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March 5, 2014
08:37 EDTAGN, TEVA, ACT, SHPG, VRXRussia actions could disrupt specialty pharmaceutical sales, says Susquehanna
Susquehanna notes that Russia has been a growth market for specialty pharmaceutical companies such as Teva (TEVA), Valeant (VRX), Actavis (ACT), Allergan (AGN), and Shire (SHPG). The firm factored the sensitivity of a 10% sales impact would translate into roughly 1.0% or less of earnings. The firm said Teva and Valeant have the most sales exposure and that currency could create incremental top line pressure.
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February 23, 2015
12:29 EDTSHPGPTC Therapeutics exploring potential sale, Reuters reports
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12:21 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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07:55 EDTVRX, SHPGJefferies says other bidders may emerge for Salix
Jefferies says it could envision other bidders emerging for Salix (SLXP) and points out recent media reports have suggested Shire (SHPG) and Endo (ENDP) have considered making a bid for the company. It lists AstraZeneca (AZN) and Takeda as others who could have possible interest in Salix. The firm believes Valeant (VRX) could afford to pay more for Salix should other bidders emerge.
07:41 EDTVRXValeant buyout of Salix another smart deal, says UBS
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07:13 EDTVRXSalix downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink
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07:03 EDTVRXValeant price target raised to $214 from $184 at Cantor
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06:37 EDTVRXSalix downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) to Neutral saying that while it could "easily see" another bidder emerge, it does not expect any potential competing bids to be significantly higher than the Valeant (VRX) offer. Piper lowered its price target for Salix shares to $158 from $160.
06:05 EDTVRXValeant to host conference call
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February 22, 2015
18:04 EDTSHPGShire completes acquisition of NPS Pharma
Shire (SHPG) announces the successful completion of the tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) and the subsequent acquisition of NPS Pharma.The tender offer expired at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of Friday, February 20, and was not extended. As of the expiration of the tender offer, a total of approximately 88,869,118 common shares of NPS Pharma had been validly tendered and not withdrawn pursuant to the tender offer, representing approximately 81.7% of the outstanding common shares of NPS Pharma. All shares that were validly tendered and not withdrawn pursuant to the tender offer were accepted for payment. After the acceptance of shares that were validly tendered and not withdrawn pursuant to the tender offer, Shire completed the acquisition of NPS Pharma today through a merger of one of Shire's subsidiaries with and into NPS Pharma. In connection with the merger, all common shares of NPS Pharma that were not accepted for payment in the tender offer (excluding any shares held by NPS Pharma as treasury stock (other than any shares held in an NPS Pharma benefit plan) and any shares with respect to which the holders have properly demanded appraisal rights in accordance with Delaware law) were converted into the right to receive $46.00 per share in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes, the same price that will be paid for shares accepted for payment in the tender offer. Following completion of the merger, NPS Pharma became a wholly owned subsidiary of Shire and NPS Pharma's shares ceased to be traded on NASDAQ.
16:25 EDTVRXValeant says Dendreon acquisition expected to close Feb. 23, 2015
16:21 EDTVRXValeant expect Q1 cash EPS of at least $2.30 per share
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16:18 EDTVRXValeant reports Q4 EPS $2.58 vs. $2.15 in Q413
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16:07 EDTVRXValeant confirms acquiring Salix for $158 per share
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) and Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Valeant will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Salix for $158 per share in cash, or a total enterprise value of approximately $14.5B. The transaction was approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. Salix Pharmaceuticals is a widely recognized gastrointestinal market leader with a portfolio of 22 total products, including well-known prescription brands Xifaxan, Uceris, Relistor, and Apriso, as well as a strong near- term pipeline of innovative, new assets. "Salix's market-leading gastrointestinal franchise is an ideal strategic fit for Valeant's diversified portfolio of specialty products," said J. Michael Pearson, Valeant's chairman and CEO. "The growing GI market has attractive fundamentals, and Salix has a portfolio of terrific products that are outpacing the market in terms of volume growth and a promising near-term pipeline of innovative products. With strong brand recognition among specialist GI prescribers, a highly rated specialty sales force, and a significant product and commercial presence across the undertreated and underserved gastrointestinal market, this acquisition offers a compelling opportunity for Valeant to create a strong platform for growth and business development." The combination is expected to yield greater than $500M in annual cost savings from the cost base of the combined company. Synergies are expected to be achieved within six months of close, primarily from reductions in corporate overhead and R&D rationalization, with the cost to achieve these synergies to be approximately 65%. Valeant and Salix will determine how best to integrate the two companies to leverage the combined strengths of both while ensuring a smooth and orderly transition. Consistent with Valeant's approach to integrating Bausch + Lomb, there are no planned reductions to Salix's highly rated specialty sales forces or hospital, key account and field reimbursement teams and we will determine the optimal size of Primary Care Sales Force through the integration process.The acquisition is structured as an all-cash tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Salix common stock at a price of $158 per share followed by a merger in which each remaining untendered share of Salix common stock would be converted into the right to receive the same $158 cash per share consideration as in the tender offer. The all-cash offer will be financed through a combination of bank debt and bonds. As a result of the need to draw down inventories, EBITDA will be artificially low in 2014 and 2015, resulting in the initial net leverage ratio of approximately 5.6. Valeant is committed to reducing its net leverage ratio to be below 4.0 by the second half of 2016. As a result of the plan to reduce wholesaler inventory levels in 2015, the transaction is expected to be modestly accretive to 2015 cash EPS, but over 20% accretive to 2016 cash EPS. Valeant does not expect any change to its credit ratings as a result of the transaction. The transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.
15:59 EDTSHPG, VRXValeant to buy Salix for $10.1B, FT says
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February 20, 2015
09:45 EDTVRXValeant near deal to acquire Salix, CNBC's Faber reports
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09:43 EDTVRXValeant nearing deal to acquire Salix, CNBC's Faber reports
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08:46 EDTACTActavis receives final approval for generic version of Subutex
Actavis announced that it has received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on its Abbreviated New Drug Application for a generic version of Reckitt Benckiser's Subutex. Actavis intends to begin shipping its product shortly. Subutex is indicated for the treatment of opioid dependence. For the 12 months ending December 31, 2014, Subutex had total U.S. sales of approximately $108M, according to IMS Health data.
08:07 EDTACTActavis price target raised to $340 from $310 at Argus
Argus increased its price target on Actavis as the firm believes that the company is generating strong growth. Argus is upbeat on the company's acquisition of Allergan and keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
08:04 EDTTEVATeva to present new respiratory data at AAAAI
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced that four company-sponsored abstracts will be presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, or AAAAI, in Houston, Texas. Data to be presented include two replicate 52-week Phase III global studies of the company’s anti-IL5 monoclonal antibody, reslizumab, in patients with asthma and elevated blood eosinophils who were inadequately controlled on medium-to-high doses of inhaled corticosteroids with or without an additional controller. The data are scheduled for presentation on Monday, February 23 during an oral session titled “Asthma Therapy and Mechanisms.” Also to be presented are two Phase III studies of beclomethasone dipropionate 40mcg, which gained FDA approval in December 2014, and is now available for the treatment of nasal symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis in children 4-11 years of age. In addition, a dose-response study evaluating the safety and efficacy of fluticasone/salmeterol multidose dry-powder inhaler in patients 12 years of age and older with persistent asthma will be presented.
07:08 EDTTEVA, SHPG, AGNAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
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