Dublin: pharma deal hinges on court decision
Royalty must convince Elan shareholders to accept the £5.1bn bid dependent on the shareholders voting down all propositions.
Elan investors rejected the company’s $1bn royalties deal with US-based Theravance, the acquisition of private drug firm AOP Orphan, and a drug subsidiary spin-off, Reuters reports.
The shareholders, however, approved a $200m share buy-back that could make Royalty increase its bid offer or turn their back on the deal.
Last week, Royalty won against the Irish takeover panel that said it couldn’t change the terms to avoid the bid collapse. Royalty says it meant its conditionality to apply to only the two resolutions relating to acquisitions. The hearing to determine whether it can appeal is scheduled for tomorrow.
After initial rejections and altering the bid, Royalty’s offer stands at $13 a share with another $2.50 if Tysabri hits its sales goals.
The drug company that put itself up for sale on Friday has a week to decide whether or not to accept the offer, according to the report.