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July 28, 2014
12:42 EDTDANOY, HSPHospira, Danone rise following report of deal talks
Hospira (HSP) and Danone (DANOY) are both climbing after The Financial Times reported that Hospira is in talks about acquiring Danone's medical nutrition business. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo estimated that the deal could be 20%-22% accretive to Hospira's EPS. WHAT'S NEW: French consumer products company Danone is in talks about selling its medical nutrition business to injectable drug maker Hospira, The Financial Times reported yesterday, citing multiple unnamed sources. In the wake of the deal, Hospira could move its tax base to Europe and potentially reduce its tax bill, the newspaper reported. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo indicated that it "wouldn't be surprised" if Hospira made the deal. The transaction could raise Hospira's earnings per share by 9%-12% in 2015-2017, excluding operational synergies, if the transaction is carried out in all stock, the firm estimated. If the deal is done in 50% stock and 50% cash, Hospira's EPS could get a 20%-22% boost, excluding operational synergies, the firm estimated. Wells calculated that Hospira's tax bill would be cut to 21% in 2015 and 19% afterwards, from the firm's current forecast of tax rates ranging from 24%-26% from 2015-2017. However, Wells Fargo indicated that it did not see a clear strategic rationale for the deal from Hospira's perspective. It kept a Market Perform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Hospira rose 1.7% to $52.62 and Danone shares trading in New York added nearly 1% to $15.
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December 12, 2014
06:44 EDTDANOYDanone backs 2014 organic growth target of 4.5%
Backs 2014 trading operating margin down less than 20 basis points like-for-like. Backs 2014 free cash flow to be between EUR1.3B-EUR1.4B. Danone said it will continue to expand capacity rapidly and build development platforms in fast-growing regions, particularly Asia and Africa. Investments made for this purpose over the past two years have resulted in a higher use of debt than in the past, at a level that could imply a credit rating one notch lower, and that is appropriate for this current period of development given the companyís sound cash-flow outlook and debt structure.
06:42 EDTDANOYDanone to keep Medical Nutrition business, Reuters reports
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December 11, 2014
07:13 EDTDANOY, HSPDanone to discuss whether to keep or sell medical nutrition unit, Reuters says
According to a source, Danone (DANOY) will hold a board meeting today to discuss whether to keep or sell its medical nutrition business, Reuters reports. Previous reports said Danone's board would decide whether to sell the unit to Hospira (HSP) or Fresenius (FMS), with Fresenius as the possible front-runner to enter exclusive talks. Reference Link
December 9, 2014
13:08 EDTHSPMerck may have paid $2B-$3B too much for Cubist, analyst says
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08:23 EDTHSPMerck has 'no way out' of Cubist deal after court decision, says Leerink
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08:12 EDTHSPMerck still sees Cubist acquisition neutral to modestly accretive to 2015 EPS
Merck (MRK) issued the following statement regarding the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. The decision, which upheld the patent for CUBICIN that expires on June 15, 2016 and invalidated four others, is subject to appeal. The company continues to believe the acquisition of Cubist (CBST) will create strong fundamental value for Merckís shareholders. The combined strength of both companies will provide both incremental and long-term value, and Merck expects the transaction to add more than $1B of revenue to its 2015 base, with strong growth potential thereafter. The courtís decision does not change Merckís expectation that the transaction will be neutral to modestly accretive to 2015 non-GAAP EPS. The company also continues to expect that the transaction will contribute mid-single digit accretion on a percentage basis to non-GAAP EPS in 2016, and will continue to be accretive thereafter.
December 8, 2014
19:00 EDTHSPCubist CEO says Cubicin patent ruling will not affect Merck transaction
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18:24 EDTHSPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:00 EDTHSPCubist loses bid to stop Hospira's generic Cubicin after 2016, Bloomberg says
Cubist's (CBST) patent for Cubicin that expires in June 2016 upheld by judge, Bloomberg added. Note that this morning Merck (MRK) and Cubist Pharmaceuticals announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Merck will acquire Cubist for $102 per share in cash.
17:54 EDTHSPFour Cubist Cubicin patents invalidated as Hospira wins ruling, Bloomberg says
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17:30 EDTHSPMerck shares lower after reports of judge decision in Cubist/Hospira case
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17:03 EDTHSPJudge may have found in favor of Hospira in Cubist case,CNBC's Meg Tirrell says
CNBC's Meg Tirrell said in a tweet: "Whoa. $CBST Hospira decision out -- "appears judge may have found in favor of Hospira on several points," ISI's @MarkSchoenebaum says." Reference Link
08:21 EDTHSPMerck says looked at all risks, including patent litgation, before Cubist deal
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