In a Feb. 14 research note, analyst Andrew Fein reported that Kamada Ltd.'s (KMDA:NASDAQ) "underlying revenues remain strong while the strategic value of its inhaled alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) asset remains underappreciated." The company develops and sells plasma-derived protein therapeutics.
Fein reviewed the company's foundation, which he describes as "solid." Kamada's total revenues for Q4/18 and full-year 2018 were $48.2 million and $114.5 million, respectively. Revenues in 2018 were up 11% over 2017. The biopharma guides to another year of double-digit growth in 2019.
Net income was $17.7 million for Q4/18 and $22.3 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, for 2018. At the end of 2018, Kamada had $50.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.
Further evidence of the solid commercial foundation comes from two contributors to growth, Glassia and KedRAB, which are currently positioned to grow over time but provide steady revenues near and medium term. Supporting this thesis are, in part, a long-term supply agreement in place for Glassia with Shire Plc (SHPGY:NASDAQ; SHP:LSE), increasing KedRAB sales in the United States and potential approval of KedRAB in Canada and then in additional markets.
Against that backdrop, Fein highlighted, the value of Kamada's inhaled AAT product remains underappreciated, primarily due to regulatory overhang on the stock. He noted the company is making progress in that regard with the FDA and the European Medicines Agency. Further clarity is expected, which should remove regulatory risk and open doors for partnership discussions.
Fein noted that "a strong need" for an inhaled AAT therapy exists, and interest in developing such treatments is "burgeoning." Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (VRTX:NASDAQ), Applied Genetic Technologies Corp. (AGTC:NASDAQ) and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ALNY:NASDAQ) are a sampling of companies in the space. Compared to competitors' products, he added, "Kamada's augmentation approach of inhaled AAT (mechanistically simple and clinically validated by intravenous AAT) may resonate well with the investor base and propel additional value ascribed to the program."
Fein concluded that "the security on Kamada's commercial front should offer sufficient downside protection while leaving ample room for the upside to be derived from the progressing pipeline."
H.C. Wainwright has a Buy rating and an $11 per share price target on Kamada, whose current share price is around $5.90.[NLINSERT]
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