UPDATE: BMO Capital Downgrades Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. (AKCA) to Market Perform

August 31, 2020 4:04 PM EDT
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(Updated - August 31, 2020 4:04 PM EDT)

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BMO Capital analyst Do Kim downgraded Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKCA) from Outperform to Market Perform with a price target of $18.15 (from $26.00).

THe analyst comments "Ionis/Akcea announced that Ionis will acquire the remaining 24% of Akcea's shares outstanding ($18.15/share) in a $500mn merger transaction ($2B valuation). We believe the acquisition makes strategic sense, leveraging Akcea's existing relationships and commercial infrastructure, as Ionis expands its wholly owned pipeline. We believe Akcea as the commercial arm will drive long-term growth, as Ionis develops assets further into late-stage development and commercialization, creating more value for retained assets. We lower our target price to $18.15 from $26 and downgrade AKCA shares to Market Perform from Outperform, as we expect the acquisition to complete with no competing bidders."

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Shares of Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. closed at $11.38 yesterday.

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