Two down, one to go.
After announcing the sale of its genetic testing business to Laboratory Corp. of America
Sekisui Chemical agreed to buy the diagnostic products business for $265 million. The unit sells reagents, tests, and infectious disease products intended for manufacturers, clinical laboratories, and health care providers.
The divestures seems like a good move for Genzyme. The company has fixed some of its manufacturing woes, but it's still a ways away from firing on all cylinders. Selling off non-drug aspects of its business will help Genzyme concentrate on the high-growth business that's still in the turn-around process.
Slimming down could also make Genzyme slightly more attractive to potential bidders. Companies that aren't interested in the side businesses would have had to figure out how much they could sell the businesses for after the acquisition. Genzyme has done that work for them.
Ultimately, though, the core drug business is going to be the main driver of the price, and Genzyme seems to believe that value is much higher than anyone else. sanofi-aventis
Until Genzyme proves that it's back on track, I don't see the risk-reward profile as being very favorable at today's prices.
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