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March 19, 2013
13:15 EDTLPTN, LPTN, REGN, REGN, AGN, AGN, NVS, NVS, RHHBY, RHHBYSummer Street's biotech research team holds analyst/industry conference call
Biotech Analyst Research Team discusses current and future treatments for wet age-related macular degeneration on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Companies which may be discussed include LPTN, REGN, AGN, NVS and RHHBY on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 19 at 1:30 pm.
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October 10, 2014
07:16 EDTAGNAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
05:13 EDTNVSNovartis reports new analyses of AIN457 Phase III data show consistent efficacy
Novartis announced that new analyses of AIN457 Phase III studies showed that treatment with secukinumab 300 mg resulted in higher rates of clear to almost clear skin at Week 12 versus placebo, regardless of patients' psoriasis disease severity. Secukinumab's new mode of action stops interleukin-17A, which plays a central role in the development of psoriasis. In the analyses, the majority of patients across two disease severity subgroups, including those with severe psoriasis, experienced complete clear to almost clear skin measured as 100 or 90% reduction of respective baseline PASI, or Psoriasis Area and Severity Index. Skin clearance was sustained through one year of treatment. This is important as historically, psoriasis patients' disease severity at the start of treatment has been shown to negatively impact their response to other therapies. Disease severity subgroups were PASI less than or equal to 20 and PASI greater than 20. PASI measures redness, scaling and thickness of psoriatic plaques and the impact in regions of the body. These findings reconfirm the significantly better responses seen in the published FIXTURE study, where secukinumab showed superiority to Enbrel, a standard of care anti-TNF medication.
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 EDTAGNAllergan 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 EDTAGNAllergan 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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08:50 EDTAGNAllergan shares have further upside, says Wells Fargo
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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.
October 8, 2014
16:10 EDTAGNAllergan initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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11:31 EDTRHHBYFDA grants priority review for Genentech's Lucentis
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (RHHBY), announced that the U.S. FDA has accepted to file the company's supplemental Biologics License Application and granted Priority Review of Lucentis for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, an eye disease that impacts nearly 7.7M Americans. The FDA confirmed action date is February 6, 2015. The sBLA was submitted August 7 to address the unmet need for approved ocular medications for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy. If approved by the FDA, Lucentis could be the first eye medicine available for diabetic retinopathy patients. The submission is based on results of the RISE and RIDE Phase III trials in which meaningful improvements in the disease were observed in a clinically significant proportion of diabetic retinopathy patients treated with Lucentis at two years compared to patients treated with sham injections. Benefits of Lucentis treatment were maintained during year three of treatment. The safety in the RISE and RIDE Phase III trials was consistent with previous studies.
11:05 EDTNVSLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst discusses congestive heart failure and the prospects for LCZ696 in HF-PEF on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 9 at 3 pm.
10:55 EDTRHHBYLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discuss prospects for drugs that raise HDL cholesterol, effects of CETP mechanism, expectations for REVEAL data and the potential place for CETP inhibitors in a crowded hypersholesterolemia landscape on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 9 at 11 am.
08:42 EDTAGNSalix shares should be bought on weakness, says Sterne Agee
After Reuters yesterday afternoon reported that Actavis (ACT) plans to make a new merger approach to Allergan (AGN), Sterne Agee believes that Salix's standalone value is $162. The firm expects the shares to reach that level following approval of its Xifaxan IBS-D drug after the February 2015 PDUFA date.
07:19 EDTAGN, RHHBY, NVSCBI to hold a conference
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06:23 EDTAGNActavis more inclined to pursue Allergan over Salix, says Citigroup
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06:11 EDTNVSNovartis says expects three executive committee members to leave
Novartis (NVS) confirmed that following completion of the transactions with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) in the coming months, that the three business leaders of the Novartis divisions at the center of the transaction will leave the Executive Committee of Novartis. The expected changes to the ECN are subject to the closing of the transactions announced on April 22 - Novartis expects the transaction with GSK to be completed in the first half of 2015, and the transaction with Eli Lilly for its Animal Health Business to close in the first quarter of 2015. George Gunn, currently Division Head, Novartis Animal Health, will reach his contractual retirement age in July 2015 and will retire from Novartis. Upon closing of the Animal Health transaction with Lilly he will leave the ECN. Brian McNamara, currently Division Head, Novartis OTC, will transition to GSK as Head of Americas and Europe for the consumer health businesses, reporting to the President of GSK Consumer Healthcare, effective at closing of the transaction. Andrin Oswald, currently Division Head, Novartis Vaccines, will be leaving Novartis to pursue other opportunities following closing of the transaction with GSK.
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