Perrigo's not opposed to striking a pact with Mylan--as long as the price is right. The bad news for its suitor, though, is that right now, it's nowhere close.
Patheon has been on an M&A blitz, buying up specialty manufacturers that can help it broaden its network as it muscles up as a global CDMO. But the North Carolina-based company is unafraid to shed assets that no longer fit that blueprint and so is selling a plant in Mexico to over-the-counter king Perrigo.
So far, Perrigo hasn't seemed too keen on selling itself to generics giant Mylan. It's rejected the U.S. drugmaker three times. But word has it that Perrigo tried to link arms with another generics giant on the block--and that's Mylan suitor Teva.
With Mylan's second bid for Perrigo, it actually hit below the first bid the Irish drugmaker rejected, Perrigo contended. But now, Mylan is back with a third offer to set things straight.
On Friday, Mylan all but rejected Teva's takeover bid with its own sweetened bid for Ireland's Perrigo. But now, it's made the snub official, delivering a resounding "no" to its generics rival.
Mylan may be fending off an unsolicited $40 billion buyout offer from competitor Teva even as it is being rebuffed for making its own $31 billion bid for Perrigo, but it still has to take care of business as usual. Right now that includes having to recall 8 lots of injectable cancer drugs, most of it manufactured for Pfizer, after particulate was discovered in vials.
Just a couple hours after Mylan sweetened its original bid for Ireland's Perrigo to $31 billion-plus, Perrigo nixed the new offer. Why? The way the target sees it, it isn't quite so sweet.
Mylan sent a message to Teva that it wasn't interested in becoming bait even before the Israeli drugmaker made its $40 billion bid earlier this week. Now, it's repeating that message loud and clear--and it's doing so with a sweetened offer for Irish target Perrigo.
Rumors of a Teva-Mylan merger have swirled for weeks, and now that Teva's bid has actually arrived, the talk is heating up even more. Everyone has an opinion--Mylan and Teva included--and those opinions are all over the map. Strategic or not? Legally possible or not? At what price might Mylan be willing to talk? And could Mylan persuade the reluctant Perrigo to take its (defensive) $29 billion offer?
Bad news for Mylan if it wants to avoid a $40 billion takeover by generics rival Teva: Its own acquisition prospect, Ireland's Perrigo, isn't interested in getting together.