No Decisions Yet In Perrigo's Disputes With Ireland, US Over Tax Questions From Elan Merger
A court in Dublin has considered Perirrgo's challenge to Ireland tax authorities' ’ 2018 order to pay $1.9bn additional taxes from its 2013 acquisition of Elan that established it as an Irish firm. “We're just probably within 6 months now that we should get some kind of an answer in that regard,” says CEO Murray Kessler.
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Even though consumer health products and Rx generics manufacturer reported $92.2m net Q3 income after losing $67.5m a year ago, investors apparently reacted more strongly to its latest tax dispute. Its share price closed down 6.7% at $50.51 on trading at twice the stock's average volume.
Perrigo appeals tax assessment Ireland levied in late December on Rx ingredient royalty rights firm gained when it became incorporated in Dublin but no longer owns, Analysts allowed President and CEO Murray Kessler. benefit of doubt he'll lead Perrigo out of prolonged slump when he joined firm in November after extensive executive experience with tobacco firms and in other consumer goods markets, but they're more circumspect about its chances of prevailing in Irish tax disagreement.
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.