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Goldman Sachs initiates Buy on Novo Nordisk stock, cites strong market growth

EditorEmilio Ghigini
Published 05/30/2024, 05:19 AM
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On Thursday, Goldman Sachs initiated coverage on Novo Nordisk (NOVOB:DC) (NYSE: NYSE:NVO) stock with a Buy rating and a price target of DKK1,075.00.

The firm highlighted Novo Nordisk's impressive performance in the obesity treatment market, which is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.

The company's stock has seen a considerable increase, rising about 280% over the past three years. This surge is attributed to Novo Nordisk's pioneering role in the obesity treatment sector.

Despite the potential for increased competition due to the lucrative nature of the market, Goldman Sachs believes that Novo Nordisk's current on-market assets and developmental pipeline will enable the company to maintain its leading position.

Goldman Sachs anticipates the obesity treatment market could expand to approximately $130 billion by 2030, an increase from their previous estimate of $100 billion.

Novo Nordisk's competitive edge is further supported by substantial investments in manufacturing capabilities and promising clinical trial data from the SELECT study.

This study suggests that using Wegovy, Novo Nordisk's weight loss treatment, could lower the risk of cardiovascular events, which are a leading cause of death worldwide.

Beyond the field of obesity, Novo Nordisk continues to innovate in its core areas, such as diabetes and rare diseases, and is also making strides into adjacent therapeutic areas.

Goldman Sachs forecasts strong earning momentum for Novo Nordisk, with Core EBIT estimates approximately 5% above the consensus on average for the fiscal years 2024-2028.

InvestingPro Insights

Goldman Sachs' bullish stance on Novo Nordisk is supported by recent data and analysis from InvestingPro. Novo Nordisk has shown a commitment to shareholder returns, raising its dividend for 6 consecutive years and maintaining dividend payments for 36 consecutive years. This consistency is a testament to the company's financial health and its ability to generate cash flows, which can sufficiently cover interest payments, as noted in the InvestingPro Tips.

InvestingPro Data indicates a robust financial footing, with a market capitalization of $596.44 billion and a high gross profit margin of 84.65% for the last twelve months as of Q1 2024. The company's revenue growth of 29.72% during the same period highlights its ability to expand in a competitive market. Furthermore, a PEG ratio of 0.96 suggests that Novo Nordisk's stock may be trading at a reasonable level relative to its earnings growth.

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