Shire shares jump after Takeda confirms bid interest

“Takeda, Japan’s largest drugs firm by sales, has said it is considering a possible offer for the UK’s Shire.

The Takeda announcement sent shares in the UK pharmaceuticals company up as much as 25% in morning trading.

Big drugs names have long been rumoured to have been circling Shire after a takeover by US firm Abbvie fell through in 2014.

In mid-December last year, speculation on a possible takeover bid sent Shire shares to the top of the FTSE 100.

Takeda said its offer “is at a preliminary and exploratory stage and no approach has been made to the board of Shire”.

However, Takeda said it was interested in the firm to strengthen its cancer, stomach and brain drugs offerings.

Takeda must announce that it intends to make a firm offer for Shire by the end of 25 April.

Bigger picture

CMC Markets analyst Michael Hewson said the interest in Shire “is part of a wider story” in the pharmaceutical industry.

He said plans by Amazon, investor Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase to create a company to provide employees with affordable healthcare had helped prompt further consolidation in the pharmaceutical sector.

Shire is incorporated in Jersey, and has its headquarters in Dublin. However, most of its 24,000 employees are located in the US.

It was started in 1986 by a small group of entrepreneurs who started selling calcium treatments for osteoporosis.

Two years ago Shire bought Baxalta, a specialist in treatments for rare diseases, for $32bn.

Japan’s Takeda was founded in 1781 and employs 30,000 people. It operates in more than 70 countries.”

Source – BBC News

Excerpt from Takeda RNS:

“Cambridge, Mass. and Osaka, Japan, 28 March, 2018 – Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (“Takeda”) notes the share price movement with respect to Shire plc (“Shire”).


Takeda confirms that it is considering making an approach to Shire regarding a possible offer for the company.  Takeda’s consideration of such an offer is at a preliminary and exploratory stage and no approach has been made to the Board of Shire. There can be no certainty that an approach, if made, will lead to any transaction.

Takeda continuously considers various options aiming to accelerate its growth, focusing on prioritized therapeutic areas of gastroenterology, oncology and neuroscience plus vaccines.

Takeda believes that a potential transaction with Shire presents an opportunity to advance Takeda’s stated Vision 2025, build on its current strong momentum, and create a truly global, value-based Japanese biopharmaceutical leader. In particular, a transaction with Shire would:

·     strengthen Takeda’s core therapeutic areas of oncology, GI and neuroscience

·     accelerate Takeda’s vision to be a leader in specialized medicines that are transformative to patients through the addition of Shire’s leading global rare disease franchise

·     further enhance Takeda’s robust R&D strategy, concentrating on key therapeutic areas

·     reinforce a strong and large-molecule focused late-stage pipeline within Takeda’s core therapeutic areas to complement Takeda’s own pipeline and discovery capabilities

·     balance Takeda’s geographic focus to align with the market opportunity in the U.S.

·     drive financial value from a strong combined financial profile

Clearly defined strategic and financial objectives are core to Takeda’s disciplined approach to acquisitions, including in relation to its dividend policy and credit rating, which are well-established. Any potential offer for Shire, if made, would have to align with this strict investment criteria.

This transaction would be subject to the Code. A further announcement will be made as appropriate.

In accordance with Rule 2.6(a) of the Code, Takeda must, by no later than 5.00 p.m. (London time) on 25 April 2018, either announce a firm intention to make an offer, subject to conditions or pre-conditions if relevant, for Shire in accordance with Rule 2.7 of the Code or announce that it does not intend to make an offer for Shire, in which case the announcement will be treated as a statement to which Rule 2.8 of the Code applies. This deadline will only be extended with the consent of the UK Panel on Takeovers and Mergers (the “Panel”) in accordance with Rule 2.6(c) of the Code.

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this announcement will be published on the Takeda website ( by no later than 12 noon (London time) on 29 March 2018. The content of the websites referred to in this announcement is not incorporated into and does not form part of this announcement.”