NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Invitrogen said yesterday that it expects to complete within the next seven days a $2.65 billion bank facility to partially fund its roughly $6.7 billion acquisition of Applied Biosystems.
Invitrogen said that the facility, which is being underwritten by Bank of America, UBS, and Morgan Stanley, is “substantially oversubscribed.”
The Carlsbad, Calif.-based firm also said that it is currently engaged with the European Commission regarding European approval of the deal. The acquisition cleared the US antitrust waiting period in late July.
Invitrogen and ABI sent out a joint proxy statement/prospectus regarding the acquisition to shareholders last week. The shareholders of both firms will vote on the deal next month, with closure of the transaction expected in the fourth quarter of this year.