from the December 2012 issue

XTL acquires 31% stake in Proteologics from Teva

The shares of Proteologics, a drug development company, were bought at a 20% premium. Biopharmaceutical company Proteologics Ltd.'s (TASE: PRTL) share price has risen sharply in heavy trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) after reporting that XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. (Pink Sheets:XTLBY); TASE:XTL) acquired 4,620,356 of its shares from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA; TASE: TEVA). This represents a 31.3% stake in Proteologics at a 20% premium on today's opening price.

Before the deal Teva was the controlling shareholder in Proteologics.

XTL probably conceived the idea of acquiring the stake in Proteologics after the company's chairman Dr. Aharon Schwartz recently proposed a merger with Biocancell Therapeutics Ltd. (TASE:BICL). This proposal possibly brought Proteologics to XTL's attention.

Proteologics is a drug development company focuses primarily on discovering inhibitors for specific E3 ubiquitin ligases.

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report December 2012

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