//Bristol-Myers Squibb to buy Celgene for $74 billion

Bristol-Myers Squibb to buy Celgene for $74 billion

Bristol-Myers shares fell 13 percent at USD 45.20, while Celgene shares rose 30.5 percent at USD 87 in premarket trading.

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Reuters        Last Updated: January 3, 2019  | 18:14 IST

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said on Thursday it would buy Celgene Corp for about $74 billion in a cash-and-stock deal, creating a powerhouse that will have several blockbuster cancer drugs.

The combined company will have nine products with more than $1 billion in annual sales and significant potential for growth in oncology, immunology and inflammation and cardiovascular disease.

Celgene shareholders will receive one Bristol-Myers Squibb share and $50 in cash for each share held, or $102.43 per share, a premium of 53.7 percent to Celgene’s Wednesday close.

Celgene shareholders will also receive one tradeable contingent value right for each share held, which will entitle them to payments for future regulatory milestones.

Bristol-Myers shares fell 13 percent at $45.20, while Celgene shares rose 30.5 percent at $87 in premarket trading.

The cash portion will be funded through a combination of cash on hand and debt financing. Bristol-Myers Squibb has obtained fully committed debt financing from Morgan Stanley Senior Funding Inc and MUFG Bank Ltd.

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