An H.C. Wainwright & Co. report discussed what investors might expect to hear from the company regarding its cholesterol-lowering therapy.
In a Nov. 2 research note, analyst Andrew Fein reported H.C. Wainwright & Co. raised its target price on Buy-rated Amarin Corp. (AMRN:NASDAQ) 55%, to $31 per share from $20, in advance of the company’s REDUCE-IT study presentation on Nov. 10 at the annual American Heart Association meeting. Amarin’s current stock price is around $21.87 per share.
“Although management shared limited details of the upcoming presentation, we think that the heightened interest from a broad audience, the commercial implication of the additional color on the data and a high-profile exposure at the meeting, should collectively impact investors’ views on Vascepa and the stock,” Fein wrote.
He reviewed what Amarin’s presentation at the AHA meeting likely will and will not contain.
It will probably include a review of key data points with clinical and commercial importance, Fein relayed. Those might include the “breakdown of the primary composite MACE score (i.e., cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, coronary revascularization, unstable angina requiring hospitalization), secondary endpoints and subgroup analyses (primary prevention or secondary prevention), etc.”
Amarin might reveal whether Vascepa is beneficial in primary prevention in diabetics. If it has value there, that could “expand Vascepa’s market considerably,” Fein indicated.
What the company most likely will not deliver at the AHA meeting is a comprehensive study analysis as it is prefers the results be published beforehand, and that is expected in Q4. “Having said that, we would not be surprised to see the publication of the REDUCE-IT study results in the New England Journal of Medicinein conjunction with the conference,” noted Fein.
He pointed out that Amarin’s recent commercial activities could “signal the bullish view of the company on the data.” Those include the biotech growing its salesforce to around 400 representatives and expanding its supply capacity to accommodate more than $1 billion worth of sales in 2019.[NLINSERT]
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