Pfizer to raise $31 billion for Seagen takeover in largest debt offering

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May 16 (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) is planning to raise $31 billion through its largest debt offering to finance its proposed acquisition of Seagen Inc (SGEN.O), the drugmaker said late on Tuesday.

It struck a $43 billion deal in March to acquire Seagen and its targeted cancer therapies as it prepares for a steep fall in COVID-19 sales and generic competition for some top-selling drugs.

Rival Abbvie Inc (ABBV.N) had in 2019 made a $30 billion debt offering, which was used to finance its $63 billion buyout of Botox maker Allergan. The amount is more than double that of Pfizer's 2009 debt raise of $13.5 billion.

The company has been pumping billions of dollars into research and acquisitions to mitigate an anticipated $17 billion hit to revenue by 2030 from patent expirations for top drugs, and a decline in demand for COVID products.

The debt offering, which would be in eight tranches, is expected to close on May 19, the company said, adding that BofA Securities, Citigroup (C.N), Goldman Sachs (GS.N) and J.P. Morgan (JPM.N) are acting as the joint lead managers and joint book-running managers.

Reporting by Kanjyik Ghosh in Bengaluru

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