Health Care Company Danaher Announces Acquisition of Abcam

Danaher DHR has announced an acquisition of Abcam ABCM that is expected to be completed 2024-H1.

Under the terms of the agreement, Danaher has agreed to give Abcam $5.70 billion in cash in exchange for ABCM stock.

About The Companies Involved

In 1984, Danaher's founders transformed a real estate organization into an industrial-focused manufacturing company. Through a series of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, Danaher now focuses primarily on manufacturing scientific instruments and consumables in three segments: life sciences, diagnostics, and environmental and applied solutions.

Abcam PLC is a biotechnology company that develops and provides antibodies to life science research and clinical communities. The company's products allow research into the role of signaling and regulatory molecules and proteins in biological pathways.

How An Acquisition Works

An acquisition is when one company, called the acquiring company, buys most or all of another company's, or target company's, shares to gain ownership. Buying more than 50% of a company's stock allows the the acquirer to make decisions without the approval of the company's shareholders.

An acquisition can potentially lead to a merger with the parent company, which makes it similar to a merger. This is why the two terms are commonly grouped together as mergers and acquisitions (M&A). However, in a merger, the leadership & operations of both companies usually change dramatically, while during an acquisition this is less likely to happen.

Make sure to follow our mergers & acquisitions calendar to stay-up-to-date on the most recent M&A deals.

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