Actelion shares up on J&J interest
SHARES in Swiss biotech firm Actelion shot nearly 17 percent higher as it confirmed it had been approached by Johnson & Johnson about a possible buyout.
In a brief statement, Europe’s largest biotech firm “confirmed that it has been approached by Johnson & Johnson about a possible transaction”, adding that there was no certainty a transaction would be completed.
The US company meanwhile said “it is engaged in preliminary discussions with Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd. regarding a potential transaction”, and would make no further comments until it was appropriate to do so.
Johnson & Johnson shares rose 0.8pc to US$114.01 in midday trading in New York.
Actelion shares soared in Zurich to close 16.8pc higher at 184.50 Swiss francs.
Based in Allschwil outside the city of Basel, Actelion specialises in rare diseases and earns most of its revenue from treatments for pulmonary arterial hypertension. –