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News For THOR;MDT;ABMD From The Last 14 Days
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September 3, 2015
08:34 EDTMDTMedtronic still sees FY16 operating margins 28%-29%
08:21 EDTMDTMedtronic sees growing dividend payout ratio to 40% within 'next few years'
Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar Ishrak said on the company's Q1 earnings call that the company expects to not only grow its dividend over time with earnings growth but to increase its dividend payout ratio to 40% on a non-GAAP basis within the "next few years." Ishrak added that the company remains "disciplined" when evaluating potential M&A opportunities, noting any investment must strengthen one or more of its three growth strategies, offer high return metrics and minimize near-term dilution.
07:47 EDTMDTMedtronic reports Q1 EPS $1.02, consensus $1.01
Reports Q1 revenue $7.3B, consensus $7.06B. Reports Q1 U.S. revenue $4.1B.
07:21 EDTMDTMedtronic backs FY16 non-GAAP EPS view $4.30-$4.40, consensus $4.37
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September 2, 2015
14:50 EDTMDTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:21 EDTMDT, THORHeartWare plunges after Valtech deal sparks downgrades
Shares of HeartWare (HTWR) have plunged after the company's acquisition of cardiac device maker Valtech, with multiple analysts struggling to find any particularly strong rationale for the deal. WHAT'S NEW: Raymond James' Jayson Bedford downgraded HeartWare to Market Perform from Outperform after the company announced Tuesday night that it agreed to acquire Valtech Cardio, an Israeli-based company focusing on heart valve devices. Bedford said he was "surprised" by the size of the deal, noting that the all-stock transaction is valued at roughly $430M and will see Valtech owning roughly 22% of HeartWare upon closing. The acquisition is simply not what Bedford "envisioned" for the company, said the analyst. His prior investment thesis was based upon HeartWare's potential to dominate the ventricular assist device market, an idea "validated" by St. Jude's (STJ) pending acquisition of Thoratec (THOR), said Bedford. That thesis has now been disrupted by last night's early-stage asset buy at a "steep price," raising the overall execution risk of HeartWare, the analyst tells investors. WHAT'S NOTABLE: HeartWare was also hit with a downgrade to Neutral by BTIG, with the research firm emphasizing that the transaction will bring significant dilution to the company's existing shareholders. Northland's Suraj Kalia was even more bearish this morning, saying that the acquisition "does not make sense," coming at an "astronomical" multiple for an asset with "no obvious complementarity" and different domain expertise. Valtech's Cardioband CE study involved just 45 patients and only 40% of those were followed up at twelve months, said Kalia, who contended that the study does not present an accurate picture of clinical viability. Heartware will have to invest "significantly" to get Valtech's technology through U.S. trials, said the analyst, and entering the transcatheter mitral valve repair market will also bring new competition in the form of Edwards (EW), Medtronic (MDT), Boston Scientific (BSX), St. Jude and Abbott (ABT). PRICE ACTION: Shares of HeartWare have dropped more than 19% in intraday trading to $65.98, dipping below their 52-week low in the process.
August 31, 2015
18:02 EDTMDTMedtronic acquires Medina Medical for $150M in cash
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18:01 EDTMDTMedtronic acquires Medina Medical for $150M in cash
14:28 EDTMDTMedtronic volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Medtronic September call option implied volatility is at 49, September and October is at 26; compared to its 52-week range of 13 to 38, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on September 3.
07:45 EDTTHORThoratec discloses HSR waiting period in St. Jude Medical expired
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07:10 EDTMDTMedtronic study detects gene associated with sudden cardiac death
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August 27, 2015
13:42 EDTTHORAnalyst says Abbott-St. Jude deal looks unlikely
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12:41 EDTTHOROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session sharply higher, extending the rally that started yesterday. A number of factors may be contributors to today's strength, including China's government intervening in its market last night and pushing its key stock index up 5%, dovish comments made by N.Y. Fed President Bill Dudley yesterday regarding the potential for a September interest rate hike and an upward revision in the estimate of second quarter GDP growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the updated estimate of GDP growth showed the economy grew 3.7% in the second quarter, topping expectations for annualized growth to be revised up to 3.2% from the prior estimate of 2.3%. Personal consumption in the quarter rose 3.1%, matching expectations. 271,000 initial jobless claims were filed last week, versus expectations for 274,000 first-time claims. The NAR pending home sales index rose 0.5% in July, missing the expectation for an increase of 1%. In China, the Shanghai composite index rose 5.3%, stemming its recent string of down days, with media reports indicating that the government may have played a role by stepping in to buy stocks. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ) advanced 4.5% after the Financial Times reported, citing sources, that Abbott (ABT) is prepping a takeover offer that would value the medical device maker at $25B. An Abbott spokesperson, however, issued statements to Bloomberg, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal following the report to deny that it is pursuing a bid for St. Jude, which struck a deal in July to acquire fellow medical device manufacturer Thoratec (THOR) for $63.50 per share in cash, or $3.4B, net of cash acquired. Thoratec shares slid 0.5% near noon following the report, as investors may be concerned that the previously announced deal could be jeopardized if Abbott does in fact step in to the situation... Shares of Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) surged 28% this morning after the miner and oil explorer announced plans to cut spending and production, including plans to cut about 10% of employees and contractors at its U.S. mining operations. Freeport has lowered its 2016 capital expenditure budget to $4B, or approximately 29% lower than the $5.6B estimate it issued on July 23, which it said reflects "aggressive" actions in response to current market conditions. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Movado (MOV), which gained 20% after the company reported better than expected second quarter results and backed its fiscal year earnings view. Also higher following its earnings report was Signet Jewelers (SIG), whose shares rose 13%. Another jeweler reporting earnings this morning, Tiffany (TIF), which slid 3% after the company lowered its fiscal year outlook. Among the other noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which dropped 7%, and Dollar General (DG), which slipped 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 311.33, or 1.91%, to 16,596.84, the Nasdaq was up 109.30, or 2.33%, to 4,806.83, and the S&P 500 was up 42.77, or 2.2%, to 1,983.28.
07:51 EDTTHORThoratec volatility low into report Abbott prepping offer for St. Jude Medical
Thoratec (THOR) September call option implied volatility is at 10, October is at 6; compared to its 52-week range of 8 to 54 suggesting decreasing price movement into reports Abbott (ABT) is preparing a bid for St. Jude Medical (STJ). In July St. Jude Medical and Thoratec approved an agreement under which St. Jude Medical will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Thoratec for $63.50 per share in a cash. The deal is scheduled to close in Q4.
August 25, 2015
09:07 EDTMDTMedtronic to acquire Twelve for $458M
In support of the company's therapy innovation strategy, Medtronic announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Twelve, a medical device company focused on the development of a transcatheter mitral valve replacement, or TMVR device. Twelve is the twelfth company spun out from the premier medical device incubator The Foundry. Medtronic has agreed to pay up to $458M for Twelve including $408M at closing and $50M on achievement of CE Marking. The cash- and debt-free transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in October 2015.
August 24, 2015
09:45 EDTTHOROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:29 EDTTHORWilliam Blair to hold a field trip
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06:39 EDTTHORThoratec downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
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06:19 EDTTHORThoratec downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink
Leerink downgraded Thoratec (THOR) to Hold from Buy ahead of the closing of its merger transaction with St. Jude Medical (STJ), which is expected to close by year-end.
August 21, 2015
08:50 EDTTHORThoratec announces end of 'go shop' period in merger agreement with St. Jude
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