Abbott and Alere agree to $5.3 billion deal

Abbott Laboratories agreed to consummate its troubled acquisition of Alere Inc. in a deal that values the medical test maker’s equity at $5.3 billion, shaving $500 million from the original price and ending months of legal maneuvering that appeared headed for a Delaware court. Alere shareholders will get $51 a share in cash, according to a statement Friday. While the new price is an 8.9 percent cut from the deal announced in February 2016, it’s a 21 percent jump from the company’s closing price ...

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