UPDATE 1-RESEARCH ALERT-Jefferies cuts Biogen Idec price target

giovedì 13 dicembre 2007 14:18

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 Dec 13 (Reuters) - Jefferies and Co cut Biogen Idec Inc's
(BIIB.O: Quotazione) price target to $52 from $73 and said it was backing
out its assigned acquisition premium, and reverting back to its
previous valuation, following the company's announcement that
it planned to remain independent after receving no takeover
 On Wednesday, the biotechnology firm ended its own auction
after failing to get any bidders. Biogen, which has been
wrestling with slowing growth for its flagship multiple
sclerosis drug, Avonex, put itself up for sale in October.
 Shares of the company were down more than 28 percent at
$54, after closing at $75.88 Wednesday on the Nasdaq.
 "With no bidders emerging, BIIB will again trade on its own
fundamentals, which we find unimpressive," the brokerage said
in a research note.
 Biogen also reiterated its financial outlook for 2007. It
said it aimed to increase earnings per share from 2007 through
2010 at a 25 percent compound annual growth rate.
 "We believe management's long-term guidance is overly
aggressive and unlikely to be achieved," Jefferies said.
 (Reporting by Sreerupa Mitra in Bangalore; Editing by Amitha