A Philip Morris bid for Swedish Match could win regulatory approval, analysts say


Analysts say a Philip Morris International PM, +0.94% bid for Swedish Match SWMA, +25.14% was likely to win antitrust approval, a day after the companies confirmed talks on a possible deal. Analysts at Cowen said Philip Morris doesn’t have a meaningful market share in any of the important geographies and products that Swedish Match operates in. However, Altria MO, -2.32% has meaningful overlaps in the U.S., and British American Tobacco BATS, +1.27% has overlaps in the U.S. and Scandinavia. Analysts at JPMorgan added there is at least a 50% probability of a deal being completed. Swedish Match’s local shares rallied 25% to 95 krona, a slight discount to the roughly 99 krona implied from the Wall Street Journal article that first mentioned the talks.

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