As the dust settles around Actavis' announced buyout of Warner Chilcott, it's time to dig into some of the nitty-gritty details about "New Actavis." For instance, which of Warner's top people will stick around--and if they don't, how much severance might they collect on the way out? And just how big is the tax cut Actavis expects from making the deal?
Actavis and Warner Chilcott have struck a deal. And it's bigger than the $5 billion-or-so that was bandied about while the companies negotiated. About $3 billion bigger, in fact: According to Actavis, the company will acquire Warner in a stock swap worth $8.5 billion.
Actavis has suddenly become the belle of the ball. The Wall Street Journal reports that Novartis is now entertaining a $16 billion bid for the generics maker after a $13 billion offer from Valeant and a $15 billion bid from Mylan both fell flat.
We thought Actavis had a love triangle going with potential merger partners Warner Chilcott and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, as an analyst dubbed it earlier this week. Now, news emerges that it's more like a love quadrangle, with rejections on two sides.
While Valeant Pharmaceuticals was chatting up Actavis about a potential merger-of-equals, Actavis was apparently mulling a bid for Warner Chilcott, the Irish drugmaker that specializes in women's health and dermatology.
Valeant CEO Michael Pearson hasn't made a secret of his ambitions. He wants to be within spitting distance of Big Pharma. So, it probably shouldn't have been a surprise that he and Actavis chief Paul Bisaro were talking about a merger. And now, expectations are wide open.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals was on the verge of its biggest deal yet last week. Until merger talks with generics giant Actavis fell apart, that is.
Purdue Pharma and generic drugmaker Actavis have settled their patent suit over a special formulation of the painkiller OxyContin just 10 days the FDA banned generic versions that do not carry abuse resistant technology.
After taking a $500 million charge against 2012 earnings for Yaz and Yasmin-related litigation, Bayer has lost its patent fight with three generics makers intent on selling their own copycats.
Baxter International has picked up the former Genmab antibody plant near Minneapolis for a small sum and will now invest about $300 million to get it ready for its own use.