Why Endo International (ENDP) Stock Is Up in After-Hours Trading Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Endo International  (ENDP) rose 2.81% to $67 in after-hours trading Tuesday after the company announced a proposal to acquire Auxilium Pharmaceuticals  (AUXL) in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $2.2 billion.

Endo offered $28.10 a share, which represents a 31% premium to Auxilium's Tuesday closing price of $21.52.

Endo acquired Canadian drug maker Paladin Labs in November 2013. Auxilium, meanwhile, had agreed in June to merge with Canadian biopharmaceutical company QLT in a tax-cutting measure. Should Auxilium accept Endo's offer, the QLT merger would be canceled.

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Auxilium announced earlier this month it would cut 30% of its staff in an effort to sharpen its research and development focus and reduce its annual costs by $75 million. The smaller Auxilium would have two sales groups instead of three. The company had 639 employees at the end of 2013 and planned to reduce that figure by approximately 200.

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