Sanofi wins Genzyme on improved offer

16th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis on Wednesday won control of giant US biotechnology group Genzyme after increasing its offer considerably in a drawn out battle.

Sanofi-Aventis will pay $20.1 billion (14.89 billion euros) for Genzyme, with a further payment of $3.8 billion depending on how the US company performs, the two companies said in a statement.

The two boards unanimously approved the deal and hope to close at the beginning of the second quarter, they said.

Sanofi-Aventis initially offered $18.5 million or $69 per share in October last year after talks on a tie-up with Genzyme made no progress.

At $20.1 billion, or $74 per share, the deal is second only to Roche's acquisition of another US firm, Genentech for $46.8 billion in 2009.

© 2011 AFP

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