Basilea Pharmaceutica — Antifungal addition to bolster pipeline

Basilea Pharmaceutica (SIX: BSLN)

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Basilea Pharmaceutica — Antifungal addition to bolster pipeline

Basilea has announced an expansion of its portfolio to foster long-term growth, a key strategic priority for management, leveraging expertise in the commercialisation of its two key anti-infective products, Cresemba and Zevtera. The company will in-license GR-2397, a clinical-stage antifungal compound targeting invasive mould infections, mainly caused by the Aspergillus species. The Phase II-ready asset has Qualified Infectious Disease Product, Orphan Drug and Fast Track designations from the US FDA for invasive aspergillosis, which often leads to priority review post a New Drug Application (NDA) filing and grants 10 years of US market exclusivity. Basilea will make an upfront payment of $2m, followed by ~$69m in milestones and tiered royalties. Our valuation of Basilea remains unchanged, and will be reassessed once additional information becomes available.

Soo Romanoff

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Soo Romanoff

Managing Director - Head of Content, Healthcare

Healthcare

Basilea Pharmaceutica

Antifungal addition to bolster pipeline

In-licensing update

Pharma and biotech

20 October 2023

Price

CHF38.3

Market cap

CHF459m

Net debt (CHFm) at 30 June 2023

38.1

Shares in issue (excluding 1.12m treasury shares)

11.98m

Free float

90%

Code

BSLN

Primary exchange

SIX

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

Business description

Basilea Pharmaceutica is focused on treating infectious diseases. Its marketed products are Cresemba (an antifungal) and Zevtera (an antiMRSA broad-spectrum antibiotic).

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Soo Romanoff

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Basilea Pharmaceutica is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

Basilea has announced an expansion of its portfolio to foster long-term growth, a key strategic priority for management, leveraging expertise in the commercialisation of its two key anti-infective products, Cresemba and Zevtera. The company will in-license GR-2397, a clinical-stage antifungal compound targeting invasive mould infections, mainly caused by the Aspergillus species. The Phase II-ready asset has Qualified Infectious Disease Product, Orphan Drug and Fast Track designations from the US FDA for invasive aspergillosis, which often leads to priority review post a New Drug Application (NDA) filing and grants 10 years of US market exclusivity. Basilea will make an upfront payment of $2m, followed by ~$69m in milestones and tiered royalties. Our valuation of Basilea remains unchanged, and will be reassessed once additional information becomes available.

Year end

Revenue (CHFm)

PBT*
(CHFm)

EPS*
(CHFc)

DPS
(CHFc)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

12/21

148.1

(6.6)

(56.9)

0.0

N/A

N/A

12/22

147.8

12.3

104.1

0.0

36.8

N/A

12/23e

158.2

43.5

332.2

0.0

11.5

N/A

12/24e

180.7

63.2

482.3

0.0

7.9

N/A

Note: *PBT and EPS are normalised, excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles, exceptional items and share-based payments.

GR-2397 (to be renamed BAL2062) is a first-in-class, novel antifungal compound, being developed for intravenous administration, which has demonstrated rapid fungicidal activity in vitro against invasive aspergillus infections (including azole-resistant strains). The drug candidate has already completed a Phase I study at single and multiple ascending intravenous doses and has shown adequate safety and tolerability. Basilea intends to conduct a preclinical profiling programme to ascertain the optimal clinical development path for the asset. The company then plans to initiate a Phase II clinical study in H125.

We note that invasive aspergillosis is a tissue-damaging infection caused by the fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus, and mainly affects patients with supressed immune function, often related to hematopoietic stem cell transplant, organ transplant and cancer therapy. The infection is associated with high morbidity and mortality. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 15k aspergillosis-related hospitalisations in the US in 2014, with an estimated cost of $1.2bn.

Basilea will make an upfront payment of $2m, along with pre-approval milestone payments of $1.75m and $67m in total approval and commercialisation milestone payments. Additionally, Basilea will pay tiered royalties on sales, ranging from low-single-digit percentage to mid-single-digit percentage.

While Zevtera’s US approval remains a key regulatory priority for Basilea (NDA submitted in August 2023), we believe the new asset reinforces the company’s commitment to building its anti-infectives portfolio. Given the strong balance sheet and profitability guidance for FY23, we expect incremental in-licensing and acquisitions to support future growth.

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