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March 25, 2014
07:53 EDTENDP, MYL, PRGO, VRXPullback has created attractive pharma opportunities, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan believes nothing has fundamentally changed to warrant the recent pullback in the specialty pharmaceutical space and views the pullback as an attractive buying opportunity. JPMorgan named Endo Health (ENDP), Mylan (MYL), Perrigo (PRGO), and Valeant (VRX) as stocks on which it maintains Overweight ratings, citing their favorable positions given the wave of consolidation ongoing in the industry.
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October 9, 2014
12:28 EDTVRXAllergan 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 EDTVRXAllergan 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 EDTENDPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTENDPEndo says its not in position to give FY15
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08:50 EDTVRXAllergan shares have further upside, says Wells Fargo
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08:49 EDTENDPEndo sees low-double digit revenue growth with Auxilium portfolio
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08:37 EDTENDPEndo 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 EDTENDPEndo and Auxilium host a joint conference call
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06:32 EDTENDPEndo 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 EDTENDPEndo to acquire Auxilium in cash, stock transaction for approximately $2.6B
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October 8, 2014
06:47 EDTMYLLawmakers may push for new regulations on generic drug makers, NY Times says
After the prices of some generic drugs soared more than 1,000% over the last year, two influential members of Congress are probing the sector and threatening to look to impose new regulations on it, according to The New York Times. Generic drug makers include Teva (TEVA), Mylan (MYL), Actavis (ACT), and Lannett (LCI).Reference Link
06:23 EDTVRXActavis more inclined to pursue Allergan over Salix, says Citigroup
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October 7, 2014
18:29 EDTVRXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:05 EDTVRXValeant, Pershing Square plan to raise Allergan bid by $15 a share, WSJ says
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17:52 EDTVRXAllergan up 2.8% after Dow Jones says Valeant planning to boost bid for company
17:49 EDTVRXValeant up 3.9% after Dow Jones says planning to boost Allergan bid
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17:47 EDTVRXValeant, Pershing Square planning to boost Allergan bid by $15 a share, DJ says
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15:21 EDTVRXAllergan warms to sale as Actavis plans new approach, Reuters says
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10:56 EDTMYLOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:12 EDTVRXAllergan requests Ackman be hindered from voting at meeting, Bloomberg says
In an effort to avoid an unsolicited $54B acquisition offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), Allergan (AGN) filed a request in a California court for a judge to hinder Bill Ackmanís Pershing Square from voting its 10% stake at the December shareholder meeting, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing. A hearing regarding Allergan's request is set to occur on October 28. Reference Link
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