Sign up UNITED KINGDOM
Proactive Investors - Run By Investors For Investors

Avacta Group - Capital Network: Preliminary Results

Avacta’s FY 2017 Preliminary Results: Reagents and therapeutics programs all on track
Avacta Group - Capital Network: Preliminary Results

KEY INVESTOR MESSAGES

  • Avacta’s Affimer® technology is a proprietary alternative to antibodies with key technical and commercial benefits
  • Avacta is building a pipeline of Affimer drugs for immuno-oncology and growing revenues based on a licensing model for Affimer reagents
  • Excellent progress in both parts of the business during the reporting period substantially de-risking the opportunity
  • A pipeline of potential valuable and licensable drugs is being built and the company is targeting first clinical trials in 2019
  • A sum-of-the-parts model now suggests an equity value four times the current market capitalisation

 

RESULTS SUMMARY

On the 4th October, Avacta Group Plc (LON:AVCT) has reported preliminary results for the fiscal year ending July 2017, including a detailed update on the business.

Overall Avacta Group Plc (LON:AVCT) is delivering according to management's guidance and has made significant progress in both the Affimer reagents' business and the Affimer therapeutics programs (please refer to our initiation report of March 2017 for an overview of Avacta's Affimer technology and business strategy).

As regards the Reagents business, Avacta Group Plc (LON:AVCT) announced in April 2017 that, after a trial period, they have granted a leading diagnostic company exclusive rights to specific Affimer reagents. Although financial details weren't disclosed, this was the first time that Avacta signed an agreement of this nature, representing an important inflection point in de-risking the reagents business.

As such we remove any risk adjustment from our valuation of the Affimer reagents business, which we now value approx. £140mil, from about £110mil before this deal was signed.

NEXT STEPS

Following the release of FY 2017 preliminary results, we have updated our chart showing the key upcoming milestones for Avacta's reagents and therapeutic programs.
 
Affimer Therapeutics
 
As regards the further pre-clinical development of the Affimer's immuno-oncology program, we expect Avacta to focus on additional in-vivo PK and toxicity studies and on the preparation of the tech transfer and CMC (chemistry, manufacturing and control) dossier.
 
We also note that Avacta's collaborations with Moderna, the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Glythera are all progressing according to plan and are due updates over the next 12 months.

Affimer reagents
 
With custom Affimers' order book up 91% y-o-y, we would expect that one or more of the ongoing paid-for evaluations will lead to the finalization of further licensing agreements in the coming quarters.

 

Full report is available via Capital Network website
View full AVCT profile View Profile

Avacta Group Plc Timeline

CN Video
May 04 2018
CN Research
January 24 2018

Related Researches

no_picture_pai.jpg
April 03 2018

- Key inflection point: topline data readout from the PhaseOut DMD phase 2 trial in Duchenne (DMD) expected in 3Q 2018
- Imminent start of a pivotal phase 3 study for ridinilazole in C. difficile infections (CDI)
- Recent Discuva acquisition reinforces novel antibiotics discovery capabilities 
- Current valuation (market cap of c. $165 mln) undemanding given the stage and commercial potential of Summit's lead programs

 

no_picture_pai.jpg
November 15 2017
  • Genedrive (LON:GDR) on track to become a commercial stage, point-of-need diagnostics company
  • Launch of Genedrive® Hepatitis C (HCV) test at IFCC World Lab October 2017, with commercial sales expected in the coming quarters (African markets)
  • Distribution agreement signed for HCV test for Asia Pacific
  • Collaboration with the US Defense Department (bio-hazard program) to generate further income (c. $1.9mln) in the current fiscal year
  • Re-launch of Genedrive® MTB (tuberculosis) test is being reassessed
  • Management actively engaged in the disposal of the legacy service business (preclinical research and pharmacogenomics)
  • Cash position of £4.2mln as of 30 September 2017, enough to finance the ongoing business well into fiscal year 2019
  • Our SOTP valuation yields an equity value of c. £24mln, over 3x current market capitalization
no_picture_pai.jpg
November 02 2017
  • Preventing and treating diseases through the modulation of the microbiome is one of the most exciting frontiers of healthcare, and a fast growing market
  • OptiBiotix Health PLC (LON:OPTI), an innovative life sciences company focused on human microbiome, is rapidly transitioning from product development to the commercial stage with early revenues and commercial deals with major corporates including Tata and DSM
  • Underpinned by a strong scientific rationale and clinical studies, OptiBiotix Health PLC (LON:OPTI) products help managing significant health problems as weight loss, high cholesterol and hypertension
  • OptiBiotix Health PLC (LON:OPTI) commercial push is currently directed towards the rapidly growing consumer health market
  • A rich deal pipeline is likely to translate in material revenue growth (£1mln+) within 12 months

No investment advice

The Company is a publisher. You understand and agree that no content published on the Site constitutes a recommendation that any particular security, portfolio of securities, transaction, or investment strategy is suitable or advisable for any specific person. You further understand that none of the information providers or their affiliates will advise you personally concerning the nature, potential, advisability, value or suitability of any particular security, portfolio of securities, transaction, investment strategy, or other matter.

You understand that the Site may contain opinions from time to time with regard to securities mentioned in other products, including company related products, and that those opinions may be different from those obtained by using another product related to the Company. You understand and agree that contributors may write about securities in which they or their firms have a position, and that they may trade such securities for their own account. In cases where the position is held at the time of publication and such position is known to the Company, appropriate disclosure is made. However, you understand and agree that at the time of any transaction that you make, one or more contributors may have a position in the securities written about. You understand that price and other data is supplied by sources believed to be reliable, that the calculations herein are made using such data, and that neither such data nor such calculations are guaranteed by these sources, the Company, the information providers or any other person or entity, and may not be complete or accurate.

From time to time, reference may be made in our marketing materials to prior articles and opinions we have published. These references may be selective, may reference only a portion of an article or recommendation, and are likely not to be current. As markets change continuously, previously published information and data may not be current and should not be relied upon.

© Proactive Investors 2018

Proactive Investors Limited, trading as “Proactiveinvestors United Kingdom”, is Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Registered in England with Company Registration number 05639690. Group VAT registration number 872070825 FCA Registration number 559082. You can contact us here.

Market Indices, Commodities and Regulatory News Headlines copyright © Morningstar. Data delayed 15 minutes unless otherwise indicated. Terms of use