Momentum is building in Circassia, with the recovery from the pandemic gaining traction and actions taken by management to focus the business having a material impact on the bottom line. Having already upgraded in July, we are upgrading forecasts again today to reflect the further progress on reducing fixed costs. We now expect the group to trade close to EBITDA breakeven this year and for significantly improved profitability and cash generation from next year onwards.
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Circassia’s focus on its Niox business is paying off, with revenues recovering rapidly and further progress made in reducing the fixed cost base. As a result, management now expects FY21E EBITDA to be ahead of market expectations. We upgrade our forecasts accordingly, now looking for narrower EBITDA losses this year and a comfortable move into profitability in FY22E. We see further potential upside as the recovery becomes more established and visibility improves further, which should lead to mat
Circassia has reached a settlement with Beyond Air regarding a disputed contract over rights to the latter’s LungFit product. Under the terms of the settlement, Circassia will surrender its rights in exchange for staged cash payments of up to $16.5m, contingent on FDA approval. Per Beyond Air’s recent statements, this is pending and could be received in H2 this year. We view this as a positive outcome for Circassia, providing a potential source of non-dilutive funding over the next few years.
Trading for the first 4 months of the year is reported to be slightly ahead of expectations, up 9% YoY to £9.3m. This has been driven by a recovery in activity levels in the Clinical business and a stronger than expected performance from sales into the Research market. Costs remain tightly controlled and the business traded at close to EBITDA breakeven in the period (pre-HO costs). We make no changes to forecasts at this stage, but view this as a highly encouraging update. We continue to see a s
Circassia is now focussed on NIOX, a gold standard device for diagnosing and managing asthma patients. It is the global market leader in FeNO testing and has regulatory approval and agreed reimbursement in all major territories. A new management team has rapidly addressed legacy issues, eliminating a substantial debt overhang, rightsizing the cost base and optimising routes to market. Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted revenues, we see scope for a rapid recovery as activity normalises. Th
For many reasons, 2020 was a transformational year for Circassia as the new management team set to work streamlining the business, addressing legacy issues and positioning the group to benefit from the strong market position of NIOX, a gold standard diagnostic device for asthma. Whilst the pandemic has had an impact, recovery is underway, with Q4 revenues back to 86% of Q1 levels. The EBITDA breakeven point of the business has been reduced further to £32.0m and there was £7.4m of net cash on the
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Circassia’s recent interims demonstrated 55% y-o-y revenue growth to £28.4m and a 75% R&D expense reduction (to £6.9m from £27.2m in H117) while growing the commercial infrastructure that now includes China. Investors should see a path to profitability, but we note recent licensing opportunities in the respiratory therapeutic area could accelerate this.
And then worst of all, you never get approval when you say you will. There is nothing that causes investor whiplash more than a sudden announcement of an unsuccessful clinical trial. Whether you are the onedrug wonder on AIM or the multi-drug portfolio NASDAQ darling, the market never takes too kindly to unsavoury news from the FDA on clinical results. But should investors lambast these two scenarios similarly based on poor trial results? The variables are endless but in this example the clear a
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Today’s update reveals many of the challenges flagged in September have persisted. Alongside rising input/logistics costs, and volatile customer ordering, revenue guidance has been reduced by 10%. We have rippled a similar reduction through to FY22, leading to EPS downgrades of 27% this year and 38% next year. The company continues to look to 2022 with confidence, and maintains its medium term ambitions for profitable expansion.
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Trinistar Liverpool S.a r.L announces its potential listing of a newly formed single asset company which will own the Capital Building in Liverpool on the IPSX. Upon admission the Company would become a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Capital Building occupies close to a 3.5 acre freehold site in the centre of Liverpool’s business district; the building comprises c425,000 square feet of predominantly of
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Venture Life Group has provided a trading update and details of changes to the company's board. While the recent acquisitions are integrating as planned, COVID-related challenges have persisted including pricing pressure, freight charges and Chinese sales. The company now expects FY21E revenues to be not less than £32m and we have moved our forecasts in-line with this guidance. Venture Life has also announced Dr Drummond and Mr Waters, Chair and CFO, respectively, will retire from the board and
SDI reported a strong set of interim results to 31 October that were in line with its trading update of 4 November, reporting an 89% increase in adjusted pre-tax profit, driven by 75% revenue growth. Organic growth of 42% benefited from peak shipments under the Atik OEM contract, expected to be completed by January, without which underlying business growth was still an impressive 24%. We leave our forecasts unchanged for now, but consider the prospect of upward revisions based on trading and acq
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A very positive trading update from SDI Group justifies upgrading FY 2022 sales by 7% (£2.8m) to c.£45m. Part of this can be explained by a stronger-than-expected performance from Monmouth Scientific (acquired in H2 FY 2021) and slightly higher Atik sales, but the majority is attributable to strong growth across its broader business portfolio, with sales in these businesses estimated to have risen c.16% in H1, supporting earlier comments that order patterns were returning towards pre-pandemic no
SkinBioTherapeutics has released its FY21A results for the 12-months to June 21. Calendar 21 has been a landmark year for SkinBioTherapeutics, capped by the launch of the company's first product, AxisBiotix-Ps in October. For FY21A, the pre-tax loss was c£1.5m versus our forecast loss of c£2.4m, which along with lower CAPEX, resulted in a stronger year-end cash balance of £4.6m than we had forecast. We believe the development of the two lead commercial pillars, SkinBiotix and AxisBiotix, is prog
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OptiBiotix has announced the launch of a new sports nutrition product range, LeanBiome, which has been licensed to a leading global player in the beauty & nutrition market. The partner's new product line, containing LeanBiome, is scheduled to be rolled out from January 2022 in Europe and Asia and could be introduced in North America in due course. First orders worth £200k have been placed and the agreement is expected to generate a minimum of £1m in annualised recurring revenues to OptiBiotix. T
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IXICO has reported results for the 12-months to September 2021. In-line with its recent trading update, revenues were £9.2m while EBITDA was £1.7m, £0.1m ahead of our £1.6m estimate. We see these as strong results in a year impacted by the pandemic and Huntington's Disease (HD) trials de-scopes. The company ended FY21 with a strong order book (£18.8m), cash position of £6.7m and increased net assets of £11.2m. We are leaving our FY22E forecasts unchanged, which, following the announced trial hal
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As highlighted in the full year results announcement last month, Oncimmune has seen a significant increase in business activity since the end of the summer. A number of deals have been signed with both new and existing customers, leading to a record quarter in terms of contract wins. These include two contract wins with two new large pharma customers investigating SLE, a condition that is currently incurable and difficult to diagnose. In addition, a number of other contracts are in late stage ne
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CareTech is a specialist social care and educational services provider. This morning, the group has released full year results to 30 September, very much in line with October's year-end update and illustrating a highly creditable performance in what has been a very challenging market backdrop for care operators brought about by the pandemic. Strong cash generation in the year reduced the net debt to EBITDA ratio to 2.7x, while the upward valuation of the group's freehold and long leasehold prope
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Fusion’s interim (March to September) FY22 results confirmed good operational progress with revenues up by 20% to £2.3m on an underlying basis. Reported sales were higher at £2.4m, up by 28%, boosted by a £150k milestone, Fusion’s first such, received from the progression of a 2018 vintage project towards trials. We consider the growth in sales to be impressive considering marketing activities will have been conducted entirely virtually, rather than at traditional in-person conferences/shows. Op
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SkinBioTherapeutics has made significant progress through 2021, and ahead of the launch of its first product, AxisBiotix-Ps on World Psoriasis Day, we provide an overview of the company, its commercial channels and its progress. With the imminent launch of AxisBiotix-Ps, the company is at a significant inflection point, transitioning from a development organisation to a commercial operation. Importantly SkinBioTherapeutics has four further commercial channels in progress behind this lead opportu
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Katoro Gold plc (AIM: KAT), the AIM listed gold and nickel exploration and development company, announced that the Company and Target Mine Consulting (Pty) Ltd have agreed to seek admission for 100% of the Blyvoor Joint Venture project (BV) by vending each of their separate interests into a new company to be listed on the Standard List of the London Stock Exchange. Katoro will look to recover its total cash exp
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