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March 13, 2014
07:20 EDTNPSP, HSP, AKRX, UTHR, MDVN, CBST, ALKS, SLXP, JAZZ, AUXLLeerink names top 10 acquisition candidates in biopharma
Leerink believes partnership and acquisition activity will remain a key feature of news flow and excess returns for investors in the biopharma industry during 2014 and into 2015. The firm's top 10 acquisition candidates in the space are: Alkermes (ALKS), Akorn (AKRX), Akorn (AUXL), Cubist (CBST), Hospira (HSP), Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ), Medivation (MDVN), NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), Salix (SLXP) and United Therapeutics (UTHR).
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February 23, 2015
06:23 EDTMDVNCiti ups TESARO price target to $79, adds to focus list
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06:05 EDTSLXPValeant to host conference call
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February 22, 2015
18:04 EDTNPSPShire completes acquisition of NPS Pharma
Shire (SHPG) announces the successful completion of the tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) and the subsequent acquisition of NPS Pharma.The tender offer expired at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of Friday, February 20, and was not extended. As of the expiration of the tender offer, a total of approximately 88,869,118 common shares of NPS Pharma had been validly tendered and not withdrawn pursuant to the tender offer, representing approximately 81.7% of the outstanding common shares of NPS Pharma. All shares that were validly tendered and not withdrawn pursuant to the tender offer were accepted for payment. After the acceptance of shares that were validly tendered and not withdrawn pursuant to the tender offer, Shire completed the acquisition of NPS Pharma today through a merger of one of Shire's subsidiaries with and into NPS Pharma. In connection with the merger, all common shares of NPS Pharma that were not accepted for payment in the tender offer (excluding any shares held by NPS Pharma as treasury stock (other than any shares held in an NPS Pharma benefit plan) and any shares with respect to which the holders have properly demanded appraisal rights in accordance with Delaware law) were converted into the right to receive $46.00 per share in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes, the same price that will be paid for shares accepted for payment in the tender offer. Following completion of the merger, NPS Pharma became a wholly owned subsidiary of Shire and NPS Pharma's shares ceased to be traded on NASDAQ.
16:07 EDTSLXPValeant confirms acquiring Salix for $158 per share
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) and Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Valeant will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Salix for $158 per share in cash, or a total enterprise value of approximately $14.5B. The transaction was approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. Salix Pharmaceuticals is a widely recognized gastrointestinal market leader with a portfolio of 22 total products, including well-known prescription brands Xifaxan, Uceris, Relistor, and Apriso, as well as a strong near- term pipeline of innovative, new assets. "Salix's market-leading gastrointestinal franchise is an ideal strategic fit for Valeant's diversified portfolio of specialty products," said J. Michael Pearson, Valeant's chairman and CEO. "The growing GI market has attractive fundamentals, and Salix has a portfolio of terrific products that are outpacing the market in terms of volume growth and a promising near-term pipeline of innovative products. With strong brand recognition among specialist GI prescribers, a highly rated specialty sales force, and a significant product and commercial presence across the undertreated and underserved gastrointestinal market, this acquisition offers a compelling opportunity for Valeant to create a strong platform for growth and business development." The combination is expected to yield greater than $500M in annual cost savings from the cost base of the combined company. Synergies are expected to be achieved within six months of close, primarily from reductions in corporate overhead and R&D rationalization, with the cost to achieve these synergies to be approximately 65%. Valeant and Salix will determine how best to integrate the two companies to leverage the combined strengths of both while ensuring a smooth and orderly transition. Consistent with Valeant's approach to integrating Bausch + Lomb, there are no planned reductions to Salix's highly rated specialty sales forces or hospital, key account and field reimbursement teams and we will determine the optimal size of Primary Care Sales Force through the integration process.The acquisition is structured as an all-cash tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Salix common stock at a price of $158 per share followed by a merger in which each remaining untendered share of Salix common stock would be converted into the right to receive the same $158 cash per share consideration as in the tender offer. The all-cash offer will be financed through a combination of bank debt and bonds. As a result of the need to draw down inventories, EBITDA will be artificially low in 2014 and 2015, resulting in the initial net leverage ratio of approximately 5.6. Valeant is committed to reducing its net leverage ratio to be below 4.0 by the second half of 2016. As a result of the plan to reduce wholesaler inventory levels in 2015, the transaction is expected to be modestly accretive to 2015 cash EPS, but over 20% accretive to 2016 cash EPS. Valeant does not expect any change to its credit ratings as a result of the transaction. The transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.
15:59 EDTSLXPValeant to buy Salix for $10.1B, FT says
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February 20, 2015
13:38 EDTJAZZLeerink specialty pharma analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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10:01 EDTJAZZOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Advanced Drainage (WMS) initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Arctic Cat (ACAT) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Ardmore Shipping (ASC) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Baltic Trading (BALT) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cash America (CSH) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Costamare (CMRE) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... DHT Holdings (DHT) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Danaos (DAC) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Diana Containerships (DCIX) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Diana Shipping (DSX) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Euronav NV (EURN) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Forest City (FCE.A) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Fox Factory (FOXF) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Frontline (FRO) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Global Ship Lease (GSL) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Kinder Morgan (KMI) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... Liberty Broadband (LBRDA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Liberty Interactive (QVCA) initiated with a Sector Perform at FBN Securities... Liberty Media (LMCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... MEI Pharma (MEIP) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Navios Acquisition (NNA) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Polaris Industries (PII) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Raven (RAVN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Seaspan (SSW) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Tsakos Energy (TNP) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... U.S. Concrete (USCR) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens.
09:45 EDTSLXPValeant near deal to acquire Salix, CNBC's Faber reports
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09:43 EDTSLXPValeant nearing deal to acquire Salix, CNBC's Faber reports
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07:08 EDTSLXPAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
05:40 EDTJAZZJazz Pharmaceuticals initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
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February 19, 2015
07:12 EDTNPSPWharton Health Care Club to hold a conference
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06:17 EDTHSPHospira Inflectra patient registry reports interim results in treatment of IBD
Data have been presented on the use of Hospira's Inflectra, the world's first approved biosimilar monoclonal antibody, or mAb, at the European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, or ECCO-ibd, conference. Results show a comparable response in patients treated with Inflectra to that expected with the reference product, Remicade, for inducing and maintaining remission in Crohn's disease, or CD, and ulcerative colitis, or UC. These data add to the body of evidence supporting Inflectra's use in inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD. Results presented from the ongoing independent, prospective, nationwide study in Hungary show that for the first 90 patients, treated with Inflectra, reductions compared with baseline were seen in validated measures of disease activity after both two and six weeks of treatment. C-reactive protein, or CRP, a marker of inflammation, was also decreased during induction therapy for UC. Four of the 90 patients showed an allergic reaction to treatment, all of who had previously received anti-TNF medication. The abstract can be found at: P314 Biosimilar infliximab in inflammatory bowel diseases: first interim results from a prospective nationwide observational cohort.
February 18, 2015
10:48 EDTSLXPSalix valuation, litigation influencing potential buyers, dealReporter says
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10:32 EDTSLXPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:41 EDTHSPThe Medicines Co. says not giving financial guidance due to Hospira suit
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February 17, 2015
18:17 EDTSLXPJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NCR (NCR), Liberty Ventures (LVNTA), Solarcity (SCTY), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), Salix (SLXP), and Applied Materials (AMAT). INCREASED STAKES: Hertz (HTZ), Valeant (VRX), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), Rackspace (RAX), and HD Supply (HDS). DECREASED STAKES: AIG (AIG), Actavis (ACT), Charter (CHTR), AerCap (AER), and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Equinix (EQIX), Cameron International (CAM), Dollar General (DG), QEP Resources (QEP), and Amgen (AMGN).
18:06 EDTSLXPPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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10:51 EDTSLXPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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04:47 EDTHSPPfenex price target raised to $16 from $12 at Mizuho
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