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April 7, 2014
10:40 EDTQCOR, MNKShort-seller target Questcor spikes after deal to be bought by Mallinckrodt
Questcor (QCOR) shares are sharply higher this morning after the company agreed to be bought by Mallinckrodt (MNK) in a transaction valued at approximately $5.6B. WHAT'S NEW: Questcor, a biopharmaceutical company whose primary drug, H.P. Acthar Gel, is approved by the FDA for the treatment of 19 indications, will be acquired by Mallinckrodt for about $5.6B, made up of $30.00 per share in cash and 0.897 Mallinckrodt shares for each Questcor share they own. The total consideration equated to approximately $86.10 per Questcor share based on the closing price of Mallinckrodt shares on April 4. After the deal closes, Mallinckrodt shareholders will own approximately 50.5% and former Questcor shareholders will own approximately 49.5% of the combined company's stock. The deal is expected to immediately add to Mallinckrodt's fiscal 2014 adjusted earnings per share and significantly add to fiscal 2015 adjusted EPS. The transaction is targeted to close in the third quarter. On the companies' conference call discussing the merger, Questcor said it believes that its first quarter sales will be "somewhat lower" than the fourth quarter of 2013, but also "substantially higher" than last year's first quarter; the consensus estimate for Q1 revenue is $242.08M. Questcor also said that it sees a "favorable" tax structure and operating cash flow, as well as immediate value for shareholders. Mallinckrodt said sees about a 10% decline in the tax rate with the Questcor deal and believes it will realize immediate tax benefits. Mallinckrodt added that its focus will be on deleveraging in the coming months to allow for strategic acquisitions. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Of the 19 indications approved for Acthar, Questcor currently generates substantially all of its net sales from the following on-label indications: the treatment of proteinuria in the nephrotic syndrome of the idiopathic type, or NS, the treatment of acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis, or MS, in adults, the treatment of infantile spasms, or IS, in infants and children under two years of age, and the treatment of certain rheumatology related conditions. Questcor has been a frequent target of the short-selling blog Citron Research in the past. As recently as March 14, Citron Research claimed Questcor was "deceiving" the FDA and investors, alleging H.P. Acthar Gel's active ingredient is less than 20% of the label specification. PRICE ACTION: Questcor is trading up $11.48, or 16.91%, to $79.35 in mid-morning trading. Meanwhile, Mallinckrodt is down $1.70, or 2.72%, to $60.82.
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August 25, 2014
10:40 EDTMNKBiotechs rise after InterMune acquired by Roche
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August 22, 2014
09:02 EDTMNKMallinckrodt names Furey Chief Compliance Officer
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August 21, 2014
15:16 EDTMNKDEA restricts painkiller drug prescriptions to curb abuse, WSJ reports
The Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, will reclassify hydrocodone combination painkiller drugs and place them in the category of medical substances that have the highest potential for harm in an attempt to curb the widespread abuse of the drugs, according to The Wall Street Journal. The rescheduling of the drugs will take effect in 45 days and result in people being able to obtain the drug for only 90 days without obtaining a new prescription. Major manufacturers of these drugs include Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA), Mallinckrodt (MNK), AbbVie (ABBV), and Actavis (ACT). Reference Link
August 19, 2014
09:21 EDTMNKMallinckrodt now a component of the S&P 500 Index
The inclusion comes following the completion of Mallinckrodt’s acquisition of Questcor Pharmaceuticals last week. In addition to increasing the market capitalization of Mallinckrodt, the combination has significantly strengthened the company’s balance sheet, cash generation and leverage position.
August 15, 2014
06:08 EDTQCORQuestcor implied volatility of 28 at lower end of index mean range
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August 14, 2014
17:21 EDTQCORGulfMark Offshore to replace Questcor in S&P 600 as of 8/18 close
17:20 EDTMNKRowan Companies to replace Mallinckrodt in S&P 400 as of 8/18 close
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17:18 EDTMNKMallinckrodt to replace Rowan Companies in S&P 500 as of 8/18 close
17:16 EDTMNK, QCORPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:35 EDTMNK, QCORMallinckrodt completes acquisition of Questcor Pharmaceuticals
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13:02 EDTQCOR, MNKMallinckrodt, Questcor holders approve Mallinckrodt's acquisition of Questcor
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12:58 EDTMNKJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Apache (APA), FMC Corp (FMC), Civeo (CVEO), PetSmart (PETM), and Charter Communications (CHTR). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), AIG (AIG), Mallinckrodt (MNK), HD Supply (HDS), and American Capital (ACAS). DECREASED STAKES: Liberty (LVNTA), Oil States International (OIS), eBay (EBAY), Liberty Media (LMCA), and Liberty Interactive (LINTA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Sirius XM (SIRI), Juniper (JNPR), Golar LNG (GLNG), Outerwall (OUTR), and Teva (TEVA).

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