Armed with a $1.64 billion breakup fee from former merger partner AbbVie and a brand-new $2.1 billion revolving loan facility, Shire looks ready to strike a deal. Rumor says it's revisiting some of its old targets, including New Jersey's NPS Pharmaceuticals.
The ripple effects of AbbVie's canceled Shire deal extend beyond the disgruntled hedge fund managers and spooked investors who've been making noise since the $55 billion buyout collapsed. Several large investment banks lost money, too, raising eyebrows over whether they're illegally betting their own funds.
On the rebound after a dalliance with AbbVie and its $55 billion red herring, Shire CEO Flemming Ornskov is back on the offensive, talking up his company's potential to rub elbows with the biggest among Big Biotech.
Shire is enjoying the single life post-AbbVie breakup, touting its newly independent status and beefing up R&D. But if the company wants to beat its already ambitious sales goals, some strategic dealmaking could be on the horizon, CEO Flemming Ornskov says.
Shire, settling into life on its own after a failed merger with AbbVie, believes its in-development drugs can bring in a combined $3 billion in sales by 2020, sharpening its focus on rare diseases and keeping an eye out for bolt-on acquisitions.
More than 500 Pennsylvania-based Shire workers are shipping up to Boston in a move CEO Flemming Ornskov says will "streamline operations and drive further efficiencies."
Shire is following the biopharma trend of ditching far-flung outposts in favor of a centralized hub, shifting workers from its former U.S. headquarters in Pennsylvania to its Boston-area home base in a move the company believes will better align its sprawling business.
AbbVie can count this among the consequences of canceling its Shire buyout: Deal-focused hedge funds are losing investors.
Post-Shire-breakup, AbbVie CEO Richard Gonzalez says his company will be scouting about for other "strategic" M&A hookups. But Shire chief Flemming Ornskov isn't interested in courting another buyer.
A $1.64 billion breakup fee may have placated buyout target Shire after AbbVie pulled the plug on their $55 billion agreement. But investors? At least one may still be planning a little ax-grinding.