has reached a deal to buy
PLC for about $63 billion, as two big drugmakers bet a combination will deliver new sources of growth they have struggled to find on their own.
The takeover is worth $188 a share in cash and stock. The price, mainly to be paid in cash, represents a 45% premium over Allergan’s closing share price Monday of $129.57. If not for a surge in the shares in recent days on expectations for a breakup of the company, the premium would be even bigger.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Tuesday that the deal was imminent.
Buying Dublin-based Allergan would deliver a dominant position in the $8 billion-plus market for Botox and other beauty drugs, as well as a number of popular eye treatments, as AbbVie braces for the end of patent protection for the world’s top-selling drug, Humira.
The companies’ portfolios have some overlap in treatments for brain, women’s-health, stomach and other disorders, though the combination would take AbbVie into the new realm of frown-line smoothing, eyelash lengthening and double-chin removal.
Allergan’s nearly $16 billion in yearly revenue would also give AbbVie another source of cash to hunt for a new generation of products.
Lately, Wall Street has been clamoring for change at Allergan, with its shares trading at a fraction of their peak of more than $330 in the summer of 2015. Analysts have been saying the company could split into two pieces but few expected CEO Brent Saunders to pull off a sale, especially at such a lofty premium.
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