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June 9, 2014
07:27 EDTVRX, AGNAckman says Chanos covered Valeant short by buying Allergan
Pershing Square's Bill Ackman said on CNBC that Jim Chanos covered his short position in Valeant (VRX) by buying shares of Allergan (AGN). Ackman argued that Valeant is not just a roll-up company and says Chanos is not a fan of companies who undertake numerous acquisitions. Ackman has teamed with Valeant in its takeover attempt of Allergan, a company he owns a nearly 10% stake in.
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July 24, 2015
07:06 EDTVRXValeant price target raised to $285 from $255 at UBS
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06:51 EDTVRXValeant price target raised to $290 from $250 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Chris Schott raised his price target for Valeant Pharmaceuticals to $290 citing the company's "very strong" Q2 results. Schott sees further upside to estimates and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock.
July 23, 2015
12:12 EDTVRXValeant beats RBC as biggest Canadian company by market value, Bloomberg says
Valeant (VRX) has surpassed Royal Bank of Canada (RY) as the largest Canadian company by market value on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bloomberg reports. Valeant surged 4.5% to a total market value of C$111.3B at 11:21 AM in Toronto, beating the Royal Bank's C$108.3B market value, the report says. Reference Link
06:29 EDTVRXValeant raises FY15 cash EPS view to $11.5-$11.80 from $10.90-$11.20
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06:26 EDTVRXValeant sees Q4 cash EPS $3.98-$4.18, consensus $3.49
Sees Q4 revenue $3.2B-$3.4B, consensus $3.03B.
06:25 EDTVRXValeant sees Q3 cash EPS $2.60-$2.70, consensus $2.86
Sees Q3 revenue $2.6B-$2.8B, consensus $2.74B.
06:24 EDTVRXValeant reports Q2 cash EPS $2.56, consensus $2.46
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06:06 EDTVRXValeant raises FY15 cash EPS to $11.50-$11.80 from $10.90-$11.20
The increased EPS guidance reflects continued business outperformance and approval of IBS-D indication for Xifaxan. Raises FY15 total revenue to $10.7B-$10.4B from $10.4B-$10.6B. Sees FY15 Salix revenue $1.2B. Raises FY15 adjusted cash flow from operations to be greater than $3.2B from greater than $3.1B. Sees FY15 SSS organic growth of greater than 10% for 2H15.
06:05 EDTVRXValeant sees Q4 cash EPS $3.98-$4.18, revenue $3.2B-$3.4B
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06:05 EDTVRXValeant sees Q3 cash EPS $2.60-$2.70, revenue $2.6B-$2.8B
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06:04 EDTVRXValeant reports Q2 GAAP EPS (15c), Q2 cash EPS $2.56
Excluding negative impact of ForEx and Salix, cash EPS would have been $2.73. Reports Q2 total revenue $2.73B vs. $2.04B last year. Reports Q2 Product sales $2.70B vs. $1.99B last year. Reports Q2 SSS organic growth up 19%. Reports Q2 Salix revenue $313M.
July 21, 2015
10:01 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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July 20, 2015
16:15 EDTVRXValeant initiated with a Buy at BTIG
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08:38 EDTVRXAnalyst predicts Zoetis merges with Bayer unit, not Valeant
Zoetis (ZTS) in recent months has been the subject of takeover speculation, possibly for Valeant (VRX), but a Jefferies analyst told investors today in a research note that he views a deal with a unit of healthcare giant Bayer (BAYRY) as "highly likely" for the animal medicine company. BACKGROUND: Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who owns stakes in both Zoetis and Valeant, said in early May while speaking on CNBC that Zoetis is a "great” business on a standalone basis, but he also spoke of the company's strategic value. Ackman added, however, that he was "not sure" that Valeant was the best acquirer of Zoetis. Subsequently, in late June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Valeant made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis. CNBC's David Faber said the next day, citing his own sources, that Valeant reached out to Zoetis as a courtesy to common shareholder Ackman and was unlikely to pursue an acquisition of the company, though he cautioned then Valeant could change its approach and pursue a deal. BAYER: Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said in a note today that he views a tie-up between Zoetis and Bayer's Animal Health business in 2016 as "highly likely." He sees Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) non‑U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business as a potential proxy for how a transaction could be structured, adding that such a "spinversion" could achieve up to 36% long-term earnings accretion for Zoetis. Holford reiterated a Buy rating on Zoetis with a $60 price target, while downgrading Bayer to Hold, citing valuation following the recent outperformance of its shares. IDEXX: While being discussed as a target, some analysts have also opined on companies that Zoetis could pursue as a buyer. On June 29, Canaccord said that in investor meetings with IDEXX (IDXX) executives declined to comment on Zoetis' potential interest in scaling up its animal health diagnostics business. Canaccord added that it thought Zoetis could make a bid for IDEXX. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $80 price target on IDEXX shares at that time. PRICE ACTION: Since June 25, the day the Journal first reported on Valeant's preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, the animal health company's shares have dropped nearly 4%. Zoetis closed down 20c to $47.80 on Friday.
07:33 EDTVRXValeant price target raised to $285 from $275 at Canaccord
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07:05 EDTAGNAllergan Q2 to alleviate competitive concerns, says JPMorgan
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July 17, 2015
10:05 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Accretive Health (ACHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Best Buy (BBY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Cablevision (CVC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Domino's Pizza (DPZ) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... First Quantum Minerals (FQVLF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... First Republic (FRC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Fresenius SE (FSNUY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Golden Minerals (AUMN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... JD Wetherspoon (JDWPY) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... NV5 Holdings (NVEE) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... National Oilwell (NOV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Natural Gas Services (NGS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Global Hunter... Primoris (PRIM) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Receptos (RCPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... SKF AB (SKFRY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... STAG Industrial (STAG) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... SolarWinds (SWI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Syntel (SYNT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... TECO Energy (TE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Tangoe (TNGO) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tegna (TGNA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI.
08:02 EDTVRXValeant agrees to acquire Amoun Pharmaceutical
Valeant announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Valeant will acquire Mercury Holdings, the holding company of Amoun Pharmaceutical, for consideration of approximately $800M, plus contingent payments. Amoun Pharmaceutical currently expects to reach EGP 1.75B by 2015, with annual growth of approximately 20%. Valeant intends for Amoun to serve as a platform for further expansion in the broader Middle East and North Africa pharmaceutical market and expects the transaction to close in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.
06:39 EDTAGNAllergan downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital
RBC Capital downgraded Allergan to Outperform and maintained its $361 price target. The firm sees few catalysts and is less confident near-term in P&L upside, but has left estimates unchanged. RBC Capital said there are several important products subject to competitive threats that could pressure sentiment but said valuation remains attractive against solid mid-teens multi-year earnings growth.
July 15, 2015
16:24 EDTAGNAllergan says Akorn seeks FDA approval for generic Restasis
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