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M&A trends: Warner Chilcott Said to Consider Options After Interest

Posted on 01 May 2012

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Warner Chilcott is weighing options including a possible M&A after receiving interest from strategic and private-equity buyers, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The shares jumped in early trading.

Goldman Sachs Group is helping the drugmaker assess interest, said the people, who declined to be identified because the discussions are private. Warner Chilcott is also considering paying a dividend as an alternative to a sale, one person said.

Warner Chilcott climbed 18 percent to $22.10 at 8:17 a.m. On April 27, the stock rose 8 percent on takeover speculation by investors, giving the company a market capitalization of $4.69 billion. The Dublin-based drugmaker focuses on women’s health care, dermatology, urology and gastroenterology. It has an enterprise value, a figure that includes net debt, of $7.93 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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