AstraZeneca lifts forecast, buys ZS Pharma for $2.7 billionStaff writer ▼ | November 6, 2015
AstraZeneca agreed to buy U.S biotech company ZS Pharma for $2.7 billion, pipping Swiss firm Actelion to the prize in the latest bout of deal-making for the hyperactive healthcare sector.
Pharmaceutical Quarterly revenue in dollar terms fell 10 percent
Actelion revealed in September it had initiated talks with ZS Pharma that could have led to a bid.
"This acquisition complements our strategic focus on Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease by adding a potential best-in-class treatment to our portfolio of innovative medicines," AstraZeneca's Chief Executive Pascal Soriot said.
Hit by a stronger dollar and supply problems with flu vaccine FluMist, quarterly revenue in dollar terms fell 10 percent to $5.95 billion, generating core earnings per share (EPS), which exclude certain items, down 2 percent at $1.03 cents.
But revenue at constant exchange rates in the year to date is stable and EPS up 2 percent, helped by tight control on costs and income from disposals of certain products. ■