When Express Scripts (Nasdaq:ESRX) announced its intention to acquire Medco Health Solutions (NYSE:MHS) last week, it lit the fuse on what is likely to become one of the most far-reaching (if not most interesting) developments in health care in some time. At a bare minimum, this deal is going to force the current U.S. administration to make some very interesting choices when it comes to market competition and health care costs.
To offer a quick review, Express Scripts is proposing to acquire its larger rival (in terms of prescription share) for total consideration of $71.36 at the time of the announcement. This consideration will be broken up between $28.80 in cash and 0.81 shares of Express Scripts. Assuming the deal goes through, it will deliver Medco shareholders a 28% premium to its pre-deal price and Medco shareholders will hold about 41% of the new company.
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MHS-ESRX Merger Will Force Interesting Choice In Washington (ESRX, MHS, ABC, CAH, TEVA, UNH, WAG, CVS)