Once consummated, the deal would see Abbott receive 105 million shares of the combined company, for a roughly 21% stake in the new entity.
The acquired assets are to include more than 100 cardio/metabolic, gastrointestinal, anti-infective/respiratory, CNS/pain and women’s and men’s health products (among them Creon, Influvac, Brufen, Amitiza and Androgel), which are expected to generate annual sales of some $1.9 billion, according to a press release. Abbott said it will keep its branded generics pharmaceuticals business and products in emerging markets and its other businesses and products in developed markets.
"This transaction provides Abbott with additional strategic flexibility as we continue to actively manage and shape our portfolio, reflecting our commitment to long-term, durable growth," Abbott chairman & CEO Miles White said in prepared remarks. "Our branded generics pharmaceuticals business will focus on emerging markets, where demographic changes and increasing access to healthcare are expected to drive sustainable growth."
"Mylan is the right organization for our developed markets branded generics business," White added. "Mylan has the scale and breadth across critical distribution channels and a complementary portfolio that will quickly position this business for success. Mylan also shares our commitment to patients and product quality."
The deal is expected to close during the 1st quarter of 2015, according to the release.
MYL shares were up 2.6% on the news to $51.50 apiece as of about 11 a.m. today. ABT shares ticked up to $41.68 each, a 0.9% gain.