Pershing Square's Presentation on Allergan/Valeant: The Outsider ~ market folly

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pershing Square's Presentation on Allergan/Valeant: The Outsider

Bill Ackman's hedge fund firm Pershing Square Capital has released a presentation called "The Outsider" that details perspectives from Allergan's largest shareholder and talks about a potential combination with Valeant Pharmaceuticals (background on Pershing's involvement via that link).

One of the main concepts detailed in the presentation is platform value.  Pershing notes that, "Considerations in valuating this asset include management's ability to (1) identify new acquisitions, (2) execute those acquisitions on reasonable terms, and (3) integrate them effectively."

Though Ackman is newer to the VRX story, other hedge funds are not.  ValueAct Capital has been invested in the name for many years and has seen Valeant do all three of the above time and time again.

This is due in large part to a fantastic management team with CEO Michael Pearson at the helm.  There's a great book on the best capital allocators of our time called The Outsiders, which made Warren Buffett's recommended reading list.  Ackman argues Pearson should be included in that group.

Embedded below is Pershing Square's slide deck on Allergan and Valeant, entitled "The Outsider":

You can download a copy here.

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