Allergan reviews meeting requests in takeover bid
Irvine, Calif. • Botox maker Allergan says it’s reviewing shareholder requests for a special meeting to consider replacing most of its board.
That’s a change fellow drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals is seeking as part of its hostile takeover attempt.
Allergan has repeatedly rejected Valeant’s offers to buy the company, the latest for about $53 billion, saying Valeant is substantially undervaluing the company and that an independent Allergan can generate more value for shareholders.
Valeant and its partner — investment fund manager Pershing Square — said late Friday they submitted to Allergan written requests from its shareholders of 31 percent of Allergan’s stock requesting a special meeting of Allergan shareholders.
Allergan says it will announce details on a possible meeting once it finishes reviewing the requests. Valeant says it believes Allergan must hold that meeting by Dec. 20.