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AstraZeneca says MedImmune tender offer a

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca PLC said Friday that its tender offer for shares of MedImmune Inc. was a “success,” allowing it to go forward with a planned takeover of the drug maker.

AstraZeneca said 96 percent of MedImmune’s shares were tendered during the offer that expired at the end of Thursday. AstraZeneca is offering MedImmune shareholders $58 per share, which represented a 53 percent premium over MedImmune’s share price before the company announced in April that it was looking for a buyer.

MedImmune and AstraZeneca plan to close the deal June 18, at which point MedImmune will become a wholly owned AstraZeneca subsidiary. AstraZeneca also said Friday that a new tender offer for the remaining 4 percent of MedImmune shares will run through June 5.

Shares of MedImmune were set to open Friday at $57.88.