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Roche in takeover bid for US firm Illumina

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Roche in takeover bid for US firm Illumina
08:48 CET+01:00

Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche announced on Wednesday it had launched a takeover bid for Illumina, a US company that specialises in life sciences.

Roche said it had made "multiple efforts" to start talks with Illumina to negotiate a deal but the US firm had not been willing to enter "substantive discussions"

"Roche has therefore decided to promptly commence a tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Illumina for $44.50 per share in cash," said a company statement.

This offer was "full and fair value" for the company, Roche chief executive Severin Schwan said in a statement.

He added: "It is our strong preference to enter into a negotiated transaction with Illumina, and we remain willing to engage in a constructive dialogue with Illumina to jointly develop an optimal strategy for maximizing the value of our combined business."

The statement said the offer represented a 64 percent premium over Illuminas stock price on December 21st, 2011 and put the value of the San Diego-based company at $5.7 billion.

A brief statement from Illumina acknowledged that Roche had made an "unsolicited offer" for the company.

It said the board of directors would "thoroughly review" the proposal and make a recommendation "in due course" adding that it had asked share holders to take no action in the meantime.

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