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VWR Awaits Merger Closure, Stock Upside Potential Limited

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On Aug 29, we issued an updated research report on Radnor, PA-based VWR Corporation which offers laboratory products, services and solutions. The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

We are eagerly waiting for the closing of VWR’s $6.4 billion acquisition by Avantor, a global supplier of ultra-high-purity materials for life sciences and advanced technology industries.

Post-closing (expected in the fourth quarter of 2017), the consolidated entity should create a major consumables-focused solutions and services provider to high-growth life sciences and advanced technologies industries. The buyout will build on Avantor’s strengths, including its cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) processes, a significant exposure to the emerging markets and VWR’s vital position across both Americas as well as Europe.

The combined company will therefore be serving a global customer base in all areas of activities from research through production, thus reflecting a unique advantage in a fast-growing marketplace.

From shareholders’ point of view, this potential merger with Avantor seems a beneficial move at the moment. The consolidation deal has been fixed at $33.25 per share in cash of VWR common stock, representing an enterprise value of approximately $6.4 billion. The purchase price represents an approximate 17% premium to the unaffected closing stock price as of May 2, 2017, the day before market speculations over a potential sale of VWR started.

VWR Corporation Price and Consensus


VWR Corporation Price and Consensus | VWR Corporation Quote

Notably, the stock price has already inched closer to Avantor’s offer price while investors wait for the merger’s closure. Hence, the short-term upside potential of VWR is limited now.

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