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May 28, 2014
05:35 EDTNSRGY, VRX, LRLCYNestle creates Nestle Skin Health with acquisition of Valeant assets for $1.4B
Nestlé (NSRGY) announced it would extend its activities to include the field of specialized medical skin treatments through the creation of Nestlé Skin Health S.A. The foundation for the company would be Galderma, the 50/50 joint venture with L'Oreal (LRLCY), which would become fully-owned by Nestlé. Bübchen, the company's existing infant skin care business would be merged into the new entity. The acquisition of Galderma is awaiting final regulatory clearance. Nestlé is announcing it will reinforce Nestlé Skin Health with the acquisition from the Canadian firm Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) of the full rights to commercialize several key aesthetic dermatology products in the U.S. and Canada for $1.4B in cash. The two markets together represent more than half of the fast-growing medical aesthetics market around the world. Galderma already commercializes the products included in this transaction outside those markets. Nestlé is acquiring the full rights to commercialize in the U.S. and Canada Restylane, Perlane and Emervel, products used for corrective facial aesthetic treatments, and Dysport, an aesthetic dermatology treatment. It will also acquire the full rights to Sculptra, a unique treatment for aesthetic and medical uses in the U.S., Canada and many markets around the world.
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August 14, 2014
17:41 EDTVRXPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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14:28 EDTVRXAckman says Pershing, Valeant took no tender steps before buying Allergan shares
Bill Ackman made the statement to CNBC's Scott Wapner regarding his fund and Valeant's (VRX) pursuit of Allergan (AGN). Note that the Wall Street Journal reported earlier that the SEC is investigating Valeant and Pershing's pursuit of Allergan.
13:48 EDTVRXValeant, Pershing joint bid for Allergan being probed by SEC, WSJ says
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13:22 EDTVRXValeant, Pershing joint bid for Allergan being probed by SEC, DJ says
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August 11, 2014
17:36 EDTVRXValeant receives FTC second request under Hart-Scott-Rodino
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12:52 EDTVRXAllergan receives second request from FTC regarding Valeant's proposal
Allergan (AGN) announced that it received a request for additional information under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in connection with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International's (VRX) unsolicited acquisition proposal of Allergan. Allergan intends to respond fully in connection with the ongoing investigation. The Company noted that Second Request investigations typically take some time to conclude, and Allergan cannot predict how long this investigation will take or how it might otherwise develop. The company previously announced that Allergan’s Board of Directors unanimously determined that Valeant’s unsolicited exchange offer is grossly inadequate, substantially undervalues the company, creates significant risks and uncertainties for Allergan stockholders, and is not in the best interests of the company and its stockholders. Goldman, Sachs & Co. and BofA Merrill Lynch are serving as financial advisors to the company and Latham & Watkins, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are serving as legal counsel to the company.
12:42 EDTVRXValeant shareholder ValueAct sees no need to buy Allergan, Reuters says
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12:27 EDTVRXValueAct says Valeant does not need to buy Allergan, Reuters says
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07:22 EDTVRXJudge sets hearing date for Allergan suit vs. Valeant, Reuters reports
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTVRXMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
10:58 EDTVRXAllergan rises after analyst sees compelling risk/reward, upgrades stock
Shares of drug maker Allergan (AGN) are rising after research firm Leerink Swann upgraded the stock in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: After Allergan's stock fell recently, the shares' risk/reward ratio has become "increasingly positive" and is now compelling, Leerink analyst Seamus Fernandez wrote. Allergan's business has shown little if any weakness as a result of Valeant's (VRX) takeover bid for the company and Allergan's planned restructuring is overdue, the analyst contended. The weakness in Allergan's shares has been caused mainly by technical and arbitrage issues, according to Fernandez, who forecasts that the company can generate EPS of over $8.20 next year. Meanwhile, Valeant's bid will prevent Allergan's stock from dropping too far as long as it is on the table, Fernandez believes. Allergan has a number of other upcoming potential positive catalysts, including a potential $5B-$10B share repurchase initiative and data due to be released on August 12 on DARPin, the company's drug for wet age-related macular degeneration. A potential compelling acquisition by Allergan could also boost the stock, the analyst wrote. He upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform and placed a $184 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Allergan rose $3.98, or 2.6%, to $155.67.
07:01 EDTVRXHarvard professor says Treasury can reduce inversion incentives, NY Times says
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06:16 EDTVRXAllergan upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
Leerink upgraded its rating on Allergan (AGN) shares to Outperform citing a compelling risk/reward profile following the recent pullback in shares. The firm believes Valeant's (VRX) takeover attempt is having little if any impact on Allergan's business. Leerink has a $184 price target for Allergan shares, which closed yesterday down $5.18 to $151.92.
05:50 EDTVRXStocks with implied volatility movement; TWX VRX
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Time Warner (TWX) 30, Valeant (VRX) 49 according to iVolatility.
August 7, 2014
07:57 EDTNSRGYForeign trade group warns inversion crackdown could prompt job cuts, WSJ says
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06:42 EDTVRXObama to look to limit inversion deals, Politico says
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05:56 EDTNSRGYNestle announces CHF 8B share buyback program
Nestle said it plans to launch a new share buyback program of CHF 8B that will start this year and continue into 2015. It added, "This is in line with the Group’s policy to maintain our current financial rating while at the same time providing a competitive return to shareholders with a sustainable dividend policy in line with underlying earnings growth."
05:56 EDTNSRGYNestle to close Hot Pockets plant in Chatsworth, LA Times reports
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05:56 EDTNSRGYNestle confirms 2014 organic growth outlook around 5%
Nestle said, "Full year outlook confirmed: organic growth around 5% and improvements in margins, underlying earnings per share in constant currencies and capital efficiency."
05:55 EDTNSRGYNestle reports 1H organic growth 4.7%, net profit CHF 4.6B
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