CVS closes offer to purchase health insurance provider Aetna: source

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By Reuters News|Update: November 30, 2017

A CVS Pharmacy store is seen in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

(Reuters) – CVS Health Corp (CVS.N) is moving closer to a more than $66 billion money and stock offer to purchase health insurance provider Aetna Inc (AET.N) that might be revealed as early as Monday, a source acquainted with the matter stated on Thursday.

The business remain in sophisticated phases of working out an offer that would value Aetna at in between $200 and $205 per share and would be made up primarily of money, inning accordance with a Wall Street Journal report.

Shares of both business increased on the news, with the boosted money element considered as a favorable surprise. CVS shares were up 3.9 percent and Aetna got 1.3 percent.

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Jeff Jonas, portfolio supervisor for Gabelli Funds, stated the reported cost was a bit less than he had actually anticipated.

“The larger offer is if they’re going to be paying primarily money it would be far more accretive to CVS,” he stated.

“Initially I ‘d been believing anywhere from a 3rd to a half in stock and it’s a quite depressed stock cost. This is really a lot more favorable than I believed,” included Jonas, whose fund holds both stocks.

Sources informed Reuters previously this month that the offer would value the business at more than $200 per share.

The offer would integrate CVS, among the biggest U.S. drug store advantages supervisors (PBMs) and pharmacy chains, with Aetna, among the earliest health insurance providers, whose significant organisation varieties from company health care to federal government strategies across the country.

Health care debt consolidation has actually been a popular path for drug stores and insurance providers, under pressure from the federal government and big corporations to lower skyrocketing medical expenses.

PBMs work out drug advantages for medical insurance strategies and companies, and have in current years taken a significantly aggressive position in cost settlements with drugmakers.

They typically draw out discount rates and after-market refunds from drugmakers in exchange for including their medications in PBM chosen formularies with low co-payments.

A tie-up with Aetna might offer CVS more take advantage of in its rate settlements with drug makers.