After its train wreck of a year, Genzyme
The addition looks like a nice complementary pickup for LabCorp that should help in its eternal battle with Quest Diagnostics
For Genzyme, the sale is a mixed blessing. If it weren't for its myriad manufacturing issues, maybe the company holds onto its genetic testing business, as well as its diagnostic products and pharmaceutical intermediates businesses that are also up for sale. But considering all that's happened, it's reasonable for the company to refocus on its bread-and-butter drug business.
When the company started the divestiture process, the cash from the sale was destined for a share buyback. Shares had sunk considerably and lowering the share count would likely have had a positive effect on earnings. Since then, shares have shot up after sanofi-aventis
Might the sale affect Sanofi's courting of Genzyme? Probably not. Sanofi is mostly interested in Genzyme for its biologic drugs and pipeline. I'm sure the diversified pharmaceutical company wouldn't have minded picking up the genetic testing business; there's a future in diagnostics. But Sanofi could add expertise in genetic testing by buying another company -- Myriad Genetics
The divestiture is a good move for Genzyme, but its shares are still very risky. If Sanofi doesn't increase its $69-per-share bid, the share price will likely fall. Genzyme's move to focus solely on drugs might induce a bid from a company like Bristol-Myers Squibb
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