Mylan settlement does not end EpiPen issue, says Wells Fargo
In a research note titled "Forget After Hrs. Quarterbacking - It is Not Back to Normal," Wells Fargo analyst David Maris says Mylan questions still remain after the company's lowered 2016 outlook and $465M Department of Justice settlement. One of Mylan's earnings levers, EpiPen pricing, is now off the table going forward, Maris tells investors in a research note. The analyst disagrees with investors that think the settlement puts the EpiPen pricing issue largely behind the company. The deal with the DOJ addresses only the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services portion of the issue, it does nothing to answer the original issue of EpiPen pricing and consumers, Maris contends. He points out that Mylan also disclosed in Friday's regulatory filing, but not in its press release, an SEC investigation by the Division of Enforcement. Maris says he's "not too excited" and doesn't gauge how good the news is by the after-hours share rally of 10%. He believes Mylan is "not back to normal" and keeps a Market Perform rating on the stock with a $43-$45 price target range. The shares are up 12% in pre-market trading to $40.35. Raymond James this morning upgraded Mylan to Strong Buy.