Sanofi says any offer for Horizon Therapeutics, if made, will be in cash

A logo on the Sanofi exhibition space at the Viva Technology conference dedicated to innovation and startups at Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris, France June 15, 2022. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS, Dec 2 (Reuters) - French drugmaker Sanofi (SASY.PA) said on Friday that if it decides to bid for biotech company Horizon Therapeutics Plc (HZNP.O), it would do so in cash.

Horizon Therapeutics Plc, which has a market capitalization of about $18 billion, is in talks with Amgen Inc (AMGN.O), Sanofi (SASY.PA) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) unit Janssen Global Services over potential takeover offers.

"Any offer for Horizon Therapeutics Plc (HZNP.O), if made, would be in cash, as required by Rule 2.12 of the Takeover Rules," Sanofi said in a statement.

"There is no certainty that any offer will be made, nor as to terms on which any such offer may be made, if forthcoming," it added.

Shares in Sanofi fell after its statement and were down more than 2% at 85.58 euros at 1100 GMT.

Horizon, which makes drugs for rare, autoimmune and severe inflammatory diseases, has said there is no certainty that it will receive a takeover offer.

UBS said in an analyst note that a deal "would be doable and would not screen badly in terms of P&L impact", but it was debatable whether it should be done.

While acquiring Horizon would add a mixed portfolio of specialty drugs to Sanofi's roster, it would not address the French company's need to develop its drug pipeline and improve its productivity from research and development, UBS said.

Sanofi has made several large-scale takeover deals in recent years, and earlier this year it completed the buyout of immuno-oncology company Amunix Pharmaceuticals for around $1 billion.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Additional reporting by Maggie Fick in London; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Susan Fenton

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