In a March 18 research note, H.C. Wainwright & Co. analyst Andrew Fein purported that Constellation Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s (CNST:NASDAQ) "strong and balanced pipeline plus internal discovery capabilities are underappreciated by the Street" and "should continue to generate differentiated drug candidates to drive value in the long term."
Fein discussed the pipeline and the significant upside inherent in it.
First, data readouts are expected soon in the company's two lead programs, CPI-1205 for prostate cancer and CPI-0610 for myelofibrosis, both indications with significant unmet medical need and high occurrence rates.
As for the former, a Phase 1b data update is to be presented in a poster at the annual American Association for Cancer Research meeting on April 1 with more findings released later in 2019. Regarding the latter , Phase 2 interim data are to be presented in Q2/19 along with additional results in H2/19.
Also expected in H2/19 is a data update for the Phase 2 portion of the company's ProSTAR study, in which CPI-1205 is being evaluated in combination with enzalutamide versus enzalutamide alone for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.
Additionally, both CPI-1205 and CPI-0610 could be advanced into firstline therapies as part of a combination regimen. Fein noted that H.C. Wainwright's $18 per share price target is based entirely on CPI-1205 as a secondline prostate cancer treatment and CPI-0610 in myelofibrosis, "which leaves ample upside as free call options."
Second, another of Constellation's assets, CPI-0209, a second-generation EZH2 inhibitor, is slated to enter the clinic in mid-2019. Before it does, the company will present clinical data which support the indications chosen to be pursued with this therapeutic. "The broad implications of BET and EZH2 epigenetic processes in human diseases suggest tremendous indication expansion potential," Fein commented. Based on that and CPI-0209's "superior preclinical profile," the company could perhaps expand into lymphomas and other solid tumors as well.
About the company's epigenetics platform, Fein concluded that it "should continue to fuel [the] internal pipeline while driving external business development opportunities and should command a premium for the valuation of the company by the Street."
Fein reported Constellation's recently announced financials. The biopharmaceutical firm generated no revenue in Q4/18 or in full-year 2018, and reported a $19.9 million and a $59.9 million net loss, respectively. Research and development costs were $16.6 million in Q4/18 and $48.8 million in 2018. At year-end 2018, the company had $114.6 million in cash and cash equivalents.
H.C. Wainwright has a Buy rating and an $18 per share price target on Constellation, whose current share price is around $11.25.[NLINSERT]
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