After almost a year of wrangling with recalcitrant minority shareholders, Novartis has wrapped up a deal to buy the rest of eye care company Alcon. Novartis will still trade 2.8 shares of its own stock for each Alcon share--but it's adding enough cash to make sure Alcon shareholders get $168 worth of value each. That's $15 a share more than its first offer was worth to minority shareholders, who balked at trading their shares for less than Novartis had paid Nestle for its 77 percent stake.
So, the new price is derived directly from Nestle's: It's an average of the two prices Novartis paid in its two-stage deal for majority control. Novartis coughed up $10.4 billion, or $143 per share, for a minority stake in 2008, Then, in January of this year, the Swiss drugmaker paid $28.1 billion, or $180 per share, for the rest of Nestle's shares. Averaging the two directly addressed the minority shareholders' fairness argument. Read the very latest on the Novartis/Alcon deal at Current Agreeements