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RHHBY

Roche

$0.00

(0.00%)

, ONCE

Spark Therapeutics

$111.40

0.73 (0.66%)

05:10
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05:10
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05:10

Roche, Spark Therapeutics withdraw, refile premerger notification

Roche (RHHBY) and Spark Therapeutics (ONCE) announced that Roche has withdrawn its Premerger Notification and Report Form under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act in connection with Roche's pending acquisition of Spark pursuant to its previously announced tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Spark for $114.50 per Share, net to the seller thereof in cash, without interest and subject to any withholding taxes required by applicable law and upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase dated March 7. The review of the transaction is ongoing, and the parties are actively working with the government to facilitate that process. In order to provide the government with additional time to complete its current review, Roche has elected to withdraw and refile the Premerger Notification and Report Form under the HSR Act. Roche and Spark intend to refile their respective Premerger Notification and Report Forms on or about May 9. Following the refiling by Roche, the waiting period applicable to the pending acquisition will expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on or about May 24, but this period may be shortened if the government grants "early termination" of the waiting period, or it may change if Roche voluntarily withdraws and Roche refiles its Premerger Notification and Report Forms in order to restart the 15-day waiting period or if the reviewing agency issues a formal request for additional information and documentary material. Closing of the Offer is conditioned upon, among other customary closing conditions, the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. As a result of the withdrawal and refiling of the Premerger Notification and Report Form, the conditions to the Offer are not expected to be satisfied at the currently scheduled expiration of the tender offer. Therefore, Roche is extending the offering period of the Offer, which was previously scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of Thursday, May 2, until 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Monday, June 3, unless it is extended further under the circumstances set forth in the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated February 22, by and among Roche Holdings, Inc., 022019 Merger Subsidiary, Inc., and Spark. All terms and conditions of the Offer shall remain unchanged during the extended period.

RHHBY

Roche

$0.00

(0.00%)

ONCE

Spark Therapeutics

$111.40

0.73 (0.66%)

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BMOC
04/22/19
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Target $96
BMOC
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Ionis Pharmaceuticals price target raised to $96 from $82 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst Do Kim raised his price target on Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS) to $96 and kept his outperform rating after including the risk-adjusted royalties for HTT-Rx in his model as part of the update on its partnership with Roche (RHHBY) disclosed last month. The analyst notes that the stock price has started to reflect the company's Huntington's disease opportunity based on the "potential for an accelerated path with Phase 2 data" and believes that his HTT-Rx projections could prove to be "conservative".
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04/17/19
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WELS
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Ionis pullback on Roche update a buying opportunity, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Jim Birchenough reiterated his Outperform rating on Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS) following an update today from partner Roche (RHHBY) on its HTT-ASO program for Huntington's disease, stating that he believes the update continues to support potential for accelerated approval filing pending efficacy data that should be updated by year end. When asked during its earnings call about the specific filing strategy of using phase 1 OLE data in comparison to the natural history data, Roche made no comment beyond reiterating that the company will get data, share data with regulators, and work on the fastest way to bring the therapy to patients, said Birchenough. The analyst, who recommends buying Ionis on weakness, added that Roche noted that the company has had initial promising discussion with regulators.
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WELS
Wells says Ionis weakness on Roche Huntington's update a buying opportunity
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MSCO
04/10/19
DOWNGRADE
MSCO
Underweight
Novartis downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Mark Purcell downgraded Novartis (NVS) to Underweight from Equal Weight and lowered his price target for the shares to 80 francs. The spinoff of Alcon will put more attention on the generics risk Novartis faces in its pharma business, Purcell tells investors in a research note. The analyst believes this generic pressure is not priced into shares of Novartis. His top pick remains Roche (RHHBY).
ONCE Spark Therapeutics
$111.40

0.73 (0.66%)

03/25/19
LEHM
03/25/19
DOWNGRADE
Target $115
LEHM
Equal Weight
Spark Therapeutics downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Gena Wang downgraded Spark Therapeutics to Equal Weight from Overweight while raising her price target for the shares to $115 from $74. The analyst cites the pending takeover by Roche (RHHBY) for the downgrade.
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DOWNGRADE
WBLR
Market Perform
William Blair downgrades Spark after filing points to competitive bid process
William Blair analyst Raju Prasad downgraded Spark Therapeutics (ONCE) to Market Perform from Outperform following the filing of its Schedule 14D-9 form that included a summary on the background of the merger agreement with Roche (RHHBY). The filing describes a competitive process that resulted in the final price and furthers the likelihood of the deal closing, Prasad tells investors.
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03/07/19
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WBLR
Market Perform
Spark Therapeutics downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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STFL
02/27/19
DOWNGRADE
Target $114.5
STFL
Hold
Spark Therapeutics downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
Stifel analyst Stephen Willey downgraded Spark Therapeutics (ONCE) to Hold from Buy and raised his price target on the stock to $114.50 from $65 to reflect the company's agreement to be acquired by Roche (RHHBY). Willey, who thinks the all-cash offer represents a highly attractive outcome for Spark shareholders and that the company represents a solid strategic fit for Roche, does not expect to see a better competitive offer emerge and expects a timely closing.

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