UPDATE 1-Ackman threatens to sue Allergan again over potential Salix deal

Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:24am EDT
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Sept 23 (Reuters) - Billionaire William Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management said on Tuesday that it would sue botox-maker Allergan Inc if the company went ahead with a deal to buy drugmaker Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Allergan is trying to seal a deal with Salix in order to stay independent and fend off a $53 billion hostile offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc . Valeant's offer is backed by Pershing Square - Allergan's largest shareholder with a 9.72 percent stake.

In a letter to Allergan's board on Tuesday, Ackman said Pershing Square would sue the company for breach of fiduciary duty if it resumed attempts to buy Salix without a shareholder vote.

The activist-investor has also called Allergan's attempts at acquisitions "desperate".

Allergan said in an emailed statement on Tuesday that its board still believes that Valeant's bid is "grossly inadequate and substantially undervalues" the company.

Reuters reported on Monday that Allergan had resumed talks to buy Salix.

Allergan's shares were up 2.5 percent at $170.20 in early trade on the Nasdaq, while Salix's shares were up about 5 percent at $167.45. Valeant's U.S.-listed shares were down 0.3 percent at $116.68.

Pershing Square sued Allergan in August, alleging that the drugmaker was delaying a special meeting of shareholders to discuss the Valeant offer in order to buy time to find a target of its own.   Continued...