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Perrigo Plunges on $1.9B Tax Bill From Irish Government

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Perrigo Company plc (PRGO - Free Report) announced that the Irish Office of the Revenue Commissioners has issued a Notice of Amended Assessment for a tax liability of $1.9 billion (€1.636 billion) related to Elan Pharma, the entity which Perrigo acquired in 2013.

Shares of the company plunged almost 30% on Dec 21, following the news of such huge tax liability. Perrigo’s shares are down 57.5% so far this year compared with the industry’s decline of 9.2%.

The company is planning to file an appeal with the Irish revenue department. Perrigo strongly disagrees with the assessment and stated that no payment is required until all proceedings are complete.  The proceedings are expected to take a few years to complete.

The notice from the Irish government stated that Elan Pharma is liable to pay the said tax amount related to the sale of Tysabri intellectual property and related assets to Biogen (BIIB - Free Report) in 2013. Elan was eligible to receive an upfront payment and future contingent payments from Biogen, which were recognized as trading income attracting a taxrate of 12.5%.

However, the Irish revenue department stated in the notice that the sale related to Tysabri should be considered as chargeable gains subject to ahigher tax rate of 33%. This led to a massive tax bill for Perrigo.

Perrigo has asked the Irish revenue department for clarification and additional documents in support of the bill. However, the authority has communicated to Perrigo thatno further information will be provided related to this tax bill and the latter should file an appeal by Dec 28, 2018.

Zacks Ranks & Stocks to Consider

Perrigo is a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) stock.

Some better-ranked stocks from the pharma space are Haemonetics Corporation (HAE - Free Report) and AtriCure, Inc. (ATRC - Free Report) , each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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