Shares in Elanco Animal Health Inc. slipped as much as 3.3 percent Monday morning after lead managers and other banks involved in its recent initial public offering started coverage on the animal health company.
Investors hope Greenfield-based Elanco—the No. 4 animal health company in the world—will be the next Zoetis, the former animal-health division of Pfizer, which has nearly tripled in value since going public in 2013.
The Greenfield-based animal health unit is gearing up for independence after 65 years as part of drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. But Elanco has been struggling, and top management will have to work hard to stabilize the operation.