Perrigo CEO Takes Faith In Rx Generics Business To Exit Door With Him
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet
Private label OTC business is likely to be strengthened as Perrigo’s core, as CEO Hendrickson announces retirement shortly after hedge fund investor Starboard Value, pushing to divest the Rx business, built a five-seat block on Perrigo's board.
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Perrigo reports 4% Q2 sales growth for OTC drugs in the Americas region was offset by nearly 15% drop in infant formula sale. Total consumer sales in the Americas slipped 2.5% to $582m, but CEO Murray Kessler says brighter days are ahead on benefits from Ranir oral care acquisition.
The OTC drug private label giant's share price increased as much as 5% in heavy trading May 31 after the release a day earlier of its complete 2017 first-quarter earnings statement and its announcement of $1.4bn in tender offers for credit notes due starting in 2021.
The firm is reducing its non-production workforce by 750, a decision made after three representatives of disgruntled investor Starboard Value joined its board. Perrigo charts a course of recovery for its struggling international consumer health business, but some analysts are convinced it took a wrong turn with its 2015 investment in European OTC drug and nutritional product businesses and brands.