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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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2nd Annual Investor Conference to be held in Greenwich, CT on September 16.
September 4, 2014
09:02 EDTMNKMallinckrodt announces MNK-155 Phase 3 efficacy trial met primary endpoint
Mallinckrodt reported that a Phase 3 efficacy trial of investigational MNK-155 met the study’s primary endpoint of improved pain scores vs. placebo over the first 48 hours following bunionectomy. This difference in pain scores was statistically significant in favor of MNK-155. The data is being presented at PAINWeek 2014 on September 2-6. In addition to the Phase 3 study, Mallinckrodt will present data at PAINWeek from several other MNK-155 trials, including the pharmacokinetics, safety and subjective effects of abuse-related characteristics.

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