updated - December 10, 2018 Monday EST
Merck KGaA, a German drugs and chemicals maker, is considering the sale of its allergy business Allergopharma, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. The German company is looking to reduce its debt following the $17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich Corp.
Ole G. Andersen, the chairman of Bang & Olufsen A/S, a Danish maker of high-end stereo and TV, have confirmed in a statement that it has received offer for a possible takeover and is reviewing this offer.
Amgen Inc. has announced in a press release the submission of a Biologics License Application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ABP 501, a biosimilar candidate to Humira, or adalimumab, an anti-TNF-α monoclonal antibody. The application is Amgen’s first Biologics License Application submitted using the 351 (k) biosimilar pathway.
PetroChina Co., a Chinese state-controlled oil company, is planning to sell its stake in Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline Co. for as much as 15.5 billion yuan or $2.4 billion, according to a report from Bloomberg. The sale is due to the biggest oil and gas producer in China seeking to meet its year-end profit targets and focus on exploration as energy prices continue to slump.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved the NXP Semiconductor N.V.’s proposed acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. for $11.8 billion, according to a press release issued by the FTC. The approval, though, comes with a condition that NXP will divest its radio frequency power assets.
Shire Plc, a company that develops and delivers innovative medicines for patients with rare disease, is preparing to make a new takeover offer to Baxalta, Inc., a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The acquisition, if successful, will create one of the world’s leading specialists in rare disease.
Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., is in talks to acquire a stake at South China Morning Post (SCMP), a Hong Kong newspaper company, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The move would make Ma the latest Internet tycoon to try and revive the traditional newspaper.
Pinnacle Foods Inc. has announced in a press release that it will be acquiring Boulder Brands, Inc. for approximately $710 million. The acquisition will expand Pinnacle’s presence in growing and complementary health and wellness categories.
Apple Inc. is planning to launch its new Apple Pay electronic-payment service in China by next year, people familiar with the discussions told The Wall Street Journal. Apple is hoping to launch the electronic-payment service before February 8, 2016, before China’s Spring Festival Holiday.
CVC Capital Partners Ltd., a private equity firm, and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board are nearing a deal to acquire Petco Holdings, Inc., people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The deal will value Petco at $4.7 billion, including debt.
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