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June 22, 2015
13:20 EDTCIOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:29 EDTCIAnthem says not aware of other bidders when making Cigna bid
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11:18 EDTCIAnthem says would suspend buybacks for year with signing of Cigna deal
Anthem (ANTM) says team has worked for months evaluating "realistic" synergies of potential Cigna (CI) deal. Says $2B in synergies within two years post-close "achievable." Sees international opportunities with Cigna acquisition. Says confident on attaining financing for Cigna purchase. Says expects to suspend buybacks for the year with signing of Cigna deal, but sees maintaining dividend. Anthem does not see regulatory issues thwarting deal. Says Cigna acquisition is a strategic priority. Comments being made on Anthem's update reaffirming its commitment to its $184 per share proposal for Cigna.
10:57 EDTCIAnthem to hold a conference call
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10:15 EDTCIAnthem repeats FY15 revenue view of about $78.5B, consensus $78.16B
Repeats FY15 revenue view $78.5B, sees revenue for a combined Anthem (ANTM)-Cigna (CI) at >$115B. Anthem sees greater than 10% accretive to adjusted EPS in first year post-close, with accretion more than doubling in year two. Assuming the transaction closes on December 31, 2016, sees $17.00+ adjusted EPS in 2018. Anthem says expects to maintain dividend payout ratio policy, committed to retaining investment grade debt ratings. Says committed to de-levering over 2-year period post-close. Says deal is "compelling" for Cigna shareholders. Says Anthem has made "good faith efforts" to engage in valuation and governance discussions with Cigna, says fully prepared to proceed immediately to finalize due diligence and merger agreement negotiations. Comments from slides that will be presented on Anthem's update reaffirming its commitment to its $184 per share proposal for Cigna.
09:14 EDTCIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:02 EDTCICigna hits fresh highs after rejecting Anthem bid
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09:02 EDTCIAnthem reiterates commitment to $184 per share proposal for Cigna
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09:01 EDTCIAnthem reiterates commitment to $184 per share proposal for Cigna
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08:16 EDTAET, CIAnthem, Cigna deal would be negative for Catamaran, says Leerink
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07:54 EDTCI, AETAnthem, Cigna deal likely to be consummated, says Leerink
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07:16 EDTCI, AETAnthem should be bought after Cigna offer, says Stifel
After Anthem, (ANTM) offered to buy Cigna (CI) and the latter company rejected the bid, Stifel estimates that the deal would have been 10% accretive for Anthem in the first year and 20% accretive in the second year. The firm thinks that accretion from the deal will probably be higher than expected. It also recommends buying Aetna (AET) as it believes that the Anthem offer suggests that Aetna will benefit more than expected from its own deal. The firm is cautious on Humana (HUM), saying that it may lose two potential buyers in Anthem and Cigna, while Humana may retreat if Aetna does not acquire the company quickly.
06:51 EDTAET, CIHealth insurer tie-ups could cut competition, WSJ reports
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06:37 EDTCI, AETHealth insurers may change policies based on King v. Burwell ruling, NYT says
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06:03 EDTCICigna implied volatility of 37 at upper end of index
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June 21, 2015
18:17 EDTCICigna calls Anthem offer 'inadequate,' 'woefully skewed'
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16:57 EDTCICigna says Anthem proposal not in interest of shareholders, Bloomberg reports
Cigna (CI) has sent a letter of rejection to the Anthem (ANTM) board of directors, reports Bloomberg. Notably, Cigna acknowledged that the combination of the two companies has some potential benefits under the right circumstances. However, the company also remarked that Anthem has "complications" related to its Blue Cross and Blue Shield membership, and also cited antitrust actions as well as Anthem's "lagging" shares.
16:50 EDTCICigna board unanimously rejects Anthem proposal, DJ says
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16:03 EDTCI, AETAetna makes offer to acquire Humana, WSJ says
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15:26 EDTCIAnthem publicized offer for Cigna in order to pressure company, WSJ says
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