Stock Update (NYSE:VRX): Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc Announces The Addition Of Sarah B. Kavanagh To Its Board Of Directors

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Ms. Sarah B. Kavanagh to serve as a director of the Board, effective July 22, 2016. With these changes, Valeant has increased the size of its board to 12 members, 11 of whom are independent.

“We are pleased that Sarah has agreed to join Valeant’s board,” said Joseph C. Papa, chairman and chief executive officer. “We want to ensure that Valeant’s board is a balanced group of individuals with complementary perspectives and expertise.  As a Canadian based company, Sarah’s broad experience in corporate finance and securities administration matters in Canada makes her an ideal addition to our Board of Directors.”

From June 2011 through May 2016, Ms. Kavanagh served as a Commissioner, and since 2014 as Chair of the Audit Committee, at the Ontario Securities Commission.  She is currently a director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Hudbay Minerals Inc. and a Trustee and Chair of the Compensation and Governance Committee of WPT Industrial REIT.  In addition to her public company directorships, she is a director and Chair of the Audit Committee at the American Stock Transfer & Trust Company LLC and the Canadian Stock Transfer Company, a director and Chair of the Audit and Investment Committee of Sustainable Development Technology Canada and a director of Canadian Tire Bank.  Between 1999 and 2010, Ms. Kavanagh served in various senior investment banking roles at Scotia Capital Inc., including Vice-Chair and Co-Head of Diversified Industries Group, Head of Equity Capital Markets, Head of Investment Banking.  Prior to Scotia Capital, Sarah held several senior financial positions with operating companies.  She started her career as an investment banker with a bulge bracket firm in NY. Ms. Kavanagh graduated from Harvard Business School with a Masters of Business Administration and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Williams College.  Ms. Kavanagh also completed the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors in May 2011. (Original Source)

Shares of Valeant closed yesterday at $23.13, down $0.36 or -1.53%. VRX has a 1-year high of $263.81 and a 1-year low of $18.55. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $22.53 and its 200-day moving average is $45.10.

On the ratings front, Valeant has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on July 26, BMO analyst Gary Nachman reiterated a Hold rating on VRX, with a price target of $26, which implies an upside of 12.4% from current levels. Separately, on July 25, Rodman & Renshaw’s Ram Selvaraju reiterated a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $90.

According to, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Gary Nachman and Ram Selvaraju have a total average return of 16.9% and -2.3% respectively. Nachman has a success rate of 81.5% and is ranked #400 out of 4010 analysts, while Selvaraju has a success rate of 41.0% and is ranked #3603.

Overall, 3 research analysts have rated the stock with a Sell rating, 9 research analysts have assigned a Hold rating and 5 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 $37.50 which is 62.1% above where the stock closed yesterday.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. is a multinational specialty pharmaceutical company that develops manufactures and markets a broad range of pharmaceutical products primarily in the areas of dermatology, eye health, neurology, and branded generics. The company operates through two operating and reportable segments: (i) Developed Markets and (ii) Emerging Markets. The Developed Markets segment consists of (i) sales in the U.S. of pharmaceutical products, OTC products, and medical device products, as well as alliance and contract service revenues, in the areas of eye health, dermatology and podiatry, aesthetics and dentistry, (ii) sales in the U.S. of pharmaceutical products indicated for the treatment of neurological and other diseases, as well as alliance revenue from the licensing of various products it developed or acquired, and (iii) pharmaceutical products, OTC products, and medical device products sold in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Western Europe and Japan. The Emerging Markets segment consists of branded generic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceuticals, OTC products, and medical device products. Products are sold primarily in Central and Eastern Europe (primarily Poland and Russia), Asia, Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina and exports out of Mexico to other Latin American markets), Africa and the Middle East. 

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