UPDATE 3-Ackman, Valeant team up to bid for Allergan in unusual pairing

Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:39pm EDT
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(Recasts with Ackman partnering with Valeant to buy Allergan)

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss, Rod Nickel and Olivia Oran

BOSTON/NEW YORK, April 21 (Reuters) - Activist investor William Ackman teamed up with Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc to make a joint run at buying wrinkle-treatment maker Allergan Inc, according to security filings on Monday.

The move to acquire Allergan, which is worth around $42 billion, is highly unusual as activist investors typically buy stakes and then agitate for strategic change, such as a sale of the company.

One source familiar with their plans said it comes after Valeant tried for over a year to court Allergan but was turned away. Ackman and his $13 billion hedge fund, Pershing Square, have a long record in pushing companies to do his bidding, which could help Valeant buy Allergan.

Allergan and a spokeswoman for Pershing Square declined to comment.

Valeant, which has been on a buying spree and most recently acquired Bausch & Lomb Holdings, said that a merger with Allergan would create an "unrivaled platform for growth and value creation," and that it would soon finalize its proposal and then announce it.

A deal would bring together two mid-sized pharmaceutical companies with expertise in skin care and eye care products. Allergan, which also has a lucrative portfolio of ophthalmic drugs to treat conditions such as glaucoma and dry eye, is larger by revenue, reporting $6.3 billion in sales last year. Valeant reported $5.8 billion in revenue last year.

Allergan's longtime CEO, David Pyott, is also an avid dealmaker who built Botox into a blockbuster by continuously testing it for new uses.   Continued...