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Watson acquires Actavis for €4.25bn, becoming third-largest generics company

Executive Summary

After months of speculation, Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. has paid €4.25bn ($5.6bn) up front for privately held Actavis Group, creating the third-largest generics company in the world behind Teva and Sandoz. The deal includes $5.5bn in cash, the assumption of $132mm in debt, and an earn-out payment of 5.5mm Watson common shares (valued at $373mm) to be issued in 2013 if Actavis meets certain performance targets in 2012.

Deal Industry
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Pharmaceuticals
    • Generic Drugs
Deal Status
  • Final
Deal Type
  • Acquisition
    • Full Acquisition
    • Includes Contract
    • Includes Earnout
    • Payment Includes Cash for Equity
    • Payment Includes Stock

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