At an estimated $22 billion plus -- four times what the company just agreed to pay for Abbott Medical Optics -- Johnson & Johnson's confirmation it is in talks to buy Switzerlad-based drugmaker Actelion and its pulmonary-arterial hypertension treatment, is a bigger merger "than we would have envisioned" J&J attempting -- and yet it also looks lucrative, writes drug analyst Jayson Bedford, in a report to clients of Raymond James & Associates.
The New Jersey-based drug giant already has at least 10 new billion-dollar-sales biomedical treatments "in the pipeline" over the next three years, Bedford writes. But J&J is also facing a "negative $1 billion impact" on its anti-inflamatory Remicade, when Pfizer begins "earlier than expected" sales this week of its "biosimilar" rival Inflectra product.
Adding Actelion could boost J&J sales by more than $2 billion starting next year, erasing the Remicade drop, Bedford notes.
Since Actelion is based in Switzerland, J&J can use foreign profits to buy the company without waiting for the Republicans' promised tax relief.