Merck Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Life Science Company

Merck has acquired 21 companies, including 8 in the last 5 years. A total of 6 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 5 assets.

Merck’s largest acquisition to date was in 2009, when it acquired Schering-Plough for $41.1B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2009, when it sold Merial to Sanofi SA for $4.0B. Merck has acquired in 8 different US states, and 6 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include life science (91%) and information technology (5%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity26
    • M&A Buy Activity21
    • M&A Sell Activity5
  • Total Sectors Invested 3
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 11
  • M&A Advisors 10

Merck & Co., Inc.

2000 Galloping Hill Road,
Kenilworth, New Jersey 07033
United States,
(908) 423-1000
www.merck.com

Merck & Co., Inc. is a global health care company that delivers health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, animal health, and consumer care products. The Company’s operations are comprised of four operating segments. These include Pharmaceutical, Animal Health, Consumer Care and Alliances. Merck's Pharmaceutical segment includes human health pharmaceutical and vaccine products marketed either directly by the Company or through joint ventures. Human health pharmaceutical products consist of therapeutic and preventive agents, generally sold by prescription, for the treatment of human disorders. Vaccine products consist of preventive pediatric, adolescent and adult vaccines, primarily administered at physician offices. The Company also has animal health operations that discover, develop, manufacture and market animal health products, including vaccines, which the Company sells to veterinarians, distributors and animal producers. Additionally, the Company has consumer care operations that develop, manufacture and market over-the-counter, foot care and sun care products. Merck was established in 1891 and is based in Kenilworth, New Jersey.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.6/yr) # 13 2 - 2 4 - 21
vol $63.0B $500M $2.7B $4.2B $70.3B
Sell (0.2/yr) # 4 - - 1 - - 5
vol $4.1B $4.1B
  26

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
ArQule, Inc. 2019-12-09 2.7B USD Add-on Acquisition
Burlington, Massachusetts · www.arqule.com
Tilos Therapeutics, Inc. 2019-06-10 - Add-on Acquisition
Lexington, Massachusetts · www.tilostherapeutics.com
Peloton Therapeutics, Inc. 2019-05-21 1.2B USD Add-on Acquisition
Dallas, Texas · www.pelotontherapeutics.com
Immune Design Corp. 2019-02-21 300M USD Add-on Acquisition
Seattle, Washington · www.immunedesign.com
Antelliq Group 2018-12-14 2.4B EUR Add-on Acquisition
Vitre, France · www.antelliq.com
C3i Solutions 2018-04-05 - Divestiture
Horsham, Pennsylvania · www.c3isolutions.com
Viralytics Ltd. 2018-02-21 357M AUD Add-on Acquisition
Sydney, Australia · www.viralytics.com
Afferent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2016-06-09 500M USD Add-on Acquisition
San Mateo, California · www.afferentpharma.com
IOmet Pharma Ltd. 2016-01-11 - Add-on Acquisition
Edinburgh, United Kingdom · www.iometpharma.com
Univadis 2015-10-21 - Divestiture
, United States · www.univadis.com
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Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Merck Animal Health    - Vallée S.A. 2017-03-22 2
Madison, New Jersey · www.merck-animal-health-usa.com Montes Claros, Brazil · www.vallee.com.br
Merck Animal Health    - Harrisvaccines, Inc. 2015-11-12 1
Madison, New Jersey · www.merck-animal-health-usa.com Ames, Iowa · www.harrisvaccines.com
Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V.    - Vree Health LLC 2015-10-21 3
Haarlem, Netherlands · www.msd.nl Annandale, New Jersey · www.vreehealth.com
Merck Animal Health    - Global Animal Management Inc. 2014-02-28 1
Madison, New Jersey · www.merck-animal-health-usa.com , United States
Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V.    - Saphris 2013-12-02 2
Haarlem, Netherlands · www.msd.nl , United States
Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V.    - Merck Sharp & Dohme - Pharma­ceutical Skin Care Product(Propyless) 2013-11-08 1
Haarlem, Netherlands · www.msd.nl , Sweden
Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V.    - Schering Corp. 2012-05-01 1
Haarlem, Netherlands · www.msd.nl Kenilworth, New Jersey
Rosetta Inpharmatics, Inc. 2001-05-11 Rosetta Biosoftware 2009-06-01 1
Kirkland, Washington · www.rii.com , United States

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Life Science 19 (90%) 68.0B (97%) 2 (40%) 75M (2%)
Information Technology 1 (5%) - 1 (20%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment 1 (5%) 2.4B (3%) - -
Business Services - - 1 (20%) -
Medical Products - - 1 (20%) 4.0B (98%)
Total 21 $70.3B 5 $4.1B

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 16 67.5B 5 4.1B
  Massachusetts 5 16.6B - -
  California 3 946M - -
  New Jersey 2 47.1B 1 -
  Washington 2 920M - -
  Wisconsin 1 - - -
  Texas 1 1.2B - -
  North Carolina 1 430M - -
  New Hampshire 1 400M - -
  Pennsylvania - - 1 -
  Georgia - - 1 4.0B
Australia 1 357M - -
Canada 1 - - -
  Quebec 1 - - -
France 1 2.4B - -
Switzerland 1 110M - -
United Kingdom 1 - - -
Domestic 16 (76%) 67.5B (96%) 5 (100%) 4.1B (100%)
Cross-border 5 (24%) 2.8B (4%) - -
Total 21 $70.3B 5 $4.1B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
3
Barclays Investment Bank
1
Centerview Partners LLC
1
Legal Deals
Baker & McKenzie LLP
2
Covington & Burling LLP
2
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 7 $66.7B
$100M to $1B 9 $3.6B
< $100M 1 $80M
TOTAL $70.3B
Largest Schering-Plough Corp.
$41.1B (2009-11-03)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $4.0B
< $100M 1 $75M
TOTAL $4.1B
Largest Merial Ltd.
$4.0B (2009-07-30)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
100%
6 100%
Divested to
Strategic(s)
100%
5 100%

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