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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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October 8, 2014
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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.
08:09 EDTPFEPfizer presents LP2086 Phase 2 study data
Pfizer announced it will present the results of a Phase 2, randomized study to evaluate co-administration of the company’s investigational meningococcal group B vaccine, bivalent recombinant LP2086, or rLP2086, with a licensed quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine at IDWeek 2014. Data demonstrated immune responses to both vaccines were generated after concomitant administration of bivalent rLP2086 and HPV4. Prespecified noninferiority criteria were met for the bivalent rLP2086 antigens studied and three of the four antigens for HPV4. Primary immunogenicity endpoints, measured after the third dose, included geometric mean titers against HPV antigens in Groups 1 and 3 and human complement serum bactericidal assay GMTs against meningococcal group B disease test strains in Groups 1 and 2. Secondary immunogenicity endpoints included the rate of seroconversion to HPV antigens. Safety of bivalent rLP2086 was assessed after concomitant administration with HPV4 or saline. The prespecified noninferiority criteria were met for three of four HPV antigens and both meningococcal group B disease test strains. Seroconversion for all four HPV antigens was achieved by 99% or more of the subjects for the groups that received HPV4 concomitantly with bivalent rLP2086 or with saline. More local reactions occurred following administration of bivalent rLP2086 compared with saline but the incidence of these reactions did not increase with subsequent vaccine administration. The rates of local and systemic reactions were comparable when bivalent rLP2086 was given with HPV4 to bivalent rLP2086 given alone.
07:19 EDTAGN, PFECBI to hold a conference
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07:18 EDTPFEInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
06:47 EDTMYLLawmakers may push for new regulations on generic drug makers, NY Times says
After the prices of some generic drugs soared more than 1,000% over the last year, two influential members of Congress are probing the sector and threatening to look to impose new regulations on it, according to The New York Times. Generic drug makers include Teva (TEVA), Mylan (MYL), Actavis (ACT), and Lannett (LCI).Reference Link
06:23 EDTAGN, VRXActavis more inclined to pursue Allergan over Salix, says Citigroup
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October 7, 2014
18:29 EDTVRX, AGNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:05 EDTVRX, AGNValeant, Pershing Square plan to raise Allergan bid by $15 a share, WSJ says
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17:52 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan up 2.8% after Dow Jones says Valeant planning to boost bid for company
17:49 EDTAGN, VRXValeant up 3.9% after Dow Jones says planning to boost Allergan bid
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17:47 EDTAGN, VRXValeant, Pershing Square planning to boost Allergan bid by $15 a share, DJ says
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15:21 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan warms to sale as Actavis plans new approach, Reuters says
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15:01 EDTAGNAllergan up 1.5% following report on Actavis planned approach on merger
14:59 EDTAGNActavis plans new approach to Allergan, Reuters reports
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07:48 EDTAGN, AZNSalix reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies
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07:48 EDTPFEU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a discussion
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07:12 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan requests Ackman be hindered from voting at meeting, Bloomberg says
In an effort to avoid an unsolicited $54B acquisition offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), Allergan (AGN) filed a request in a California court for a judge to hinder Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square from voting its 10% stake at the December shareholder meeting, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing. A hearing regarding Allergan's request is set to occur on October 28. Reference Link
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