Shire has refused to negotiate with a dogged AbbVie after four increasingly priced overtures, and now, with a $51.5 billion offer on the table, AbbVie is pressing shareholders to badger the company into agreeing to a sit-down.
Allergan has said it's working on some plans of its own to give investors "most of what they want" instead of the $53 billion hostile bid that Valeant and lead Allergan shareholder Pershing Square have put before them. And if those plans include a pickup of its own, it better get to it, shareholders say.
The share prices of AbbVie and takeover target Shire keep drifting downward amid sustained uncertainty over a deal. A couple of healthcare investors we talked to feel the deal is by no means definite--a concern that is also reflected in the continued wide spread between the latest offer price and Shire's share price.
Allergan can't stop Valeant from attempting to round up enough support to call a special meeting, overturn its board and strike its takeover defenses. But it can make moves it believes will convince shareholders it's better off standing on its own two feet.
Allergan execs have made no secret of the fact that they've been planning to come up with a lean-and-mean game plan designed to prove to investors that they'd be much better off if they spurned Valeant's offer to buy the company and gut its R&D division. Citing sources close to the company, Bloomberg is reporting that the cutbacks should include work on its most "unpromising" programs in the pipeline.
There are winners and losers in mergers, and as a general rule, executives win and at least some workers lose. That certainly is the case with Actavis and Forest Laboratories. While nearly 200 Forest employees in the St. Louis, MO, area got pink slips this week, top execs will receive up to $186 million in "merger success awards" for closing the $25 billion deal.
Analysts generally believe that big takeovers are easier to pull off under the U.K.'s M&A guidelines. But you'd better not ignore the very specific rules of the game. AbbVie got a lesson on that score yesterday after CEO Richard Gonzalez confidently confided to a number of major news outlets, including the Financial Times and Reuters, that he had already chatted up most of Shire's big investors and won their support for a $51 billion buyout.
Having played a pioneering role collaborating with the NIH on a new drug for sickle cell disease, Newton, MA-based AesRx has moved up the food chain after completing a buyout deal with Baxter International.
Yet another U.S. company is orchestrating a deal that will allow it to move overseas and slash its tax rate. Salix Pharmaceuticals of North Carolina says it will merge with an Ireland-based unit of Cosmo Pharmaceutical and buy out some of its patents for drugs to treat gastrointestinal diseases for $2.7 billion in stock.
With the help of U.K. investor Equistone, newly minted CRO Concept Life Sciences has snapped up three contractors and set out to do business as a conglomerate, scouting for clients looking to outsource scientific work.