should consult with these institutions as to whether they charge any service fees or commissions.

THE OFFER AND WITHDRAWAL RIGHTS WILL EXPIRE AT

11:59 P.M., NEW YORK CITY TIME,

ON DECEMBER 13, 2022

UNLESS THE OFFER IS EXTENDED OR EARLIER TERMINATED.

The Offer is being made pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of October 31, 2022 (as it may be amended from time to time, the “Merger Agreement”), by and among Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and ABIOMED. The Merger Agreement provides, among other things, that as soon as practicable following (but in any event no later than the business day after) the consummation of the Offer and subject to the satisfaction or waiver of specified conditions, Purchaser will be merged with and into ABIOMED (the “Merger”) in accordance with Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) without a vote on the adoption of the Merger


Agreement by ABIOMED stockholders, with ABIOMED continuing as the surviving corporation in the Merger and thereby becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. At the closing of the Merger, each Share outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger (other than (a) Shares owned by Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser or ABIOMED (or held in ABIOMED’s treasury), or by any direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser, in each case at the commencement of the Offer and immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger, (b) Shares irrevocably accepted for purchase pursuant to the Offer or (c) Shares owned by any stockholders who have properly and validly demanded their appraisal rights in compliance with Section 262 of the DGCL) will be automatically converted into the right to receive the Offer Price, without interest and less any required withholding taxes. As a result of the Merger, ABIOMED will cease to be a publicly traded company and will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The terms of the Merger Agreement are more fully described in the Offer to Purchase.

The Offer is conditioned upon, among other things, (a) (i) the expiration or termination of any applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended and the absence of any voluntary agreement between Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED, on the one hand, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission or the U.S. Department of Justice, on the other hand, pursuant to which Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED have agreed not to consummate the Offer or the Merger, and (ii) the receipt of approvals under the antitrust laws of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Austria and Japan (collectively, the “Antitrust Clearance Condition”), (b) that, as of immediately prior to the expiration of the Offer, the number of Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in accordance with the terms of the Offer, and received by the Depositary in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 251(h) of the DGCL (as described in more detail in the Offer to Purchase), together with the Shares then owned by Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser and their respective affiliates (if any), represent at least one Share more than 50% of the then-outstanding Shares (the “Minimum Condition”), (c) the absence of any law or order issued by any governmental authority of competent and applicable jurisdiction that has the effect of making the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement illegal or the effect of prohibiting or otherwise preventing the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement (the “No Legal Restraint Condition”), (d) the absence of any pending legal proceeding under any antitrust law brought by a governmental authority of competent and applicable jurisdiction that challenges or seeks to make illegal, prohibit or otherwise prevent the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, or that seeks to impose any Burdensome Condition (as defined in the Offer to Purchase) thereon (the “No Antitrust Proceedings Condition”), (e) the accuracy of the representations and warranties of ABIOMED contained in the Merger Agreement (subject to certain materiality exceptions), (f) ABIOMED’s compliance or performance in all material respects with its covenants and agreements contained in the Merger Agreement prior to the expiration time of the Offer and (g) that the Merger Agreement has not been terminated in accordance with its terms (the “Termination Condition”). The Offer is also subject to other conditions as described in the Offer to Purchase (collectively, the “Offer Conditions”). See Section 15—“Conditions to the Offer” of the Offer to Purchase. Neither the consummation of the Offer nor the Merger is subject to any financing condition.

The Offer will expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on December 13, 2022, which is the date that is 20 business days after the commencement of the Offer (the “Expiration Time”), unless Purchaser has extended the Offer pursuant to and in accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement (in which event the “Expiration Time” will mean the latest time and date at which the Offer, as so extended by Purchaser, will expire). The time of acceptance for payment by Purchaser of all Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in the Offer pursuant to and subject to the conditions of the Offer is referred to as the “Acceptance Time”.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF ABIOMED UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT ABIOMED STOCKHOLDERS ACCEPT THE OFFER AND TENDER THEIR SHARES PURSUANT TO THE OFFER.

The board of directors of ABIOMED, among other things, has unanimously (a) determined that it is in the best interests of ABIOMED and its stockholders, and declared it advisable, for ABIOMED to enter into the Merger Agreement and consummate the Transactions (as defined in the Offer to Purchase), including the Offer and the Merger, (b) approved the execution and delivery by ABIOMED of the Merger Agreement, the performance by ABIOMED of its covenants and agreements contained in the Merger Agreement and the consummation of the Transactions upon the terms and subject to the conditions contained in the Merger


Agreement and (c) resolved to recommend that the stockholders of ABIOMED accept the Offer and tender their Shares to Purchaser pursuant to the Offer, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement.

The Merger Agreement contains provisions that govern the circumstances in which Purchaser is permitted or required to extend the Offer. The Merger Agreement provides that if, as of the then-scheduled Expiration Time, any of the Offer Conditions other than the Minimum Condition is not satisfied or has not been waived, Purchaser may (and, if requested by ABIOMED, must) extend the Offer on one or more occasions for an additional period of up to 10 business days (or any longer period as may be approved by ABIOMED) per extension to permit the satisfaction of all Offer Conditions. In addition, if, as of the then-scheduled Expiration Time, all of the Offer Conditions except the Minimum Condition are satisfied or have been waived, such that the Minimum Condition is the only Offer Condition that is not satisfied, Purchaser may (and, if requested by ABIOMED, must) extend the Offer on one or more occasions for an additional period of up to 10 business days (or any longer period as may be approved by ABIOMED) per extension to permit the Minimum Condition to be satisfied (provided that Purchaser is not required to extend the Offer in these circumstances on more than three occasions, but may, in its sole discretion, elect to do so). Purchaser also must extend the Offer as required by applicable legal requirements and any rule, regulation, interpretation or position of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff or the Nasdaq Global Select Market that is applicable to the Offer. However, in no event will Purchaser be required to extend the Offer beyond July 1, 2023 (or, in the event that any of the Antitrust Clearance Condition, the No Legal Restraint Condition (solely in respect of any antitrust law) or the No Antitrust Proceedings Condition has not been satisfied or waived as of that date, September 1, 2023). If Purchaser extends the Offer, the extension will extend the time that tendering stockholders will have to tender (or withdraw) their Shares.

Purchaser expressly reserves the right to waive any of the Offer Conditions and make any changes to the terms and conditions of the Offer, including the Offer Conditions. However, without the prior written consent of ABIOMED, Purchaser is not permitted to (a) waive or modify the Minimum Condition, the No Legal Restraint Condition, the No Antitrust Proceedings Condition or the Termination Condition, (b) change the form of consideration payable in the Offer, (c) decrease the Cash Amount, (d) decrease the number of Shares sought to be purchased in the Offer, (e) extend the Offer or the Expiration Time or terminate the Offer, except as permitted under the Merger Agreement, (f) impose conditions to the Offer other than the Offer Conditions, (g) amend any term or condition of the Offer in any manner that is materially adverse to ABIOMED stockholders, or that would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to prevent or materially delay the consummation of the Offer or prevent, materially delay or materially impair the ability of Johnson & Johnson or Purchaser to consummate the Offer, the Merger or the other Transactions, (h) decrease the number of CVRs to be issued per Share, (i) amend or purport or seek to amend any term of the CVR or the CVR Agreement in any manner that is adverse to any ABIOMED stockholder, or (j) provide any “subsequent offering period” within the meaning of Rule 14d-11 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”).

Any extension, termination or amendment of the Offer will be followed as promptly as practicable by public announcement thereof, and such announcement in the case of an extension will be made no later than 9:00 a.m., New York City time, on the next business day after the previously scheduled Expiration Time.

Because the Merger will be effected in accordance with Section 251(h) of the DGCL, no stockholder vote will be required to consummate the Merger. Subject to the satisfaction of the remaining conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, Purchaser and ABIOMED will consummate the Merger as soon as practicable following (but in any event no later than the business day after) the Acceptance Time. Purchaser does not expect there to be a significant period of time between the Acceptance Time and the consummation of the Merger.

For purposes of the Offer, Purchaser will be deemed to have accepted for payment, and thereby purchased, Shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn as, if and when Purchaser gives oral or written notice to the Depositary of Purchaser’s acceptance for payment of such Shares pursuant to the Offer. Upon the terms set forth in the Merger Agreement and subject to the Offer Conditions, payment for Shares accepted for payment pursuant to the Offer will be made by deposit of the aggregate Cash Amount (or funds related to the CVRs, as discussed below) for such Shares with the Depositary, which will act as agent for tendering stockholders for the purpose of receiving payments from Purchaser and transmitting such payments to tendering stockholders whose Shares have been accepted for payment. If Purchaser extends the Offer, is delayed in its acceptance for payment of Shares or is unable to accept


Shares for payment pursuant to the Offer for any reason, then, without prejudice to Purchaser’s rights under the Offer and the Merger Agreement, the Depositary may, nevertheless, on behalf of Purchaser, retain tendered Shares, and such Shares may only be withdrawn to the extent that tendering stockholders are entitled to withdrawal rights as described in the Offer to Purchase and as otherwise required by Rule 14e-1(c) under the Exchange Act. Under no circumstances will interest be paid on the Offer Price for any Shares, regardless of any extension of the Offer or any delay in making payment for Shares.

At or prior to the Acceptance Time, Johnson & Johnson will execute a Contingent Value Rights Agreement (the “CVR Agreement”) with a rights agent mutually agreeable to Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED (the “Rights Agent”) governing the terms of the CVRs issued pursuant to the Offer. Neither Purchaser nor Johnson & Johnson will be required to deposit any funds related to the CVRs with the Rights Agent unless and until such deposit is required pursuant to the terms of the CVR Agreement.

In all cases, payment for Shares tendered and accepted for payment pursuant to the Offer will be made only after (a) timely receipt by the Depositary of certificates for such Shares (“Share Certificates”) or timely confirmation of the book-entry transfer of such Shares (“Book-Entry Confirmations”) into the Depositary’s account at The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Offer to Purchase, (b) a Letter of Transmittal, properly completed and duly executed, with any required signature guarantees (or, in the case of a book-entry transfer, an Agent’s Message (as defined in the Offer to Purchase) in lieu of the Letter of Transmittal) and (c) any other documents required by the Letter of Transmittal. Accordingly, tendering stockholders may be paid at different times depending upon when Share Certificates or Book-Entry Confirmations with respect to Shares are actually received by the Depositary.

Shares tendered pursuant to the Offer may be withdrawn at any time prior to the Expiration Time and, unless theretofore accepted for payment by Purchaser pursuant to the Offer, may also be withdrawn at any time after January 13, 2023, which is the 60th day after the date of the commencement of the Offer.

For a withdrawal to be effective, a written notice of withdrawal must be timely received by the Depositary at one of its addresses set forth on the back cover page of the Offer to Purchase. The notice of withdrawal must specify the name of the person who tendered the Shares to be withdrawn, the number of Shares to be withdrawn and the name of the registered holder of such Shares, if different from that of the person who tendered such Shares. If Share Certificates evidencing Shares to be withdrawn have been delivered or otherwise identified to the Depositary, then, prior to the physical release of such Share Certificates, the serial numbers shown on such Share Certificates must be submitted to the Depositary and the signature(s) on the notice of withdrawal must be guaranteed by an Eligible Institution (as defined in the Offer to Purchase), unless such Shares have been tendered for the account of an Eligible Institution. If Shares have been tendered pursuant to the procedure for book-entry transfer as set forth in the Offer to Purchase, any notice of withdrawal must also specify the name and number of the account at DTC to be credited with the withdrawn Shares. See Section 4—“Withdrawal Rights” of the Offer to Purchase.

Withdrawals of Shares may not be rescinded. Any Shares withdrawn will thereafter be deemed not to have been validly tendered for purposes of the Offer. However, withdrawn Shares may be re-tendered following one of the procedures described in the Offer to Purchase at any time prior to the Expiration Time.

All questions as to the form and validity (including time of receipt) of any notice of withdrawal will be determined by Purchaser, in its sole discretion, whose determination will be final and binding. None of Johnson & Johnson, Purchaser, ABIOMED, the Depositary, Innisfree M&A Incorporated (the “Information Agent”) or any other person will be under any duty to give notice of any defects or irregularities in any notice of withdrawal or incur any liability for failure to give any such notification.

Pursuant to Section 215(h) of the DGCL and due to the obligations of Purchaser, Johnson & Johnson and ABIOMED pursuant to the Merger Agreement to effect the Merger following the consummation of the Offer, we expect the Merger to occur following the consummation of the Offer without a “subsequent offering period” (as defined in Rule 14d-1 of the Exchange Act). The Merger Agreement does not permit a subsequent offering period for the Offer without ABIOMED’s prior written consent.


The information required to be disclosed by paragraph (d)(1) of Rule 14d-6 of the General Rules and Regulations promulgated under the Exchange Act is contained in the Offer to Purchase and is incorporated herein by reference.

ABIOMED has provided Purchaser with its stockholder list and security position listings for the purpose of disseminating the Offer to Purchase, the Letter of Transmittal and other related materials to holders of Shares. The Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal will be mailed to record holders of Shares whose names appear on the stockholder list as of November 14, 2022 provided to Purchaser by ABIOMED and will be furnished, for subsequent transmittal to beneficial owners of Shares, to brokers, dealers, commercial banks, trust companies and similar persons whose nominees, or the names of whose nominees, appear on the stockholder list or, if applicable, who are listed as participants in a clearing agency’s security position listing for subsequent transmittal to beneficial owners of Shares.

The exchange of Shares for the Offer Price pursuant to the Offer or the Merger (or for cash upon exercise of appraisal rights) will be a taxable transaction for U.S. federal income tax purposes. The amount of gain or loss a holder recognizes, and the timing and character of such gain or loss, depend on the U.S. federal income tax treatment of the CVRs, with respect to which there is uncertainty. See Section 5—“Material United States Federal Income Tax Consequences” of the Offer to Purchase for a more detailed discussion of the tax treatment of the Offer and the Merger. Each holder of Shares should consult with its tax advisor as to the particular tax consequences to such holder of the receipt of cash and CVRs in exchange for Shares pursuant to the Offer or the Merger.

The Offer to Purchase, the Letter of Transmittal and the other related tender offer documents contain important information. Holders of Shares should carefully read such documents in their entirety before any decision is made with respect to the Offer.

Questions or requests for assistance or copies of the Offer to Purchase, the Letter of Transmittal, the notice of guaranteed delivery and other tender offer materials may be directed to the Information Agent at its telephone numbers and address set forth below. Such copies will be furnished promptly at Purchaser’s expense. Stockholders may also contact brokers, dealers, commercial banks, trust companies or other nominees for assistance concerning the Offer. Except as set forth in the Offer to Purchase, neither Johnson & Johnson nor Purchaser will pay any fees or commissions to any broker or dealer or to any other person (other than to the Depositary and the Information Agent) in connection with the solicitation of tenders of Shares pursuant to the Offer. Brokers, dealers, commercial banks, trust companies and other nominees will, upon request, be reimbursed by Purchaser for customary mailing and handling expenses incurred by them in forwarding the Offer materials to their customers.

The Information Agent for the Offer is:

 

LOGO

Innisfree M&A Incorporated

501 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor

New York, New York 10022

Stockholders may call toll free:

(877) 717-3893

Banks and Brokers may call collect:

(212) 750-5833

November 15, 2022

EX-99.(d)(2)

Exhibit (d)(2)

EXECUTION COPY

Johnson & Johnson

One Johnson & Johnson Plaza

New Brunswick, NJ 08933

PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

September 28, 2022

ABIOMED, Inc.

22 Cherry Hill Drive

Danvers, Massachusetts 01923

 

Re:

CONFIDENTIAL DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT

Dear Sir or Madam:

1. Confidential Information. Johnson & Johnson, a corporation organized under the laws of the State of New Jersey (“J&J”), and ABIOMED, Inc., a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Delaware (the “Company”), wish to have discussions regarding the possibility of a potential business transaction involving J&J or its affiliate and the Company (a “Transaction”). In connection therewith, J&J desires to receive certain information regarding the Company and its affiliates which the Company considers to be confidential and/or proprietary (the “Information”). The term “Information” shall also include summaries, reports, notes, analyses, compilations, studies, and the like, either in written or electronic format, that are prepared by J&J or its Representatives and that contain, reflect or are based upon in whole or in part or generated from the Information of the Company. Such Information is to be held in accordance with the following agreement, which shall become effective upon the date of this agreement set forth above provided the agreement is signed by both parties.

2. Duty of Recipient. J&J agrees to keep the Company’s Information in confidence and not to disclose or use the Company’s Information for any purpose (other than the purposes of evaluating, negotiating and consummating a Transaction) without the prior written consent of the Company; provided, however, that nothing herein shall prevent J&J from disclosing the Company’s Information to its affiliates and its and their respective directors, officers, employees (collectively, a party’s “Inside Representatives”), consultants, legal counsel, advisors or agents (collectively, a party’s “Outside Representatives” and, together with its Inside Representatives, a party’s “Representatives”), if such persons, in the discretion of J&J, have a need to know such Information for the purposes of evaluating, negotiating or consummating a Transaction and are informed of the confidential nature of the Information. J&J shall cause its Inside Representatives and direct its Outside Representatives to treat all Information as confidential and not to disclose or use such Information, except for any such disclosure or use as would be expressly permitted by this agreement if disclosed or used in such manner by J&J. The parties agree that each will be fully responsible for any breach by its Representatives of this agreement. J&J will not disclose, and will cause its Inside Representatives and direct its Outside Representatives who receive Information or Transaction Information not to disclose, to any person (other than Representatives of J&J) the identity of the Company, the existence and terms of this agreement, the fact that


Information has been made available or that discussions are taking place concerning a Transaction, including the status thereof, or any of the proposed or agreed terms, conditions or other facts with respect to any such Transaction, including the status thereof (any such information, the “Transaction Information”), without the prior written consent of the Company; provided that this shall not limit J&J’s or its Representatives’ ability to comply with securities laws or other applicable laws in connection with a Transaction. For the avoidance of doubt, the Company shall not provide, and J&J and its Representatives acknowledge that they will not receive, any trade secrets of the Company, except pursuant to a separate “clean team” or other agreement mutually agreed by the Company and J&J.

3. Exceptions. J&J shall not be obligated to maintain in confidence or to refrain from disclosing or using Information if such information:

a) was known to J&J or any of its Representatives prior to being disclosed by or on behalf of the Company;

b) is or, without violation of this agreement by J&J (or any of its Representatives), becomes part of the public domain;

c) is received by J&J or any of its Representatives from a third party having, to the knowledge of J&J (or its Representative, as applicable), after reasonable inquiry, no obligation of confidence to the Company with respect to such information; or

d) is developed by or on behalf of J&J or any of its Representatives without reliance on the Information received hereunder.

4. Compelled Disclosures. In the event that J&J (or any person to whom it has transmitted the Information received hereunder or Transaction Information, as applicable, in each case in accordance with the terms and conditions of this agreement) is required by law, rule, regulation or other applicable judicial, administrative, legal or governmental process (including, without limitation, by deposition, interrogatory, request for documents, subpoena, civil investigative demand or similar process) (any of the foregoing, a “Legal Requirement”) to disclose any of such Information or Transaction Information, J&J will (or will cause its Inside Representatives and direct its Outside Representatives to) (i) where reasonably practicable, provide the Company with prompt notice of such event so that the Company may intervene to protect the confidentiality of the Information, (ii) reasonably cooperate with the Company so that the Company may seek (at the Company’s expense) an appropriate protective order or other remedy and (iii) at the Company’s request and expense, use commercially reasonable efforts to obtain assurance that confidential treatment will be accorded to the Information or Transaction Information to be disclosed; provided, that clauses (ii) and (iii) of this paragraph will not apply to any disclosures of the information described in the last sentence of paragraph 2 that are required by the securities laws to the extent confidential treatment is not available for the required disclosures.

5. Disclosure by Company. Except as required by applicable Legal Requirement, without the prior written consent of J&J, the Company shall not, and shall cause its Inside Representatives and direct its Outside Representatives not to, identify J&J or its affiliates by name or by identifiable description in connection with a Transaction, entering into this agreement or being involved in discussions or negotiations regarding a Transaction to any person other than Representatives of the Company.

 

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6. Format of Information. Information either (i) disclosed in writing or (ii) disclosed orally, electronically or in other non-written form shall in each case, regardless of whether such information was marked as confidential, be subject to this agreement.

7. Return of Information. All written and electronic documents containing Information in tangible form received by J&J or any of its Representatives under this agreement shall remain the property of the Company and its Representatives, as applicable. Upon request of the Company, all such documents (together with any copies or excerpts thereof) and such other material received hereunder shall promptly be, at the option of J&J, either returned to the Company or destroyed and the destruction confirmed to the Company in writing. Notwithstanding the foregoing, J&J and its external consultants, including its auditor or legal counsel, may retain copies of the Information, including their work papers, to the extent required by their bona fide internal procedures, professional standards or applicable laws and regulations. In addition, neither J&J nor any of its Representatives shall be required to return, destroy or erase any Information that is contained in an archived computer back-up system maintained in the ordinary course of business so long as such information cannot be readily accessed by J&J or its Representatives for any other purpose. Notwithstanding the return or destruction of the documents and materials, J&J will continue to be bound by its confidentiality obligations under this agreement.

8. No Obligation to Pursue Proposed Transaction. Unless and until a definitive agreement between the parties with respect to a Transaction has been executed and delivered, neither party will be under any legal obligation of any kind whatsoever with respect to such a transaction by virtue of this or any written or oral expression by it or any of its Representatives, except for the matters specifically agreed to herein.

9. Standstill. J&J agrees that, for the period commencing on the date of this agreement and expiring on December 31, 2023 (the “Standstill Period”), unless specifically invited in writing by the Board of Directors of the Company, neither J&J nor any of its affiliates or (to the extent acting at J&J’s direction and on its behalf) other Representatives will in any manner, directly or indirectly: (i) effect or seek, offer or propose (whether publicly or otherwise) to effect, or announce any intention to effect or cause or participate in or in any way assist, facilitate or knowingly encourage any other person to effect or seek, offer or propose (whether publicly or otherwise) to effect or participate in, (a) any acquisition of any securities (or beneficial ownership within the meaning of Section 13(d)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) thereof), or rights or options to acquire any securities (or beneficial ownership thereof), or any assets, indebtedness or businesses of the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, (b) any tender or exchange offer, merger or other business combination involving the Company, any of the subsidiaries or affiliates or assets of the Company or the subsidiaries or affiliates constituting a significant portion of the consolidated assets of the Company and its subsidiaries or affiliates, (c) any recapitalization, restructuring, liquidation, dissolution or other extraordinary transaction with respect to the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, or (d) any “solicitation” of “proxies” (as such terms are used in the proxy rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission) or consents to vote any voting securities of the Company or any of its affiliates; (ii) form, join or in any way participate in a “group” (as defined under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) with respect to the

 

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Company or otherwise act in concert with any person in respect of any such securities; (iii) otherwise act, alone or in concert with others, to seek representation on or to control or knowingly influence the management or Board of Directors of the Company or to obtain representation on the Board of Directors of the Company; or (iv) take any action which would or would reasonably be expected to force the Company to make a public announcement regarding any of the types of matters set forth in (i) above. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Standstill Period shall terminate immediately and cease to be of any further force or effect if, at any time, a third party (other than J&J and its Representatives) (x) commences a tender offer for more than 50% of the outstanding voting securities of the Company and the Board of Directors of the Company has recommended in favor of such tender offer or (y) the Company enters into a definitive agreement with any third party contemplating the acquisition (by way of merger, tender offer, consolidation, business combination, recapitalization, restructuring, liquidation, dissolution or otherwise) of more than 50% of the outstanding capital stock of the Company or more than 50% of its consolidated assets. J&J represents to the Company that, as of the date of this agreement, it and its controlled affiliates (other than (x) individuals in their individual accounts and in de minimis amounts or (y) in connection with any mutual fund, pension plan or employee benefit plan managed on behalf of employees or former employees of J&J) do not beneficially own (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(1) of the Exchange Act) or have constructive beneficial ownership of any securities of the Company. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, J&J and its Representatives shall not be prohibited at any time from (I) making any proposal or offer regarding a Transaction directly to the Chief Executive Officer or the Board of Directors of the Company on a confidential basis (provided that such proposal or offer would not reasonably be expected to require the Company or J&J to make any public disclosure in connection therewith), (II) acquiring or offering to acquire or seeking, proposing or agreeing to acquire any third party that owns any securities or assets of the Company, subject to adherence to applicable securities laws regarding use of material non-public information or (III) acquiring any securities of the Company in connection with any mutual fund, pension plan or employee benefit plan managed on behalf of employees or former employees of J&J. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing contained in this agreement shall be construed as limiting the ability of J&J, its affiliates or its other Representatives to engage in any of the actions described in this paragraph following the expiration or termination of the Standstill Period (or the occurrence of an event described in the third preceding sentence).

10. Non-Solicitation. For a period of one year from the date of this agreement, J&J and its controlled affiliates operating J&J’s MedTech business will not, directly or indirectly, solicit for employment or employ any employee of the Company holding a title that is “Vice President” or above, other than a person who (a) has not been an employee of the Company or any of its affiliates for at least 180 days prior to such solicitation or hiring, (b) responds to general solicitations of employment not specifically directed toward employees of the Company (including by a recruiter or search firm), or (c) has contacted J&J prior to the date of this agreement seeking employment with J&J or its controlled affiliates on his or her own initiative without any direct or indirect solicitation by or on behalf of J&J or its controlled affiliates.

11. Business Acknowledgement. The Company acknowledges that J&J and its affiliates may presently have internal development programs relating to the subject matter of the Information, or may undertake such development programs, or may receive information on the same or related subject matter from third parties, and may develop and commercialize products and/or services relating to such subject matter independently or in cooperation with such third parties.

 

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12. Survival. The obligations of this agreement shall continue for two years from the effective date of this agreement; provided, that (x) the provisions of Sections 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 will survive indefinitely and (y) each party will retain the right to seek all remedies available to it in respect of any breach of the terms of this agreement occurring prior to its expiration.

13. Governing Law; Jurisdiction. The validity and interpretation of this agreement and the legal relations of the parties to it shall be governed by the internal laws of the State of New York. The parties hereby consent to the sole jurisdiction of the state and federal courts sitting in the State of New York, without restricting any right of appeal.

14. Remedies. Remedies at law may be inadequate to protect either party against any actual or threatened breach of this agreement by the other party or by its Representatives, and, without prejudice to any other rights and remedies otherwise available to either party, either party may be entitled to injunctive and other equitable relief as a remedy for any such breach (in each case, without the requirement of posting a bond or other security or proving damages).

15. Entire Agreement & Modifications; Severability; Construction. This agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes all preexisting agreements, whether oral or written, between the parties respecting its subject matter. This agreement supersedes the terms of any confidentiality agreements that may be provided by any electronic data sites. Modifications or waivers of this agreement shall only be effective if made in writing and signed by both parties. The invalidity of any provision of this agreement will not affect the enforceability of any other provision hereof. The parties have jointly negotiated and drafted this agreement and this agreement shall be interpreted without presumption favoring or disfavoring any party by virtue of authorship of any provision of this agreement. This agreement shall not be assignable, in whole or in part, by either party without the prior consent of the other party, and any such assignment without prior consent shall be void.

16. Miscellaneous. To the extent that any Information of the Company includes materials subject to attorney-client privilege, the Company is not waiving, and will not be deemed to have waived or diminished, its attorney work-product protections, attorney-client privileges or similar protections and privileges as a result of disclosing any of the Information of the Company (including any such Information related to pending or threatened litigation) to J&J or its Representatives. Nothing in this agreement will be deemed to grant a license, whether directly or by implication, estoppel or otherwise, to any Information of the Company.

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This agreement may be executed in two counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but both of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

 

JOHNSON & JOHNSON     ABIOMED, Inc.
By:  

/s/ Ashley McEvoy

             By:  

/s/ Michael Minogue

  Name: Ashley McEvoy       Name: Michael Minogue
  Title: Executive VP, Worldwide Chairman, MedTech       Title: Chairman, CEO, President

[Signature Page to Confidentiality Agreement]

EX-FILING FEES

Exhibit 107

Calculation of Filing Fee Tables

SCHEDULE TO

(Rule 14d-100)

ABIOMED, INC.

(Name of Subject Company (Issuer))

ATHOS MERGER SUB, INC.

(Offeror)

A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

(Parent of Offeror)

(Name of Filing Persons (identifying status as offeror, issuer or other person)

Table 1 – Transaction Valuation

 

       
    

    Transaction    

Valuation*

 

Fee

    Rate    

 

    Amount of    

    Filing Fee**    

       

Fees to Be Paid

  $17,302,277,031.98   0.0001102   $1,906,710.93
       

Fees Previously Paid

     
       

Total Transaction Valuation

  $17,302,277,031.98      
       

Total Fees Due for Filing

      $1,906,710.93
       

Total Fees Previously Paid

     
       

Total Fee Offsets

     
       

Net Fee Due

          $1,906,710.93

 

*

Estimated for purposes of calculating the filing fee only. The transaction valuation was calculated as the product of (a) $374.02, the average of the high and low sales prices per share of ABIOMED, Inc. (“ABIOMED”) common stock (“Shares”) on November 9, 2022, as reported by NASDAQ Global Select Market, and (b) 46,260,299, the number of Shares estimated to be outstanding immediately prior to the consummation of the offer and the merger (which includes 45,110,225 outstanding Shares, 565,707 Shares that may become outstanding as a result of the exercise of outstanding options, 267,987 Shares that may become outstanding as a result of vesting and settlement of restricted stock units, 311,749 Shares that may become outstanding as a result of vesting and settlement of performance-based restricted stock units (based on levels of performance specified in the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated October 31, 2022, by and among Johnson & Johnson, Athos Merger Sub, Inc. and ABIOMED) and 4,631 Shares estimated to be subject to issuance pursuant to ABIOMED’s 1988 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (as amended and restated on February 5, 2019)). The calculation of the filing fee is based on information provided by ABIOMED as of November 7, 2022.

 

**

The filing fee was calculated in accordance with Rule 0-11 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Fee Rate Advisory for Fiscal Year 2023, effective on October 1, 2022, by multiplying the transaction valuation by 0.0001102.