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March 13, 2014
07:20 EDTHSP, AKRX, UTHR, MDVN, CBST, ALKS, SLXP, JAZZ, AUXL, NPSPLeerink 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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October 10, 2014
10:01 EDTAUXLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:35 EDTAUXLAuxilium downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners
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05:50 EDTAUXLEndo upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray upgraded Endo (ENDP) to Overweight with an $84 price target citing an improved asset base following the takeover of Auxilium (AUXL).
05:47 EDTAUXLAuxilium downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
Mizuho downgraded Auxilium (AUXL) to Neutral following the company's agreement to be acquired by Endo (ENDP). The firm expects shareholders to approve the deal and does not expect a competing bid.
October 9, 2014
11:14 EDTSLXPAllergan 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.
09:20 EDTAUXLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTAUXLEndo says its not in position to give FY15
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08:50 EDTSLXPAllergan shares have further upside, says Wells Fargo
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08:49 EDTAUXLEndo sees low-double digit revenue growth with Auxilium portfolio
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08:37 EDTAUXLEndo expects Auxilium acquisition immediately accretive post close
Endo (ENDP) says the deal will provided expected annual run rate synergies of up to $175M by the first year after closing versus Auxilium's (AUXL trailing 12-month actuals as of June 30. Says synergies include Auxilium's $75M reduction in annual operating expenses previously announced. Says the deal is expected to "significantly'" enhance Endo's branded pharmaceutical business with the addition of Auxilium's men's health products and development portfolio. Says the agreement is designed to "accelerate growth" and maximize value of Auxilium's products by leveraging strengths of combined company. Says combined company will be "well positioned" to drive organic growth for branded pharmaceutical business. Says deal creates a "strong" margin profile and an enhanced near-and long-term revenue growth profile. Comments taken from the company's slide presentation regarding its combination with Auxilium.
07:49 EDTAUXLEndo and Auxilium host a joint conference call
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07:30 EDTAUXLQLT Inc. says re-engaging assessment of options after Auxilium deal ended
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06:52 EDTAUXLQLT Inc. merger with Auxilium terminated for superior proposal from Endo
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06:32 EDTAUXLEndo to acquire Auxilium in cash, stock transaction for approximately $2.6B
Endo (ENDP) and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals (AUXL) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Endo will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Auxilium for a per share consideration of $33.25 in a cash and stock transaction. The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction, which is valued at $2.6B, including the repayment and assumption of debt. The transaction will include an election mechanism for Auxilium stockholders to elect cash and stock, all-stock or all-cash consideration, subject to proration in accordance with the terms of the definitive agreement. The per share consideration represents a premium of 55% to Auxilium's closing price on September 16, the day Endo made public its proposal for Auxilium. Subject to aggregate cash and equity consideration limits, Auxilium stockholders may elect one of three options with respect to transaction consideration: 100% equity which equates to 0.488 Endo shares per Auxilium share, 100% cash which equates to $33.25 per Auxilium share or a standard election of an equal mix of $16.625 in cash and 0.244 Endo shares per Auxilium share. The total cash consideration will not exceed 50% of the total equity value and the equity consideration will not exceed 75% of the total equity value. The transaction is expected to close in 1H15 and is subject to the approval of Auxilium's stockholders, regulatory approval in the U.S. and certain other jurisdictions, and other customary closing conditions.
06:31 EDTAUXLEndo to acquire Auxilium in cash, stock transaction for approximately $2.6B
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October 8, 2014
13:00 EDTHSPHospira recalling one lot of Vancomycin Hydrochloride
The FDA announced that Hospira is initiating a voluntary nationwide user-level recall of one lot of Vancomycin Hydrochloride. The action is because the product may have experienced temperature excursions during shipment to a customer and then was further distributed by the customer, the agency said. It added that there have been no adverse events or complaints reported for the affected lot. Hospira is "undertaking the recall out of an abundance of caution," the FDA said.
08:42 EDTSLXPSalix 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.
08:31 EDTSLXPSalix announces FDA granted final approval for UCERIS
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07:18 EDTCBSTInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
06:23 EDTSLXPActavis more inclined to pursue Allergan over Salix, says Citigroup
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