Merck - M&A Summary and Business Overview

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Merck M&A Summary

Merck has acquired 33 companies, including 14 in the last 5 years. A total of 8 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 7 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 10 different US states, and 7 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include life science (91%) and information technology (4%).

Merck Business Overview

Where is Merck headquartered?

Merck is headquartered in Rahway, New Jersey.

What is Merck’s revenue?

Merck disclosed revenue of 59,283M USD for 2022 and 48,704M USD for 2021.

How many employees does Merck have?

Merck has 67,000 employees.

What sector is Merck in?

Merck is a life science company.

When was Merck founded?

Merck was founded in 1891.

M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity39
    • M&A Buy Activity32
    • M&A Sell Activity7
  • Total Sectors Invested 4
  • Total Countries Invested 7
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 15
  • M&A Advisors 14

Merck

Merck & Co., Inc.

126 East Lincoln Avenue,
Rahway, New Jersey 07065
United States,
(908) 740-4000
www.merck.com

Merck 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 Rahway, New Jersey.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (2.0/yr) # 22 4 2 1 2 1 32
vol $70.3B $3.6B $13.4B $1.4B $11.4B $680M $100.7B
Sell (0.4/yr) # 5 1 1 - - - 7
vol $4.1B $4.1B
  39

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Harpoon Therapeutics, Inc. 2024-01-08 680M USD Add-on Acquisition
South San Francisco, California · www.harpoontx.com
Caraway Therapeutics, Inc. 2023-11-21 610M USD Add-on Acquisition
Cambridge, Massachusetts · www.carawaytx.com
Prometheus Biosciences, Inc. 2023-04-16 10.8B USD Add-on Acquisition
San Diego, California · www.prometheusbiosciences.com
Imago BioSciences, Inc. 2022-11-21 1.4B USD Add-on Acquisition
South San Francisco, California · www.imagobio.com
Acceleron Pharma, Inc. 2021-09-30 11.5B USD Add-on Acquisition
Cambridge, Massachusetts · ww.acceleronpharma.com
Organon & Co. 2021-06-03 - Spin Off
Jersey City, New Jersey · www.organon.com
Pandion Therapeutics, Inc. 2021-02-25 1.9B USD Add-on Acquisition
Watertown, Massachusetts · www.pandiontx.com
OncoImmune 2020-11-23 425M USD Add-on Acquisition
Rockville, Maryland · www.oncoimmune.com
VelosBio, Inc. 2020-11-05 2.8B USD Add-on Acquisition
San Diego, California · www.velosbio.com
Themis Bioscience GmbH 2020-05-26 - Add-on Acquisition
Vienna, Austria · www.themisbio.com
View All >>

Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Merck Animal Health    - Elanco Animal Health - Aqua Business 2024-02-05 6
Madison, New Jersey · www.merck-animal-health-usa.com Greenfield, Indiana
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
Rosetta Inpharmatics, Inc. 2001-05-11 Rosetta Biosoftware 2009-06-01 1
Kirkland, Washington · www.rii.com Seattle, Washington · www.rosettabio.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Life Science 29 (91%) 98.3B (98%) 2 (29%) 75M (2%)
Information Technology 1 (3%) - 1 (14%) -
Publishing 1 (3%) - 1 (14%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment 1 (3%) 2.4B (2%) - -
Business Services - - 1 (14%) -
Healthcare Services - - 1 (14%) -
Medical Products - - 1 (14%) 4.0B (98%)
Total 32 $100.7B 7 $4.1B

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 26 97.9B 7 4.1B
  Massachusetts 8 30.5B - -
  California 7 16.5B - -
  New Jersey 3 47.5B 2 -
  Pennsylvania 1 - 2 -
  Washington 2 920M - -
  Wisconsin 1 - - -
  Texas 1 1.2B - -
  North Carolina 1 430M - -
  New Hampshire 1 400M - -
  Maryland 1 425M - -
  Georgia - - 1 4.0B
Australia 1 357M - -
Austria 1 - - -
Canada 1 - - -
  Quebec 1 - - -
France 1 2.4B - -
Switzerland 1 110M - -
United Kingdom 1 - - -
Domestic 26 (81%) 97.9B (97%) 7 (100%) 4.1B (100%)
Cross-border 6 (19%) 2.8B (3%) - -
Total 32 $100.7B 7 $4.1B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
5
J.P. Morgan Securities
2
Morgan Stanley
2
Legal Deals
Covington & Burling LLP
5
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
4
Baker & McKenzie
2

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 12 $94.9B
$100M to $1B 13 $5.7B
< $100M 1 $80M
TOTAL $100.7B
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
Investor(s)
22%
7 (22%)
Strategic(s)
3%
1 (3%)
Divested to
Strategic(s)
86%
6 (86%)

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