Category: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.

Report: AstraZeneca funnels billions into Dutch tax-avoidance scheme

AstraZeneca ($AZN) is not the first company to employ questionable tax-planning strategies, and it certainly won’t be the last. But the U.K.-based drugmaker is the latest poster child for tax avoidance. As The Guardian reports, AstraZeneca funneled billions of dollars into the Netherlands to get out of paying corporate taxes… – Continue reading

Valeant’s latest tax-cutting tactic, courtesy of Luxembourg

Valeant is famous for wringing cost savings out of its buyouts, and its tax-advantaged Canadian domicile helps on that front. Now, it’s leveraging another address to pare down Salix’s tax bill by more than $560 million. But how? According to documents seen by The Wall Street Journal, the strategy used… – Continue reading

Tax Savings Drove Valeant, Burger King Deals, Senate Report Says

Tax savings drove the acquisition strategy of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and led to Burger King’s move to Canada, according to a U.S. Senate committee report. Taxes appear to be much more important to the deals than the companies say, according to an advance copy of the report and testimony… – Continue reading

Look Out, Washington: Goldman-Busting Senate Panel Now Sets Sights on Government

A U.S. Senate investigative subcommittee, which has used its power for more than a decade to scrutinize corporations and financial institutions for wrongdoing, is shifting its focus to keeping tabs on the government. The U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is slated to hold its first hearing under new leadership… – Continue reading

Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Concordia Healthcare zoom ahead of U.S. peers

Canada’s health-care stocks are sizzling, as Concordia Healthcare Corp. and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.’s buy-and-streamline strategy has pushed the industry’s earnings and margins ahead of U.S. peers. The drugmakers are the two top-performing stocks in the Canadian equity benchmark this year, boosting total returns for the members of the Standard… – Continue reading

Valeant Pharma raises bid for Salix

NEW YORK — Faced with the prospect of letting another deal slip through its fingers, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International substantially increased its bid for Salix Pharmaceuticals on Monday, putting a quick end to a bidding war with Endo International. Valeant said it would now pay about $11bn, or $173 a share,… – Continue reading

Tax System Gives Edge To Foreign Buys Of U.S. Firms

The Treasury Department’s crackdown on tax inversions last year has slowed but not stopped the movement of U.S. headquarters abroad as American businesses try to reduce tax bills and foreign firms seek to grow. Indeed, with U.S. companies now virtually barred from relocating overseas in order to trim taxes, the… – Continue reading

Doubts mount about Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ tax structures

MONTREAL – The disclosure by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. that it is under audit by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service is raising further doubts among tax specialists about the future of the Quebec-based drug company’s tax strategies. Valeant estimates it has achieved US$2.5-billion in tax and other “corporate structure” savings… – Continue reading

Billionaire Eugene Melnyk: I’m a ‘whistleblower’ on tax allegations against Valeant

MONTREAL • Eugene Melnyk, the billionaire owner of the Ottawa Senators and founder of drug maker Biovail Corp., is waging war against the company that now controls his one-time business. Mr. Melnyk alleges that Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is masquerading as a Canadian company to make use of this country’s… – Continue reading