|Deal Profile: Pfizer to Acquire King Pharmaceuticals|
By Stephen Grocer
Pfizer agreed to buy pain-drug maker King Pharmaceuticals for $3.6 billion in cash.
The deal comes a year after Pfizer bought Wyeth for $68 billion, a deal which unleashed a run of merger activity in the pharmaceutical industry. Big drug makers face the expiration of patents on many flagship drugs, which opens the doors for much cheaper generic versions of those drugs to enter the market.
Under the agreement, Pfizer will pay $14.25 per share for King, a 40% premium to Monday’s closing price. King’s stock through Monday was down 17% this year as the Bristol, Tenn., company has been struggling to find a replacement for its once-best-selling Altace blood-pressure treatment, whose sales plunged due to generic competition. More recently, the Skelaxin pain killer also became subject to generic competition.