Lea Abrams, Sandra
June 2005
Investment Dealers' Digest;6/6/2005, Vol. 72 Issue 22, p24
Trade Publication
The article reports that the sagging dollar is one of the key drivers behind a spate of ever-bigger acquisitions of U.S.-based healthcare companies in 2005 by the largest European life science companies. Even with the weak dollar, the total value of such deals so far this year is already double that of last year, though there have been far fewer deals. European healthcare companies have agreed to buy 13 U.S. companies, paying a total of $8.6 billion, compared with the $2.8 billion they paid in all of last year for 35 companies. The low cost of capital in the U.S. is making cash deals financed by cheap debt extra attractive. And the surge in European buying is also being driven by rising confidence among European executives in the U.S. markets and its private healthcare system.


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