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July 17, 2014
16:45 EDTAGN, VRXPershing Square looks to obtain consents for special meeting
Pershing Square, who along with Valeant (VRX) own 9.7% of Allergan's (AGN) outstanding shares sent a letter on July 16 to Allergan's board which addressed the Allergan's response to Valeant’s acquisition proposal. The letter said in part: "In my 21-year history as a governance investor, I cannot think of another example in our portfolio where a board has behaved as poorly as you have in your response to the Valeant merger proposal...You have accused Valeant of fraudulent accounting and of falsifying its reported growth rates and business performance, and you have done so without factual evidence to prove these assertions. If one spreads false and misleading information for the purpose of driving down Valeant’s stock price, that is market manipulation, plain and simple. That a board of a $50B market cap company would engage in such behavior as a defensive tactic is extraordinary and incredibly inappropriate. ..We remind you that the current value of Valeant’s stock does not reflect the value ultimately received by Allergan shareholders because Valeant’s stock currently trades at a substantial discount due to Allergan’s scorched earth, negative information campaign against Valeant, the uncertainty of transaction consummation due to Allergan’s defensive tactics, and the resulting delays in time to closure...We are now working to obtain the consents to call a special meeting, and upon their receipt, we will ask the board to call the meeting. While under the company’s highly restrictive and cumbersome special meeting mechanics, you have the ability to delay the meeting for up to 120 days, we on behalf of Allergan’s other shareholders ask that you do not delay the inevitable any further. What legitimate board of directors attempts to silence or otherwise delay hearing what its own shareholders have to say? Shareholders are looking forward to expressing their views."
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July 17, 2014
10:20 EDTAGNPershing sees coming 13-Fs to show long-term Allergan holders have been selling
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09:00 EDTAGNAckman says large takeover by Allergan could be 'enormously value destructive'
08:44 EDTAGNPershing says special meeting warranted given 'poor governance' at Allergan
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08:08 EDTVRXValeant receives FDA clearance for Victus Femtosecond Laser Platform
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07:00 EDTAGN, VRXPaulson says Allergan could be wroth $220 per share, WSJ reports
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July 16, 2014
17:46 EDTAGN, VRXAckman says he thinks Allergan-Valeant deal eventually gets done
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17:42 EDTVRX, AGNPershing Square's Ackman says Allergan's attack on Valeant unprecedented
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10:36 EDTVRX, AGNTreasury calls on Congress to halt inversion deals
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10:31 EDTAGNPershing Square Capital Management holds analyst/industry conference call
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09:16 EDTAGN, VRXPershing Square sends letter to Allergan's board of directors
Pershing Square Capital Management announced it has sent a letter to Allergan's Board of Directors. Pershing Square last Friday filed definitive solicitation materials with the U.S. SEC to seek shareholder support for a special meeting of Allergan shareholders and is now actively soliciting shareholder support to call the meeting. At this special meeting, Allergan shareholders will be able to voice their opinions on a number of critical matters, including the proposed removal of six incumbent members of the Allergan board, the proposed appointment of an independent slate of directors and certain other proposed provisions to improve Allergan’s corporate governance.
08:16 EDTAGN, VRXLew's letter could bring 'chilly' tax inversion environment, says BMO Capital
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07:59 EDTAGN, VRXTreasury Secretary urges Congress to take action on tax inversions
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July 15, 2014
11:13 EDTAGNPerrigo retreats after analyst sees limited potential buyers
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July 14, 2014
12:47 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan slides question Valeant growth, disclosures, says BMO Capital
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08:13 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan reiterates belief that Valeant model unsustainable in new presentation
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08:02 EDTVRX, AGNValeant submits HSR filing for proposed acquisition of Allergan
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July 11, 2014
16:48 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan comments on Pershing Square’s definitive proxy solicitation
Allergan (AGN) provided the following comment in response to the definitive proxy solicitation filed by Pershing Square Capital Management in connection with Pershing Square’s request to call a Special Meeting of Stockholders. At the Special Meeting, if called, Allergan stockholders would be asked to remove a majority of the company’s existing directors in connection with Valeant Pharmaceuticals' (VRX) unsolicited exchange offer to acquire all outstanding common shares of Allergan for 0.83 shares of Valeant common stock and $72.00 in cash, or subject to proration, an amount of cash or a number of Valeant common shares with the implied value set forth in the exchange offer. Under the current Board’s leadership, which includes individuals with significantly more industry experience than Pershing Square’s recommended nominees, Allergan continues to execute on its plan to drive near- and long-term organic growth, enhance its growth prospects and continue generating significant value for all of Allergan’s stockholders. We believe Pershing Square’s attempt to replace a majority of the Allergan Board is a further effort to support Valeant in its bid to acquire Allergan at a grossly inadequate price that substantially undervalues the company and creates significant risks and uncertainties for Allergan stockholders. Valeant has repeatedly failed to address the serious concerns raised by Allergan and important members of the investment community about Valeant’s anemic organic growth driven by unsustainable price increases, among other fundamental business model issues. Allergan has a track record of consistently acting in the best interests of its stockholders and the Board remains confident in the company’s ability to create significantly more value than Valeant’s proposal.
11:54 EDTAGNAbbVie, Shire in active takeover talks, Bloomberg reports
AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) are in active talks about a potential merger after AbbVie raised its takeover offer for a fourth time, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The talks are in the early stage and may not lead to an agreement, sources told Bloomberg. Shares of Shire are up 5%, or $12.04, to $250.65 following the report.
July 10, 2014
09:31 EDTVRXNestle acquires rights to aesthetic dermatology products in the U.S. and Canada
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09:31 EDTVRXValeant completes filler, toxin asset sale to Galderma
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