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July 16, 2014
10:36 EDTAZN, MDT, ABT, PFE, AGN, MYL, COV, VRXTreasury calls on Congress to halt inversion deals
Congress should "shut down" tax inversion deals, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew wrote in a letter to key members of Congress. Tax inversion deals have been embraced in recent months by a number of drug companies looking to lower their tax bills. WHAT'S NEW: In a letter to leaders of Congressional committees that deal with tax legislation, Lew said legislation to shut down tax inversion deal should be enacted immediately and made retroactive to May 2014. The Obama administration seeks to take comprehensive action to reform and simplify the U.S. tax system, but as it works to do that Congress should crack down on this loophole, Lew said. BACKGROUND: Tax inversions refer to an acquisition of one company, usually officially based in a country in Europe or elsewhere, by a U.S. company, following which the acquiring company becomes domiciled in the same country as the company that it bought. The switch has the potential to significantly lower the acquiring company's tax rate. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, BMO Capital analyst David Maris wrote that anti-inversion rhetoric from the Obama administration may cause the environment for inversion deals to become "quite chilly." Although Congress is unlikely to act on this issue soon, the risk of legislation could make some companies think twice about paying high premiums for competitors they are acquiring in inversion deals, the analyst warned. Investors should be especially cautious about deals that are pending or have been recently announced, such as Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott’s (ABT) established products business announced on Monday, Maris wrote. Lew's letter will also hinder Valeant's (VRX) efforts to acquire Allergan (AGN), as the Treasury Secretary's statement will bolster Allergan's argument that Valeant's tax assumptions could be overly positive, according to the analyst. Maris has Outperform ratings on all the stocks mentioned except for Mylan, on which he has an Underperform rating. Another high-profile proposed deal in the pharmaceutical space that involved a potential inversion was Pfizer's (PFE) failed attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN). Additionally, Medtronic (MDT) recently agreed to acquire Ireland's Covidien (COV). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Mylan was little changed at $52.20, Abbott was fractionally higher to $41.25, Valeant was little changed at $120, Allergan traded fractionally lower at $164.30, Medtronic fell 1.7% to $62.48 and Covidien dropped 2% to $88.67.
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June 25, 2015
09:15 EDTMDTWaters names Christopher O'Connell as CEO, effective in September
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08:13 EDTAGNAllergan CEO: Irvine campus ‘crucial’ to company, L.A. Times reports
New Allergan CEO Brent Saunders said that the company’s Irvine, California campus is “crucial” to the recently purchased organization, the L.A. Times reports, citing comments from Saunders in an interview. Allergan was purchased in March by Actavis, a move which led to the layoff of roughly 600 employees from the Irvine offices, the report says. Saunders said that the “bleeding has stopped” after a round of layoffs, the L.A. Times says. Reference Link
June 24, 2015
13:23 EDTPFEPfizer says CDC committee votes to recommend MenB vaccine
Pfizer announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend that decisions to vaccinate adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age against serogroup B meningococcal disease should be made at the individual level with healthcare providers. It added, "Specifically, the ACIP voted that a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine series may be administered to adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age to provide short term protection against most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease. The preferred age for MenB vaccination is 16 through 18 years of age." Pfizer's Trumenba is FDA-approved for active immunization to prevent invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B in individuals 10 through 25 years of age. The ACIP recommendation will be forwarded to the director of the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for review and approval, Pfizer said.
11:02 EDTPFEPfizer lung cancer treatment granted FDA orphan drug designation
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09:07 EDTAZN, PFECAR-T cancer drug researchers seen as M&A targets, Bloomberg says
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Kite Pharma (KITE) and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) are trading well above their IPO levels as takeovers predictions have spurred interest and share increases for the developers of CAR-T gene therapies, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, quoting Dimo Dimov, a professor at the University of Bath’s School of Management, as having said that companies such as Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Roche (RHHBY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are "closely watching" the firms. Cellectis (CLLS), which is working with Pfizer on its own approach to CAR-T therapy, has said it wants to bring its therapy to market and doesn’t anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
06:50 EDTAZNAstraZeneca loses top executive Ward-Lilley to Vectura, Reuters reports
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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.
14:17 EDTPFEGlycoMimetics to receive $20M payment from Pfizer
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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.
14:01 EDTPFEPfizer announces enrollment of first patient in RESET study
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11:20 EDTMDTMedtronic competitive with Edwards after approval, says Wells Fargo
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09:53 EDTPFEPfizer management to meet with FBN Securities
Meeting to be held in New York on June 25 hosted by FBN Securities.
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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07:31 EDTAZNBIND Therapeutics announces FDA authorization of clinical trial with AZD2811
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07:25 EDTPFE, MDT, VRX, 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 22, 2015
08:52 EDTPFEPortola, Bristol-Myers, and Pfizer announce results from Phase 3 ANNEXA study
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07:01 EDTPFEPfizer to acquire Nimenrix, Mencevax from GlaxoSmithKline for $130M
Pfizer (PFE) announced that it has entered into an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to acquire its quadrivalent meningitis ACWY vaccines, Nimenrix and Mencevax, for a total consideration of approximately $130M. This transaction will add two high-quality and complementary vaccines to Pfizer’s portfolio, allowing the company to reach a broader global population. Nimenrix is a single dose meningococcal ACWY-TT conjugated vaccine designed to protect against Neisseria meningitidis, an uncommon but highly contagious disease that can lead to disability and death. Mencevax is a single-dose meningococcal ACWY unconjugated polysaccharide vaccine used to control outbreaks of meningococcal infection and for travelers to countries where the disease is endemic or highly epidemic. Pfizer does not expect this transaction to have any significant impact on its 2015 financial performance. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions as well as regulatory approvals in several markets, and is expected to occur in the second half of 2015. Pfizer’s legal advisors for the transaction were Ropes & Gray and Clifford Chance.
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