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May 12, 2014
08:09 EDTACT, VRXActavis announces patent challenge settlement for Acanya
Actavis (ACT) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Valeant (VRX) to settle all outstanding patent litigation related to Actavis' generic version of Acanya Gel, 1.2%/2.5%. Acanya Gel is a lincosamide antibiotic and benzoyl peroxide indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. Under the terms of the agreement, Valeant will grant Actavis a license to market its generic Acanya Gel beginning in July 1, 2018 or earlier under certain circumstances. Other details of the settlement were not disclosed. For the 12 months ending February 28, Acanya® had total U.S. sales of approximately $121M, according to IMS Health data.
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October 10, 2014
10:20 EDTACTFidelity supports potential merger between Actavis and Allergan, Reuters reports
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07:37 EDTACT, VRXActavis more likely partner than Valeant if Allergan merges, says UBS
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07:16 EDTVRXAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
October 9, 2014
14:21 EDTVRXAllergan in good position to be patient given raised outlook, says BMO Capital
After speaking with Allergan's (AGN) CEO and CFO, BMO Capital believes the company is increasing its intrinsic value with its raised earnings guidance and that it is in a good position to be patient given that Valeant (VRX) most recent bid represents an 8% discount to Allergan's current share price. BMO said it is reviewing its forecasts for Allergan after the guidance increase, noting that it previously valued Allergan at $230 per share on a standalone basis. The firm maintains its Outperform rating on the stock.
12:28 EDTACT, VRXAllergan price target raised to $230 from $210 at BTIG
BTIG said it expected Allergan to beat the consensus forecast for Q3 EPS, but not by as much as it did, and the firm did not expect the company to raise its future EPS outlook yet again. BTIG feels the stock's move higher indicates Valeant (VRX) or Actavis (ACT) would need to bid above $200 if they hope to buy the company. BTIG maintains its Buy rating on Allergan and raised its price target on the stock to $230 from $210.
11:14 EDTVRX, ACTAllergan raises outlook again as Valeant pursuit continues
Drug maker Allergan (AGN) this morning preannounced stronger than expected results and again raised its fiscal year profit guidance. The beat and raise results come after The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that drug maker Valeant (VRX) and hedge fund Pershing Square intend to raise their previous bid for Allergan by $15 per share to about $191. Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, Reuters said that drug maker Actavis (ACT) plans to make a new merger offer to Allergan, and sources indicated to the news service that Allergan may be willing to consider an offer from Actavis if the bid is for more than $200 per share. WHAT'S NEW: Allergan estimated that its third quarter earnings per share would come in at $1.76-$1.78, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.48. The drug maker had previously provided Q3 EPS guidance of $1.44-$1.47. Allergan raised its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance to $6.20-$6.25 from $5.74-$5.80. Analysts' consensus estimate was $5.81. This is the fourth time that Allergan has raised its guidance this year. Allergan said that its markets have been strong around the world, while it is gaining market share in most categories. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen wrote that, in the wake of Allergan's guidance increase, the company's price to earnings multiple could expand to 22x its estimated 2016 earnings, up from its current multiple of 19x. In addition to the raised guidance, a potential accretive acquisition by Allergan and the possibility that it will be acquired make such an increase in the multiple "quite possible," Biegelsen contended. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Allergan has reportedly held advanced talks about acquiring another company in the sector, Salix (SLXP), although CNBC's David Faber on October 2 reported that the talks between the two companies about a merger had "cooled considerably." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Allergan rose fractionally to $191.06 while Valeant slid 1.5% to $124.08.
08:50 EDTVRX, ACTAllergan shares have further upside, says Wells Fargo
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October 8, 2014
08:42 EDTACTSalix 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.
06:47 EDTACTLawmakers may push for new regulations on generic drug makers, NY Times says
After the prices of some generic drugs soared more than 1,000% over the last year, two influential members of Congress are probing the sector and threatening to look to impose new regulations on it, according to The New York Times. Generic drug makers include Teva (TEVA), Mylan (MYL), Actavis (ACT), and Lannett (LCI).Reference Link
06:23 EDTACT, VRXActavis more inclined to pursue Allergan over Salix, says Citigroup
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October 7, 2014
18:29 EDTVRXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:05 EDTVRXValeant, Pershing Square plan to raise Allergan bid by $15 a share, WSJ says
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17:52 EDTVRXAllergan up 2.8% after Dow Jones says Valeant planning to boost bid for company
17:49 EDTVRXValeant up 3.9% after Dow Jones says planning to boost Allergan bid
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17:47 EDTVRXValeant, Pershing Square planning to boost Allergan bid by $15 a share, DJ says
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15:21 EDTACT, VRXAllergan warms to sale as Actavis plans new approach, Reuters says
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15:01 EDTACTAllergan up 1.5% following report on Actavis planned approach on merger
14:59 EDTACTActavis plans new approach to Allergan, Reuters reports
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07:48 EDTACTSalix reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies
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07:12 EDTVRXAllergan requests Ackman be hindered from voting at meeting, Bloomberg says
In an effort to avoid an unsolicited $54B acquisition offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), Allergan (AGN) filed a request in a California court for a judge to hinder Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square from voting its 10% stake at the December shareholder meeting, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing. A hearing regarding Allergan's request is set to occur on October 28. Reference Link
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