In a June 30 research note, analyst Scott Henry reported that ROTH Capital Partners initiated coverage on Fortress Biotech Inc. (FBIO:NASDAQ) with a Buy rating and a $4 per share price target (today's share price is about $1.50).
"The current assets have significantly greater value than the current enterprise value. We further believe that multiple catalysts could both increase the company valuation and provide nondilutive capital to fund development costs," Henry cited as the reasons for ROTH's Buy rating on Fortress.
Based in New York, Fortress is a biopharmaceutical company that in-licenses high potential, clinical-stage assets to use through its entity or through majority owned subsidiaries.
Henry presented the bases of ROTH's investment thesis. One, Fortress has great diversification, among assets, including clinical programs; among private subsidiaries and among ownership in other public companies. "No single asset/company contributes greater than 25% to our estimated total valuation," the analyst pointed out.
Two, catalysts expected in the next 12–18 months could move up the stock price, highlighted Henry. They include:
- The filing of intravenous tramadol (Fortress owns 32%).
- The launch of the pivotal trial for MB-107 in X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (Fortress owns about 30%).
- The start of the Phase 2 CAEL-101 trial in AL amyloidosis (Fortress owns about 43%).
- The advancement of its checkpoint therapeutics oncology programs (Fortress owns about 32%).
- A data readout from the Phase 3 CUTX-101 trial in Menkes disease (Fortress owns about 89%).
Three, Fortress has several potential chances to generate nondilutive cash that could benefit shareholders, Henry pointed out. They include a:
- Buyout of Fortress' stake in Avenue Therapeutics, about $55 million (late 2020).
- Pediatric voucher for Cyprium, $50–100 million (2021).
- Buyout of Fortress' Caelum Biosciences stake, at least $150 million (2022).
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ROTH makes a market in shares of Fortress Biotech, Inc. and as such, buys and sells from customers on a principal basis.
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