Abbott’s $30.7B Deal Boosts Medical Device M&A

Medical device deals are back in fashion. In the first four months of 2016, 41 deals were announced in this sector, compared with just 30 for the comparable time period in 2015. Spending on deals in this sector has already hit $42.7 billion, compared with $5.7 billion in the first four months of 2015. The largest by far this year is Abbott’s (NYSE: ABT) announcement on April 28 that it would spend $30.7 billion to acquire Minneapolis-based St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE: SJM). St. Jude shareholders will receive $46.75 in cash and 0.8708 shares of Abbott common stock, representing total consideration of approximately $85 per share, and a transaction equity value of $25 billion. Add in... Read More »

Point-of-Care Diagnostics Company Commands $5.8 Billion

Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) may be known for its branded generic pharmaceuticals, but it just boosted its diagnostics division with the $5.8 billion acquisition of Alere Inc. (NYSE: ALR). Alere provides point-of care diagnostics and services for the infectious disease, cardiometabolic disease, and toxicology in the United States and worldwide. Abbott will pay $56 per common share, representing a 51% premium to Alere’s closing price on Friday, January 28, 2016. Abbott will also assume or refinance Alere’s $2.6 billion debt. Back in July 2015, Alere paid $60 million for US Diagnostics. It made a larger, $270 million deal for eScreen, Inc. in March 2012. The combination of... Read More »