BB Biotech (BION) is a Switzerland-based investment company, targeting long-term capital growth from biotechnology companies that are developing and marketing innovative drugs. At least 90% (currently 100%) of the portfolio is invested in listed companies, primarily those that already have products on the market or have promising drug candidates in advanced stages of development. BION is benchmarked against the Nasdaq Biotechnology index (in Swiss francs) but is managed on a bottom-up basis, with a concentrated c 20–35 stock portfolio.
BB Biotech (BION) provided a solid platform of growth for its investors in FY20, with Swiss franc share price and NAV total returns of 19.3% and 24.3% respectively, outperforming the Nasdaq Biotechnology index in NAV terms amid a weaker environment for the US dollar. While the fund’s investment in mRNA platform company Moderna (share price +509% over 12 months) was the standout story after the rapid development of its successful COVID-19 vaccine, the BION team has been focused on backing companies bringing new technologies to bear in a number of innovative areas. This included investments at IPO in companies such as Generation Bio and Relay Therapeutics. BION has declared a cash distribution of 5% (CHF3.60) for FY20, which equates to a current yield of 4.3%.