Monday 30 March 2015

Merger Monday...or not

A whole bunch of deals were announced today, with the US pharmaceutical industry witnessing another frenzied round of consolidation.

Indeed, Teva Pharmaceuticals is purchasing Auspex for around $3.5 billion, United Health Group is buying Catamaran Corp for $13.2 billion and Horizon Pharma has agreed to buy Hyperion Therapeutics for $866 million.

And I'm sure it won't be long before we see further deals in the sector, such as the potential multi-billion takeover of BioMarin Pharmaceutical, the maker of treatments for rare genetic diseases. See the link to last week's story on Betaville for further background on this situation:

Elsewhere, Bloomberg reported this evening that FTSE 100-listed copper mining giant Antofagasta is in merger talks with Canada's Teck Resources. Here is a link to the Bloomberg piece:

However, the tale is being vehemently denied by both companies, so perhaps it isn't a true merger Monday after all...


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