Mizuho lifts Arcutis shares target on strong quarter

EditorEmilio Ghigini
Published 05/15/2024, 05:50 AM

On Wednesday, Mizuho Securities adjusted its financial outlook for Arcutis Biotherapeutics Inc . (NASDAQ: NASDAQ:ARQT) shares, increasing the price target to $18 from the previous $17, while reaffirming a Buy rating for the company's stock.

The decision follows a robust first quarter in 2024, marked by the performance of Arcutis's Zoryve products, which include both a cream and a foam formulation.

The company reported a stronger-than-anticipated gross-to-net (GtN) ratio, a key profitability metric, which came in at a blended rate in the low 60% range.

This improvement was particularly notable as it occurred during a seasonally challenging period for GtN figures. The GtN for the cream formulation showed enhancement from the fourth quarter of 2023 to the first quarter of 2024.

Encouraged by these results, Mizuho has revised its sales forecast for Arcutis upward, anticipating that consensus estimates among other analysts will likely increase as well.

The firm's stance is buoyed by the belief that the Zoryve franchise has not been fully recognized for its market potential, and there is an expectation of further growth as the product's market launch gains momentum and insurance coverage broadens.

The revised price target of $18 reflects Mizuho's confidence in the future performance of Arcutis, particularly with respect to its Zoryve product line. The pharmaceutical company's recent financial achievements have laid the groundwork for positive adjustments in market expectations.

InvestingPro Insights

InvestingPro data underscores the potential that Mizuho Securities sees in Arcutis Biotherapeutics Inc. (ARQT). The company boasts a significant revenue growth of 1517.09% over the last twelve months as of Q4 2023, and a quarterly revenue growth of 356.81% in Q4 2023. This explosive growth trajectory is a testament to the market's positive reception of products like Zoryve. Additionally, Arcutis's gross profit margin stands impressively at 91.63%, which aligns with the strong GtN ratio highlighted by Mizuho.

On the flip side, the company's P/E ratio is currently negative at -2.14, reflecting analyst consensus that Arcutis will not be profitable this year. However, two analysts have revised their earnings upwards for the upcoming period, indicating a belief in the company's potential to overcome current challenges. Moreover, with a market capitalization of 939.22 million USD and a price/book ratio of 10.59, the stock is trading at a premium, which may be justified by the company's strong gross profit margins and revenue growth.

Among the InvestingPro Tips, it's noted that Arcutis has experienced a large price uptick over the last six months, with a total return of 290.87%, and that liquid assets exceed short term obligations. These factors may contribute to the positive outlook from investors and analysts alike. For those seeking a deeper dive into the financial health and future prospects of Arcutis, InvestingPro offers additional insights. There are 11 more InvestingPro Tips available, which can be accessed with the coupon code PRONEWS24 for an extra 10% off a yearly or biyearly Pro and Pro+ subscription.

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