【英语财经】辉瑞仍未放弃收购阿斯利康 Investors lash out as Pfizer’s pursuit of AstraZeneca runs out of steam

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2014-5-20 06:35

小艾摘要: Pfizer’s pursuit of AstraZeneca was hanging by a thread yesterday after its “final” £69.4bn offer was rejected by the UK company, sparking recriminations between the rival drugmakers and sharehold ...
Investors lash out as Pfizer’s pursuit of AstraZeneca runs out of steam
Pfizer’s pursuit of AstraZeneca was hanging by a thread yesterday after its “final” £69.4bn offer was rejected by the UK company, sparking recriminations between the rival drugmakers and shareholders.

Leif Johansson, AstraZeneca chairman, said Pfizer had “failed to make a compelling strategic, business or value case” for a deal that would be the biggest foreign takeover of a UK group and one of the biggest in drug industry history.

Pfizer had earlier ruled out a hostile bid and said it would walk away if AstraZeneca refused to open friendly talks over its £55 per share proposal.

The US company is now bound by those commitments under UK takeover rules, meaning its only hope of reviving the deal is if shareholders mount pressure on AstraZeneca to change its mind. Some people close to Pfizer indicated the company was still holding out hope of rekindling the deal before the May 26 deadline for it to make a formal bid. But its options are limited.

AstraZeneca’s shares fell 11.1 per cent to close at £42.87 in London.

辉瑞(Pfizer)对阿斯利康(AstraZeneca)的收购昨日悬于一线,此前该公司提出的694亿英镑“最终”收购要约被阿斯利康拒绝,引发这两家互为竞争对手的制药商及其股东间的相互攻讦。

阿斯利康董事长雷夫?约翰森(Leif Johansson)表示,对于这样一起外资对英国集团的最大规模收购,以及制药业史上最大规模收购之一的潜在交易,辉瑞“未能在战略上、商业上或价值观上给出有说服力的理由”。

此前辉瑞排除了发起恶意收购的可能性,并表示如果阿斯利康拒绝就它提出的每股55英镑收购提议展开友好磋商,它将不再纠缠下去。

如今,根据英国的收购法规,这家美国公司必须遵守以上承诺,也就是说,该公司重启这笔交易的唯一希望在于阿斯利康股东向阿斯利康施压,令其改变主意。部分与辉瑞有着密切关系的人表示,该公司仍未放弃在5月26日该公司发出正式收购要约的截止日期前重启交易的希望。不过其选择是有限的。

在伦敦上市的阿斯利康股价收盘下跌11.1%,至每股42.87英镑。

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