Pharma Stock Roundup: J&J to Buy Actelion, Bristol-Myers' 4Q Results Disappoint

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Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson JNJ and Swiss company Actelion finally announced an agreement under which J&J will acquire Actelion for about $30 billion. Meanwhile, companies like J&J (Read more: J&J Q4 Earnings Top; Seeks Options for Diabetes Unit ), Novartis (Read more: Novartis Beats Q4 Earnings, Might Spin-Off Alcon ) and Bristol-Myers BMY reported fourth quarter results this week.

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J&J to Buy Actelion: After weeks of discussion, J&J has agreed to shell out $280 per share to acquire Actelion in a deal scheduled to close in the second quarter of the year. The transaction also involves the spin-off of Actelion's R&D unit into a new standalone Switzerland-based company.

With this acquisition, J&J will gain access to Actelion's specialty in-market medicines and late-stage products -- Actelion has a strong presence in the pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) market. The deal is expected to be immediately accretive with J&J expecting earnings to be boosted by 35-40 cents in the first full year. Meanwhile, the deal is expected to boost J&J's long-term revenue growth rate by at least 1% and long-term earnings growth rate by 1.5% - 2% above current analyst consensus.

Bristol-Myers Misses on Earnings, Cuts View: Bristol-Myers' fourth quarter results were disappointing with the company missing on earnings and lowering its adjusted earnings outlook as well (Read more: Bristol-Myers Misses on Q4 Earnings, Beats on Sales ). Shares were under pressure on concerns regarding the future prospects for Opdivo growth as well as the Opdivo-Yervoy combination for first-line lung cancer -- last week, Bristol-Myers had announced that it would not seek an accelerated regulatory pathway for the combination (Read more: Bristol-Myers to Not Seek Accelerated Approval for Opdivo+Yervoy ). Competition has also increased for the second-line lung business mainly due to the entry of Tecentriq. Bristol-Myers has underperformed the Zacks categorized Large Cap Pharmaceuticals industry over the last one year with shares declining 25.3% compared to the industry decline of 3.7%.

Pediatric Exclusivity for AstraZeneca Drug: AstraZeneca AZN got a boost with the FDA granting six months of pediatric exclusivity to the company's respiratory treatment, Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol) inhalation aerosol. Pediatric exclusivity means that the company will enjoy six additional months of Symbicort sales without facing competition from generics. Symbicort sales were $2.2 billion in the first nine months of 2016 with sales in the U.S. being impacted by a competitive environment.

Merck, BMY Settle Patent Litigation: Merck MRK , Ono and Bristol-Myers settled a worldwide patent infringement lawsuit regarding the use of an anti-PD-1 antibody for the treatment of cancer. With the case being settled, Merck will make a one-time payment of $625 million to Bristol-Myers and will also give royalties on global sales of Keytruda (Read more: Bristol-Myers Settles Litigation with Merck for Keytruda ).


Large Cap Pharmaceuticals Industry 5YR % Return

Large Cap Pharmaceuticals Industry 5YR % Return

The NYSE ARCA Pharmaceutical Index declined 1.6% over the last five trading days with almost all major pharma stocks losing ground. Merck was up 1.4% while Bristol-Myers declined 15.6%. Over the last six months, Merck gained 4.9% while Bristol-Myers declined 37.6%.

What's Next in the Pharma World?

Watch out for earnings results from companies like Pfizer PFE , Merck, Lilly LLY , AstraZeneca and Glaxo GSK which will be reporting next week. Both Lilly and Glaxo are Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stocks. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .

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