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Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE:VRX) Stock current Trends Analysis

15 March 2017

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. stock slumped to the lowest since 2009 after Bill Ackman, once its biggest champion, exited the drugmaker at a loss.

Moreover, Ackman's fund had invested into Valeant Pharmaceuticals when the stock was trading near $190 a share and then the stock surged to $260 a share during the summer of 2015.

Other major USA activist investors such as Paulson & Co, ValueAct Capital Management and Davis Selected Advisers remain among the five largest Valeant shareholders; between them controlling more than 12 per cent of the company. The company priced a secondary stock offering of 30 million shares at $0.50 a share this morning. In recent months the company has been mired in scandal, the subject of drug-pricing investigations and improper accounting allegations. The company made a handful of key bolt-on acquisitions, buying Coria Laboratories, Australia's DermaTech, Dow Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mexico's Tecnofarma and Aton Pharmaceuticals. Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management sank some $3.2 billion into the company in 2015. They now have a hold rating on the specialty pharmaceutical company's stock. According to them, the median (average) EPS the company could deliver is 0.91/share.

Many Analysts provided their foresight on Revenue Estimates of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. where they believe that the company has the potential to earn average revenue of $2.17 Billion for the current quarter. "We continue to need to address legacy issues, including negative press coverage, litigation and talent retention and severance", CEO and chairman Joseph Papa tells investors on a conference call. The billionaire is supposedly leaving the multinational specialty pharmaceutical company with a loss of over US$3 billion (AU$3.97 billion) after trying to rescue Valeant for some 18 months.

Ackman first bought Valeant as a passive investment, saying he was happy with management.

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"The hits just keep comin' for Valeant", Gimme Credit LLC bond analyst Vicki Bryan, who advises selling the bonds, said in a note to clients.

According to Bloomberg, Valeant's investment has been one of the worst decisions of Ackman, losing almost $4 million. Finally, Okumus Fund Management Ltd. raised its stake in shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl by 14.0% in the second quarter.

Valeant cuts ties with mail-order pharmacy company Philidor, after a report from Citron Research accused the company of "fraud."

In its 2015 annual report, Pershing Square Capital admits that its net asset value has fallen by 20.5%, compared to net returns of 40% in the year-prior.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE:VRX) Stock current Trends Analysis