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May 15, 2014
07:05 EDTBSX, BAYRYBoston Scientific agrees to acquire Interventional division of Bayer for $415M
Boston Scientific (BSX) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Interventional Division of Bayer AG (BAYRY) for $415M in cash, including fees for transitional services. The company expects to close the transaction in the second half of 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. The acquisition is expected to improve Boston Scientific's access to a number of attractive segments in the peripheral space, including the growing atherectomy and thrombectomy categories. In 2013, Bayer Interventional generated sales of approximately $120M. Upon completion of the transaction, Bayer Interventional will become part of the existing Boston Scientific Peripheral Interventions business. The agreement calls for an up-front payment of $415M. The company currently expects the transaction to be immaterial to adjusted earnings per share in 2014, accretive by approximately 1c in 2015 and increasingly accretive thereafter. On a GAAP earnings per share basis, the company expects the transaction to be slightly dilutive in 2014, immaterial in 2015, and less accretive than on an adjusted earnings per share basis thereafter as a result of acquisition-related net charges and amortization, which will be determined following the closing. Closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions, including relevant antitrust clearance, and is expected to occur in the second half of 2014.
News For BSX;BAYRY From The Last 14 Days
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July 29, 2015
05:47 EDTBAYRYBayer cuts FY15 sales to EUR 47B from EUR 48B- EUR 49B
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05:42 EDTBAYRYBayer reports Q2 Healthcare sales up 28% to EUR 5.91B
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05:40 EDTBAYRYBayer reports Q2 net income EUR 1.52B vs. EUR 953M last year
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July 23, 2015
18:21 EDTBSXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session mixed on the heels of weak earnings reports from both Caterpillar (CAT) and 3M (MMM). The Nasdaq managed to spend most of the day in positive territory but joined the other averages in negative territory by mid-afternoon. Selling picked up momentum towards late afternoon, and by day’s end each of the averages were lower by more than 0.4%, with the Dow losing nearly 0.7%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 255,000 in the week ended July 18, below the 278,000 first-time claims that were expected. The Leading Economic Indicators advanced 0.6% in June, exceeding expectations for a 0.3% increase. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index advanced for a sixth straight session, adding another 2.4%. In Europe, the Greek Parliament voted to accept creditor terms for a new bailout, though a decision on when to reopen Greek financial markets was deferred to next week. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) finished the session up 3.96% to $31.50 after reporting earnings per share above analyst expectations. Other notable names rising following earnings reports include SanDisk (SNDK), Under Armour (UA), Southwest (LUV)... Caterpillar, meanwhile, dropped $2.86, or 3.59%, to $76.90 after cutting its yearly guidance during this morning's earnings report, with the company noting a "relatively stagnant" global economy. Also lower following earnings were Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), and Boston Scientific (BSX). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cigna (CI), which rose $3.29, or 2.18%, to $154.36 after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Anthem (ANTM) is nearing a deal to acquire the company for roughly $187, representing a total transaction value of over $48B. Adding to that report, CNBC's David Faber said on Thursday morning that Anthem will announce an agreement Friday to purchase Cigna for $188 per share, at a 45% equity, 55% cash split. Also higher were shares of numerous IT security companies, with FireEye (FEYE) advancing 4.53% and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) adding 2.33% after earnings reports from security firms Fortinet (FTNT) and F5 Networks (FFIV) beat on both top and bottom lines. Fortinet and F5, meanwhile, finished Thursday's session up 10.71% and 7.75% to $46.83 and $127.68, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings was McDonald's (MCD), which edged down 0.52% to $97.10 after noting that Q2 global comparable sales fell 0.7% for the quarter, including a 2% decline in U.S. same-store sales. Also lower was Hertz (HTZ), which declined 8.53% to $16.45 following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley, with the research firm citing increased competition from Uber and similar mobility services. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.12, or 0.67%, to 17,731.92, the Nasdaq lost 25.36, or 0.49%, to 5,146.41, and the S&P 500 declined 12.00, or 0.57%, to 2,102.15.
15:27 EDTBSXBoston Scientific weakness a buying opportunity, says BofA/Merrill
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07:56 EDTBSXBoston Scientific reports Q2 Cardiovascular sales $743M
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07:06 EDTBSXBoston Scientific backs FY15 adjusted EPS 88c-92c, consensus 90c
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07:05 EDTBSXBoston Scientific sees Q3 adjusted EPS 21c-23c, consensus 23c
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07:04 EDTBSXBoston Scientific reports Q2 adjusted EPS 22c, consensus 21c
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July 22, 2015
15:26 EDTBSXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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July 21, 2015
07:22 EDTBSXBoston Scientific should be bought on pullbacks, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital expects Boston Scientific to report slightly higher than expected Q2 EPS and in-line revenue. The firm expects the company's results to be boosted by strength in ICDs and OUS DES stents. RBC is confident that the company's EPS can grow by low teen percentage levels over the long-term and recommends buying the shares on pullbacks.
July 20, 2015
10:00 EDTBAYRYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:08 EDTBSXBoston Scientific begins study of resorbable drug-eluting scaffold system
Boston Scientific has initiated a study of the company's first fully resorbable drug-eluting scaffold system. The Fully Absorbable Scaffold Feasibility Study, or FAST, is a prospective, single arm study designed to assess the safety and performance of this next generation scaffold for the treatment of atherosclerotic coronary lesions.
08:38 EDTBAYRYAnalyst predicts Zoetis merges with Bayer unit, not Valeant
Zoetis (ZTS) in recent months has been the subject of takeover speculation, possibly for Valeant (VRX), but a Jefferies analyst told investors today in a research note that he views a deal with a unit of healthcare giant Bayer (BAYRY) as "highly likely" for the animal medicine company. BACKGROUND: Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who owns stakes in both Zoetis and Valeant, said in early May while speaking on CNBC that Zoetis is a "great” business on a standalone basis, but he also spoke of the company's strategic value. Ackman added, however, that he was "not sure" that Valeant was the best acquirer of Zoetis. Subsequently, in late June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Valeant made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis. CNBC's David Faber said the next day, citing his own sources, that Valeant reached out to Zoetis as a courtesy to common shareholder Ackman and was unlikely to pursue an acquisition of the company, though he cautioned then Valeant could change its approach and pursue a deal. BAYER: Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said in a note today that he views a tie-up between Zoetis and Bayer's Animal Health business in 2016 as "highly likely." He sees Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) non‑U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business as a potential proxy for how a transaction could be structured, adding that such a "spinversion" could achieve up to 36% long-term earnings accretion for Zoetis. Holford reiterated a Buy rating on Zoetis with a $60 price target, while downgrading Bayer to Hold, citing valuation following the recent outperformance of its shares. IDEXX: While being discussed as a target, some analysts have also opined on companies that Zoetis could pursue as a buyer. On June 29, Canaccord said that in investor meetings with IDEXX (IDXX) executives declined to comment on Zoetis' potential interest in scaling up its animal health diagnostics business. Canaccord added that it thought Zoetis could make a bid for IDEXX. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $80 price target on IDEXX shares at that time. PRICE ACTION: Since June 25, the day the Journal first reported on Valeant's preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, the animal health company's shares have dropped nearly 4%. Zoetis closed down 20c to $47.80 on Friday.
07:30 EDTBAYRYZoetis 'highly likely' to merge with Bayer unit in 2016, says Jefferies
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05:21 EDTBAYRYBayer downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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