Not so fast, Teva. The generics giant--which last week said it was set to roll out copies of Pfizer blockbuster Celebrex--now has to put those plans on hold, as per a U.S. appeals court ruling.
Teva Pharmaceuticals has cut $650 million in costs this year but needs to more than double that over the next two as it faces generic competition to its workhorse multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone. A big part of that will be to continue revamping its production network, CEO Erez Vigodman says.
With a bounce-back in share price, Teva's in a position to do something it hasn't done much over the past few years: buy companies. And when it comes to getting back into the M&A game, CEO Erez Vigodman has a few types of targets at the top of his list.
Don't be surprised if Teva's revenue numbers don't meet analysts' expectations in 2015. According to the company's forecasts, generic competition to top-seller Copaxone and foreign currency hits will take their toll on Teva's top line next year.
Look out, Pfizer--the generics are here. On Wednesday, Teva and Mylan both launched versions of the company's arthritis med Celebrex, meaning Pfizer is about to watch the sales decline of yet another blockbuster.
Teva has already surprised analysts with the success it's had converting patients from multiple sclerosis star Copaxone to a new, long-acting version. And now, the company is preparing to take the med to Europe.
As Mylan gears up to close a $5.3 billion deal to buy a chunk of Abbott's generics business and shift its tax base to the Netherlands, some investors are speculating it could itself become a target for another stateside company looking for a tax inversion. But to that, Sanford Bernstein analyst Tim Anderson says they shouldn't hold their breath.
Teva, whose board composition has stirred up some recent shareholder activism, has picked its next chairman. And investors pushing for more experienced leadership may be pleased with his resume.
Sales of Teva's multiple sclerosis drug, Copaxone, are still growing--at least for now. The Israeli company's top-seller, whose patent is currently the subject of a Supreme Court appeal, ticked up 5% to reach $1.1 billion in Q3 sales.
Teva's been waiting a long time to get its Copaxone patent appeal before the Supreme Court. And now that the court has heard oral arguments, it seems to be divided on the issue.