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July 16, 2014
10:36 EDTMYL, ABT, VRX, AGN, MDT, COV, PFE, AZNTreasury 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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July 21, 2014
14:47 EDTVRX, AGNAckman again says Allergan board not willing to engage
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12:42 EDTVRX, AGNAckman says Valeant will rise around $10 should Allergan engage
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12:35 EDTVRX, AGNAckman calls Allergan restructuring a 'Valeant light' effort
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12:34 EDTAGN, VRXAckman says Valeant does not need to raise bid for Allergan
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12:34 EDTAGN, VRXAckman says market sees higher chance of Allergan, Valeant merger
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12:10 EDTVRX, AGNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:22 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan CEO: At the end of the day, it's up to Valeant to say what's going on
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11:15 EDTAGNAllergan to ask board to approve new form of compensation for top management
The new form of compensation will be pegged to delivering the EPS outlook given earlier today. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call.
11:06 EDTAGNAllergan cost cuts provide floor valuation, says BMO Capital
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09:10 EDTVRX, AGNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 0.5% after Q2 results, FY14 outlook beat expectations and the company announces plans to reduce workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of restructuring. Also, Valeant (VRX) announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business"... Extreme Networks (EXTR), up 13% after raising Q4 EPS, revenue view... Gas Natural (EGAS), up 6% after confirming it rejected $13 per share unsolicited offer from Algonquin Power... EMC (EMC), up 4.5% after the WSJ says Elliot Management took a stake of over $1B in the firm and plans to push the company to break itself up... GoPro, (GPRO), up 2.8% after initiated at several firms including Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 6% after China Daily said China will not to waive a sales tax on electric cars made by foreign companies. Tesla (TSLA) is down 1% following the report. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Halliburton (HAL), up 0.5%... LOWER: Reynolds American (RAI), down 2.3% after a Florida jury hit the company with $23.6B in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker. Shares of fellow tobacco companies also fell after the jury decision, as Lorillard (LO) fell 2% and Altria (MO) slid 1.6%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2% after AP reported that a Shanghai TV station said a food supplier sold expired beef and chicken to the company's KFC brand in China along with to McDonald's (MCD), which is down 0.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PetMed Express (PETS), down 2.4%... Hasbro (HAS), down 1.3%.
08:16 EDTMDT, COVDeutsche Bank analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:07 EDTAGNAllergan: Approx. 94% of customer-facing personnel unaffected by restructuring
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08:06 EDTAGNAllergan sees Q3 EPS $1.44-$1.47, consensus $1.45
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08:05 EDTAGNAllergan sees FY14 total net product sales $6.9B-$7.05B
Sees total specialty pharamceuticals net sales $5.87B-$5.98B, total core medical devices net sales $1.01B-$1.05B. Sees FY BOTOX net sales $2.2B-$2.28B, LATISSE net sales $100M. Sees effective tax rate on non-GAAP earnings between 26% and 27%.
08:03 EDTAGNAllergan sees FY14 EPS $5.74-$5.80, consensus $5.70
Allergan reconfirms its aspiration of double digit sales growth across the strategic plan period (2014 through 2019), as the planned reductions in selling, general and administrative expenses and reduced focus on lower-value spend will have only a modest impact on the net sales growth. Allergan’s strategic plan (2014 through 2019) is expected to deliver a compounded annual growth rate of greater than 20% EPS growth. Allergan estimates 2014 EPS between $5.74 and $5.80. Allergan estimates 2015 EPS between $8.20 and $8.40. Allergan estimates 2016 EPS at approximately $10.00. Allergan currently estimates that it will incur total non-recurring pre-tax charges of between $375 million and $425 million in connection with the restructuring and other costs, of which $65 million to $75 million will be a non-cash charge associated with the acceleration of previously unrecognized share-based compensation costs and certain other non-cash accounting adjustments. The restructuring charges and other costs will primarily consist of employee severance and other one-time termination benefits, facility lease and other contract terminations, accelerated depreciation and asset write-downs, accelerated equity-based compensation, temporary labor and duplicate operating expenses. These non-recurring charges will be incurred beginning in the third quarter of 2014 and are expected to continue through the second quarter of 2015.
08:02 EDTAGNAllergan to reduce workforce by approx. 1,500 employees
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08:01 EDTAGNAllergan reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.51, consensus $1.44
Reports Q2 revenue $1.86B, consensus $1.77B.
07:15 EDTVRX, AGNValeant Allergan contacts Quebec, U.S. regulators regarding Allergan statements
Valeant (VRX) has contacted both the Autorite des marches financiers in Quebec and the SEC regarding Allergan (AGN) apparent attempt to "mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business despite Valeant's public statements correcting such information." The latest statements were made last Friday when Allergan asserted in an SEC filing that Bausch + Lomb's pharmaceutical sales were stagnant or declining. Valeant's decision to contact the authorities also reflects concerns raised by several Canadian Valeant shareholders about comments made about Valeant by Allergan's management during recent meetings with these investors in Canada.
07:09 EDTAGN, VRXValeant, Ackman go to SEC over Allergan claims, CNBC reports
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06:34 EDTAGN, VRXCapital Research sells nearly all its Allergan stake, WSJ reports
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