UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.  20549

 
FORM 8-K
 

CURRENT REPORT
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): November 17, 2014

Zoetis Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
 
001-35797
 
46-0696167
(State or other jurisdiction
 
(Commission File
 
(I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation)
 
Number)
 
Identification No.)

100 Campus Drive, Florham Park, NJ
 
07932
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)

(973) 822-7000
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable
(Former Name or Former Address, if changed since last report)
 

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Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.
On November 17, 2014, Zoetis Inc. issued a press release announcing that it has entered into an agreement to purchase animal health assets of Abbott for a purchase price of $255 million. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference into this Item 7.01.

The information set forth under this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing, unless expressly incorporated by specific reference in such filing.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibit:

99.1 Press Release of Zoetis Inc. dated November 17, 2014.





SIGNATURE
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
ZOETIS INC.
 
 
By:
 
/s/ Heidi C. Chen
Name:
 
Heidi C. Chen
Title:
 
Executive Vice President,
 
 
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Dated: November 17, 2014




INDEX OF EXHIBITS
 
Exhibit
 
 
Number
 
Description
 
 
 
99.1
 
Press Release of Zoetis Inc. dated November 17, 2014.




Exhibit 99.1


For immediate release:            
November 17, 2014

Media Contacts:
 
Investor Contact:
Elinore White
 
John O'Connor
1-973-443-2835 (o)
 
1-973-822-7088 (o)
elinore.y.white@zoetis.com

 
john.oconnor@zoetis.com

 
 
 
William Price


 
 
1-973-443-2742 (o)    


 
 
william.price@zoetis.com


 
 
        

Zoetis to Purchase Assets of Abbott Animal Health

$255 million deal expands Zoetis companion animal product portfolio
to bring veterinarians solutions for pain, diabetes and oncology

Transaction furthers Zoetis’ bolt-on acquisition strategy aimed at expanding
complementary animal health businesses to create additional value for shareholders

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Nov. 17, 2014 - Zoetis Inc. (NYSE:ZTS) today announced an agreement to purchase animal health assets of Abbott for a purchase price of $255 million. Abbott Animal Health is a companion animal health business focused on the veterinary surgical suite. This acquisition will strengthen Zoetis’ companion animal product portfolio and expand its diagnostics business as more pets are being treated for pain and serious illnesses, such as cancer and diabetes.
Headquartered in Abbott Park, Illinois, Abbott Animal Health has a presence in nearly 20 countries and holds a market-leading position with products in anesthesia, fluid therapy, pain, oncology and diabetes monitoring.
“The addition of Abbott Animal Health assets is an excellent complement to the Zoetis companion animal business and addresses the challenges our customers face today in effectively raising and caring for animals that are living longer and receiving more intensive medical and surgical treatment,” said Zoetis Chief Executive Officer Juan Ramón Alaix.

“The transaction is aligned with our value creation strategy to deploy capital to acquire products that enhance our portfolio. This acquisition strengthens our pain portfolio and our diagnostics business so we can deliver more customized solutions to veterinarians.”
Going forward, Zoetis remains committed to its strategy of acquiring complementary businesses and products that can generate sustained value to shareholders. Zoetis has the skill and experience to integrate new businesses, having led successful integrations such as Alpharma Animal Health over the last several years. Through all of its acquisitions, Zoetis has maintained its commitment to customers and uninterrupted service.






No other terms of the transaction are being disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015, pending the successful completion of customary regulatory and legal reviews.
 
Addressing Demand for Specialty Veterinary Care
Zoetis’ acquisition comes at a time when spending on companion animal healthcare is increasing, and this acquisition broadens the range of Zoetis pharmaceutical and diagnostics solutions to help pets live longer and healthier lives.
“Zoetis is well suited to build on the leadership position of Abbott Animal Health in the veterinary surgical suite,” said Zoetis Group President Kristin Peck, who oversees the company’s Strategy and Corporate Development organization. “We believe Zoetis’ scale, industry-leading field force, and global presence will rapidly expand both the reach and penetration of these leading brands.”
With this acquisition, Zoetis adds trusted brands to its portfolio such as PropoFlo™ a versatile product for general anesthesia; Simbadol™ a feline pain reliever that reduces the need for overnight dosing after feline surgery; and AlphaTRAK® a glucose monitoring system used by pet owners from the comfort of their home. These are just a few of the products that will enable Zoetis to serve the veterinary surgical suite with an even wider range of solutions. The acquisition also brings novel cancer and pain compounds to the Zoetis pipeline for further development.
About Zoetis  
Zoetis (zô-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. In 2013, the company generated annual revenues of $4.6 billion. With approximately 9,800 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2014, Zoetis has a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 27 manufacturing facilities in 10 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries. For more information, visit www.zoetis.com.
About Abbott Animal Health
Abbott Animal Health is a division of Abbott, a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 69,000 people.
Visit Abbott Animal Health at: www.abbottanimalhealth.com.

DISCLOSURE NOTICES
Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements, which reflect the current views of Zoetis with respect to business plans or prospects, future operating or financial performance, expectations regarding products, future use of cash and dividend payments, and other future events. These statements are not guarantees of future performance or actions. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if management's underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by a forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made. Zoetis expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or





otherwise. A further list and description of risks, uncertainties and other matters can be found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, including in the sections thereof captioned Forward-Looking Information and Factors That May Affect Future Results and Item 1A. Risk Factors, in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in our Current Reports on Form 8-K. These filings and subsequent filings are available online at www.sec.gov, www.zoetis.com, or on request from Zoetis.
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