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Pharmaceuticals Strategic Merger: Valeant (VRX) And Salix (SLXP)

|Includes: SLXP, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (VRX) Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE:VRX)

Shares of VRX surged $4.13 (or +2.44%) to $173.26 on Friday's trading session.

VRX said that it will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLXP) for $158.00 per share in cash, or a total enterprise value of approximately $14.5 billion.

Salix Pharmaceuticals is a widely recognized gastrointestinal market leader with a portfolio of 22 total products, including well-known prescription brands Xifaxan, Uceris, Relistor, and Apriso, as well as a strong near- term pipeline of innovative, new assets. SLXP stock surged $7.11 (or +4.72%) to $157.85 per share on Friday

According to VRX, this acquisition offers a compelling opportunity for the company to create a strong platform for growth and business development

The transaction, approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval

The merger is expected to yield greater than $500 million in annual cost savings from the cost base of the combined company.

VRX is a multinational specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of pharmaceutical products primarily in the areas of dermatology, eye health, neurology and branded generics.

More about Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (VRX) at

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The City of Rialto had an estimated population in 2013 (U.S. Census Bureau) of 101,910, and represents an important marketplace for the CRWE Network, which business model is based on selling advertising to businesses targeting both locally and nationally

The CRWE Network has reached the 1487th community website in the U.S. and includes coverage in the states of California, Mississippi, Michigan, Florida, Nevada and New York, as well as across 10 provinces in Canada.

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More about Crown Equity Holdings Inc. (OTCPK:CRWE) at


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