Healthcare heavyweight CSL (ASX: CSL) tumbled 8% at open as the stock resumed trading following a successful $6.3bn institutional placement.
CSL said the placement received strong support from existing shareholders and new investors. The placement was determined via a bookbuild process, whereby applicants bid for shares at the price and quantity they want.
The final price was set at $273 a share, representing an 8.2% discount to CSL’s closing price of $297.27 on Monday.
The cash injection moves the company one step closer to entering the US$25bn kidney disease treatment market via the $16.4bn acquisition of Swiss-based Vifor Pharma.
CSL will now launch a share purchase plan for eligible shareholders on Tuesday, 21 December. The share purchase plan will seek to raise up to $750m.
CSL is currently trading at almost exactly its placement price of $273.
More than 2.8m shares traded hands at noon, compared to its 20-day average of just 753,000 shares.
The $6.3bn placement offered discounted stock to institutional investors, but has to some extent, left its own investors in the dark.
But now, any investor can buy CSL shares at-market at the same price offered to institutions. This might reflect why the stock is trading at such abnormal volumes on Thursday.
Vifor Pharma is expected to be low-to-mid teens accretive for the Group’s net profit after tax and amortisation. To add some perspective, CSL delivered $2,375m in net profit in FY21.
Whereas looking ahead, CSL expected FY22 profits to go backwards between -5.3% and -9.4% against the previous period.
Among household brokers, Morgans raised its CSL target price to $334.70 with an Add rating, Macquarie retained a $338 target with an Outperform rating and Citi upgraded its target to $340 with a Buy rating, according to FN Arena.
Morgan Stanley and Ord Minnett were far less optimistic, retaining a hold or hold equivalent rating with $280.00 and $315.00 target prices.
The consensus target price of $320.45 suggests an upside of 17.4% to today's prices.
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