Shares of Audentes Therapeutics (NASDAQ: BOLD) are skyrocketing today, up by 105% as of 2:47 p.m. EST, after the clinical-stage gene therapy specialist announced it has agreed to be acquired.
Astellas Pharma, a pharmaceutical company based in Japan, has agreed to purchase Audentes Therapeutics.
Here are the key terms of the deal:
- The purchase price is $60 per share. That represents a total equity value of about $3 billion.
- The offer represents a 110% premium over yesterday’s closing price.
- This is an all-cash deal.
- Both companies’ boards have unanimously approved the transaction.
- Audentes will operate as an independent subsidiary after the deal is completed.
Traders are bidding up the share price in response.
Audentes Therapeutics CEO Matthew Patterson stated: “We are very pleased to enter into this merger agreement with Astellas. With its focus on innovative science and a global network of research, development and commercialization resources, we believe that operating as part of the Astellas organization optimally positions us to advance our pipeline programs and serve our patients.”
The odds of this deal going through look to be very high since both boards have unanimously approved the transaction. Audentes shareholders deserve to take a victory lap today and should start the search for another great healthcare stock.
10 stocks we like better than Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. Common Stock
When investing geniuses David and Tom Gardner have a stock tip, it can pay to listen. After all, the newsletter they have run for over a decade, Motley Fool Stock Advisor, has quadrupled the market.*
David and Tom just revealed what they believe are the ten best stocks for investors to buy right now… and Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. Common Stock wasn’t one of them! That’s right — they think these 10 stocks are even better buys.
*Stock Advisor returns as of June 1, 2019