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Allergan Shares Drop 3.7% After Forecast Misses Estimates

October 26, 2011

(Updates shares in the first and second paragraphs.)

Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Allergan Inc., the maker of wrinkle- smoothing Botox, fell 3.7 percent after the company projected annual sales and fourth-quarter profit that would fall short of analyst estimates.

Allergan dropped to $83.74 at the close of New York trading for its biggest one-day decline since Aug. 10. The Irvine, California-based company said in a statement today that it expects fourth-quarter earnings excluding one-time items of 97 cents to 99 cents. That’s below the $1.01 average estimate of 22 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

The company’s projection for net product sales of as much as $5.37 billion this year also was less than analyst expectations of $5.42 billion. Third-quarter profit excluding one-time items of 92 cents a share was a penny above estimates, helped by growing use of Botox as a migraine treatment.

“For a stock with high expectations, it’s not surprising it’s down a little bit, with their Q4 guidance coming in below consensus,” said Corey Davis, a Jefferies & Co. analyst in New York, in an e-mail. He rates the shares a “hold.”

The shares have gained 22 percent this year.

--Editors: Angela Zimm, Bruce Rule

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Nussbaum in New York anussbaum1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reg Gale at Rgale5@bloomberg.net


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