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Abbott Laboratories halts M&A in recent years: M&A activity 2005-2013

Posted on 25 February 2013

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Abbott Laboratories has announced 13 M&A deals since 2005, with the lead deals being the acquisition of Solvay, KOS Pharmaceuticals, Advanced Medical Optics and Piramal Healthcare.

Abbott Laboratories is a top pharmaceutical and life sciences company based in Illinois, USA.

It is striking to note that Abbott has not signed any M&A deals since 2010. This is probably due to two factors: the need to restructure to incorporate the acquisitions of previous years, in particular Piramal Healthcare and Solvay; and the reorganization required when creating the split of the company to create two new entities: Abbott Laboratories, the leading generic pharma, diagnostics and devices business, and Abbvie, the leading branded pharmaceuticals business.

The following figure shows the level of Abbott M&A deal announcements since 2005.

Figure 1: Abbott M&A deals 2005-2012

Abbott M&A activity by year

Source: Current Agreements, 2013

Abbott Laboratories has signed 13 M&A deals since 2005. Companies acquired include:

  • Advanced Medical Optics
  • Evalve
  • Facet Biotech
  • Ibis Biosciences
  • KOS Pharmaceuticals
  • Piramal Healthcare
  • Solvay
  • Visiogen

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Abbott Laboratories has been attracted to mega merger transactions whereby the company expands through the acquisition and assimilation of strategic target assets to realize business growth.

This trend came to a halt in 2011, when the company stopped acquiring and instead restructured, with the resulting split into Abbott Laboratories and Abbvie.

The following figure provides a summary of the top M&A deals by headline value.

Figure 2: Top Abbott M&A deals by headline value 2005-2013

Abbott M&A deal by headline value

Source: Current Agreements, 2013

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