"Read believes the most likely scenario to be a sale of Nutritionals and an IPO/split-off of Animal Health," wrote Rubin, who added that the company could boost earnings per share by using proceeds from the deals for share buybacks.
In a split, Pfizer would be more focused on its growth oriented pharmaceuticals business and a stable generics business, argues Rubin, who sees the moves netting Pfizer 18 cents a share in EPS.
A second step would then be a rationalization of Pfizer's organizational structure after the disposals, with efficiency efforts likely to wrench out a $26 a share stock value that puts Pfizer on Goldman Sachs' "America's conviction buy list."
The final step, a full split of Pfizer's drugs businesses, could come in two to three years' time, with the possibility that the moves drive $5.7 billion in additional sales, adding 93 cents to earnings per share, according to Rubin.In December 2010, Ian Read took over as CEO of Pfizer after the retirement of Jeffrey Kindler, and has led sweeping change. The company has revamped its drug R&D processes, launched dividend and share buyback increases and announced multi-billion dollar sale and spinoff efforts. "In our view,