Valeant may think Allergan is a great buyout fit, as evidenced by the $47 billion bid it made for the California company Tuesday. But Allergan may feel differently--at least at the current offering price.
Allergan didn't waste any time in coming up with a poison pill to help thwart a hostile, $46 billion takeover attempt by Valeant CEO J. Michael Pearson and his hedge fund ally William Ackman. The board issued a shareholder rights plan on Tuesday evening giving its general investors the right to buy discounted shares once someone accumulates a threatening stake in the company of 10% or more.
As The Wall Street Journal reports, the Irvine, CA-based Allergan is the latest apple of deal-happy Valeant's eye. And allied with activist investor Bill Ackman--who recently flew under the radar to amass a 9.7% Allergan share--it might just have the heft to pull off a pickup, with or without Allergan's blessing.
Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez is on record saying he's "a big fan" of the company's consumer health business. But that doesn't mean he has to run it. The Swiss drugmaker gets to have its consumer health and hand it off, too, in a new joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline.
In an announcement full of surprises from Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline, the sale of the Swiss company's vaccines division to Glaxo may have been the least surprising part.
Why would GlaxoSmithKline sell most of its cancer business to Novartis? In today's deal announcement, that particular sale stands up for questioning.
Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly have hammered out a pact to swap, sell and partner on a group of four different divisions, realigning the corporate and marketing landscape for each of the big three pharma players.
Novartis has agreed to sell its veterinary products business to Eli Lilly, whose Elanco unit is among the biggest players in animal health, for about $5.4 billion
While the chattering classes were chattering about a potential Pfizer-AstraZeneca merger yesterday, three other drug giants were putting the finishing touches on a big announcement. Novartis, whose strategic review has been making headlines for almost a year, agreed to swap some assets with GlaxoSmithKline and sell its animal health business to Eli Lilly.
Activist investor William Ackman has allied himself with biopharma raider Michael Pearson at Valeant to buy out Allergan, the maker of Botox, which has been actively hunting down its own buyouts, according to a report Monday evening from The Wall Street Journal.