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How $5B Novartis Animal Health acquisition advances Lilly's growth agenda
Monday, April 28, 2014
Lilly and Co.'s acquisition of Novartis
AG's animal health unit is the latest and largest in a series of animal
health investments by Lilly, which have yielded a veterinary business with
comparable profit margins to its human therapeutic side. The Novartis deal will
enrich Lilly's Elanco Animal Health's companion animal offerings, add new areas
like aquaculture and increase its commercial presence in Europe and emerging
While Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline
plc swapped assets last week to build up their strong areas and offload
those where they can't be leaders, Lilly's portion of the transaction is solely
bullish (see Cover Story).
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