UPDATE 2-Citron publishes no new allegations against Valeant, shares rise

Mon Nov 2, 2015 2:29pm EST
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(Rewrites, adds background on Valeant, Left comments on CNBC)

NEW YORK Nov 2 (Reuters) - Influential short-selling firm Citron Research did not publish new allegations against Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc on Monday as many investors had anticipated, giving the beleaguered shares of the Canadian drugmaker a boost.

Citron had promised in a tweet on Friday to "update" the story on Monday, following on from its scathing report in October that alleged accounting improprieties in a network of specialty pharmacies, including Philidor Rx, that Valeant used to distribute its drugs. (twitter.com/CitronResearch)

"Valeant's operation is far 'dirtier' than just Philidor," Citron said in Monday's report, but did not make any further allegations, saying instead that "our work is done here."

"We are passing all new information on to the mainstream media investigative reports, whose legal teams are far deeper than those at Citron," the report said.

Shares of Valeant jumped in early New York trading, and were up 8 percent by mid-afternoon, at $101.24. Valeant shares have fallen from a peak of $260 in August.

Citron's initial Oct. 21 report had sent the stock down as much as 40 percent in one session, and Friday's tweet took another 10 percent off Valeant shares.

The firm initially tweeted that it was going to release another explosive report on the embattled drug giant during a four-hour conference call by billionaire investor William Ackman on Friday, where he defended his position in Valeant.

Citron is overseen by Andrew Left, who is among a small group of short-sellers who publish free reports on firms they claim are overvalued or engaged in fraud.   Continued...