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July 25, 2014
06:30 EDTMDT, VRX, ABT, COV, MYLObama calls on Congress to end inversion deals, NY Times reports
President Obama yesterday called on Congress to eliminate tax inversion loopholes, and criticized companies that have taken advantage of the loopholes, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, there is a "growing consensus" among lawmakers of both parties that inversions should be curtailed, although the parties disagree on how to do so, the newspaper stated. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott (ABT), Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV) and Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Alletgan (AGN). Reference Link
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June 26, 2015
09:33 EDTVRXValeant not going to pursue Zoetis acquisition, CNBC's Faber reports
06:06 EDTVRXZoetis downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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06:02 EDTVRXJPMorgan assumes Valeant pays $60/share for Zoetis
JPMorgan analyst Chris Schott believes Zoetis (ZTS) would bring "an attractive, durable, cash-pay business" to Valeant's portfolio should a merger occur. The Wall Street Journal last night reported that Valeant has approached Zoetis regarding a potential takeover. Schott sees the deal being minimally accretive to near-term earnings, and assumes Valeant pays $60 per share for Zoetis, or a 20% premium to Wednesday's closing price. The analyst thinks any offer would include a substantial equity component given Valeant's levered balance sheet following the Salix acquisition. Schott keeps an Overweight rating on Valeant and a Neutral rating on Zoetis.
June 25, 2015
16:13 EDTVRXValeant made preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, WSJ reports
Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis (ZTS), said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The report said it was not clear if Zoetis is open to a sale or what was the company’s reaction to the approach. Zoetis share spiked more than 11% into the close following the report and are up another 1% to $55.95 in after hours trading. Reference Link
15:58 EDTVRXZoetis jumps 11%, halted for circuit breaker after report of Valeant approach
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15:57 EDTVRXValeant made preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, DJ reports
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12:52 EDTMYL, ABTEU to decide by July 29 on Mylan's bid for Perrigo, Reuters reports
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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 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.
14:16 EDTMYLBMO Capital sees strong fundamentals in Perrigo regardless of Mylan deal
Shares of Perrigo (PRGO) are trading higher intraday after BMO Capital Markets initiated coverage of the stock with an Outperform rating. The research firm is bullish on the shares regardless of whether Mylan's bid for the company succeeds, saying Perrigo is well-positioned to ride momentum in reduced-price healthcare. WHAT'S NEW: BMO Capital Markets' David Maris initiated coverage of Perrigo with an Outperform rating and a $246 price target. Maris cited the company's 70%-plus market share in store- and private-label brands, as well as its roughly $1B annual sales in the generics space. The analyst believes Perrigo will see continued benefit from larger trends driving consumer-centric healthcare and the curtailing of medical costs. WHAT'S NOTABLE: BMO Capital Markets noted that two upcoming Tysabri-related events are not accounted for by the Street, giving rise to a "significant" undervaluing of the shares. Mylan (MYL) has submitted multiple unsolicited offers for Perrigo, and while the likelihood of the deal seems low given Perrigo's numerous rejections and Teva's (TEVA) 4.61% blocking stake in Mylan. BMO Capital remarked that a failed deal should see "limited downside" for Perrigo. There could certainly be near-term volatility if a Mylan agreement doesn't materialize, but the analyst was confident in the well-positioned company's ability to deliver on both earnings per share and cash flow. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Perrigo are up nearly 2% in afternoon trading. The company saw a nearly 25% leap following Mylan's initial offer on April 8, though it has since dipped from that high.
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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09:20 EDTVRXValeant and Progenics announces submission of NDA to FDA for RELISTOR
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) and Progenics Pharmaceuticals (PGNX) announced that Valeant submitted a New Drug Application, or NDA, to the FDA for RELISTOR, or methylnaltrexone bromide, Tablets for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in adult patients with chronic non-cancer pain.
08:49 EDTMYLMylan CFO to meet with Tel Aviv bourse head Wednesday, Reuters says
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07:25 EDTVRX, MDT, COVPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
06:01 EDTMYLPerrigo initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst David Maris started Perrigo (PRGO) with an Outperform rating and $246 price target. Maris calls shares "significantly undervalued" on a fundamental basis and sees limited downside risk should Mylan (MYL) remove its unsolicited bid for the company.
June 21, 2015
19:53 EDTMYLMylan CEO says Teva's 4.61% stake may be 'illegal,' Bloomberg reports
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12:42 EDTMDTMedtronic reports five-year follow-up results for Endurant AAA stent graft
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