Significant premiums over stock market prices in biotechnology acquisitions
By Jeremy Webster, Chris Yatscoff and David Smythe
In the past few months there have been several acquisitions of biotechnology companies at significant premiums to their stock market prices. Several companies have been purchased at over two to three times its pre-announcement stock market price.
The purpose of this article is to examine this issue to see if these are isolated events or more of a trend. We will also seek to explain why this may be occurring from the perspective of various stakeholders including biotechnology executives, pharmaceutical executives, board members, investment bankers, analysts and other industry representatives to identify reasons why these premiums are being paid.
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