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News For NVS;BAYRY;ACT From The Last 14 Days
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July 29, 2015
05:47 EDTBAYRYBayer cuts FY15 sales to EUR 47B from EUR 48B- EUR 49B
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05:42 EDTBAYRYBayer reports Q2 Healthcare sales up 28% to EUR 5.91B
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05:40 EDTBAYRYBayer reports Q2 net income EUR 1.52B vs. EUR 953M last year
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05:28 EDTNVSNovartis announces equity stake in Mereo BioPharma Group
Novartis announced a swap of clinical assets for equity with Mereo BioPharma Group. The deal involves compounds in areas of unmet medical need including BPS-804, to improve bone density in brittle bone syndrome, an orphan disease; BCT-197 for acute exacerbations in COPD, and BGS-649 for obese men with hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism to normalize testosterone levels. Under the terms of the agreement, Novartis will have an equity stake in Mereo and will share in the success of the development of these compounds, including a share on milestones and royalties on future commercial sales.
July 24, 2015
10:56 EDTNVSNovartis announces FDA approval of Odomzo
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09:02 EDTNVSLigand says Revolade recommended by CHMP for EU approval for SAA
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07:17 EDTNVSNovartis combination therapy Tafinlar, Mekinist achieves regulatory milestones
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July 22, 2015
07:03 EDTNVSIgnyta names Bernard Parker as Chief Commercial Officer
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July 21, 2015
11:49 EDTNVSNovartis may sell Amgen's cancer drug as soon as September, Bloomberg says
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05:20 EDTNVSNovartis backs FY15 revenue guidance of up mid-single digit
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05:17 EDTNVSNovartis reports Q2 core EPS $1.27, consensus $1.24
Reports Q2 revenue $12.7B, consensus $12.44B. Further strengthening of USD impacted sales by -11% and core operating income by -13%. Growth Products, an indicator of the rejuvenation of the portfolio, contributed 35% of continuing operations net sales in Q2, and were up 24%. In Pharmaceuticals, Growth Products contributed 44% of division net sales in the quarter, and sales for these products were up 38%.
July 20, 2015
10:00 EDTBAYRYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:38 EDTBAYRYAnalyst predicts Zoetis merges with Bayer unit, not Valeant
Zoetis (ZTS) in recent months has been the subject of takeover speculation, possibly for Valeant (VRX), but a Jefferies analyst told investors today in a research note that he views a deal with a unit of healthcare giant Bayer (BAYRY) as "highly likely" for the animal medicine company. BACKGROUND: Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who owns stakes in both Zoetis and Valeant, said in early May while speaking on CNBC that Zoetis is a "great” business on a standalone basis, but he also spoke of the company's strategic value. Ackman added, however, that he was "not sure" that Valeant was the best acquirer of Zoetis. Subsequently, in late June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Valeant made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis. CNBC's David Faber said the next day, citing his own sources, that Valeant reached out to Zoetis as a courtesy to common shareholder Ackman and was unlikely to pursue an acquisition of the company, though he cautioned then Valeant could change its approach and pursue a deal. BAYER: Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said in a note today that he views a tie-up between Zoetis and Bayer's Animal Health business in 2016 as "highly likely." He sees Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) non‑U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business as a potential proxy for how a transaction could be structured, adding that such a "spinversion" could achieve up to 36% long-term earnings accretion for Zoetis. Holford reiterated a Buy rating on Zoetis with a $60 price target, while downgrading Bayer to Hold, citing valuation following the recent outperformance of its shares. IDEXX: While being discussed as a target, some analysts have also opined on companies that Zoetis could pursue as a buyer. On June 29, Canaccord said that in investor meetings with IDEXX (IDXX) executives declined to comment on Zoetis' potential interest in scaling up its animal health diagnostics business. Canaccord added that it thought Zoetis could make a bid for IDEXX. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $80 price target on IDEXX shares at that time. PRICE ACTION: Since June 25, the day the Journal first reported on Valeant's preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, the animal health company's shares have dropped nearly 4%. Zoetis closed down 20c to $47.80 on Friday.
08:25 EDTNVSNovartis management to meet with JPMorgan
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07:32 EDTNVSAlzheimer's Association to hold a conference
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07:30 EDTBAYRYZoetis 'highly likely' to merge with Bayer unit in 2016, says Jefferies
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05:21 EDTBAYRYBayer downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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July 15, 2015
07:58 EDTNVSAnalysts break down impact of $7.2B Receptos buyout
After Celgene (CELG) announced last night that the company has agreed to acquire Receptos (RCPT) for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired, research firms have chimed in with their opinions on how the proposed deal may impact others in the biotech space. Receptos key asset is Ozanimod, which is being studied in Phase III trials for relapsing multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis. DERIVATIVE CALLS: Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff told investors that he views Celgene's deal for Receptos as good for Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA). The analyst notes that Arena's APD334 is already showing dose-dependent decreases in circulating lymphocyte counts and that the company will initiate Phase II studies in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease this year. Tenthoff reiterates an Overweight rating and $7.50 price target on Arena, which has a market capitalization around $1B and closed yesterday up 8c to $4.47. In its own note to investors this morning, Nomura said Celgene's deal could put downward pressure on Biogen's (BIIB) long-term multiple sclerosis estimates. Nomura's M. Ian Somaiya contended that one-year Phase II efficacy data for Ozanimod looked as good as Novartis’s (NVS) Gilenya and Biogen's Tecfidera’s Phase III at year 2. Somaiya also wondered if rival Gilead (GILD) could be "looking for something bigger" than Receptos for its own deal, telling investors that the firm views Incyte (INCY) as Gilead's most likely takeout target. Incyte's shares closed up $4.46 at $117.46 yesterday, giving the company a market cap of about $20B. RIVAL BID?: Wedbush analyst Liana Moussatos believes another bidder may seek to acquire Receptos, noting that she previously estimated Receptos could be valued at $348 per share, or about $10.9B, in a buyout. Moussatos noted that Celgene said it expects annual peak sales for Ozanimod to reach about $4B-$6B for RMS and UC, making its acquisition price of $7.2BN only a bit more than about 1X peak sales without accounting for other possible indications or the rest of its pipeline. Moussatos told investors she sees "plenty" of potential upside to justify a rival bidder stepping in and reiterated the firm's Outperform rating on Receptos shares. PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading, Receptos rose 10% to $228.61 while Gilead gained 1.4% to about $119 per share.

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