Sun Pharma gets US FTC nod for Taro open offer

Sun Pharma gets US FTC nod for Taro open offer
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First Published: Thu, Aug 14 2008. 11 41 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Aug 14 2008. 11 41 AM IST
PTI
Mumbai: Sun Pharmaceuticals has got US Federal Trade Commission (US FTC) approval for the open offer made by it to shareholders of Israeli firm Taro.
In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, Sun Pharma said the FTC has granted early termination of the anti-trust waiting period for the previously announced tender offer by its subsidiary Alkaloida Chemical Company Exclusive Group Ltd.
Last month the Mumbai-based firm had launched an open offer at a price of $7.75 per share to acquire all outstanding shares of Taro, including all of the founders’ shares.
“The open offer, which opened on 30 June, is scheduled to expire on 2 September, 2008, unless the offer is extended,” the filing said.
Sun’s open offer followed Taro’s ‘unilateral´ termination of the $454 million merger agreement signed between the two firms.
Greenhill & Co LLC is acting as the dealer manager and MacKenzie is acting as the Information Agent for the tender offer, the company said.
Sun reiterated that Alkaloida exercised its option under the agreement, to acquire all the shares held by the controlling shareholders of Taro under the option agreement signed with Taro when the merger deal was struck last year.
Merrill Lynch and Yigal Arnon & C and Skadden Slate Meagher & Flom LLP are assisting the Taro board in evaluating Sun’s offer.
Shares of Sun Pharma were trading at Rs1,443, up by 0.44% in the morning trade on the BSE.
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First Published: Thu, Aug 14 2008. 11 41 AM IST