SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
UNDER SECTION 14(d)(4) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Spark Therapeutics, Inc.
(Name of Subject Company)
Spark Therapeutics, Inc.
(Name of Persons Filing Statement)
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share
(Title of Class of Securities)
(CUSIP Number of Class of Securities)
Jeffrey D. Marrazzo
Chief Executive Officer
3737 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(Name, Address and Telephone Number, including area code, of Agent For Service)
With copies to:
Stuart M. Cable, Esq.
Lisa R. Haddad, Esq.
Blake Liggio, Esq.
Goodwin Procter LLP
100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
(Name, address, and telephone numbers of person authorized to receive notices and communications
on behalf of the persons filing statement)
Check the box if the filing relates solely to preliminary communications made before the commencement of a tender offer.
This Schedule 14D-9 filing contains the following documents relating to the proposed acquisition of Spark Therapeutics, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company) by Roche Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (Parent), and 022019 Merger Subsidiary, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Parent (Acquisition Sub), pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of February 22, 2019, by and among the Company, Parent and Acquisition Sub:
Exhibit 99.1: Social media post by the Company on www.twitter.com.
Exhibit 99.2: Social media post by Jeffrey D. Marrazzo, the Companys Chief Executive Officer on www.twitter.com.
Important Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed acquisition, an acquisition subsidiary of Roche (Merger Sub) will commence a tender offer for the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company. The tender offer has not yet commenced. This communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of common stock of the Company, nor is it a substitute for the tender offer materials that Roche and Merger Sub will file with the SEC upon commencement of the tender offer. On the commencement date of the tender offer, a tender offer statement on Schedule TO, including an offer to purchase, a letter of transmittal and related documents, will be filed with the SEC by Roche and Merger Sub, and a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 will be filed with the SEC by the Company. The offer to purchase shares of the Companys common stock will only be made pursuant to the offer to purchase, the letter of transmittal and related documents filed as a part of the Schedule TO. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE TENDER OFFER STATEMENT AND THE SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT REGARDING THE OFFER, AS THEY MAY BE AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of these materials (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov or by directing such requests to the Information Agent for the tender offer which will be named in the tender offer statement. Copies of the Companys filings with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the Investor Relations section of the Companys website at www.ir.sparktx.com or by contacting investor relations at (215) 239-6424.
Any statements made in this communication that are not statements of historical fact, including statements about the Companys beliefs and expectations and statements about the Offer and Roches proposed acquisition of the Company, including the timing of and closing conditions to the acquisition, and the potential effects of the pending acquisition on the Company are forward-looking statements that are based on managements beliefs, certain assumptions and current expectations and should be evaluated as such. These statements may be identified by their use of forward-looking terminology such as the words intend, believe, expect, anticipate, should, planned, projected, estimated, and potential, among others. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the possibility that various closing conditions for the transaction may not be satisfied or waived, including uncertainties as to the percentage of the Companys stockholders tendering their shares in the Offer; the possibility that competing offers will be made; the effect of the announcement of the transaction on the ability of the Company to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, strategic partners, suppliers, regulatory authorities and others with whom the Company does business, or on the Companys operating results and business generally; the risk that the Company and Roche may be unable to obtain governmental and regulatory approvals required for the transaction, or that required governmental and regulatory approvals may delay the transaction or cause the parties to abandon the proposed transaction; the impact of legislative, regulatory, competitive and technological changes; the risk that any stockholder litigation in connection with the transaction may result in significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability; and other risks and uncertainties discussed in filings that the Company makes with the SEC, including the Risk Factors
section of the Companys Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, filed with the SEC in the fourth quarter of 2018, as well as the tender offer documents to be filed by Roche, Merger Sub and the Company.
The forward-looking statements contained in this document are made as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise, except as expressly required by law. All forward-looking statements in this document are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.