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August 5, 2014
09:53 EDTAGN, VRXGlass Lewis recommends Allergan investors support calls for special meeting
Pershing Square Capital Management, the largest shareholder of Allergan (AGN), announced that on August 4, Glass Lewis & Co. recommended that Allergan shareholders support Pershing Square’s efforts to call a special meeting of shareholders and that shareholders take the steps necessary under Allergan’s bylaws to call a special meeting. Glass Lewis’s recommendations are relied upon by hundreds of major institutional investment firms, mutual and pension funds and other fiduciaries. At the Special Meeting, Allergan shareholders will have the opportunity to voice their support for a number of critical matters, including the removal of six incumbent members of the Allergan board, the appointment of an independent slate of directors, amendments to Allergan’s bylaws to eliminate onerous restrictions on the calling of a special meeting and certain other actions to improve corporate governance of Allergan. Pershing Square CEO Bill Ackman commented: “We’ve said all along that the Allergan board was more concerned with protecting itself than providing value to its shareholders. We’re pleased Glass Lewis agrees with us on that point and has endorsed the call for a special meeting of Allergan shareholders. We ask Allergan’s board to consider the criticisms reflected in the Glass Lewis report and address them by, among other things, quickly engaging with Valeant (VRX) on its strategically compelling offer to acquire Allergan.”
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October 13, 2014
06:39 EDTAGNAllergan takeout value at or above $210 per share, says Leerink
Leerink believes Allergan's takeover value is now at or above $210 per share given the company's recent execution. After speaking with management, the firm says Allergan's upside in Q3 was driving by fundamentals, not cost cuts. It continues to view the "most likely and straightforward outcome" for Allergan as being an outright sale of the company. Leerink raised its price target for shares to $215 from $184 and keeps an Outperform rating on Allergan.
October 10, 2014
17:14 EDTAGNMarket ends week lower amid global growth worries
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10:20 EDTAGNFidelity supports potential merger between Actavis and Allergan, Reuters reports
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07:37 EDTAGN, VRXActavis more likely partner than Valeant if Allergan merges, says UBS
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07:35 EDTAGNAllergan price target raised to $224-$225, from $198-$199 at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo increased its price target on Allergan after the company pre-released better-than-expected revenue and EPS, and raised its 2014-2016 EPS guidance. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:16 EDTVRX, AGNAmerican 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 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan 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.
10:00 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:50 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan shares have further upside, says Wells Fargo
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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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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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06:23 EDTVRX, AGNActavis more inclined to pursue Allergan over Salix, says Citigroup
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