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March 18, 2014
07:39 EDTACT, AUXL, ENDP, AGNAuxilium would be "ideal" takeover target, says Stifel
Stifel sees Auxilium as an "ideal" target, due to its menís health/urology platform. The firm thinks that the most likely suitors would be Allergan (AGN), Endo Health (ENDP), and Actavis (ACT). It believes that Allergan would be the best match, and predicts that Auxilium could be bought for a 15%-30% premium. The firm stipulates that it does not know of any M&A talks involving Auxilium. It keeps a Buy rating on Auxlium.
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October 10, 2014
05:47 EDTENDP, AUXLAuxilium 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
14:21 EDTAGNAllergan 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, ACTAllergan 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 EDTACT, AGNAllergan 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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09:20 EDTENDP, AUXLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTAUXL, ENDPEndo says its not in position to give FY15
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08:50 EDTAGN, ACTAllergan shares have further upside, says Wells Fargo
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08:49 EDTENDP, AUXLEndo sees low-double digit revenue growth with Auxilium portfolio
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08:37 EDTAUXL, ENDPEndo 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 EDTAUXL, ENDPEndo 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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06:49 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 Allerganís previously announced restructuring program will be reflected in the Companyís 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.
06:32 EDTAUXL, ENDPEndo 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 EDTAUXL, ENDPEndo to acquire Auxilium in cash, stock transaction for approximately $2.6B
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