Advanced Medical Optics (EYE) has offered to take over Bausch & Lomb (BOL) for a cool $4.1 billion. This offer brings into question the $3.7 billion Warburg Pincus deal currently on the table. Warburg Pincus is a private equity firm.
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Bausch & Lomb may be a better fit for Advanced Medical Optics than with a private equity firm. AMO’s view seems to be a long-term desire to hold a market share in contact-lens products, laser eye surgery, cataract implants, diagnostic devices, and other eye related products and services. The proposal means AMO would pay $45 in cash and $30 in stock for to Bausch & Lomb shareholders. This is a significant increase over Warburg Pincus $65 all-cash offer. However, many skeptics feel antitrust issues may cause the deal to fail.
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Bausch & Lomb’s board has not yet commented on the offer. It has been speculated in news reports Goldman Sachs’s private-equity firm and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts may join AMO’s group of buyers. This would be fairly uncommon as private equity firms do not as a rule get into bidding wars. Experts in the private equity space are saying as the attractive investment landscape becomes more barren, these types of battles are likely to become more common. AMO’s customers include hospitals, surgeons, surgical centers, optometrists, and ophthalmologists. AMO has operations in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. AMO was founded as a spinoff of Allergan in 2002 and it is currently the market leader in vision-correction surgery. This year AMO also completed an acquisition of IntraLase. IntraLase is laser manufacturer whose technology has replaced traditional hand-held blades. The blades were used in eye surgery in the first step of laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, or Lasik.Looking at this News from an Options Trading Perspective:
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|Bausch & Lomb Inc.||BOL||72.00 (+3.36)||BOLHM||07 AUG 65.0 (44)||9.98||62.02||13.9||4.8||4.8|
|Alcon Inc.||ACL||135.62 (+0.39)||ACLHG||07 AUG 135.0 (44)||5.6||130.02||4.1||3.8||3.8|
|Allergan Inc.||AGN||57.45 (-0.58)||AGNHY||07 AUG 57.5 (44)||1.95||55.5||3.4||3.5||3.6|
|VISX Inc.||EYE||35.89 (+0.42)||EYEHG||07 AUG 35.0 (44)||2||33.89||5.6||3.3||3.3|
BOL – The Bausch and Lomb trade involves the August $65 call option and offers 13.9% downside protection and 4.8% potential profit if the stock is above the $65 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $72.00.
Competitors for BOL include: Alcon Inc. (ACL), CIBA Vision Corporation (private), Vistakon (private), Allergan Inc. (AGN), Cooper Companies Inc. (COO), VISX Inc. (EYE), IntraLase Corp. (ILSE), Inspire Pharma. Inc. (ISPH), OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OSIP), QLT Inc. (QLTI), and Staar Surgical Co. (STAA).
ACL – The Alcon trade involves the August $135 call option and offers 4.1% downside protection and 3.8% potential profit if the stock is above the $135 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $135.62.
Competitors for ACL include: Allergan Inc. (AGN), Bausch & Lomb Inc. (BOL), Novartis AG (NVS), VISX Inc. (EYE), and Staar Surgical Co. (STAA).
AGN – The Allergan trade involves the August $57.50 call option and offers 3.4% downside protection and 3.6% potential profit if the stock is above the $57.50 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $57.45.
Competitors for AGN include: Bausch & Lomb Inc. (BOL), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), CIBA Vision Corporation (private), Alcon Inc. (ACL), Isolagen Inc. (ILE), Inspire Pharma. Inc. (ISPH), and Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. (MRX).
EYE – The AMO trade involves the August $35 call option and offers 5.6% downside protection and 3.3% potential profit if the stock is above the $35 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $35.89.
Competitors for EYE include: Alcon Inc. (ACL), Bausch & Lomb Inc. (BOL), CIBA Vision Corporation (private), IntraLase Corp. (ILSE), and Staar Surgical Co. (STAA).
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