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St. Jude Medical, Inc. (STJ)

  • Thu, Aug. 27, 9:05 AM
    • Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) has denied a report that it's preparing an offer for St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) that would value the medical device maker at about $25B.
    • St. Jude shares have now pared back their gains in early trading after surging 17% on the rumor.
    • STJ +4.9% premarket
    • Previously: FT: Abbott prepping $25B takeover offer for St. Jude (Aug. 27 2015)
    | Thu, Aug. 27, 9:05 AM | Comment!
  • Thu, Aug. 27, 7:18 AM
    • Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) is preparing a takeover bid for St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) that is likely to value the medical device maker at $25B, FT reports.
    • Sources say the firm has been working with advisers for several weeks, lining up the financing for a cash and stock offer.
    • Abbott and St. Jude already have a strong alliance in the field of cardiovascular devices, and a full merger would give the enlarged company greater leverage in negotiating with healthcare providers.
    • STJ +13.2% premarket
    • Update: Quoting a spokesperson, Bloomberg says Abbott isn't making an offer for St. Jude.
    | Thu, Aug. 27, 7:18 AM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, Aug. 4, 5:44 PM
    • St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) declares $0.29/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
    • Forward yield 1.59%
    • Payable Oct. 30; for shareholders of record Sept. 30; ex-div Sept. 28.
    | Tue, Aug. 4, 5:44 PM | Comment!
  • Thu, Jul. 23, 1:16 PM
    • St. Jude Medical (STJ -1.4%) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform by BMO Capital. Price target raised to $81 (7% upside) from $80.
    • (XOMA +4.5%) downgraded (unsurprisingly) to Hold from Buy by Jefferies. Price target lowered to $1 (4% downside risk) from $7.
    | Thu, Jul. 23, 1:16 PM | 5 Comments
  • Wed, Jul. 22, 7:57 AM
    • St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) acquires Thoratec (NASDAQ:THOR) for $63.50 per share ($3.4B). The price represents a 10% premium over yesterday's close of $57.58. The deal should be accretive to STJ's revenue and earnings growth in 2016. The transaction is expected to close in Q4.
    • The agreement includes a 30-day go-shop period during which THOR can solicit other offers.
    | Wed, Jul. 22, 7:57 AM | Comment!
  • Wed, Jul. 22, 7:34 AM
    • St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) Q2 results ($M): Total Revenues: 1,410 (+28.5%); ICD: 421 (-8.9%); Pacemakers: 249 (-8.1%); AF: 279 (+8.6%); Cardiovascular: 343 (-2.3%); Structural Heart: 159; Vascular: 184; Neuromodulation: 118 (+10.3%).
    • Net Income: 290 (+7.4%); EPS: 1.02 (+9.7%).
    • ICD sales growth has decelerated the past five quarters: 2.1%; 1.8%; 1.0%; -3.6%; -5.7%; -8.9%.
    • 2015 Guidance: Revenues: $5.435B - 5.575B from $5.440B - 5.515B; Non-GAAP EPS: $3.96 - 4.00 from $3.92 - 3.97.
    • Q3 Guidance: Revenues: $1.325B - 1.365B; Non-GAAP EPS: $0.96 - 0.98.
    | Wed, Jul. 22, 7:34 AM | Comment!
  • Wed, Jul. 22, 7:08 AM
    • St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ): Q2 EPS of $1.03 beats by $0.03.
    • Revenue of $1.41B (-2.8% Y/Y) beats by $20M.
    • Press Release
    | Wed, Jul. 22, 7:08 AM | Comment!
  • Tue, Jul. 21, 5:30 PM
  • Tue, Jul. 21, 12:41 PM
    • Heart pump maker Thoratec (THOR +16.1%) jumps on rumors of a bid by St. Jude Medical (STJ +0.4%).
    • Competitor Heartware (HTWR +7.3%) moves up in tandem.
    | Tue, Jul. 21, 12:41 PM | Comment!
  • Mon, Jul. 20, 9:49 AM
    • The FDA approves St. Jude Medical's (STJ +0.1%) Penta 5-column paddle lead for spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy to manage chronic pain. The Penta lead, to be used with its Protege system, will allow SCS patients to safely undergo head and extremity MRI scans.
    | Mon, Jul. 20, 9:49 AM | Comment!
  • Thu, Jul. 16, 9:06 AM
    • The FDA approves St. Jude Medical's (NYSE:STJ) Invisible Trial System, a fully wireless spinal cord stimulator that utilizes Apple technology in both the patient and physician controllers. The trial system is deployed prior to permanent implantation in order to evaluate the therapy. The new product eliminates the complex controllers and bulky cables that often dissuade patients from employing permanent SCS therapy.
    • The Invisible Trial System uses Bluetooth wireless technology and an iPOD device as the controller. Physicians use an iPAD to program the device and evaluate the therapy. The external pulse generator, the system's power source, is small enough to be worn discreetly under the patient's clothing.
    • Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is used to manage chronic pain. An SCS device interrupts pain signals as they travel along nerve fibers to the brain by delivering low levels of electrical energy to the spinal cord via thin wires (leads).
    | Thu, Jul. 16, 9:06 AM | Comment!
  • Sun, Jun. 14, 10:41 AM
    • The FDA approves St. Jude Medical's (NYSE:STJ) Brio Neurostimulation System, an implantable deep brain stimulation device to help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) and essential tremor in patients who have had inadequate responses to medication.
    • The device consists of a battery-powered rechargeable electrical pulse generator that is implanted under the skin of the upper chest with lead wires that attach to electrodes placed in the brain. The pulse generator, which can be adjusted, delivers low intensity electrical pulses to target areas in the brain.
    • Approximately 1M Americans live with PD while several million are affected with essential tremor.
    • Brio is the second neurostimulator cleared for PD and essential tremor. The FDA approved Medtronic's (NYSE:MDT) Activa Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy System in 1997 for the treatment of tremor associated with essential tremor and PD. In 2002, the agency approved a label expansion to include the symptoms of PD.
    | Sun, Jun. 14, 10:41 AM | Comment!
  • Thu, Jun. 4, 10:49 AM
    • St. Jude Medical's (STJ -0.8%) Invisible Trial System is now CE Mark-approved in Europe. The spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system features a small external pulse generator worn on the body that communicates with patient and clinician programming apps accessed via Apple's iPOD touch and iPAD mini.
    • SCS devices are use to manage chronic pain. The Invisible Trial System has the capability to deliver both traditional and burst stimulation modes. Burst stimulation minimizes paresthesia, a skin sensation of tingling, burning or itching.
    | Thu, Jun. 4, 10:49 AM | Comment!
  • Wed, Jun. 3, 5:46 PM
    • St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) resumes its IDE trial assessing its Portico Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) system. The study is designed to support the company's regulatory approval application in the U.S. The estimated completion date is August 2019.
    • Implantations were suspended in September 2014 due to reports that investigators observed reduced leaflet motion in the implanted valves in certain study participants. The observations were eventually found to be in the control arm, which consisted of commercially available TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) valves. The company and independent reviewers determined that reduced leaflet mobility is a class effect, present in TAVR and surgical valves across the industry. They found no excess rate of clinical events in patients implanted with Portico specific to leaflet motion. The data also show that reduced leaflet mobility is not linked to excess adverse events, has not been shown to negatively impact the clinical performance of the valves and can be resolved by medical therapy (usually the administration of anticoagulants).
    • The Portico system was developed to simplify TAVR procedures for doctors by improving control, ease of use and accuracy compared to other TAVR products. The system also enables the valves to be fully recaptured and repositioned prior to full deployment and release from the delivery system to ensure optimal placement for the best patient outcomes. It was CE Mark-cleared in Europe in late 2012.
    | Wed, Jun. 3, 5:46 PM | Comment!
  • Sun, May 10, 6:46 PM
    • The FDA approves Nevro's (NYSE:NVRO) Senza spinal cord stimulation system (NYSE:SCS) as an aid in the management of chronic intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs, including pain associated with failed back surgery syndrome, low back pain and leg pain. The Senza system's value proposition is the reduction of pain without paresthesia or tingling sensation, which typically characterizes SCS therapy and that many patients find uncomfortable. Senza avoids paresthesia by delivering high frequency stimulation (10 KHz) and low stimulation amplitudes.
    • The FDA also clears Senza for stimulation below 10KHz, which requires paresthesia.
    • Related tickers: (NYSE:MDT) (NYSE:BSX) (NYSE:STJ)
    | Sun, May 10, 6:46 PM | 2 Comments
  • Thu, May 7, 5:54 AM
    • St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) declares $0.29/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
    • Forward yield 1.63%
    • Payable July 31; for shareholders of record June 30; ex-div June 26.
    | Thu, May 7, 5:54 AM | Comment!
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Company Description
St Jude Medical Inc develops, manufactures and distributes cardiovascular medical devices for global cardiac rhythm management, cardiovascular, atrial fibrillation therapy areas and neurostimulation medical devices for the management of chronic pain.