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Goldman Sachs maintains neutral on UroGen stock

EditorAhmed Abdulazez Abdulkadir
Published 06/14/2024, 08:14 AM
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On Friday, Goldman Sachs maintained a Neutral rating on UroGen Pharma (NASDAQ:URGN) with an increased price target of $22, up from the previous $18. The decision follows UroGen Pharma's presentation of promising 12-month durability of response data from its Phase 3 ENVISION study concerning UGN-102, a treatment for patients with low-grade intermediate-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (LG-IR-NMIBC).

UroGen's stock outperformed on Friday, surging by 41% compared to the flat performance of the broader biotech index. The positive market reaction was in response to the company's announcement that UGN-102's recent study results surpassed expectations. Management at UroGen expressed optimism regarding the likelihood of UGN-102 receiving a priority review, which could lead to an approval and market launch in the first quarter of 2025. Additionally, they anticipate an Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) meeting in the fourth quarter of 2024.

The latest clinical data from the ENVISION study has been characterized as highly encouraging by Goldman Sachs, exceeding the firm's initial expectations. As a result, the firm has adjusted upward its peak sales and penetration forecasts for UGN-102.

Despite the promising data, Goldman Sachs remains cautious about UGN-102's potential to immediately replace transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT) surgery, which is currently the entrenched standard of care among urologists.

Goldman Sachs is looking forward to further updates from UroGen Pharma as the company proceeds with its regulatory filings. While acknowledging the positive developments, the firm's stance remains guarded due to the challenges of changing established treatment practices in the medical community.

In other recent news, UroGen Pharma has been making significant strides in its clinical trials and financial performance. The company reported strong Q1 revenues of $18.8 million, primarily driven by sales of JELMYTO, its treatment for low-grade upper tract urothelial cancer. However, it also reported a net loss of $32.3 million for the same quarter.

UroGen Pharma received a reiterated Buy rating from TD Cowen, following promising trial results for its product UGN-102. The trial data showed a 66% 12-month complete response rate, surpassing initial expectations. The company is preparing for a robust product launch of UGN-102 expected in early 2025.

Analysts from Oppenheimer adjusted their outlook on UroGen Pharma, reducing the price target to $32 from the previous $34, while maintaining an Outperform rating. Meanwhile, UroGen Pharma announced the appointment of David Lin as its new Chief Commercial Officer, who is expected to lead the commercial strategy for the company's products.

InvestingPro Insights

With UroGen Pharma's (NASDAQ:URGN) stock experiencing a significant surge following promising clinical data, insights from InvestingPro reveal a company with a strong cash position and impressive gross profit margins. The latest metrics indicate a market capitalization of $632.28 million and a remarkable gross profit margin of 89.53% over the last twelve months as of Q1 2024. Despite not being profitable during this period, UroGen holds more cash than debt, a reassuring sign of financial stability.

InvestingPro Tips highlight that analysts have tempered their earnings expectations for the upcoming period, with three analysts revising their earnings downwards. Additionally, while the recent stock performance has been robust—with returns of 32.48% over the last week and 34.93% over the last month—InvestingPro Tips caution that the Relative Strength Index (RSI) suggests the stock may be in overbought territory, which could indicate a potential reversion ahead.

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