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August 6, 2014
12:59 EDTABBV, COV, SHPG, MDTCovidien drops as Treasury explores ways to stymie inversions
Shares of medical device and drug maker Covidien (COV) are falling after multiple media outlets reported that the Treasury Department is looking into ways of curtailing tax inversion deals. Covidien has agreed to be acquired by Medtronic (MDT) in a tax inversion deal. BACKGROUND: Tax inversions refer to an acquisition of one company, usually officially based in a country in Europe or elsewhere, by a U.S. company, following which the acquiring company becomes domiciled in the same country as the company that it bought. The switch has the potential to significantly lower the acquiring company's tax rate. WHAT'S NEW: The Treasury Department is looking at options that would enable the Obama administration to curtail inversion deals without authorization from Congress, multiple media outlets reported last night and today. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen wrote that he believes that Medtronic would buy Covidien even if the transaction cannot be done as an inversion. At a conference in June, Medtronic CFO Gary Ellis said that his company would "do the deal whether it's an inversion or not inversion," Biegelsen stated. If no inversion is possible, Medtronic would respond by using less of its stock and more debt to fund the transaction, the analyst believes. Such a change would actually cause Medtronic's cash earnings per share to be higher in the first and second year after the deal than under the current structure, the analyst indicated. He kept an Outperform rating on Medtronic. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Covidien dropped 2% to $84.50 and Medtronic fell 1% to $61.50. Meanwhile, drug maker Shire (SHPG), which has agreed to merge with its peer AbbVie (ABBV) in a tax inversion deal, is falling 4% to $236.
News For COV;MDT;SHPG;ABBV From The Last 14 Days
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June 30, 2015
07:32 EDTABBVJuno pact leaves Celgene set for growth past Revlimid, says Deutsche Bank
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June 29, 2015
18:13 EDTMDTMedtronic says AHA/ASA recommends stent retriever technology
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June 26, 2015
12:02 EDTABBVEMA adopts positive opinion on AbbVie's Humira for acne inversa
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June 25, 2015
13:58 EDTSHPGShire initiated with a Reduce at HSBC
Price target GBP 47.34.
11:03 EDTMDTMedtronic announces U.S. launch of Advisa SR MRI SureScan pacing system
Medtronic announced the U.S. FDA approval and commercial launch of the Advisa SR MRI SureScan single-chamber pacemaker with the 5076 MRI lead, which allows for magnetic resonance imaging scans positioned on any region of the body without restrictions. The new system includes the Advisa SR MRI pacemaker and a SureScan lead, which must be used together to be considered MR- conditional.
09:23 EDTMDTMedtronic announces resignation of Christopher O'Connell
Medtronic (MDT) announced in a regulatory filing that Christopher J. O’Connell is resigning as the company’s EVP and President, Restorative Therapies Group. The company also announced the appointment of Geoff Martha as the company’s EVP and President, Restorative Therapies Group, effective immediately. The Fly notes that Waters (WAT) this morning named O'Connell as its new president, CEO and member of its Board of Directors, effective in September.
09:15 EDTMDTWaters names Christopher O'Connell as CEO, effective in September
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June 24, 2015
06:12 EDTABBVAbbVie announces new TURQUOISE-III study results
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June 23, 2015
17:03 EDTMDTMedtronic implements voluntary recall for certain lots of Covidien Shiley tubes
Medtronic announced that on May 8, it began notifying hospitals and distributors worldwide that affected lots of its Covidien Shiley tracheostomy tubes were formed with a wider-angle bend than standard models manufactured after November 29, 2012. The company initiated the field action following a small number of customer complaints that included reports of 12 serious patient injuries, such as breathing difficulties that impacted oxygen levels immediately upon tube placement or discomfort. Replacement of the tracheostomy tube with product manufactured prior to November 29, 2012 addressed the patient breathing difficulty or discomfort. The notification requested all customers and distributors to quarantine and discontinue use of all potentially affected units and return the affected product to the company as soon as possible for credit. Medtronic also took the necessary steps to prevent future shipments of the recalled products. The company also notified regulatory agencies around the world, as appropriate. Since November 29, 2012, Shiley tracheostomy tubes were shipped into Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, Uruguay and the United States of America.
11:20 EDTMDTMedtronic competitive with Edwards after approval, says Wells Fargo
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09:22 EDTMDTMedtronic announces FDA approval for new TAVR system
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07:25 EDTCOV, MDTPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
June 21, 2015
12:42 EDTMDTMedtronic reports five-year follow-up results for Endurant AAA stent graft
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June 19, 2015
17:02 EDTMDTMedtronic acquires Aptus Endosystems for $110M
Medtronic announced it has acquired the assets of Aptus Endosystems, a Sunnyvale, Calif. based, privately held medical device company focused on developing advanced technology for endovascular aneurysm repair and thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair. Medtronic completed its acquisition of the assets of Aptus Endosystems in a transaction valued at approximately $110M. Additional terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
09:23 EDTMDTMedtronic acquires CardioInsight Technologies
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09:21 EDTMDTMedtronic approves repurchase of addition 80M shares
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09:20 EDTMDTMedtronic raises quarterly dividend by 25% to 38c per share
The board of Medtronic approved a 25% increase in its cash dividend for FY16, raising the quarterly amount to 38c per ordinary share for an annual amount of $1.52 per ordinary share. The dividend is payable on July 17, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 29.
June 18, 2015
07:36 EDTABBVReceptos remains an attractive takeover candidate, says Leerink
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