Nov. 21, 2014, 1:51 AM
- Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:VRX) has slashed its stake in Allergan (NYSE:AGN) to 0.1% from 9.7%, three days after Actavis (NYSE:ACT) trumped its offer for the Botox maker.
- Pershing Square and Valeant have now sold all 2.2M Allergan in PS Fund 1, a shell fund that was set up by the two to act as a joint acquisition vehicle.
- VRX -0.8% AH
Nov. 11, 2014, 4:16 PM
- The presence of Pershing Square's Bill Ackman on the list of major investors in Zoetis (NYSE:ZTS) sends a clear signal that it may be an acquisition target by none other than Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:VRX). A deal is not out of the question in light of its diminishing prospects of acquiring Allergan (NYSE:AGN) since Actavis (NYSE:ACT) joined the mix.
- In after hours trading, VRX is up a fraction and ZTS is unchanged, both on higher-than-normal volume.
- Previously: Zoetis jumps 6% on report of Ackman stake
Nov. 7, 2014, 1:53 AM
- Salix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:SLXP) -38.3% AH after announcing an accounting revision that showed sales of its drugs not as strong as Wall Street's expectations. The changes were accompanied by the resignation of CFO Adam Derbyshire.
- The accounting issue also played a role in scuttling a potential takeover from Allergan (NYSE:AGN) earlier this year, WSJ reports.
- Salix lowered its earnings guidance for the year, and now expects 2014 net income of $400M, or $5.20 per share, down from earlier estimates of $475M, or $6.16 per share.
Oct. 7, 2014, 6:06 PM
- Valeant (NYSE:VRX) and Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Capital plan to up their hostile cash/stock bid for Allergan (NYSE:AGN) by $15/share, the WSJ reports. Based on Valeant's Tuesday close, that puts the new offer around $191/share.
- Valeant/Pershing are still reportedly "ironing out questions of timing and the mix of cash and stock for the additional $15-per-share rise."
- AGN +2.6% AH to $191.00.
- Earlier: Allergan asks judge to keep Pershing's stake out of shareholder vote
- Update (6:15PM): Valeant is up 3.4% AH.
Oct. 2, 2014, 6:16 PM
- Bloomberg reports Salix (NASDAQ:SLXP) is now in talks to sell itself to Actavis (NYSE:ACT), and that M&A talks with Allergan (NYSE:AGN) have faded.
- A tangled web: The WSJ previously reported Allergan was in "advanced talks" to buy Salix after turning down Actavis. Since then, speculation has grown Actavis will bid for Salix.
- SLXP +3.9% AH.
Sep. 23, 2014, 2:27 PM
- Pfizer (PFE -0.6%) approached Actavis (ACT +3.3%) to "express its interest in an acquisition," sources tell Bloomberg. However, the news service adds the companies "aren’t currently in formal talks and Pfizer hasn’t made an offer."
- Actavis has spiked on the report. Pfizer, interested in doing a tax inversion deal, made a rejected bid to acquire AstraZeneca earlier this year. Actavis was reported yesterday to have made a rejected offer for Allergan (AGN +1.4%), which is reportedly in advanced talks to buy Salix.
- Yesterday, the Treasury Department announced it's close to finalizing rules meant to discourage U.S. companies from doing inversion deals.
Sep. 22, 2014, 6:27 PM
- The WSJ reports Allergan (NYSE:AGN) is "in advanced talks" to buy Salix (NASDAQ:SLXP) in an all-cash deal after turning down an offer from Actavis (NYSE:ACT). The paper adds an Allerga/Salix deal, meant to thwart Valeant's (NYSE:VRX) hostile bid for Allergan, could be announced "late this week or next."
- A source says Actavis is still interested in buying Allergan, but only through a "friendly" deal. Whereas Valeant has suggested it would pare back Allergan's R&D spend should its hostile bid succeed, Actavis has reportedly promised to keep Allergan's R&D spend intact.
- The WSJ originally reported of Allergan's interest in Salix in August. Soon after that, Bloomberg reported talks were "dormant" for the time being.
- SLXP +15.8% AH. AGN +1.4%. ACT +0.6%.
Aug. 20, 2014, 5:56 PM
- Bloomberg reports Allergan (NYSE:AGN) isn't currently in active buyout talks with Salix (NASDAQ:SLXP). Though Allergan approached Salix about a deal in recent months, the talks are currently "dormant," and Allergan is exploring other options to thwart Valeant's hostile bid.
- SLXP -2.7% AH. Shares rose over 15% yesterday after the WSJ reported Allergan has approached Salix about a potential deal. They fell 2.3% in regular trading today.
May. 30, 2014, 2:48 PM
- The new bid raises the cash portion of the deal to $72 per share from $58.30 previously. The stock portion - 0.83 shares of Valeant (VRX +2.9%) for each share of Allergan (AGN +6.7%) remains the same.
- As part of the new offer, Pershing Square - Allergan's largest shareholder with a 9.7% stake - has agreed to elect to receive only stock and exchange its shares for Valeant shares at a 1.22659 exchange ratio.
- Bill Ackman: "[I] offered to give up $600 million of value to the other Allergan shareholders and exchange our shares for Valeant stock if Valeant were prepared to increase its offer to the other Allergan shareholders. We believe that our gesture to the other Allergan owners makes an extraordinarily strong statement about our belief in the long-term value of this highly strategic business combination."
- Source: Press Release
- Previously: Valeant boosts offer for Allergan
Apr. 22, 2014, 12:46 PM
Apr. 22, 2014, 9:14 AM
Apr. 21, 2014, 5:53 PM
- David Faber reports Valeant (VRX) will make a $45B+ hostile bid for Allergan (AGN), of which 1/3 will be financed with cash. He expects an announcement tomorrow.
- After factoring a 6% gain in regular trading a 19.7% AH gain, Allergan is currently worth $50.9B. Valeant is worth $46.4B, after accounting for a 3.2% gain in regular trading and a 10.3% AH gain.
- Valeant and Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Capital have each filed 13Ds (I, II) stating Pershing Square now has a 9.7% stake in Allergan.
- Valeant says it expects to propose a merger with a ~$15B cash component, and that it's contributing $75.9M in working capital to an entity (known as PS Fund 1) to be used by Valeant and Pershing to pursue their bid.
- Faber: "So Ackman can buy $3b in [Allergan] stock, which he will sell to [Valeant] for a lot more if it succeeds in an offer Ackman knew was coming."
- Previous: Valeant and Ackman eye Allergan
Apr. 21, 2014, 5:45 PM
Mar. 3, 2014, 10:18 AM
- Revance (RVNC) continues its volatile ways following its IPO on February 6, when it debuted at $16. The stock is up 2.5% today at $27.61 but that's down sharply from earlier highs and follows a steep fall at the end of last week.
- Revance's lead product is a topical Botulinum Toxin Type A Gel for the treatment of lateral canthal lines (crow's feet). It will complete with Allergan's (AGN) blockbuster injectable treatment Botox.
- Botulinum is in Phase 3 trials in the U.S.
- Anaylsts' price targets range from $37-55.
Jan. 7, 2014, 9:58 AM
- BofA upgrades Perrigo (PRGO +1.2%) to Buy from Neutral. RBC starts the shares as a Top Pick, with a $187 price target.
- BofA upgrades Becton Dickinson (BDX +0.8%) to Neutral from Underperform.
- RBC upgrades Johnson & Johnson (JNJ +1.6%) to Outperform from Sector Perform. Price target is $104.
- Citi upgrades Varian Medical (VAR +1.6%) to Neutral from Sell.
- Roth starts ANI Pharma (ANIP +9.5%) at Buy. Price target is $27.
- RBC starts Teva (TEVA +0.1%) at Sector Perform. Price target is $39.
- RBC starts AcelRx (ACRX +2.5%) at Outperform. Price target is $15.
- RBC starts Mylan (MYL +2.3%) at Outperform. Price target is $50.
- RBC starts Allergan (AGN +1.3%) at Outperform. Price target is $131.
- RBC starts Impax Labs (IPXL +0.2%) at Sector Perform. Price target is $25.
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Allergan Inc is a multi-specialty health care company develops and commercializes pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devicesand over-the-counter products. It offers products forophthalmic, neurological, medical aesthetics and medical dermatology.
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