Endo International plc – Ordinary Shares (NASDAQ:ENDP) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a joint motion in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California seeking the entry of a ten-year Stipulated Order for Permanent Injunction. The Stipulated Order resolves all disputes between the FTC and Endo relating to the patent infringement settlements Endo entered into in connection with its Opana® ER and Lidoderm® products. It also resolves the FTC’s claims against Endo’s subsidiary Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. in the action FTC v. Actavis, Inc., et al. pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
The FTC first asserted claims against Endo and certain generics manufacturers relating to the Opana® ER and Lidoderm® patent settlements in March 2016. The FTC’s complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleged that certain aspects of the Opana® ER and Lidoderm® settlements constituted unfair methods of competition in violation of federal law and sought injunctive and declaratory relief, as well as other remedies including restitution and disgorgement. The FTC voluntarily dismissed its lawsuit in October 2016 but stated its intention to refile elsewhere. Endo subsequently filed declaratory judgment actions against the FTC in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania seeking rulings on, among other things, whether the FTC has the statutory authority to initiate litigation against Endo in federal court with respect to the settlements and whether the FTC is able to seek disgorgement. The FTC today re-filed claims against Endo and other defendants in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and also filed the Stipulated Order dismissing the claims against Endo.
Under the Stipulated Order, Endo will make no monetary payment to the FTC and will dismiss its claims in the declaratory judgment actions. The FTC has agreed that the prior dismissal of its claims against Endo in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will be treated as being with prejudice, that it will bring no other claims against Endo arising from the Opana® ER and Lidoderm® settlements and that it will also dismiss with prejudice its claims against Par in FTC v. Actavis, Inc., et al.
Endo made no admission of liability in the Stipulated Order and agreed to certain covenants relating to the future settlement of patent infringement litigation for a period of 10 years. These covenants, which are consistent with Endo’s current practices in settling patent infringement cases, include a prohibition on agreements that prevent the marketing of authorized generic products or that involve payments to generics manufacturers in connection with delaying the market entry of their products. The Stipulated Order also requires the FTC to consider in good faith any requested modifications proposed by Endo in the event of a material change in the law governing the antitrust implications of patent infringement settlements.
“Endo is extremely pleased with the FTC settlement. We believe the absence from the Stipulated Order of any requirement that Endo make payment to the FTC, as well as the absence of any admissions of liability by Endo, are consistent with the Company’s position that the Lidoderm® and Opana® ER settlements fully complied with the law both at the time they were executed and today,” said Matthew J. Maletta, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Endo. “We further believe that the covenants in the Stipulated Order relating to future patent infringement settlements align with how Endo currently approaches such settlements and with general pharmaceutical industry practices following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in FTC v. Actavis.” (Original Source)
Shares of Endo are currently trading at $12.11, down $0.23 or -1.86%. ENDP has a 1-year high of $61.14 and a 1-year low of $11.52. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $15.42 and its 200-day moving average is $18.42.
On the ratings front, ENDP stock has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on January 20, J.P. Morgan analyst Chris Schott downgraded ENDP to Hold, with a price target of $20, which implies an upside of 63% from current levels. Separately, on January 5, Citigroup’s Liav Abraham downgraded the stock to Hold and has a price target of $20.
According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Chris Schott and Liav Abraham have a yearly average loss of -0.5% and a return of 11.7% respectively. Schott has a success rate of 42% and is ranked #3136 out of 4361 analysts, while Abraham has a success rate of 51% and is ranked #731.
Overall, 5 research analysts have assigned a Hold rating and 2 research analysts have given a Buy rating to the stock. When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $22.50 which is 83% above where the stock opened today.
Endo International Plc operates as a pharmaceutical company. It focuses on developing, manufacturing, and distributing of branded and generic pharmaceutical products. It operates through the following segments U.S. Branded Pharmaceuticals, U.S. Generic pharmaceuticals, Devices, and International Pharmaceuticals. The U.S. Branded Pharmaceuticals offers products that focus on the treatment and management of conditions in urology, urologic oncology, endocrinology, and orthopedics. The U.S. Generic pharmaceuticals segment consist of a differentiated product portfolio including high-barrier-to-entry products, first-to-file or first-to-market opportunities that are difficult to formulate, difficult to manufacture or face complex legal and regulatory challenges. The Devices segment offers medical devices that deliver innovative medical technology solutions to physicians treating female incontinence and pelvic floor repair. The International Pharmaceuticals segment includes a variety of pharmaceutical products for the Canadian, Latin American, South African, and world markets.