Needham & Company Upgrades Warner Chilcott (WCRX) to Buy

August 9, 2012 8:16 AM EDT
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Price: $22.93 --0%

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    Up: 35 | Down: 31 | New: 11
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Needham & Company upgraded Warner Chilcott (NASDAQ: WCRX) from Hold to Buy with a price target of $20.00.

“Our thesis is simple,” said analyst Elliot Wilbur, “investors are getting paid substantially, 24% cash money by the end of 3Q12, to bank on management over the next 12-18 months. While trusting management to do a deal and reduce intermediate-term revenue cliff concerns has been a value trap for years, WCRX’s declaration of a new special dividend doesn’t change the acquisition landscape, in our view, or dramatically alter WCRX’s financial flexibility in terms of executing a deal, although it clearly reduces the size potential of any transaction over the next 12 months.”

Wilbur thinks the new $0.50 regular dividend vaults WCRX into the dividend play category and, combined a $25 million share repurchase, should provide significant downside support to offset multiple contraction or EPS erosion.

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Shares of Warner Chilcott closed at $16.54 yesterday.

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