Four large healthcare companies are preparing to spin off certain business units over the next 12-18 months and that could be good news for investors. Typically the stocks of newly independent health-care companies have tendencies to outperform the general market, according to Mike Bailey, director of research at FBB Capital Partners.
FBB Capital Partners is based in Bethesda, Md., and has about $1 billion in assets under its umbrella. Bailey discussed all four planned spinoffs in an interview on Sept. 13.
Bailey said he did not really advise clients to hold shares of companies before they spun off the health-care units. “We would probably keep it simple, for tax reasons, and just buy the spun-off companies,” he said.
Of course, after each spinoff is completed, analysts will have a better feel for each independent company’s growth prospects as well as standard measures of value, including price-to-earnings and price-to-sales.
Here are his specific comments about the four companies and the units they plan to spin off.
Healthcare Stock Eli Lilly (LLY) and Elanco (ELAN)
Eli Lilly LLY announced plans to shed about 20% of its Elanco Animal Health business for between $20 and $23 a share, a deal that could raise up to $1.66 billion. The life-sciences leader has previously put plans in place to sell the entire stake later, and Bailey commented that he expects that to happen in 2019.
Zoetis ZTS is a competitor of Elanco and was spun off by pharma trailblazer Pfizer PFE in February 2013, first traded for $31.50 a share. The shares closed at $88.79 on Sept, 12.
Bailey explained that when Pfizer announced its strategy to spin off Zoetis, he didn’t take advantage of the opportunity, and “it seems now that Pfizer was lowballing expectations” for the unit.
While saying it was too early to give an investment opinion about Elanco, he called the industry fundamentals for animal health care “attractive” and added: “If they can copy what ZTS has done, with margin expansion and a few deals, you probably have potential upside. There is certainly a case that Elanco can do what Zoetis did.”
Healthcare Stock Novartis (NVS) and Alcon (ACL)
Novartis said that it too plans to spin off assets; specifically its Alcon eye-care business during the first quarter of 2019. Alcon will be based in Switzerland, like its parent company.
Analysts expect the company to be valued around $20 billion. Novartis spent a total of roughly $50 billion to buy the current Alcon unit, including an Ophthalmology pharmaceutical business that won’t be included in the spun-off company. The new Alcon will be a consumer staples play with stock multiples that are “pretty high,” Bailey said. But the high multiples would be supported by “steady growth,” he said, and Alcon has a good reputation for making high-quality devices.
“High quality, low competition, high barriers to entry and pretty good fundamentals” make for “a pretty good business,” he said.
Healthcare Stock Danaher (DHR) and its dental business
When Danaher DHR, announced a plan to spin off its dental business in a tax-free transaction to be completed during the second half of 2019, investors were happy. Shares rose 4.5% that day.
Unlike the other three parent companies that Bailey discussed, Danaher is a stock that FBB Capital Partners actually holds for its clients. Bailey said, “We would own Danaher with or without the dental spinoff,” but he added that he has “higher conviction” for Danaher after the spinoff is completed.
“I have been following Danaher closely for a number of years, and dental has always been ‘around the corner’ for improvement, and they have had a tough time making it work,” he said.
Healthcare Stock General Electric (GE) and GE Healthcare
General Electric GE, also has plans to spin out its health-care unit via a two-step process that starts with a public offering of about 20% of the company by the end of 2019. After that, the remaining 80% “will be distributed tax-free to our shareholders through a spin or split,” GE CEO John Flannery said during a conference call on June 26.
After holding shares of GE for a number of years, FBB Capital Partners sold late in 2017. “At the time, it seemed healthcare and aerospace were two of the better-performing divisions,” Bailey said.
He also said he would “probably wait for the spinoff” to consider purchasing shares of an independent GE Healthcare, rather than purchasing shares of GE before the spinoff.
3 Penny Stocks Looking To Change The Biotech Industry
The world of biotech investing can be tricky. That’s particularly true when it comes to small-cap stocks in the industry. These companies often have terrific science, but no profits and little revenue; if any at all. But biotech stocks can offer true potential for investors who know what to look for.
Perhaps the best strategy for gaining exposure to this space is to look at early-stage, small-cap biotechs. By doing so, you put yourself at the front-line for cutting edge, experimental companies that could one day hit it big. Given this, here are 3 small-cap biotechs working to evolve in the biotech industry.
GT Biopharma Inc. (GTBP)
One company making groundbreaking developments in the biotechnology field is GT Biopharma Inc. (GTBP). GT Biopharma Inc. is an immune-oncology biotech company determined to create new treatments for cancer. In order to do this, the company leverages its proprietary TriKE technology to develop its pipeline. As of now, GT Biopharma has 6 treatment plans undergoing the clinical trial process.
So, what exactly is this TriKE technology platform? TriKE is actually an acronym for tri-specific killer engagers that are made to target NK’s or natural killer and tumor cells. Once they target NK cells, it binds to the CD16 receptor which makes a longer and stronger response compared to current treatment methods.
One use of TriKE has been to develop a way to target the HIV-Env protein. The design to do this is known as HIV-TriKE. As a matter of fact, the company recently announced data that showed the effectiveness of HIV-TriKE. It was shown that it enhanced NK cell cytokine production and effectively killed infected targets with HIV-Env.
“We are pleased to see how the TriKE™ technology is able to be extended to the treatment of infectious disease and is able to kill HIV in the reservoir.” Mr. Cataldo further stated, “We believe the HIV-TriKE™ will become part of a scalable and curative therapeutic strategy,” expressed Anthony Cataldo, CEO and Chairman of GE Biopharma.
Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CNAT)
This next biotechnology company is known as Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CNAT). This company’s focus is different compared to GT Biopharma. It aims to treat chronic diseases that have a large unmet need. Its lead product candidate CTS-2090, inhibits IL-1β which treats inflammatory diseases.
In terms of news releases, the company has been slightly lackluster over the last two months. However, in early August Conatus released its Q2 financials which showed some profitability promise in its income statement.
Revenues increased and expenses decreased in Q2 2019 compared to Q2 2018 which significantly reduced the company’s net loss by $3.8 million. One potential hindrance factor in the financials could be Conatus’ consistently declining free cash flow.
Nuvectra Corporation (NVTR)
To top things off, we have a neurostimulation company known as Nuvectra Corporation (NVTR). The company has a commercial product called Algovita Spinal Cord Stimulation which treats chronic pain of the trunk and limbs. In addition to this, Nuvectra is awaiting FDA pre-market approval for its Virtis Sacral Neuromodulation which treats chronic urinary retention and overstive bladders.
Compared to Conatus, Nuvectra has produced recent news that investors can sink their teeth into. First off, the company appointed Jennifer Kosharek as CFO around a month ago. This is a strong appointment thanks to her 15+ years of accounting experience and other leadership positions with Nuvectra.
Furthermore, the company recently submitted its supplementary chemical composition and biocompatibility data to the FDA to support Virtis’ pre-market approval.
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Are These Biotech Names On Your October Watch List?
Over the past two decades, the biotech sector has been one of the best sectors to watch. If experts are to be believed, then it is likely to continue to be a hot sector for the foreseeable future. However, biotech stocks require research and that can help when it comes to making a list of biotech stocks.
Once that is done, the investor needs to track the companies closely. Then it’s easier to decide upon the best course of action. Here is a look at three biotechnology penny stocks this month.
Biotech Stocks To Watch: PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB)
If you’re looking at PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB) at this exact moment, you’re seeing it before the company begins clinical trials and just as it’s preparing to complete its Investigational New Drug Application for the FDA. Whether you’re new to biotech stocks or a seasoned vet, you should understand how important milestones like this are for a company.
David A. Judd, a cellular biologist and a member of PharmaCyte’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, was recently interviewed. Right now, PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB) is putting together the necessary material for its planned clinical trial for inoperable pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly forms of cancer today. Though there has been a targeted focus on Pancreatic cancer with PharmaCyte, its diabetes application may also have promise according to Judd.
“I think diabetes is where this type of technology really lends itself to the application. The key is to develop the right type of cell line to treat Type 1 and insulin-dependent Type 2 diabetes. There are several cell lines being explored by PharmaCyte simultaneously to do this. Selecting the right cell line to become our leading product candidate to treat diabetic patients in need of insulin is key to the success of PharmaCyte’s Diabetes Program.”
Over the last week, shares of PMCB stock have jumped from $0.0319 to highs of $0.0367 on Friday.
Biotech Stocks To Watch: Hepion Pharmaceuticals (HEPA)
The next biotech stock to watch is Hepion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:HEPA). The company is involved in manufacturing medicines meant for liver conditions emanating from non-alcoholic reasons. The company announced that its research article has been published by the highly influential peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
The paper in question is titled “A Pan-Cyclophilin Inhibitor, CRV431, Decreases Fibrosis and Tumor Development in Chronic Liver Disease Models.” The study shows that Hepion’s product CRV431 could well be a solution for treating chronic diseases of the liver. The paper also stated that the medicine is suited to address a range of therapeutic needs.
Once the news broke, the company’s stock started soaring and soared over 43% at $3.58, well off the session high of $5.59.
Biotech Stocks To Watch: Protalix Biotherapeutics (PLX)
The other biotech stock that broke out more this week is Protalix Biotherapeutics Inc (NYSE:PLX). The company released data from the BRIDGE Phase 3 clinical study of its product PRX-102 and the revelations have proven to be highly encouraging. Out of a total of 22 patients who had been enrolled for the study, the data was gleaned from 16 of them.
The patients in question had been treated with PRX-102 for 12 months. The medicine is meant for treating Fabry disease and it has been revealed that there was an improvement in the function of kidneys in the patients. The stock soared by as much as 75% on Thursday and should definitely be on the watch lists of most investors.
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Stock Price Newsletter – October 18, 2019
Biotech ETF’s Just Hit New Highs: 3 Stocks To Watch
The biotech sector has a plethora of stocks though. Therefore, an investor needs to put in the necessary research. On that note, here is a look at three biotech stocks to watch as sector stocks enjoy a bull run in October.
In Case You Missed It: Sernova (SVA) (SEOVF) Finds C-Peptide In Phase I/II Fasting Patient
Sernova Corp. (SVA) (SEOVF) has detected enduring levels of C-peptide (measured up to 30 days and continuing), a biomarker of transplanted beta cell insulin production, in the bloodstream of a fasting patient in its continuing phase I/II Cell Pouch United States clinical study of type-1 diabetes.
These Healthcare & Biotech Stocks Deserve Your Attention This Month
The positive results provided a break for the sector. Furthermore, healthcare stocks have risen by 5.7% this year. The entire index has seen a nearly 20 percent gain, according to The Wall Street Journal. With this in mind, healthcare and biotechnology stocks are in focus this month.
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