In a Jan. 7 research note, analyst Ram Selvaraju reported that H.C. Wainwright & Co. increased its price target on ChromaDex Corp. (CDXC:NASDAQ) to $7 per share from $6 after the nutraceutical company entered into a license and supply agreement with Nestlé Health Science, which develops and commercializes science-based nutritional health solutions. ChromaDex's current share price is about $3.52.
Per the agreement, Nestlé gains the exclusive right to include ChromaDex's Tru Niagen, a form of nicotinamide riboside, in its branded medical nutrition, and it gets the co-exclusive right to incorporate Tru Niagen in specific products in its consumer health segment. The agreement covers the geographical regions of North America, Europe, Latin America, Australia, Japan and New Zealand.
In exchange, Nestlé will pay ChromaDex $4 million upfront. It also will make payments when commercial milestones are reached, as well as tiered royalty payments to ChromaDex. Selvaraju estimates the latter to be in the mid-single-digit percent range.
Selvaraju pointed out the primary benefit of the new partnership is Nestlé affords ChromaDex entry into the medical nutrition arena, and that market is sizable. It will surpass $6 billion in size by 2025 in solely the United States, as estimated by Persistence Market Research. "ChromaDex now has a partner with the heft and breadth needed to effectively position Tru Niagen within the medical nutrition domain," he added.
Another advantage for ChromaDex is Nestlé could complement the nutraceutical company's existing commercial partner, Watsons, in the consumer products arena. "Tru Niagen may thus eventually become a key component in a broad array of consumer products marketed through both the Nestlé Health Science and Watsons channels, while ChromaDex retains the ability to pursue its own consumer products initiatives based on the nonexclusive structure of the Nestlé Health Science partnership," noted Selvaraju.
H.C. Wainwright reiterated its Buy rating on ChromaDex.[NLINSERT]
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