May 12, 2014, 8:37 AM
- Celesio's (CAKFF) Q1 EBIT nudges up to €95.6M from €95.1M a year earlier as revenue rises 0.3% to €5.38B.
- The company, which was recently bought by McKesson (MCK), forecast that the "unremittingly intensive discount competition in Germany" will diminish in H2. As such, Celesio expects 2014 EBIT to grow slightly from last year. (PR)
May 11, 2014, 5:35 PM
Mar. 18, 2014, 8:01 AM
- Celesio (CAKFF), which is being acquired by McKesson (MCK), forecasts that it's adjusted EBIT will return to slight growth in 2014 as the drugs distributor expands its pharmacy network.
- Celesio's EBIT fell 4.8% to €423.6M in 2013, due to pricing pressure in Germany and currency fluctuations.
- Revenue -3.9% to €21.4B.
- Net profit €166.4M vs a loss of €149M. (PR)
Mar. 12, 2014, 12:16 PM
- Goldman Sachs analyst Robert Jones adds his Buy-rated McKesson (MCK) to the firm's list of projected market-beating picks.
- MCK's recent acquisition of Celesio is the main reason for his enhanced outlook.
- His EPS estimates for 2014 and 2015 are $8.21 and $11.40, respectively. The consensus targets are $8.18 and $10.69.
Feb. 28, 2014, 3:29 PM
- McKesson (MCK +1%) is making more changes to its executive compensation program, and CEO John Hammergren is voluntarily reducing his pension benefit by $45M, after activist investors complained about the company's pay structure.
- Hammergren's pension benefit still amounts to $114M after the reduction, but it will be a fixed amount in cash that's not subject to big potential moves that can result from changes in company assumptions about interest rates or other issues.
- Critics say the moves are welcome but not enough; the company's executive pension plan is still "the richest in corporate America," says one governance analyst.
- Separately, MCK says it has launched a voluntary takeover offer for the remaining shares outstanding of Celesio (CAKFF) for €23.50/share ($32.44); MCK, which owns more than 75% of Celesio's shares, last month received the necessary support to acquire its German rival after facing earlier opposition.
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Jan. 23, 2014, 5:07 PM
- McKesson (MCK) reaches an agreement to buy Celesio (CAKFF) just 10 days after a failed tender offer for the rival company.
- MCK acquires majority owner Franz Haniel & Cie's entire holding in Celesio for €23.50/share, the same price as its previous bid, and purchases Celesio convertible bonds from hedge fund Elliott Management; the moves provide MCK with more than 75% ownership of Celesio’s shares.
- MCK has been seeking to expand, and Celesio has 132 wholesale branches supplying 65,000 pharmacies and hospitals across Europe.
- MCK +2.9% AH.
Jan. 23, 2014, 8:17 AM
- Franz Haniel & Cie, which owns 50.01% in Celesio (CAKFF), could be trying to revive the sale of the German drug distributor to Mckesson (MCK) after the U.S. company fell short of gaining shareholder acceptance for the deal last week.
- Reuters reports that Haniel has offered Elliott €23.50 for its shares - the same amount that Mckesson bid - although it's not clear how much Haniel would pay for the hedge fund's convertible bonds in Celesio.
- It's also not clear if Haniel is acting as an intermediary for McKesson.
- On a fully diluted basis, including convertibles, Haniel owns 41.8% in Celesio and Elliot 26.7%.
- McKesson needed shareholder acceptance representing 75% of Celesio's voting rights for its bid to be authorized.
Jan. 14, 2014, 3:17 PM
- Morgan Stanley adjusts the numbers for McKesson (MCK -0.4%) following the failed Celesio bid, cutting the price target on the shares to $180 from $190.
- Analyst Julie Murphy posits three scenarios going forward: MCK could establish a "new JV with RAD / WMT and/or Celesio;" the company could buyback shares, as it "had ~$3.5B in cash at the end of the December quarter of which $1.5B is ex US," or they could make "another go at Celesio."
- FY15 EPS estimate cut to $10.47 from $11.03.
Jan. 14, 2014, 9:09 AM
- McKesson (MCK) came pretty close to succeeding in its $8.4B bid for Celesio (CAKFY), receiving tenders representing 72.33% of shares when including the dilutive effect of convertible bonds.
- The U.S. company had set a target of 75% and had won the support of hedge fund Elliot Management, which is a major Celesio shareholder.
- McKesson is now looking at alternative ways of working with the German company, including a joint venture.
Jan. 13, 2014, 2:18 PM
- "We naturally expected shares would decline following the disappointing news," FBR's Tom Gallucci says of McKesson (MCK -4.8%), in the wake of the company's failed bid for Celesio (CAKFF).
- Nevertheless, Gallucci says MCK is "well positioned going forward [as] the company's core operations have been the best performing in the sector over the past year."
- Outperform rating maintained.
Jan. 13, 2014, 1:04 PM
- Reopened for trade, McKesson (MCK -6.7%) gives back about all of last week's gains following its failed bid for Celesio (CAKFF -1%).
- CEO John Hammergren: "We are well positioned and will continue to explore and evaluate opportunities to further strengthen our businesses through our disciplined approach to capital allocation.”
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