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November 13, 2015
13:57 EDTPFEAppeals court vacates decision invalidating Medicines Co. Angiomax patents
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11:12 EDTAGN, PFEPiper sees Pfizer profiting from Allergan deal, worth $50/share even without one
An acquisition of Allergan (AGN) by Pfizer (PFE) would increase the latter company's profits in 2016-2017 and lift its earnings by a large amount by 2019, wrote research firm Piper Jaffray in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: By 2019, an acquisition of Allergan would increase Pfizer's earnings per share by 13%-16%, estimated Piper analyst Richard Purkiss. The deal would be profitable for Pfizer as early as 2016, the analyst believes. Excluding any acquisition, Pfizer is worth over $50 per share, well above analysts' average price target of $40, Purkiss believes. He kept a $52 price target and Overweight rating on Pfizer. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday dealReporter, noting that an acquisition of Allergan by Pfizer would be "a giant inversion deal," asserted that the U.S. Treasury could look to take steps to limit or discourage those types of transactions. On November 6, research firm Bernstein said that Allergan's strong results, coupled with the weakness of drug stocks, could cause Allergan to be reluctant to sell itself to Pfizer in the near-term. As a result, the firm thinks that the odds of a deal getting done may be lower than many believe. It kept a $385 price target and Outperform rating on Allergan. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Pfizer rose fractionally to $33.47 and Allergan added 1.3% to $303.87.
10:49 EDTAGNMylan jumps, Perrigo plunges after hostile takeover bid fails
Shares of Mylan (MYL) jumped after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed. Perrigo shares fell after the news. WHAT'S NEW: Mylan's approximately $26B hostile takeover offer for Perrigo officially fell through Friday morning, ending a seven-month ordeal between the two companies. Mylan said that only about 40% of Perrigo's shares were tendered by the company's stockholders, falling short of the 50% required for an acquisition, forcing the offer to lapse after failing to meet its goal by the established deadline. In response to the news, Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer. "We have said all along that this offer from Mylan was a bad deal for our shareholders, as it significantly undervalued our durable business model and industry-leading future growth prospects," Papa said. Perrigo added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback and that it intends to complete $500M of the planned repurchase by the end of the year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On July 27, Teva (TEVA) withdrew a takeover offer for Mylan amid Mylan's talks with Perrigo. The Israeli pharmaceutical company opted instead to purchase Allergan's (AGN) generics business. Commenting on its failure to buy Perrigo, Mylan Executive Chairman Robert Coury said in a statement that while the company viewed Perrigo as a "unique and exciting company," it was not required for the future success of the company. Coury said, "We are well-positioned to quickly execute on the next strategic, value-enhancing opportunities for our business, some of which we have already identified." STREET RESEARCH: Citi analyst Liav Abraham upgraded Mylan to Buy and raised her price target for shares to $59 from $52, saying that an overhang has been removed since the company's hostile attempt to buy Perrigo has fallen through. Abraham argued that a combination of the two companies would have been both destructive to both earnings and value for Mylan and that the failed bid will increase management's optionality to pursue other value-enhancing opportunities and enable investors to focus on the company's base business. In addition, RBC Capital Markets analyst Randall Stanicky confirmed a Sector Perform rating for both Mylan and Perrigo with price targets of $60 and $176, respectively. Stanicky said he expects Mylan's stock to gain 10%-15% towards $50 as a result of the news, while Perrigo will probably see a pull-back into the low $140s. The analyst added that the removal of the Mylan bid will drive initial weakness for Perrigo's shares but that the stock can settle close to its current levels. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Mylan rallied 12.5% to $48.60 and Perrigo fell 6.92% to $145.72. OTHERS TO WATCH: Teva shares trading in New York increased 0.26%, Allergan was up 0.66%, and Endo (ENDP), with which Reuters reported Perrigo held unsuccessful takeover talks, gained 5.56%.
08:22 EDTAGNAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology to hold annual meeting
AAO 2015 is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 13-17 with webcasted presentations to begin on November 13 at 11:50 am. Webcast Link
08:02 EDTMRKMerck: DMC recommends anacetrapib study continue with no changes
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06:54 EDTPFE, AGNPiper sees Pfizer worth over $50/share on standalone basis
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November 12, 2015
17:02 EDTMRKMerck Animal Health to Acquire Harrisvaccines
Merck Animal Health and Harrisvaccines announced the companies have entered into an agreement under which Merck Animal Health will acquire Harrisvaccines, a privately-held company that develops, manufactures and sells vaccines for food production and companion animals. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The companies expect the transaction to close in the fourth quarter of 2015.
16:35 EDTOREXOrexigen files to sell 25M shares of common stock for holders
13:45 EDTPFE, AGNPfizer, Allergan talks could set off further Treasury action, dealReporter says
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11:50 EDTMRKMerck issues statement regarding CUBICIN patent litigation
Merck issued the following statement regarding the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: "The decision validated the patent for CUBICIN that expires on June 15, 2016, but invalidated four patents with expiration dates in 2019 and 2020. The company is reviewing the decision and is considering its next steps, which may include seeking further review at the Federal Circuit or Supreme Court."
08:02 EDTSHPGSynergy Pharmaceuticals still a saleable asset, says Canaccord
Canaccord still views Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) as a saleable asset, with Valeant (VRX) or Shire (SHPG) seen as the most obvious buyers. The firm also sees the cost of the launch of plecanatide as lower than expected and sees no need for the company to raise capital until at least the end of 2016. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $19 price target on Synergy Pharmaceuticals shares.
November 11, 2015
15:43 EDTAGNJudge says Valeant, Ackman must face insider trading suit, Reuters reports
In a decision rendered on Nov. 9, a U.S. district judge in California ruled that Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) and shareholder Bill Ackman must face a lawsuit accusing them of insider trading in Allergan (AGN) before the hedge fund manager and the company partnered on their unsuccessful takeover bid, reported Reuters. Reference Link
07:56 EDTJNJ, PFE, SNY, AGNBoston Biotech Conferences to hold a conference
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07:04 EDTAGNAllergan submits Prior Approval Supplement for Restasis
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November 10, 2015
18:40 EDTPFE, AGNAllergan CEO says some peers 'deserve' pricing scrutiny, Bloomberg reports
In a Bloomberg TV interview Tuesday, Allergan (AGN) CEO Brent Saunders said certain drugmakers "deserve" recent scrutiny over drug price hikes. "There are a few companies that were very aggressive and perhaps took it too far, and deserve the attention they are getting. I think it's good. Transparency helps solve some of these issues," said the CEO. Asked whether he would be interested in acquiring embattled Valeant (VRX), Saunders said, "The things we look to buy are really first-in-class drugs, growth assets. There are a few of those in Valeant but there are also a lot of older medicines." Other companies that have received attention on the issue include Retrophin (RTRX), Pfizer's (PFE) Hospira, and Mallinckrodt (MNK). Reference Link
18:14 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi announce new Praluent injection analyses
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17:34 EDTPFE, AGNPfizer, Allergan considering Saunders as CEO of combined company, Bloomberg says
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10:05 EDTAMGNAmgen sees FY16 adjusted EPS $10.35-$10.75, consensus $10.66
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10:05 EDTAMGNAmgen sees FY15 adjusted EPS $9.95-$10.10, consensus $10.09
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06:03 EDTSHPGPiper sees Biotech fundamentals as 'strong' despite pricing chatter
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