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April 22, 2014
06:11 EDTAGN, VRX, JNJ, MRKWells says big pharma bidders could emerge for Allergan
Wells Fargo believes Allergan (AGN) wants to remain independent and says the "hurdle to convince the company to sell could be pretty high." Wells thinks Valeant's (VRX) low tax rate gives it room to raise its bid for Allergan, and it sees the potential for one or more big pharma bidders, such as Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) or Merck (MRK), emerging due to Allergan's "attractive eye care and aesthetics portfolio and pipeline." Wells believes a purchase price for Allergan of $50B or $165 per share could be justified.
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October 10, 2014
06:27 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
October 9, 2014
14:21 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan 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 EDTAGN, 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 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan 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.
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08:50 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan shares have further upside, says Wells Fargo
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08:32 EDTMRKMerck HCV solutions becoming more credible, says Bernstein
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06:49 EDTAGNAllergan cites momentum from robust growth of worldwide markets
The company also cites increases in market share in most categories, many regulatory approvals for new products in the U.S. and internationally, and targeted investments to create and grow new products and new categories. Exceptional growth in EPS from the acceleration in sales but also in leveraging of sales and marketing expenditures. The benefits from Allergan’s previously announced restructuring program will be reflected in the Company’s actual results beginning in the fourth quarter of 2014 and continuing through 2015.
06:47 EDTAGNAllergan sees FY16 non-GAAP EPS $10.25
06:47 EDTAGNAllergan sees FY15 non-GAAP EPS $8.60, consensus $8.25
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06:47 EDTAGNAllergan sees FY14 non-GAAP EPS $6.20-$6.25, consensus $5.81
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06:46 EDTAGNAllergan raises Q3 EPS to $1.76-$1.78 from $1.44-$1.47, consensus $1.48
Expects Q3 product net sales to increase in excess of 17% in dollars compared to product net sales from 3Q13.
October 8, 2014
16:10 EDTAGNAllergan initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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11:14 EDTMRKMerck presents new MK-5172/MK-8742 clinical study data
Merck announced that new data from clinical studies of the company’s investigational, oral, once-daily, fixed-dose combination chronic hepatitis C treatment grazoprevir/elbasvir, or MK-5172/MK-8742, are scheduled to be presented at the 65th American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Annual Meeting, also known as The Liver Meeting. The meeting is scheduled to take place from November 7-11. New data will also be presented for MK-3682, formerly IDX21437, as part of its purchase of Idenix Pharmaceuticals.
11:08 EDTMRKLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst discusses IMPROVE-IT's regulatory and commercial implications for novel LDL-lowering therapies on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 9 at 2 pm.
10:55 EDTMRKLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discuss prospects for drugs that raise HDL cholesterol, effects of CETP mechanism, expectations for REVEAL data and the potential place for CETP inhibitors in a crowded hypersholesterolemia landscape on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 9 at 11 am.
08:42 EDTAGNSalix 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.
07:19 EDTAGNCBI to hold a conference
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07:18 EDTMRKInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
06:23 EDTAGN, VRXActavis more inclined to pursue Allergan over Salix, says Citigroup
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