Friday, June 14, 2013

MassDevice: Is Valeant About To Make A Bold Bid For Bausch & Lomb?

Never let it be said that Valeant (NYSE: VRX) management is shy about doing deals. With a roster of past deals including Biovail, Cephalon, OraPharma, and Medicis, Valeant claims that better than 80% of its deals have attained the 20% internal return target it uses to evaluate potential transactions. If rumors out Friday prove true, Valeant is about to bag its biggest target yet in what would be a particularly bold move.

Multiple sources have reported (or repeated) rumors that Bausch + Lomb's private equity owners Warburg Pincus are near a deal to sell the eye care giant to Valeant in a deal worth close to $9 billion. That Bausch & Lomb is on the block is well known – Warburg Pincus hired Goldman Sachs back in December of 2012 to assist them, and reportedly approached companies including Sanofi (NYSE:SNY), GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK), and Abbott (NYSE:ABT) without getting any takers on the then-reported price tag of $10 billion. At that point, Warburg Pincus reportedly began considering an IPO of Bausch & Lomb to cash out of a company it originally acquired for $4.5 billion.

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