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Actavis completes Forest Laboratories acquisition

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Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: FRX) in a cash and equity transaction currently valued at approximately $28 billion. The combination creates one of the world’s fastest-growing specialty pharmaceutical companies, with annual revenues of more than $15 billion anticipated for 2015.

In conjunction with the close of the acquisition, Paul Bisaro, formerly Chairman and CEO of Actavis, has been named to the position of Executive Chairman of Actavis; Brent Saunders, formerly CEO and President of Forest, has been named CEO and President of Actavis; Robert Stewart, formerly President, Global Operations for Actavis, has been named Chief Operating Officer; Bill Meury, formerly Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Forest, has been named Executive Vice President Commercial, North American Brands; and David Buchen, formerly Actavis’ Chief Legal Officer, has been named Executive Vice President Commercial, North American Generics and International.

“The combination of Actavis and Forest creates an innovative new model for success in the global specialty pharmaceutical industry, built to compete within today’s evolving healthcare landscape,” said Brent Saunders, CEO and President of Actavis. “Our business model is driven by a broad portfolio of strong brand, generic and OTC products, a commitment to development-focused, results oriented research and development and the size and scale needed to efficiently and cost-effectively meet the needs of our global customer base. The new Actavis is uniquely positioned to deliver exceptional long-term financial performance and expand access to pharmaceutical products for patients around the world.

“Actavis’ best-in-class commercial engine is powered by a specialty brand business that is now positioned to compete with the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, marketing more than 35 products across seven therapeutic market segments and maintaining blockbuster product franchises in five therapeutic categories, as well as a global generics business that remains an industry powerhouse, with operations in approximately 60 countries and a top 10 position in more than 25 markets across the world,” Saunders added.

Supported by our strong commitment to research and development of more than $1 billion annually, as well as our industry-leading global supply chain powered by generic DNA, focused on efficient and cost-effective delivery of the highest quality products with the highest level of customer service, we are positioned to drive continued long-term growth and value for our shareholders, customers and employees. With the acquisition now complete, we will immediately begin executing on our comprehensive integration plans to ensure we are leveraging our strengthened global organisation to generate sustainable organic earnings growth from our newly expanded base,” he said further.

 EP News Bureau Mumbai

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