Takeda Pharmaceutical shares sank to their lowest level in almost a year on Thursday after Japan`s largest drugmaker said it was considering a bid for London-listed Shire
Shares in Takeda fell more than 6 percent at one point in early morning trade, the lowest since last April, sharply underperforming the broader Tokyo market <.topx>, which was around 1 percent.
Takeda said on Wednesday it was at a "preliminary and exploratory stage" of considering a bid for the rare disease specialist, adding that it had not approached Shire`s board. Shire said it noted Takeda`s statement, and confirmed it had not received an approach.
Takeda`s potential bid for Shire, most of whose employees are based in North America, immediately stoked expectations for another takeover battle in the deal-hungry pharma industry.
Shire`s shares ended 15.7 percent higher, valuing the group at about 32 billion pounds ($45 billion).
Shire sells treatments for rare diseases and attention deficit disorder. Takeda said buying it could create a global biopharmaceutical leader, boosting its position in the United States and in the fields of oncology, gastrointestinal diseases and neuroscience.
The drugs industry has seen a surge in dealmaking as large players look for promising assets to improve their product pipelines.
In recent months, France`s Sanofi
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