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March 25, 2014
06:57 EDTACRX, AUXL, BCRX, IRWD, KERX, SLXP, CBST, QCORBiotech weakness a buying opportunity, says Mizuho
Mizuho said the recent weakness in biotech will prove transient and has created buying opportunities in AcelRx (ACRX), Auxilium (AUXL), BioCryst (BCRX), Ironwood (IRWD), Keryx (KERX), Salix (SLXP), Cubist (CBST), and Questcor (QCOR).
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October 9, 2014
07:30 EDTAUXLQLT Inc. says re-engaging assessment of options after Auxilium deal ended
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06:52 EDTAUXLQLT Inc. merger with Auxilium terminated for superior proposal from Endo
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06:32 EDTAUXLEndo to acquire Auxilium in cash, stock transaction for approximately $2.6B
Endo (ENDP) and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals (AUXL) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Endo will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Auxilium for a per share consideration of $33.25 in a cash and stock transaction. The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction, which is valued at $2.6B, including the repayment and assumption of debt. The transaction will include an election mechanism for Auxilium stockholders to elect cash and stock, all-stock or all-cash consideration, subject to proration in accordance with the terms of the definitive agreement. The per share consideration represents a premium of 55% to Auxilium's closing price on September 16, the day Endo made public its proposal for Auxilium. Subject to aggregate cash and equity consideration limits, Auxilium stockholders may elect one of three options with respect to transaction consideration: 100% equity which equates to 0.488 Endo shares per Auxilium share, 100% cash which equates to $33.25 per Auxilium share or a standard election of an equal mix of $16.625 in cash and 0.244 Endo shares per Auxilium share. The total cash consideration will not exceed 50% of the total equity value and the equity consideration will not exceed 75% of the total equity value. The transaction is expected to close in 1H15 and is subject to the approval of Auxilium's stockholders, regulatory approval in the U.S. and certain other jurisdictions, and other customary closing conditions.
06:31 EDTAUXLEndo to acquire Auxilium in cash, stock transaction for approximately $2.6B
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October 8, 2014
11:22 EDTBCRXChimerix falls after Ebola patient taking experimental drug dies
Shares of Chimerix (CMRX) are moving lower after the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas announced that Thomas Eric Duncan succumbed to Ebola. Duncan was being treated with Chimerix's experimental drug Brincidofovir. Shares of Chimerix dropped 9% following the news to $30.19. Other makers of experimental Ebola treatments include Tekmira (TKMR), Sarepta (SRPT) and BioCryst (BCRX).
10:58 EDTKERXKeryx management to meet with Brean Capital
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08:42 EDTSLXPSalix shares should be bought on weakness, says Sterne Agee
After Reuters yesterday afternoon reported that Actavis (ACT) plans to make a new merger approach to Allergan (AGN), Sterne Agee believes that Salix's standalone value is $162. The firm expects the shares to reach that level following approval of its Xifaxan IBS-D drug after the February 2015 PDUFA date.
08:31 EDTSLXPSalix announces FDA granted final approval for UCERIS
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07:18 EDTCBSTInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
07:11 EDTBCRXEuropean Academy of Dermatology and Venereology to hold a conference
23rd EADV Congress is being held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on October 8-12.
06:23 EDTSLXPActavis more inclined to pursue Allergan over Salix, says Citigroup
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October 7, 2014
15:21 EDTSLXPAllergan warms to sale as Actavis plans new approach, Reuters says
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07:48 EDTSLXPSalix reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies
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07:45 EDTBCRXBioCryst up 2.2% after OPuS-1 Phase 2 trial met primary efficacy endpoint
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07:14 EDTBCRXBioCryst announces OPuS-1 Phase 2 trial met primary efficacy endpoint
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October 6, 2014
16:33 EDTSLXPProgenics receives $40M milestone payment from Salix
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11:15 EDTSLXPDurata surges after Actavis takeover
Shares of Durata Therapeutics (DRTX) are surging after the drugmaker agreed to be acquired by its larger industry peer, Actavis (ACT). WHAT'S NEW: Actavis announced it will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Durata common stock for $23.00 per share in cash, or approximately $675M in the aggregate, and contingent value rights entitling the holder to receive additional cash payments of up to $5.00 per share if certain regulatory or commercial milestones related to Durata's lead product Dalvance are achieved. If Dalvance is approved in Europe for Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections, or ABSSSI, holders of the CVR will receive $1.00 per share. If Dalvance is approved for single dose administration by the FDA, holders of the CVR will receive $1.00 per share. If a net global Dalvance revenue threshold is met over a designated time period, holders of the CVR will receive $3.00 per share. Actavis expects the acquisition to be accretive by the end of the first year, it stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The acquisition comes after Durata Therapeutics was granted a Special Protocol Agreement by the FDA for its Phase 3 study of Dalvance on October 3. The study was designed to study Dalvance for the treatment of patients with community-acquired pneumonia and pediatric osteomyelitis. ANALYST REACTION: BMO Capital views the acquisition as a "good deal" for Actavis that is in line with CEO Brent Saunders' goal of making investments that complement its existing business. BMO believes the acquisition does not extend Actavis' balance sheet too far, and therefore does not prevent the company from doing additional deals. The firm expects there could be more deal-related news ahead for Actavis. The Fly notes Bloomberg reported on October 2 that Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) was discussing selling itself to Actavis after failing to reach a deal with Allergan (AGN). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Durata Therapeutics gained $9.93, or 71.5%, to $23.81, Actavis slipped $1.95, or 0.8% to $244.12, and Salix fell $4.02, or 2.6%, to $148.85.
11:00 EDTSLXPOptions with decreasing implied volatilit
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09:49 EDTSLXPActavis purchase of Durata leaves room for future deals, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital views Actavis' (ACT) deal to buy Durata Therapeutics (DRTX) as in line with its strategy of making investments that complement its existing business and as small enough that it does not prevent the company from doing additional deals. BMO expects there could be more deal-related news ahead for Actavis and keeps its Outperform rating on the stock. The Fly notes that that Bloomberg reported last week that Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) was discussing selling itself to Actavis.
08:07 EDTSLXPSalix slips in pre-market trade after Actavis strikes deal for Durata
Note that Bloomberg reported on October 2, citing people with knowledge of the matter, that Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) was discussing selling itself to Actavis (ACT) after failing to reach a deal with Allergan (AGN). Actavis announced this morning that it has reached a deal to acquire Durata Therapeutics (DRTX) for $675M, or $23.00 per share. In pre-market trading, shares of Salix are down nearly 2% to $150 per share.
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