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June 18, 2014
07:40 EDTAGN, SHPG, VRXAllergan likely to bid for Shire, says SunTrust
SunTrust believes that Allergan (AGN) will soon bid for Shire (SHPG), and the firm thinks that this scenario is more attractive for Allergan shareholders than the offer from Valeant (VRX), as ia Shrie acquisition wouldremove the risk of holding Valeant shares. A combination of Allergan and Shire would have several advantages, including sustainable low double digit revenue growth, a more diversified sales mix, and a preservation of high value R&D programs, according to the firm. It thinks the deal would be 50% accretive to EPS in the first year and enable five year EPS CAGR to accelerate meaningfully. The firm keeps a $200 price target and Buy rating on Allergan.
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January 13, 2015
12:49 EDTVRXValeant CEO says 'unlikely' to work with Bill Ackman again
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12:48 EDTVRXValeant CEO says will have a 'number of clean quarters in a row'
Valeant CEO Michael Pearson said on CNBC that his company will have a "number of clean quarters in a row" in an effort to dispute attacks on its business model.
10:56 EDTVRXValeant sees continuation of Q3 trends in Q4
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10:46 EDTVRXValeant doesn't see need to 'push a large deal for sake of doing large deal'
Sees double digit organic growth in 2014, 2015 and beyond. Says business development a priority for cash flow. Sees pursuing small and medium sized deals. Says doesn't see a need to "push a large deal for the sake of doing a large deal." Comments made at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. Valeant shares are up 2.1% to $158.76 in morning trading.
10:39 EDTVRXValeant repeats FY15 EPS view $10.10-$10.40, revenue $9.2B-$9.3B
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10:38 EDTVRXValeant repeats Q4 cash EPS view $2.55+ vs. previous view $2.45-$2.55
Repeats Q4 revenue view $2.1B-$2.3B. Sees Q4 adjusted cash flow from operations about $600M. Says absorbed additional negative Fx impact of ~$40M to revenue, ~10c to cash EPS. Says FDA submission for Vesneo on track for Q2. Sees submission for sub-micron loteprednol gel 0.38% in late Q3, early Q4, and expects to launch product in 3Q16. Sees filing NDA for Arestin LCM in 2H15. Sees >12% same store organic growth for total company in Q4, >10% for FY. Sees Bausch + Lomb organic growth >10% for FY. Sees continued strong performance from Jublia, other recent product launches. Strategic initiates for 2015 include 10%-12% organic growth, cash conversion rate of >90%, achieve $500M+ revenues for key launch programs, including Jublia, Ultra, Luzu, Retin-A Micro 0.08%, Onexton. Comments from slides being presented at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.
07:42 EDTVRXJPMorgan to hold a conference
33rd Annual Healthcare Conference is being held in San Francisco on January 12-15 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 13 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:39 EDTVRX, AGNAmerican Academy of Cosmetic Surgery to hold a meeting
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January 12, 2015
16:32 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks spent almost the entire session in negative territory as the continued slump in crude oil prices weighed on equities. As the price of crude searches for a bottom, analysts and investors are concerned about how the low prices may affect U.S. economic growth. It had been estimated that more than half of the expected growth in the S&P 500's earnings would come from the oil industry and the continued drop in oil prices may be wiping out the chances of earnings increasing from the prior quarter. The earnings season unofficially kicks off tonight when Alcoa (AA) reports its fourth quarter earnings. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. WTI and Brent crude both suffered slides of 5% during the session, sending WTI oil below $46 and Brent near $47 per barrel. Of note, Goldman Sachs said it sees oil prices bottoming in Q2 of this year at $42 a barrel. Goldman lowered its Brent crude oil price estimate for 2015 to $50 a barrel from $84 and for 2016 onwards to $70 a barrel from $90. COMPANY NEWS: Shire (SHPG) shares trading in New York slipped $8.39, or 3.86%, to $209.10 after the company announced over this weekend that it struck a deal to acquire NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) for $46 per share in cash, for a total consideration of approximately $5.2B. NPS shares gained $3.44, or 8.21%, to $45.35... Shares of flash storage provider SanDisk (SNDK) dropped $13.47, or 13.88%, to $83.57 after the company cut its revenue outlook for Q4 and added that non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter is expected to be approximately 45%, compared to the previously guided range of 47%-49%. "The lower revenue was primarily due to weaker than expected sales of retail and iNAND products," SanDisk explained. Micron (MU) fell $1.87, or 5.56%, to $31.66 following the warning from its peer. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Foundation Medicine (FMI), whose shares surged $22.81, or 95.32%, to $46.74 after the company and Roche (RHHBY) announced that they will enter into a strategic collaboration. Roche will invest in Foundation as part of the deal, resulting in Roche owning a minimum of 52.4% and a maximum of 56.3% of Foundation Medicine on a fully diluted basis. Also higher was Build-A-Bear Workshop (BBW), which jumped $3.12, or 16.75%, to $21.75 after the toy company gave a fourth quarter revenue view that beat expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which fell $2.16, or 23.84%, to $6.90 after announcing that the FDA verbally informed the company of a partial clinical hold on its study of ARC-520 in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection. Also lower were shares of Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which dropped $2.04, or 14.62%, to $11.91 after the company provided data through Week 168 from its Phase IIb open-label extension study of eteplirsen in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow fell 96.53, or 0.54%, to 17,640.84, the Nasdaq lost 39.36, or 0.84%, to 4,664.71, and the S&P 500 declined 16.55, or 0.81%, to 2,028.26.
12:46 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:37 EDTAGNSupreme Court rejects Allergan appeal on generic Latisse, Bloomberg reports
09:30 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Foundation Medicine (FMI) up 138.9% following transaction with Roche (RHHBY)... Celator Pharmaceuticals (CPXX), up 19.1% after announcing promising Phase 2 data for CPX-351... Second Sight (EYES), up 16.7% after Health Canada approves Argus II retinal prosthesis system... Aegerion (AEGR), up 7.8% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter results and guidance... Express (EXPR), up 4.5% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter results. NOTABLE: NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), up 8.5% following acquisition by Shire (SHPG)... Shire is down 1.1% in pre-market trading. LOWER: Arrowhead (ARWR), down 20.9% after FDA clears company to begin modified study of ARC-520 in a preliminary call of a partial clinical hold... Tiffany (TIF), down 10.4% after lowering fiscal 2014 net EPS guidance... SanDisk (SNDK), down 10.1% after lowering fourth quarter outlook... Ascena Retail (ASNA), down 5.8% after lowering fiscal 2015 adjusted EPS view... Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), down 5.9% after reporting long-term outcomes from Phase IIb Eteplirsen study... Loral Space & Communications (LORL), down 3.6% following a NY Post article that reported that talks to sell itself to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan have ended... Southwestern Energy (SWN), down 4.2% after filing to sell 20.3M shares of stock and 26M depository shares.
08:47 EDTSHPGShire acquisition favorable, says RBC Capital
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08:37 EDTSHPGShire deal suggests most biotech companies in play, says JMP Securities
After Shire (SHPG) agreed to buy NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), JMP Securities says the deal indicates that most biotech companies are in play, particularly those with worldwide rights to their products for well-defined patient populations. The firm expects investors to speculate all week about potential new targets in the space. Publicly traded companies in the space include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY).
08:14 EDTSHPGShire acquisition positive, says SunTrust
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08:09 EDTAGNActavis and Allergan announce early termination of HSR waiting period
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08:07 EDTAGNActavis, Allergan announce early termination of Hart Scott Rodino waiting period
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08:00 EDTSHPGShire deal for NPS Pharmaceuticals positive, says Susquehanna
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07:56 EDTSHPGShire price target raised to $257 from $223 at William Blair
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07:11 EDTSHPGNPS Pharmaceuticals volatility elevated into being acquired by Shire in a $5.2B
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