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Shire Plc To Acquire ViroPharma Inc

Monday, 11 Nov 2013 02:05am EST 

Shire Plc and ViroPharma Incorporated announced that their Boards of Directors have unanimously approved, and the companies have entered into, a merger agreement pursuant to which Shire will acquire all the outstanding shares of the rare disease company ViroPharma for $50 per share in cash, for a total consideration of approximately $4.2 billion. The $50 per share price in the transaction represents a 27% premium to ViroPharma's closing share price on, November 8, 2013, the last trading day prior to announcement, and a 64% premium to ViroPharma's unaffected share price of $30.47 on September 12, 2013.