Roche extends its hostile takeover bid for Illumina

February 27, 2012

Swiss pharmaceutical group Roche said Monday it is sticking by its hostile $5.7-billion (4.2 billion euros) bid for US gene mapper Illumina and is extending it for a month.

Roche's offer ran until last Friday but it has received shares worth only $4.55 million from the US company.

"All other terms and conditions of the offer remain unchanged," said Roche in a statement announcing it was extending the offer to March 23.

Roche said it had received some 102,165 shares at a proposed price of $44.50 a share.

The Swiss company said its price was 64 percent higher that Illumina's closing stock price on December 21, 2011 "the day before market rumours" about the potential bid drove Illumina's significantly higher.

Illumina said: "The extension by Roche was expected."

"An extremely low number of shares have been tendered, consistent with our view -- and that of our stockholders -- that Roche's offer does not reflect Illumina's unique leadership position, business performance and future prospects."

Roche Severin Schwan said however the Swiss giant continued to believe that the offer was "fair and comprehensive and provides a unique opportunity for Illumina shareholders."

Explore further: EU approves skin cancer fighting drug: Roche

Related Stories

EU approves skin cancer fighting drug: Roche

February 20, 2012
Swiss drug giant Roche said on Monday it had been given European Union approval for its treatment to fight a highly aggressive form of skin cancer.

Recommended for you

In most surgery patients, length of opioid prescription, number of refills spell highest risk for misuse

January 17, 2018
The possible link between physicians' opioid prescription patterns and subsequent abuse has occupied the attention of a nation in the throes of an opioid crisis looking for ways to stem what experts have dubbed an epidemic. ...

Patients receive most opioids at the doctor's office, not the ER

January 16, 2018
Around the country, state legislatures and hospitals have tightened emergency room prescribing guidelines for opioids to curb the addiction epidemic, but a new USC study shows that approach diverts attention from the main ...

FDA bans use of opioid-containing cough meds by kids

January 12, 2018
(HealthDay)—Trying to put a dent in the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday slapped strict new restrictions on the use of opioid-containing cold and cough products by kids.

Taking ibuprofen for long periods found to alter human testicular physiology

January 9, 2018
A team of researchers from Denmark and France has found that taking regular doses of the pain reliever ibuprofen over a long period of time can lead to a disorder in men called compensated hypogonadism. In their paper published ...

Nearly one-third of Canadians have used opioids: study

January 9, 2018
Nearly one in three Canadians (29 percent) have used "some form of opioids" in the past five years, according to data released Tuesday as widespread fentanyl overdoses continue to kill.

Growing opioid epidemic forcing more children into foster care

January 8, 2018
The opioid epidemic has become so severe it's considered a national public health emergency. Addiction to prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone and morphine, has contributed to a dramatic rise in overdose deaths and ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.