Allergan tops Street 1Q forecasts, deal fuels guidance hike

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Allergan lost $2.57 billion in the first quarter on higher research and development charges and other costs, but results beat expectations and the maker of Botox increased its 2017 forecast.

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The drugmaker said Tuesday that it raised its forecast to reflect contributions from its acquisition of Zeltiq Aesthetics, which makes the CoolSculpting system for reducing fat. Allergan announced the roughly $2.48 billion deal in February as a way to strengthen an aesthetics business that already includes plastic surgery and regenerative treatments.

Allergan PLC raised both ends of its 2017 forecast range by a nickel and now expects full-year adjusted earnings to total $15.85 to $16.35 per share.

Analysts expect, on average $16.03 per share, according to FactSet.

For the first quarter, the Dublin-based company reported earnings adjusted for expenses related to mergers and acquisitions and non-recurring costs of $3.35 per share on $3.57 billion in total revenue.

Analysts expected, on average, earnings of $3.32 per share on $3.53 billion in revenue, according to Zacks Investment Research.

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U.S.-traded shares of Allergan climbed $3.20 to $245.15 in pre-market trading Tuesday.

The stock has climbed 15 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has increased 7 percent.

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