In an Aug. 8 research note, analyst Joseph Pantginis reviewed Capricor Therapeutics Inc.'s (CAPR:NASDAQ) Q2/19 financials and reported that H.C. Wainwright & Co. increased its target price on Capricor to $19.50 per share from $12.40. The biotech's current share price is around $3.02.
For Q2/19, Capricor reported an earnings per share of ($0.59), Pantginis relayed, which compare to H.C. Wainwright's reverse split-adjusted estimate of ($0.80). At quarter's end, Capricor had $5.9 million in cash then subsequently raised $1.3 million through a facility, its taking pro forma cash total to $7.2 million. That amount is enough to take the company into Q4/19, according to management.
Also noteworthy, indicated Pantginis, is during Q2/19 Capricor delivered "significant" results of a six-month interim analysis of CAP-1002, which is being evaluated in the HOPE-2 study as a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).
HOPE-2 is the first randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to show "statistically significant functional improvement" in boys with DMD who were treated with steroids, explained Pantginis. Results of the six-month analysis confirmed and expanded that previously seen efficacy of CAP-1002, "overall boosting the confidence in the program."
Based on the company's findings to date regarding exosomes, which play a role in the effects of CAP-1002, Capricor is advancing a preclinical program for another asset, CAP-2003, for the treatment of fibrotic diseases, including DMD, Pantginis pointed out. The biotech expects to file an investigational new drug (IND) application for CAP-2003 in the next few months.
Regarding the increased target price on Capricor, it resulted from H.C. Wainwright taking into account the 1:10 reverse split in June and increasing its discount rate to 45% from 15%, explained Pantginis. The latter was meant to add some wiggle room to the estimate while further information is pending, on a potential pivotal DMD trial and on the company's future financing needs.
In terms of upcoming catalysts, Capricor should likely receive guidance in Q4/19 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on design of a pivotal DMD trial, wrote Pantginis. In the meantime, the developer of therapeutics will continue preparing for a "manufacturing scale-up and technology transfer of CAP-1002" and keep working toward filing the CAP-2003 IND.
H.C. Wainwright has a Buy rating on Capricor Therapeutics.[NLINSERT]
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