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Stockwatch: Allos - Anatomy of an Acquisition

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Executive Summary

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals managed to mute the negative reaction to its two phase III failures for their bladder cancer therapy, apaziquone just before the weekend by announcing a $206 million acquisition of Allos Therapeutics (scripintelligence.com, 06 April 2012). Allos was previously the subject of a $260 million tug of war between AMAG and the Allos shareholders. That transaction was dissolved in four months, after counter-offers from, and lawsuits by, the Allos shareholders (scripintelligence.com, 21 November 2011). Paradoxically, a lower offer than that of AMAG seems to have already been accepted by about a quarter of Allos' shareholders on the basis of Spectrum's better stewardship of oncology assets.

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