VIAGRA AND EPIPENS
In an increasingly competitive space for generic drug sellers, pharmaceuticals firm Mylan plans to merge with Pfizer’s off-patent drug business—creating a giant with up to $20 billion in revenue next year.
On Monday, Mylan agreed to combine with Pfizer’s Upjohn in an all-stock deal. Mylan investors are expected to receive 43% of the combined firm, while Pfizer investors will own the remainder. Pfizer is also expected to issue $12 billion in new debt for the deal.
Shares of EpiPen producer Mylan rose 13.4% Monday to $21 apiece in pre-market trading, though the stock is still 75% below its peak in 2015 partially due to the pressure of lower drug prices from its competitors.
The deal makes sense for Pfizer (which makes Viagra), which has sought to focus on blockbuster, patent-protected drugs in recent years to boost growth amid shareholder pressure.
“For Pfizer, this transaction represents our sharpened focus on innovative medicines,” said Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla in a statement.
Beyond lower generic drug prices, Mylan has suffered from reputational setbacks in recent years. In 2016, Mylan was heavily criticized for the increased price of allergy-reaction injectable, EpiPen, a recent shortage of the product, as well as allegations of price-fixing.
Mylan CEO Heather Bresch is expected to retire in mid-2020, with Upjohn’s chief Michael Goettler taking over as the combined company’s CEO.
The Federal Reserve is widely expected to cut rates for the first time since the Financial Crisis Wednesday from 2.25%-2.50% to 2.00%-2.25% at a time when the figure remains at a historical low in a seemingly healthy economy.
That’s led to questions about why exactly the Fed is raising rates now.
Low inflation aside: “The Fed worries that the observed deterioration in the data in Europe and Asia will have a negative impact on the U.S. economy over the coming months,” writes Deutsche Bank’s Chief Economist Torsten Slok in a client note. “With ISM Manufacturing and NonFarm Payroll this week, we will soon find out if these Fed worries are justified.”
Inevitably though, the rate has also also raises concerns about what happens when a deeper downturn hits.
“By keeping interest rates so low for so long, the Federal Reserve is losing its best monetary tool for fighting the next recession, and implicitly undermining Congressional efforts to constrain spending and preserve fiscal firepower,” MIT Sloan School of Management Senior Lecturer Robert Pozen wrote in a commentary for Fortune.
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PRIVATE EQUITY DEALS
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