Merck hits record high; stock zooms 18%

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Shares of hit a new high of Rs 2,369 per share, up by 18% on the on back of heavy volumes in otherwise weak market.

Since April 19, 2018, the stock of pharmaceutical company has zoomed 57% from Rs 1,510, after the Overseas India made mandatory open offer to acquire 26% stake in the company at price of Rs 1,500.36 per share.

Overseas India BV together with the Company (P&G Group) set to acquire 8.6 million equity shares of Rs 10 each of representing 51.80% of the voting share capital for an aggregate purchase price consideration of up to Rs 12.90 billion.

The acquirer is set to acquire 4.3 million equity shares of Rs 10 each constituting 26% of the total outstanding capital of Ltd (India) through open offer for a price of Rs 1,500.36 each. The offer opens on June 13, 2018 and close on June 26, 2018.

Merck is planning to transfer certain businesses comprising exclusively of the biopharma, performance materials and life sciences (BPL) segments to Merck Life Science Pvt Ltd for a consideration of Rs 10.52 billion after shareholders and other statutory approvals.

“The sale of the BPL Business, which is in line with global realignment under P&G and its affiliates, the new promoters of the Company post-change of control, would enable the Company to focus more on further growing and developing its core CH business. In particular, it will enhance the ability of the Board of Directors, the Company's management and all retained employees to focus on and to drive forward the growth of the Company's retained (i.e. CH) business,” Merck said today on additional information about the proposed transaction.

At 10:10 am; the stock was trading 15% higher at Rs 2,302 on the BSE, as compared to 0.39% decline in the S&P Sensex. The trading volumes on the counter more than doubled with a combined 143,205 equity shares changed hands on the and so far.