M and A Slows in Pharma Sector in 2016

The pharmaceutical industry has been the behemoth of healthcare M&A, usually accounting for the largest dollar amounts spent in any given year and often one of the most active in terms of number of transactions. But since its record year in 2014, this sector has been on a slow decline. Big Pharma deal volume dropped 9% since 2015, from 171 that year to 156 deals in 2016. Dollars spent slid even further, down 39%, from $138.4 billion in 2015 to just $84.45 billion in 2016. The Pharma sector is notorious for its multi-billion dollar mega deals. The largest pharma deal in 2016 is a prime example, as it was also the largest deal of the year. That was Shire plc’s (NASDAQ:SHPG) $32 billion... Read More »

Allergan Is Bullish on Biotech

Ever since Allergan (NYSE: AGN) completed the $40.5 billion sale of its generics business to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (NYSE: TEVA) on August 2, the pharma giant is targeting biotech companies with a vengeance. In September alone (and we’re only talking about three weeks at this point), the company has announced four deals, totalling $1.28 billion. Year-to-date, Allergan has announced nine transactions for a total of $1.67 billion, more than Pfizer’s (NYSE: PFE) seven deals but far behind the $19.8 billion Pfizer committed to those transactions. (Pfizer’s biggest deal this year, the $13.5 billion acquisition of Medivation (NASDAQ: MDVN), was announced in August.)... Read More »

Third Quarter 2016 Shows Signs of Slowing

Eight months into the year is a good time to take stock of the state of the healthcare M&A market. On the whole, volume and value look to be stronger than last year. The first eight months of 2016 show a combined total of 1,019 transactions, compared with 1,005 in the same period in 2015, a 1% difference. Five of the first eight months in 2016 have posted higher transaction totals than the same months in 2015. Deal values have to be examined more closely, owing to the mega-deals that can create huge month-to-month fluctuations. Total dollars spent in the first eight months of 2016 are approximately $196 billion. In the same period in 2015, spending reached nearly $338 billion, thanks... Read More »

Pfizer Buys Medivation and More

Forget those early- to mid-stage clinical candidates. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) jumped the line with its $13.5 billion deal for oncology drug maker Medivation Inc. (NASDAQ: MDVN). The target’s primary product is XTANDI® (enzalutamide), an androgen receptor inhibitor, the leading novel hormone therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer. Pfizer will pay $81.50 per share in existing cash, a 21% premium to Medivation’s closing stock price on Friday, August 19, 2016. This deal ends months of bidding for Medivation, which began in April with Sanofi SA’s $52.50 per share (about $9 billion) offer. Medivation turned down the overture, and Sanofi eventually raised its bid to $58.50... Read More »

Pharma M&A Is all about Options

The days of mega-mergers in the pharmaceutical sector aren’t necessarily over, but those deals will be fewer and farther between, going forward. Nearly 60 deals have been announced in 2016 through the middle of May, and just 17 have an entire company as the target. The largest, so far, is Shire’s (NASDAQ: SHPG) $32 billion takeover of Baxalta (NYSE: BXLT), announced in January. The rest are either collaborations on product candidates, rights or license deals for marketed products or clinical-stage candidates, even the rights to royalties. That’s Royalty Pharma’s $1.1 billion deal for the royalty interest in Xtandi, which is being sold by a co-owner, UCLA, where... Read More »