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April 7, 2014
14:09 EDTTEVA, VRX, RDY, PRGOSun Pharmaceutical agrees to acquire generic drugmaker Ranbaxy
Indian drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical will buy another Indian pharmaceutical company, Ranbaxy, for $3.2B, the companies said earlier today. Ranbaxy specializes in developing generic drugs. WHAT'S NEW: Sun will buy Ranbaxy in an all-stock transaction via which Ranbaxy shareholders will receive 0.8 shares of Sun Pharma for each share of Ranbaxy. The transaction price represents a premium of 18% to Ranbaxy’s 30-day volume-weighted average share price, the companies stated The combination of Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy creates the fifth-largest specialty generics company in the world and the largest pharmaceutical company in India, the companies noted. WHAT'S NOTABLE: It came to light late last week that another generic drug maker, Mylan (MYL), attempted to buy a Swedish rival, Meda. Meda's board of directors confirmed on Friday that it was contacted by Mylan regarding a proposal to merge the companies, but the board decided to reject the proposal. Meda said all discussions between the company and Mylan have been terminated "without further actions." OTHERS TO WATCH: Other generic drug makers include Teva (TEVA), Valeant (VRX), Dr. Reddy’s (RDY), and Perrigo (PRGO). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Mylan fell 3% and Valeant slid over 4%, while Teva, Dr. Reddy's and Perrigo all retreated about 2%.
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October 20, 2014
07:06 EDTVRXValeant raises FY15 outlook cash EPS $10.00 from $9.90
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07:05 EDTVRXValeant raises Q4 cash EPS $2.45-$2.55 from $2.35-$2.45
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07:03 EDTVRXValeant reports Q3 cash EPS $2.11, Q3 GAAP EPS 81c
Reports Q3 revenue revenue $2.1B; Reports Q3 total same store sales organic growth 19%. Bausch + Lomb organic growth was 12%. Q3 GAAP Operating Cash Flow $619 million, an increase of 207%; Adjusted Operating Cash Flow $771 million, an increase of 89%
06:28 EDTTEVAAllergan price target raised to $210 from $190 at Citigroup
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October 17, 2014
09:47 EDTVRXValeant will not raise Allergan bid ahead of record date, CNBC reports
Valeant (VRX) will not raise its hostile takeover bid for Allergan (AGN) ahead of the record date for the vote, CNBC's David Faber reports. Allergan (AGN) is not currently in takeover talks with Actavis (ACT), Faber added.
09:43 EDTVRXValeant not going to raise Allergan bid ahead of meeting, CNBC reports
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October 16, 2014
12:42 EDTVRXAckman believes Allergan, Valeant merger likely, CNBC reports
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12:38 EDTVRXAckman says Allergan CEO manipulated Valeant shares, CNBC reports
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October 15, 2014
13:07 EDTVRXAllergan seeing arb-related selling pressure, says BMO Capital
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October 14, 2014
11:23 EDTTEVABIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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11:19 EDTTEVATeva upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
10:28 EDTPRGOPerrigo Animal Health receives SQF certification
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October 10, 2014
07:37 EDTVRXActavis more likely partner than Valeant if Allergan merges, says UBS
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07:16 EDTVRXAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
October 9, 2014
16:49 EDTRDYSucampo announces settlement agreement resolving patent litigation on AMITIZA
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16:11 EDTTEVAAlexza reports 32,278 Adasuve units shipped to Teva in Q3
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14:21 EDTVRXAllergan in good position to be patient given raised outlook, says BMO Capital
After speaking with Allergan's (AGN) CEO and CFO, BMO Capital believes the company is increasing its intrinsic value with its raised earnings guidance and that it is in a good position to be patient given that Valeant (VRX) most recent bid represents an 8% discount to Allergan's current share price. BMO said it is reviewing its forecasts for Allergan after the guidance increase, noting that it previously valued Allergan at $230 per share on a standalone basis. The firm maintains its Outperform rating on the stock.
12:28 EDTVRXAllergan price target raised to $230 from $210 at BTIG
BTIG said it expected Allergan to beat the consensus forecast for Q3 EPS, but not by as much as it did, and the firm did not expect the company to raise its future EPS outlook yet again. BTIG feels the stock's move higher indicates Valeant (VRX) or Actavis (ACT) would need to bid above $200 if they hope to buy the company. BTIG maintains its Buy rating on Allergan and raised its price target on the stock to $230 from $210.
11:14 EDTVRXAllergan raises outlook again as Valeant pursuit continues
Drug maker Allergan (AGN) this morning preannounced stronger than expected results and again raised its fiscal year profit guidance. The beat and raise results come after The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that drug maker Valeant (VRX) and hedge fund Pershing Square intend to raise their previous bid for Allergan by $15 per share to about $191. Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, Reuters said that drug maker Actavis (ACT) plans to make a new merger offer to Allergan, and sources indicated to the news service that Allergan may be willing to consider an offer from Actavis if the bid is for more than $200 per share. WHAT'S NEW: Allergan estimated that its third quarter earnings per share would come in at $1.76-$1.78, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.48. The drug maker had previously provided Q3 EPS guidance of $1.44-$1.47. Allergan raised its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance to $6.20-$6.25 from $5.74-$5.80. Analysts' consensus estimate was $5.81. This is the fourth time that Allergan has raised its guidance this year. Allergan said that its markets have been strong around the world, while it is gaining market share in most categories. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen wrote that, in the wake of Allergan's guidance increase, the company's price to earnings multiple could expand to 22x its estimated 2016 earnings, up from its current multiple of 19x. In addition to the raised guidance, a potential accretive acquisition by Allergan and the possibility that it will be acquired make such an increase in the multiple "quite possible," Biegelsen contended. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Allergan has reportedly held advanced talks about acquiring another company in the sector, Salix (SLXP), although CNBC's David Faber on October 2 reported that the talks between the two companies about a merger had "cooled considerably." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Allergan rose fractionally to $191.06 while Valeant slid 1.5% to $124.08.
08:50 EDTVRXAllergan shares have further upside, says Wells Fargo
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