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June 23, 2014
08:08 EDTAGNAllergan board unanimously rejects unsolicited exchange offer from Valeant
Allergan (AGN) announced that its Board of Directors, after consultation with its independent financial and legal advisors, unanimously determined that Valeant Pharmaceuticals International's (VRX) unsolicited exchange offer to acquire all outstanding common shares of Allergan is grossly inadequate, substantially undervalues the company, creates significant risks and uncertainties for Allergan stockholders, and is not in the best interests of the company and its stockholders. Accordingly, the Board strongly recommends that Allergan stockholders not tender any Allergan shares to Valeant. Pursuant to the Valeant exchange offer, Allergan stockholders would exchange each share of common stock of the company 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. The company noted that the implied value of the Exchange Offer is $173.20 per share, based on the closing price of Valeant’s stock on June 20, 2014, which is substantially lower than the initial $179.25 per share implied value of Valeant’s May 30, 2014 re-revised proposal, which also included a contingent value right that is not included in the Exchange Offer. “Our Board is unanimous in its determination that Valeant’s unsolicited exchange offer is grossly inadequate, substantially undervalues Allergan, and is not in the best interests of Allergan and its stockholders," said David E.I. Pyott, Allergan's Chairman of the Board and CEO. “The Board strongly recommends that Allergan stockholders reject Valeant’s exchange offer and prevent Valeant from taking control of Allergan at a price that does not appropriately reflect the underlying value of Allergan’s assets, operations and prospects, including our industry-leading position and projected growth opportunities. Allergan has a track record of consistently acting in the best interests of its stockholders and the Board continues to be confident that Allergan will create significantly more value than Valeant’s proposal.”
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September 25, 2014
08:34 EDTAGNValeant strength not solely due to Q3 update, says UBS
UBS said it does not believe Valeant's (VRX) 7% advance yesterday was solely attributable to the company's Q3 update, but that news reports that Actavis (ACT) may be competing with Allergan (AGN) to buy Salix (SLXP) may have led some investors to see Allergan as more vulnerable to Valeant. UBS won't rule out Allergan having alternative options, but the firm also believes Valeant has additional M&A ideas if a deal with Allergan does not work out. UBS maintains its Buy rating and $155 price target on Valeant.
September 24, 2014
09:11 EDTAGNSalix up after CNBC reports merger talks with Actavis
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09:11 EDTAGNValeant sends letter to Allergan CEO and lead independent director
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09:04 EDTAGNValeant CEO sent letter to Allergan to extend 'olive branch,' CNBC reports
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09:02 EDTAGNAllergan pursuit of Salix continues to be slowed, CNBC's Faber says
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09:02 EDTAGNActavis, Salix in early merger talks, CNBC's Faber reports
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06:23 EDTAGNExperts see new tax rules not halting inversions, WSJ reports
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September 23, 2014
16:13 EDTAGNPershing's Ackman sends letter to Allergan, threatens suit
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12:28 EDTAGNSalix climbs after reports say Allergan discussing takeover
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12:11 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed and little changed at midday, amid new rules from the Obama administration on tax inversions and manufacturing data from around the globe. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA's home price index rose 0.1% in July to 212.7, missing expectations for a rise of 0.5%. Markit's preliminary manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for September came in at 57.9, slightly below the consensus forecast for a 58.0 reading. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index for September rose to 14, beating expectations for it to have dropped two points to 10. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 50.5 from a final reading of 50.2 in August, better than expectations. In Europe, Markit's composite flash PMI for the eurozone dipped to a nine-month low of 52.3, missing expectations for it to hold steady at the 52.5 seen in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of several companies, including a number in the pharmaceutical industry, are lower in early trading after the Treasury Department announced new regulations yesterday night that aim to make it tougher for U.S. companies to lower their tax burdens via mergers with foreign companies, otherwise known as "inversions." Among the stocks that moved lower after the new rules were announced was Astrazeneca (AZN), which had previously been a target of Pfizer (PFE) and fell about 4% near midday. Also lower were shares of both Shire (SHPG), which fell 2%, and Abbvie (ABBV), which dropped 1.6%, as the two have previously agreed to merge in a tax inversion deal. Medtronic (MDT) and Covidien (COV), which similarly agreed to an inversion merger, were down 3.3% and 2.7%, respectively. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP), which rose more than 5% after The Wall Street Journal reported that Allergan (AGN) is in advanced talks on a deal to buy the company. Shares of Allergan were also up nearly 3% near midday, as the Journal also reported that Allergan rejected a recent buyout offer from Actavis (ACT). Among the noteworthy losers was Ascena Retail (ASNA), which dropped 16% after the apparel retailer's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 profit outlook trailed analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower following its own earnings report was auto retailer CarMax (KMX), which fell over 9%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.91, or 0.19%, to 17,139.77, the Nasdaq was up 2.90, or 0.06%, to 4,530.59, and the S&P 500 was down 2.29, or 0.11%, to 1,992.00.
10:54 EDTAGNStocks, analysts react to Treasury inversion crackdown
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09:17 EDTAGNSalix, Allergan just started talks over price, CNBC reports
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09:13 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:53 EDTAGNInversion regulations look more onerous than expected, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital says the new regulations announced last night by the Treasury and IRS contain appear more onerous than expected. FBR points out the proposed changes remove the ability of inverting companies to make "hopscotch loans" between the foreign and domestic subsidiaries. The firm believes the regulations will not end the practice of inversions, and it still expects completion of already announced deals.
08:38 EDTAGNPershing threatens suit against Allergan if no vote held on Salix deal, WSJ says
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08:31 EDTAGNSalix takeout price could be $200 per share, says Leerink
Leerink estimates a takeout valuation for Salix (SLXP) of $200 per share, but says it would start recommending investors take profits above $185. The firm believes a potential deal with Allergan (AGN) would likely include an above-average break-up fee. Leerink thinks a competitive bid could surface, and points out Actavis (ACT) has more overlapping cost structure with Salix than Allergan. Shares of Salix are up 9% to $173.48 in pre-market trading after Wall Street Journal reported the company is in merger talks with Allergan.
06:28 EDTAGNTreasury rules may put Mylan deal at risk, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes Treasury's new inversion rules may put the tax benefits of Mylan's (MYL) planned acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) established products business at risk. BMO also thinks the rules impact Salix's (SLXP) pending deal for Cosmo Pharmaceuticals, which it feels may help make a deal with Allergan (AGN) more likely.
05:56 EDTAGNTreasury, IRS announce plans to reduce inversion tax benefits
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September 22, 2014
19:03 EDTAGNAllergan rejected buyout bid from Actavis, in advanced talks for Salix, WSJ says
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September 19, 2014
11:25 EDTAGNSenators 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" – 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 shouldn’t 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).
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