Trying hard to fight off a hostile takeover by Canada's Valeant, Botox maker Allergan has sent out press releases every time it stumbles onto something that appears to besmirch its pursuer. New fodder is in this week's FDA Enforcement Report. Valeant is recalling a couple hundred thousand bottles and tubes of products.
Valeant's takeover partner, Bill Ackman, is not slowing down in his pursuit to land a deal for Allergan. But a key investor may no longer be quite so gung-ho.
Valeant may have upped its Q3 revenue by 33% and beat analysts' bottom-line expectations--not to mention hiked its forecast for this year and next. But takeover target Allergan still isn't impressed. On the other hand, shareholders might be if Valeant hikes its hostile bid again, as its CEO now suggests.
Valeant's been pursing Allergan for months now, but the California-based drugmaker may soon have another bid, too.
Fresh off signing up to buy Durata Therapeutics for $675 million, Actavis is making another overture for the embattled Allergan, Reuters reports, potentially setting up a bidding war with the dogged Valeant Pharmaceuticals.
Valeant CEO J. Michael Pearson has said he's confident Allergan shareholders will vote in support of his company's hostile bid come December. But it never hurts to have a little insurance.
Allergan's still okay with holding a special shareholder meeting on Dec. 18, a date it last month agreed on with wannabe acquirer Valeant. It just doesn't want its pursuer's partner, Bill Ackman, to have a say.
Tuesday, Valeant Pharmaceuticals said the FDA had served up a warning letter about its Sculptra Aesthetic manufacturing, citing problems it observed during a June 2014 inspection. The missteps from manufacturing standards might just fuel the fire from hostile buyout target Allergan.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals has grown quickly over the past few years as it has pursued, bought and divested pharmaceutical assets. But somewhere along the way oversight of a supplier slipped. The FDA spotted the problems during a recent visit to Valeant's U.S. headquarters, leading to the posting of a warning letter.
Allergan may or may not bow to requests from some of its largest shareholders to wait on M&A until after December's special meeting. But in the meantime, it's continuing its barrage on predator Valeant's sales model, which it says will yield a tough Q4.