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Tier 1 Canadian Healthcare Companies – negative but no panic

In this blog, I am going to comment on the Q1 performance of the group of 55 companies with share prices of $1.00 or more to start 2016.

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  • Decliners doubled the number of advancers by 37 to 18
  • Average and median share price changes were both -12%
  • Two companies had share price increases of 40% or more
    • BELLUS Healthcare (+56%) – announced the completion of the KIACTA™ (eprodisate) Phase 3 confirmatory study for the treatment of AA amyloidosis; top-line results are expected to be announced in Q2 2016
    • Medicure (+41%) – improved 2015 financial results included net revenue of $22.1 M, adjusted EBITDA was $9.0 M and net income was $1.7 M; Q4 net revenue was $9.5 M compared to $2.4 M for the comparable period in the previous year

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  • Eight companies had share price declines of more than 40%
    • Concordia Healthcare (-41%) – announced good 2015 results and provided the following fiscal 2016 guidance (US$) – revenues of $1,020 to $1,060 M, adjusted EBITDA of $610 M to $640 M, net income of $330 M to $355 M, adjusted EPS of $6.29 to $6.77 and cash tax rate of approximately 10%; the results were probably impacted by the continuing Valeant saga
    • OncoGenex (-44%; U.S. listing only) – some negative clinical news but U.S. sector decline probably the main factor
    • Acasti (-44%) – continuing a share price decline from mid-2013 high of over $40
    • Cardiome Pharma (-52%) – quarterly decline did not appear to be related to any specific event; potential cash concerns may arise towards the end of 2016 due to high sales and marketing expenses
    • ProNAi Therapeutics (-55%; U.S. listing only) – U.S. sector decline probably the main factor; no negative news and no financial concerns
    • Eyecarrot Innovations (-58%) – factors which probably impacted the share price movement include termination of an acquisition, CEO change and sporadic, low-volume trading
    • Tearlab (-62%) – continuing losses and new long-term debt probably contributed to a continuing share price decline
    • Valeant Pharmaceuticals (-76%) – the large number of factors impacting the share price probably included political concerns, delayed financial statements, potential debt restructuring, potential asset sales, management changes and general sector decline

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There was substantial sector noise caused by the Valeant Pharmaceuticals saga and a broad biotech sector decline in the U.S. market. However, there did not appear to be a sector panic and many share prices bounced in the latter part of Q1 and the early part of Q2.

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