Despite Losing Out on Actelion, Sanofi in No Hurry to Make Deals

France's biggest drugmaker, Sanofi (SASY.PA), which missed out to Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) on buying Actelion (ATLN.S) last month, said it was no rush to do deals as it forecast stable or slightly lower 2017 earnings.

Sanofi's fourth-quarter results were hit by higher taxes and one-off charges, although its shares rose on Wednesday as analysts were encouraged by a better-than-forecast performance at the company's vaccines and Lantus insulin division.

The group had already warned investors in 2015 not to expect any 'meaningful' profit growth for two years because of a downturn in its embattled diabetes division.

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