Friday, June 20, 2014

The Motley Fool: Will Shire's Journey End in a Ring?

"I should like to save the Shire, if I could," J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.

British rare disease specialist Shire PLC (NASDAQ: SHPG  ) has become a hot property in this latest round of pharmaceutical merger mania. Not only does Shire offer a relatively low tax rate by virtue of its Irish corporate domicile, the company's focus on rare diseases fits in with the desire of many pharmaceutical companies to focus on therapeutic areas where reimbursement is high and the barriers to entry are substantial.

That Shire continues to get marriage offers is no guarantee that it will consent to do so. Not unlike AstraZeneca, Shire sees itself as a buyer, not a seller, and it may well take a prohibitively high number to seal a deal.

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Will Shire's Journey End in a Ring?

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