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Alere finally bags Axis-Shield with slightly increased offer

This article was originally published in Clinica

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After three months of dogged pursuit, Alere looks to have finally succeeded in its takeover bid for Axis-Shield by sweetening its offer price to 470p per share. The offer may only be 10p more than the original proposal of 460p made in July, and a far cry from the 550p-per-share figure touted by analysts as a reasonable price for the Anglo-Nordic firm, but Axis-Shield's board of directors has given the £235m ($364m) all-cash deal their seal of approval nonetheless.

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