The four-way fight in the cosmetic drug and device industry moved to the next round Tuesday when Inamed (IMDC) said a takeover bid by Allergan (AGN - Get Report) is superior to a previous offer from Medicis Pharmaceutical (MRX).
However, Inamed said its board was remaining neutral and not making a recommendation to its shareholders about the Allergan bid. Inamed, based in Santa Barbara, Calif., said the board was reserving its endorsement because Allergan has made a "revised" bid that's "materially different" than last month's offer from the Irvine, Calif., maker of Botox and eye-care drugs.
Inamed also said it can't take sides because it's "unable to enter into a definitive merger agreement with Allergan reflecting the terms of the revised offer until such time, if any, as Inamed's merger agreement with Medicis is terminated."
Both Allergan and Inamed said the financial terms of Allergan's offer are identical to the original proposal. The revision concerns a formal letter, detailing legal and due diligence matters, that Allergan sent Inamed. The letter enables Inamed to accept the offer through Dec. 31. Inamed had requested an irrevocable offer letter, and Allergan complied."We are making excellent progress in completing the acquisition of Inamed," said David E. I. Pyott, Allergan's chairman and CEO, in a prepared statement. Two weeks ago, Medicis