Analysts weigh in on Tesaro buyout value amid report of Roche interest
According to a report by Intereconomia, Roche (RHHBY) is working with Citibank on a potential acquisition of Tesaro (TSRO). While both companies are not commenting on the article, Citi analyst Robyn Karnauskas said Tesaro could be valued at $140-$213 per share in an M&A situation, while her peer at Suntrust sees a potential buyout value range of $109-$196. INTERECONOMIA REPORT: Spanish media group Intereconomia reported that Roche, following its acquisition of Foundation Medicine (FMI), is working with Citibank on a potential deal to buy Tesaro. Earlier this month Tesaro entered into a clinical collaboration with Roche unit Genentech to evaluate the combination of the PD-L1 antibody atezolizumab. Intereconomia, citing sources close to the situation, added that Roche could announce the acquisition of Tesaro in the coming days. Contacted by The Fly, Tesaro said it does not "comment on market rumors," while Roche gave a similar answer to Bloomberg. TESARO TAKEOUT VALUE: In a research note to investors this morning, Citi's Karnauskas said that her M&A analysis for Tesaro suggests the company could be valued at $140-$213 per share in a takeover scenario. Karnauskas noted, however, that she does not assign any value to Zeluja expansion opportunities in platinum resistant ovarian cancer and metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer. The analyst reiterated a Buy rating and $100 price target on Tesaro shares. Meanwhile, SunTrust analyst Peter Lawson told investors that his takeover analysis suggests a potential buyout value of $153 per share for Tesaro, with a range of $109-$196. The analyst argued that Intereconomia's report could also be a potential positive for the biotechnology space, mainly Clovis Oncology (CLVS) and oncology peers. Lawson reiterated a Buy rating and $150 price target on Tesaro's shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, shares of Tesaro have gained almost 15% to $45.92, while Roche's stock has advanced over 2% to $27.11 and Clovis shares are up 5% to $48.10.