Valeant's been pursing Allergan for months now, but the California-based drugmaker may soon have another bid, too.
Fresh off signing up to buy Durata Therapeutics for $675 million, Actavis is making another overture for the embattled Allergan, Reuters reports, potentially setting up a bidding war with the dogged Valeant Pharmaceuticals.
Valeant CEO J. Michael Pearson has said he's confident Allergan shareholders will vote in support of his company's hostile bid come December. But it never hurts to have a little insurance.
Allergan's still okay with holding a special shareholder meeting on Dec. 18, a date it last month agreed on with wannabe acquirer Valeant. It just doesn't want its pursuer's partner, Bill Ackman, to have a say.
Tuesday, Valeant Pharmaceuticals said the FDA had served up a warning letter about its Sculptra Aesthetic manufacturing, citing problems it observed during a June 2014 inspection. The missteps from manufacturing standards might just fuel the fire from hostile buyout target Allergan.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals has grown quickly over the past few years as it has pursued, bought and divested pharmaceutical assets. But somewhere along the way oversight of a supplier slipped. The FDA spotted the problems during a recent visit to Valeant's U.S. headquarters, leading to the posting of a warning letter.
Allergan may or may not bow to requests from some of its largest shareholders to wait on M&A until after December's special meeting. But in the meantime, it's continuing its barrage on predator Valeant's sales model, which it says will yield a tough Q4.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals isn't the only one who thinks Allergan should hold off on dealmaking till shareholders say their piece at a December special meeting. Three top-15 Allergan shareholders are urging the Botox maker to delay until investors weigh in on Valeant's hostile bid.
In yet another sign that it's not about to abandon its hostile bid to buy Allergan, Valeant has named activist investor Jeffrey Ubben to its board. Ubben is chief executive officer of ValueAct Capital Management, Valeant's second-largest shareholder and a new supporter of the Allergan deal.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals is famous for its aversion to pharmaceutical R&D, but the serial acquirer makes an exception when it sees blockbuster promise in a late-stage asset. And that's the case for the glaucoma treatment Vesneo, which met its goals in pivotal trials and, according to the company, has blockbuster potential.