Pfizer (PFE) shares are down nearly 10% in
early trading, after confirming it would acquire drugmaker Wyeth (WYE)
for $68 billion.
Pfizer will pay $50.19 or $33 in cash and 0.985 share of
its stock for each Wyeth share. Pfizer announced it would cut 15 percent of the
combined company's workforce of about 130,000 employees and close some
In addition, the company is cutting its quarterly dividend
payout in half, to 16 cents from 32 cents.
The Bottom Line
We had removed the shares of PFE from our “Recommended” list on Nov.12, when
the stock was trading at $16.77. The company will now have a 3.67% dividend
yield, based on Friday’s closing stock price of $17.45. We said it on Friday
when the rumors started to fly that the deal would also be a way for the
company to work its dividend lower as well, with the acquisition likely to be a
combination of stock and cash. This morning we are hearing that as well as the
layoff scenario we also cited would take place. Tough day for some of the
employees of this merger deal as well as Pfizer shareholders being hit with a
Pfizer (PFE) is not recommended at this
time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars.
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