Merck is shelling out $9.5 billion for antibiotics specialist Cubist Pharmaceuticals, joining the wave of major drugmakers with a renewed interest in anti-invectives.
Merck & Co. is betting almost $10 billion on beefing up its antibiotics business. The U.S. drugmaker said it agreed to buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals for $102 per share, or about $8.4 billion, plus $1.1 billion in net debt, for a total transaction value of $9.5 billion. The buyout is part of Merck's plan to zero in on its most promising businesses and scale back the rest.
With a months-long hostile pursuit from Valeant and failed talks to buy North Carolina's Salix, Allergan had already been on an M&A roller coaster this year before finally agreeing to sell itself to Actavis last month. And options traders, for one, are afraid the ride's not over yet.
To address the European Commission's concerns about its proposed $13.4 billion acquisition of Biomet, Zimmer Holdings has proposed the divestiture of "one unicompartmental knee brand and one elbow brand" in the European Economic Areas as well as "one total knee brand" in two European countries.
British healthcare group BTG is snatching up interventional pulmonology outfit PneumRx in a deal worth up to $475 million, getting its hands on the company's device for severe emphysema and diversifying its product offerings.
Avanir, which agreed to sell itself to Otsuka earlier this week for $3.5 billion, may have been able to snag another price, some analysts figure. Problem is, it may too late to do anything about it.
As Mylan gears up to close a $5.3 billion deal to buy a chunk of Abbott's generics business and shift its tax base to the Netherlands, some investors are speculating it could itself become a target for another stateside company looking for a tax inversion. But to that, Sanford Bernstein analyst Tim Anderson says they shouldn't hold their breath.
Medtronic has sold $17 billion in bonds to fund its $43 billion acquisition of Covidien that's still expected to close early next year. The medical device giant had been expecting to fund the deal mostly with ex-U.S. cash, but opted instead for debt in order to avoid potential issues with U.S. regulators seeking to crack down on tax inversion deals.
Roche has been on a diagnostics roll as of late, pushing for regulatory approval of proprietary technology and striking deals to gain a stronger foothold in emerging markets. Now, the Swiss drugmaker is entering the prenatal diagnostics space with its purchase of Ariosa Diagnostics.
Roche is diving into the prenatal testing business, snatching up Ariosa Diagnostics to expand its diagnostics offerings and to get its hands on the company's noninvasive prenatal test for genetic abnormalities.