Deutsche weighs impact on Valeant should Salix be sold
Deutsche Bank analyst Gregg Gilbert hopes to hear closure soon on a potential sale of Salix by Valeant Pharmaceuticals. While a sale is not a "no-brainer" given the unit's growth and durability, a deal could improve Valeant's debt situation and add to its value, Gilbert tells investors in a research note. His preliminary analysis suggests that a sale of Salix for $10B coupled with de-levering would be "significantly" dilutive to earnings but accretive to Valeant's value. His analysis yields earnings dilution of 26%-27% in 2018- 2021 and an increase in the company's theoretical discounted cash flow value to $32 from $24. Gilbert continues to like the near-term setup in shares of Valeant but keeps a Hold rating on the shares with a $24 price target. The pharmaceutical closed yesterday up 44c to $17.44.