Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Seeking Alpha: Clinical Data And Forest Labs Agree To Split The Risk

The tug of war between Clinical Data (CLDA) bulls and bears has ended in what has to be called a draw. Flying in the face of the bear argument that Clinical Data's recently-approved depression drug Viibryd is little more than a me-too drug with scant prospects, Forest Labs (FRX), a company that knows more than a little about depression drugs, has agreed to purchase the company for $30 a share in cash and up to $6 more in contingent payments.

Of course, bulls should not be limbering up for an unbridled victory lap either. At $30, the guaranteed part of Forest's bid represents a take-under to the tune of nearly $4 per share. Moreover, if Viibryd really takes the market by storm and becomes a $2 billion or even $3 billion a-year drug, this deal is hardly full and fair compensation.

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