New owners for American Medical Systems

Endo International bought Minnetonka-based American Medical Systems Holdings in June 2011 for $2.7 billion. American Medical Systems makes devices for the diagnosis and treatment of erectile dysfunction and incontinence.

On March 2, Boston Scientific Corp. announced that it would buy the American Medical Systems urology portfolio from Endo International for $1.6 billion in cash and up to $50 million more in milestone payments.

Michael Weinstein, who covers Boston Scientific for J.P. Morgan, reiterated his "overweight" rating on Boston Scientific and estimates that American Medical Systems will add 4 to 6 percent to Boston Scientific's earnings despite not growing as fast as Boston Scientific's existing urology line.

Weinstein wrote in a research report that sales at the AMS business had been growing in the 2 to 3 percent range over the past few years compared with the approximately 6 percent rate of Boston Scientific's urology line. "Management stated that they expect to recognize sales synergies from the deal which will benefit AMS sales over time," Weinstein wrote.

Patrick Kennedy

Upgrades for Xcel Energy and Otter Tail

Robert W. Baird analyst David Parker has raised his ratings on Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. and Fergus Falls-based Otter Tail Corp. Parker moved both companies from "neutral" to "outperform" last week.

Xcel Energy also got an upgrade from analyst Daniel Ford at Barclays, who moved Xcel from "equal weight" to "overweight."

Patrick Kennedy

Shareholders winners in Imation proxy fight?

On Thursday, activist investors the Clinton Group filed a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission proposing three candidates for the board of directors at Oakdale-based Imation Corp. The proxy fight has been anticipated since the Clinton Group sent a letter to the Imation board back in December proposing their board candidates.

In addition to advising Imation shareholders to vote for its director candidates, the Clinton Group is also advising shareholders to vote down the say-on-pay proposal on executive compensation at Imation.

Eric Martinuzzi, an analyst with Lake Street Capital Markets, thinks shareholders will ultimately benefit. He didn't pick sides but summarized both positions in a research note. "We also see untapped value in Imation stock and believe long-term shareholders should benefit, regardless of who wins the proxy contest."

Patrick Kennedy