Jefferies Reiterates Buy on AbbVie (ABBV) After Meeting with Management

October 5, 2016 7:53 AM EDT
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Jefferies reiterated a Buy rating and $90.00 price target on Abbvie (NYSE: ABBV) after meeting with management. Management expects that the court date for litigation with Amgen should be announced before year end and to expect this to run for at least 3 to 3.5 years before any initial rulings are made. The company is also confident that the business can drive revenue and EPS growth above its peers going forward, driven by strong volume growth for Humira, new product launches and margin expansion.

Analyst Jeffrey Holford commented, "We met with the CEO, CFO and CSO of AbbVie yesterday. Our take is that the next 12 months should see significant visibility emerge on the timeline for Humira biosimilars with the earliest potential US launches being post-2020. Meanwhile the largely de-risked late-stage pipeline continues to gather momentum, giving us increasing confidence that the business can grow through and beyond the eventual introduction of Humira biosimilars."

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Shares of Abbvie closed at $63.00 yesterday.

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