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July 16, 2014
08:16 EDTAGN, VRX, MYL, ABTLew's letter could bring 'chilly' tax inversion environment, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital says the environment for tax inversion deals may have just gone from "red hot to quite chilly" after Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told Congress in a letter to "shut down this abuse of our tax system." BMO advises caution around pending and recently announced mergers, such as Mylan's (MYL) planned acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) established products business announced on Monday. The firm also believes Lew's letter will be another negative for those pulling for a deal between Allergan (AGN) and Valeant (VRX).
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September 22, 2014
19:03 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan rejected buyout bid from Actavis, in advanced talks for Salix, WSJ says
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07:06 EDTABTAbbott price target raised to $48 from $44 at RBC Capital
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September 19, 2014
11:25 EDTVRX, MYL, AGN, ABTSenators bring bill requiring companies to settle before inverting
U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Dick Durbin announced new legislation requiring corporations to "Pay What You Owe Before You Go" Ė settling their U.S. tax bill before relocating to a foreign country. "Everyone knows that before you leave a restaurant you have to settle your tab," Brown said. "Corporations shouldnít get to play by different rules. While it is critical that we reach a long-term solution that reforms our international corporate tax code by implementing a global minimum tax and reducing the statutory tax rate, this bill is an immediate, commonsense measure to ensure businesses settle up before leaving the U.S." Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott (ABT), Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV) and Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN).
September 17, 2014
11:01 EDTMYLActavis drops after NY AG seeks to block Alzheimer drug switch
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September 16, 2014
11:51 EDTAGN, VRX, ABT, MYLOECD looks to close tax loopholes with new proposals
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07:33 EDTMYLMylan initiates Phase III clinical trials for Advair Diskus and Lantus
Mylan (MYL) announced it is initiating Phase III clinical trials for its generic version of GlaxoSmithKline's (GKS) Advair Diskus and its insulin analog to Sanofi's (SNY) Lantus. In October Mylan will commence a Phase III clinical trial to evaluate the equivalence of its product to Advair Diskus when administered by inhalation in adult asthma patients.
05:37 EDTAGN, VRXValeant, Pershing Square, Allergan settle pending litigation before DE Court
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September 15, 2014
11:57 EDTAGNPershing Square submits additional meeting requests
Pershing Square Capital Management announced that on Friday it submitted to Allergan (AGN) additional special meeting requests from shareholders owning approximately 0.6% of Allerganís shares. With these requests, Pershing Square has delivered requests from 51 institutions representing 35.68% of the outstanding common stock of Allergan. At the special meeting, Allergan shareholders will have the opportunity to voice their support for a number of matters, including the removal of six incumbent members of the Allergan board, the appointment of an independent slate of directors, amendments to Allerganís bylaws to eliminate onerous restrictions on the calling of a special meeting, a request that Allergan engage in negotiations with Valeant Pharmaceuticals(VRX) and Pershing Square, and certain other actions to improve corporate governance of Allergan.
09:32 EDTABTAbbott initiates ABSORB IV trial
Abbott announced the start of the ABSORB IV clinical trial, which will test whether its Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold is more cost-effective and offers a higher quality of life than a permanent, metallic drug eluting stent. Unlike a metallic stent, Absorb completely dissolves over time after doing its job. ABSORB IV is designed to enroll approximately 3K people with coronary artery disease, mostly in the U.S. The ABSORB IV trial is designed to confirm these novel findings that treatment with the Absorb device can help provide people with heart disease a higher quality of life after a heart stent procedure. The data from the ABSORB IV trial will be combined with the data from the ABSORB III trial to create a population of more than 5K people studied in the U.S. This data set, which is the largest of its kind for bioresorbable heart devices, provides an opportunity to evaluate the performance of Absorb compared to the current standard of a metallic drug eluting stent across a number of measures, including the broader health economic impact of this innovative therapy.
07:45 EDTABTCardiovascular Research Foundation to hold a conference
Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics: TCT 2014 to be held in Washington, D.C. on September 13-17 with some presentations being webcasted. Webcast Link
06:34 EDTMYLMylan signs agreement with Gilead
Mylan (MYL) announced that its subsidiary Mylan Laboratories Limited has entered into an agreement with Gilead Sciences (GILD), under which Mylan has been licensed the non-exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute sofosbuvir and the investigational single tablet regimen of ledipasvir/sofosbuvir in 91 developing countries. Sofosbuvir is marketed by Gilead under the brand name Sovaldi. The countries within the agreement account for more than 100M people living with hepatitis C globally representing 54% of the total global infected population. Under the licensing agreement, Mylan will receive a technology transfer enabling the company to manufacture low-cost versions of the medicines for developing markets.
September 14, 2014
13:30 EDTABTAbbott announces positive one-year clinical results from ABSORB II
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September 12, 2014
08:02 EDTAGN, VRXPershing submits special meeting requests totaling 35% of Allergan shares
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05:09 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan comments on Pershing Square delivery of additional requests
Allergan (AGN) commented on Pershing Square Capital Management delivery of additional requests from stockholders owning 1.5% of Allerganís shares to call a Special Meeting of Stockholders. Allergan will review these requests in addition to the requests from stockholders owning 2.8% of Allerganís shares that were delivered on September 3. The company issued the following statement: Notwithstanding Pershing Square and Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) efforts to change the subject, Allergan recognizes that what actually matters is value, and thatís what the company is focusing on delivering to stockholders. In that regard, Allerganís current strategic plan is expected to deliver a compounded annual growth rate of greater than 20% EPS growth, including estimated 2016 EPS at approximately $10.00. Allergan has already scheduled the Special Meeting for December 18. As such, the delivery of additional requests for the Special Meeting by Pershing Square is not a meaningful development. The lawsuit in California is seeking an order barring Valeant, Pershing Square, Ackman, and entities affiliated with them from voting shares that Allergan believes were acquired in violation of the federal securities laws, including insider trading. If Allerganís motion for a preliminary injunction is granted, it would prevent Valeant, Pershing Square, and Ackman from voting their shares at any meeting of stockholders.
September 11, 2014
13:41 EDTABTAbbott announces new $3B share repurchase program
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11:08 EDTAGNAllergan shareholders owning 35% to ask for meeting, Reuters says
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09:52 EDTAGN, VRXValeant to submit consent from 35% of Allergan holders, CNBC reports
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September 10, 2014
07:02 EDTMYLMylan to acquire U.S. rights to Arixtra injection from Aspen
Mylan's subsidiary Mylan Ireland Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire the U.S. commercialization, marketing and intellectual property rights relating to Arixtra Injection and the authorized generic of Arixtra from Aspen Global Incorporated. Arixtra is indicated for the prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis, which may lead to pulmonary embolism in patients undergoing hip fracture surgery. Mylan already is selling Arixtra in the U.S. through an interim distribution arrangement with Aspen and Apotex is currently selling the AG of Arixtra, which will be transitioning to Mylan Institutional by year end.
September 9, 2014
16:04 EDTAGNPershing Square reports 9.7% stake in Allergan, sends letter to board
Pershing Square Capital Management sent a letter to the board of Allergan that highlights several reasons why Allergan is extremely shareholder unfriendly and why now is the time for Allergan's management team to wake up. In the letter, Pershing Square said: "Since the bid was announced in April, 75% of Allerganís shareholders have sold all or a portion of their investment including the companyís largest shareholder, which has sold its entire position. These shareholders are sending the board a message. They would not have sold if they believed that Allergan stock was worth more than current values... We note CFO Jeff Edwards recent decision to retire from the company at age 53 for family reasons, and his replacement by an investor relations executive rather than an experienced public company CFO. The notion that Allergan should execute the largest acquisition in its history led by an investor relations executive is a frightening proposition. While we respect an executiveís need to retire from a company for family reasons, Edwards exit also calls into question the companyís forward earnings guidance which shareholders expected him to execute on when the Company presented these projections on July 21st. I had expected that at some point one or more directors would have woken up and smelled the coffee. There is still time for a subset of directors to rescue their reputations by taking over leadership of this process from David Pyott and his handpicked advisors and doing what you are paid $400,000 per year to do on behalf of the companyís owners."
06:42 EDTVRX, MYL, AGN, ABTLew expects to make decision on combating inversion deals soon, NY Times reports
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