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Mar. 17, 2014, 10:23 AM
- Goldman Sachs removes Baxter International (BAX) from its Conviction List and lowers its PT from $83 to $77 but maintains its Buy recommendation. Since the firm added BAX to its Americas CL in August it is off 7.7% versus the S&P 500's 8.5% gain.
- Analyst David Roman cites a higher risk profile due to heightened competition in the plasma business.
- Investors appear unconcerned. Shares are up a fraction in early trading.
Mar. 4, 2014, 4:49 PM
- Cell Therapeutics (CTIC) Q4 revenue balloons to $32.9M versus $0 a year ago. Almost all of the revenue is due to Baxter's (BAX) upfront payment of $32.4M for the license to develop and commercialize pacritinib.
- Product revenues for Q4 and FY13 were $.5M and $2.3M, respectively.
- Net income for the quarter was $10.2M ($.08/share) due to the Baxter payment. Net loss for the year was $49.6M ($.43/share).
- FY14 guidance projects a loss from operations of $45M - $50M.
- Consensus estimate for Q1 is a loss of $.23/share on revenues of $1.3M.
- Consensus estimate for 2014 is a loss of $.48/share on revenues of $23.9M.
- Mutual fund ownership has increased from 30 to 85 the past 4 quarters.
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- Baxter (BAX) net profit -34% to $326M, hurt by expenses related to its $4B acquisition of Swedish dialysis product manufacturer Gambro, collaborations and other items.
- Gross margin dropped to 44.7% from 50.8%
- Sales breakdown: medical products +25% to $2.59B, including $413M from Gambro. Bioscience +5% to $1.78B, mainly boosted by solid demand for Baxter's hemophilia treatments.
- Guidance: Q1 adjusted EPS $1.06-1.09 vs consensus of $1.14; 2014 EPS $5.05-5.25 vs $5. (PR)
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Dec. 19, 2013, 3:44 PM
- Baxter (BAX -0.5%) gets another indication for the hemophilia treatment FEIBA.
- The FDA has approved the drug for the prophylactic treatment of patients with hemophilia A or B who have developed inhibitors.
- "This additional indication ... is aimed at reducing the number of bleeds among this patient population," the company's president of BioScience says. (PR)
Nov. 18, 2013, 3:12 PM
- Perhaps not surprisingly, Credit Suisse's Baxter (BAX +0.1%) upgrade is in part attributable to the expected three-month delay in FDA approval for Biogen's (BIIB -2.1%) long-lasting factor VIII therapy Eloctate.
- Concerns about looming competition in the hemophilia market have been a thorn in BAX's side over the past several months.
- In hiking his price target to $80 from $73, analyst Bruce Nudell also highlights "BAX's recent enrollment of its own long-acting rFVIII trial" (BAX 855) and points to "the potential for value creation should BAX split its Medical Products & Bioscience segment."
Nov. 18, 2013, 8:39 AM
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- Cell Therapeutics (CTIC) expects to spend $96M through mid-2017 on the development and commercialization of its Pacritinib treatment for myelofibrosis and acute myeloid leukemia.
- Cell Therapeutics expects to receive $67M from Baxter (BAX) in milestones until 2015 as part of a licensing agreement for Pacritinib, with further payments possible after that. Cell Therapeutics is also receiving a $60M upfront payment from Baxter. Cell Therapeutics reckons that it should receive enough money to avoid have to raise more equity financing.
- Cell Therapeutics and Baxter have been boosted by the failure of Sanofi's (SNY) Fedratinib treatment for myelofibrosis. Incyte (INCY) also develops a treatment for the rare bone-marrow cancer.
- Cell Thera is +7.5%.
Nov. 15, 2013, 10:15 AM
- Cell Therapeutics (CTIC +20.6%) soars as investors react to news the company has inked a licensing agreement with Baxter (BAX +0.9%) for the development and commercialization of pacritinib.
- As for Incyte (INCY +2.6%) — whose Jakafi also treats myelofibrosis — any downside the shares might have realized from the prospective competition appears to be taking a backseat to either a 13D filing by Baker Bros. or perhaps a price target hike at Brean.
Nov. 15, 2013, 7:56 AM
- Cell Therapeutics (CTIC) and Baxter (BAX) enter into a licensing agreement for the development and commercialization of pacritinib (the JAK2/FLT3 inhibitor that's currently in Phase 3 testing for myelofibrosis).
- Terms: Upfront payment to CTIC of $60M, $30M of which is an equity investment; CTIC eligible for milestone payments up to $112M and sales milestone payments assuming approval; CTIC gets royalties on sales outside the U.S., where BAX has assumed commercialization rights; the two companies will jointly commercialize the drug in the U.S.
- BAX will book a $30M pre-tax R&D charge in Q4.
- CTIC calls BAX "the ideal strategic partner." (PR)
- On watch today are shares of Incyte (INCY), whose Jakafi may see some competition from pacritinib, although it isn't clear how much of a dent pacritinib will make.
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Baxter International Inc is a healthcare company. It develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma and other chronic conditions.
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