Pharmaceutical giant AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) said today it will acquire Allergan (NYSE:AGN) for $63 billion in cash and stock. The purchase is seen as a hedge against the impending expiration of U.S. patents on AbbVie’s blockbuster drug, Humira.
AbbVie will pay Allergan shareholders $188.24 per share of Allergan stock, a 45% premium to yesterday’s closing price. Humira sales account for more than 60% of AbbVie’s revenue, but biosimilars approved in Europe have begun to erode that cash flow. U.S. patents for the drug are due to expire in 2023.
Dublin, Ireland-based Allergan’s share price has dropped by more than 50% since 2015, fueling recent rumors that the company might split its aesthetics and pharma divisions. AbbVie approached Allergan in late April with the takeover proposal.
AbbVie expects the acquisition will yield annual pre-tax and other savings of at least $2 billion in year three while leaving investments in key growth franchises untouched. If approved by both companies’ shareholders, the deal is expected to close next year. AbbVie shares dropped nearly 16% on the news to $66.05 mid-morning. Allergan shares shot up 26.7% to $164.05.
“This is a transformational transaction for both companies and achieves unique and complementary strategic objectives,” Richard Gonzalez, AbbVie chairman and CEO said in a news release. “The combination of AbbVie and Allergan increases our ability to continue to deliver on our mission to patients and shareholders. With our enhanced growth platform to fuel industry-leading growth, this strategy allows us to diversify AbbVie’s business while sustaining our focus on innovative science and the advancement of our industry-leading pipeline well into the future.”
“This acquisition creates compelling value for Allergan’s stakeholders, including our customers, patients and shareholders. With 2019 annual combined revenue of approximately $48 billion, scale in more than 175 countries, an industry-leading R&D pipeline and robust cash flows, our combined company will have the opportunity to make even bigger contributions to global health than either can alone,” said Allergan chairman and CEO Brent Saunders. “Our fast-growing therapeutic areas, including our world-class medical aesthetics, eye care, CNS and gastrointestinal businesses, will enhance AbbVie’s strong growth platform and create substantial value for shareholders of both companies.”
AbbVie will maintain its North Chicago, Ill. headquarters and Gonzalez will remain chairman until the U.S. Humira patents expire. Saunders and one other Allergan board member will join AbbVie’s board when the deal closes.