AFT Pharmaceuticals - A strong start to FY20
AFT Pharmaceuticals is a New Zealand-based specialty pharmaceutical company that currently sells over 130 prescription specialty generics and OTC products through its own salesforce in New Zealand, Australia and South-East Asia. The company recently reported its H120 results. Operating revenue grew by a strong 22.1% year-on-year as there was growth across all regional segments, notably South-East Asia and Rest of World, which grew by 111.9% and 64.4%, respectively. Importantly, the company reported an operating profit of NZ$13.7m (with all regions contributing profit), up from a loss of NZ$0.1m in the first half of FY19.
25 Nov 19
AFT Pharmaceuticals - A licensing deal for Pascomer
AFT Pharmaceuticals has reported a North American licensing deal for Pascomer, a topical formulation of rapamycin being developed for facial angiofibromas in tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), to private US-based Timber Pharmaceuticals. Timber will fund clinical development and provide AFT with over US$10m in upfront, development and regulatory milestones, as well as over US$10m in sales milestone payments and royalties. An Investigational New Drug Application has been approved by the FDA. The first of two 120-patient clinical studies is expected to start shortly, with results in 2020.
10 Jul 19
AFT Pharmaceuticals - Operating profitability achieved
AFT Pharmaceuticals recently reported its FY19 results; the highlights were improving margins, as well as operating profitability for the year. Revenue grew 4.9% over 2018 while gross profit grew by 15.4% following the divestment of relatively low-margin hospital products in New Zealand and Australia. Lower SG&A and R&D spending allowed the company to report an operating profit of NZ$6.2m and the company is currently targeting an operating profit of between NZ$9m and NZ$12m for FY20.
28 May 19
AFT Pharmaceuticals - Margins improving
AFT Pharmaceuticals recently reported its H119 results. Operating revenue grew 4.1% compared to H118 and was negatively affected by the divestment of relatively low margin hospital products in New Zealand and Australia. Gross profit, however, grew 24.1% as gross margins improved to 46.7% from 39.1% a year ago thanks to reduced exposure to lower-margin products as well as high growth in the higher margin over-the-counter (OTC) segment. Sales outside of New Zealand and Australia, which are primarily driven by Maxigesic, grew 72.7% and now represent 10.2% of sales compared to 6.1% in H118.
30 Nov 18
Strong FY18 results
AFT Pharmaceuticals recently reported its FY18 results. Operating revenue grew 15.7% compared to FY17, approximately double the 8.1% growth seen the year before. The Australian market, which now represents over 61% of revenues at N$49.2m, was leading the way with 32.7% growth, thanks to patients switching from codeine-containing products. Revenues in New Zealand fell by 7% from NZ$29.2m to NZ$27.1m due to the company no longer being the sole supplier of Metoprolol. Maxigesic continues to do well internationally and is now launched in 10 countries.
30 May 18
On the cusp
AFT Pharma recently reported its FY17 results. Operating revenue grew 8.1% compared to FY16, mainly due to 19% growth in the Australian market, which currently comprises 53% of company revenue. New Zealand was weak due to Metoprolol issues and weak pharmacy demand. Maxigesic continues to do well internationally and is now launched in eight countries. Additionally, a licence agreement was recently announced in France, the world’s second largest market for similar products.
31 May 17
Updates on several products
AFT Pharma recently made announcements affecting several of its marketed products. Importantly, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has made an interim decision that all products containing codeine (a key competitor to AFT’s Maxigesic) are to be rescheduled to prescription-only as of 1 February 2018. Also, AFT has licensed its cold/flu product Maxiclear to Angelini in 16 European countries. Additionally, due to continued Metoprolol shortages, the New Zealand government pharmaceutical buying agency, PHARMAC, has requested proposals from alternative providers, potentially affecting AFT’s sales of the product.
20 Jan 17
Manufacturing bumps mask global demand
AFT reported H117 results on 24 November 2016, which marked a slowdown in its previously aggressive growth in preceding periods, largely due to supply issues and a slowdown in demand in New Zealand (NZ$13.5m sales). Despite this, supply issues with partners appear to be resolved, as underlying demand in Australia increased 17% (NZ$14.6m sales), and the demand for Maxigesic in Europe and the Middle East exceeds the expectations of licensing partners (NZ$1.2m sales).
05 Dec 16
A diversified, geographically expanding company
AFT Pharmaceuticals is a New Zealand-based specialty pharmaceutical company that currently sells 130 prescription specialty generics and OTC products through its own salesforce in New Zealand, Australia and South-East Asia and has been expanding its geographic footprint. AFT now has agreements in 109 countries to distribute Maxigesic, its combination paracetamol (acetaminophen)/ibuprofen product. We value AFT at NZ$458m or NZ$4.73 per basic share.
31 May 16
Investing to accelerate long-term growth
AFT Pharmaceuticals is a New Zealand-based specialty pharmaceutical company that has grown its revenues at an average annual rate of 20% over the past decade. AFT raised an estimated NZ$33m in its December 2015 public offering, which it will use to accelerate new product development and move into new geographies including the EU and US. The company trades at a still relatively modest 4.2x EV/sales based on TTM revenues to September 2015.
21 Dec 15