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9/16/2021 12:19:00 PM

Malboro giant seals takeover of UK inhaler firm Vectura

Philip Morris International clinches its £1.1bn bid for the UK inhaler firm Vectura.

The firm says that since 2008, it has invested more than $8bn (£5.8bn) in developing smoke-free products.Nonetheless the deal has faced controversy, with charities and medical groups warning the British firm Vectura against "selling out".

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'Considerable problems'More than 20 UK, US and European organisations have written to Vectura'smanagement urging it to reconsider the takeover on ethical and practical grounds."Vectura has sold out millions of people with lung disease, and instead prioritised short-term financial gain over the long-term viability of Vectura as a business," said Sarah Woolnough, chief executive of Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation.

She added that the fact Vectura was now owned by a tobacco company could cause "considerable problems", such as the firm being excluded from research trials."It creates perverse incentives for PMI to sell more of its harmful products so they might then profit again through treating smoking-related diseases." headtopics.com

Ms Woolnough called on the government to stop the deal from happening, citing its commitment to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.The board of Vectura had backed the £1.1bn takeover by PMI unanimously. After that, Philip Morris started buying shares on the open market, securing a stake of 29.9% last month.

Remaining shareholders were asked to approve the deal and sell their shares in principle. For the deal to complete, 50% needed to agree.PMI is now calling on the remaining investors to accept its offer of £1.65 per share, which beat a rival bid from US private equity group Carlyle. They have until 30 September to do so.

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