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One successful or lackluster drug can make or break small and mid-sized pharmaceutical ventures. Savvy development strategies and an efficient pipeline are a must in this competitive sector.
Ironwood Pharmaceutical has used their industry knowledge to build partnerships and develop drugs with a high probability for success. They accomplish this by concentrating on three simple drug development criteria.
- They identify medical conditions where there is a significant unmet need for effective treatment solutions
- They target disorders that are highly symptomatic
- They develop pharmaceutical treatment solutions whose superior effectiveness can be easily demonstrated with solid clinical evidence
Industry Medical Laboratories & Research
Recent Price $10.80
Market Cap $1.2 b
Shares Outstanding 107.4 m
Average Volume 185,588
Dividend Yield N/A
In August 2012, Ironwood Pharmaceutical’s (IRWD) newest drug – LINZESS™ (Linaclotide) – received FDA approval, leading to an $85 million milestone payment from partner and pharmaceutical heavy hitter, Forest Laboratories (FRX).
LINZESS™ has shown considerable promise as an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) treatment during clinical trials. It was first discovered by Ironwood scientists in 2003. They secured financial support and partnership for LINZESS™ development, production and distribution from Forest Laboratories beginning in 2007.
IRWD has been able to leverage this combined strength to increase the size, scope and speed of LINZESS™ development, with commercialization forecast to begin in December 2012.
IRWD’s most recent quarterly numbers were released on November 6, 2012.
The company reported revenue of $96.4 million in the quarter. Up from last year’s third quarter revenue of $12.2 million. This is an increase of 689.1%. Ironwood Pharmaceutical also reported a net income of approximately $47.6 million… a year-over-year increase from a net loss of $20.6 million.
As of September 30, 2012, the company reported $125.8 million in cash and $360,000 of long-term debt.
KEY METRICS ANALYSIS
Trailing P/E N/A
Price / Sales 7.5 x
Return on Assets -9.6 %
Insider ownership 0.2 %
Short Ratio 22.2 x
Current Ratio 5.7 x
Total Debt To Equity 0.4 x
On November 28, 2012, Ironwood announced the approval of Linaclotide in Europe, which will be branded under the name Constella®. European Commission approval makes Constella® the first and only EU approved drug for the symptomatic treatment of moderate to severe IBS-C.
Ironwood and partner Forest Laboratories forecasts the commercial launch of Constella® to occur in the first half of 2013.
According to statistics, 10% of the EU suffers from IBS. And approximately one third of those patients suffer from the IBS-C form. This means Constella® could potentially help treat the symptoms of 15 million IBS-C sufferers across the EU.
Bryan E. Roberts Ph.D. – Independent Chairman of the Board
Peter M. Hecht Ph.D. – CEO and Director
Mark G. Currie Ph.D. – Senior Vice President – Research and Development, Chief Scientific Officer
Michael J. Higgins – CFO, COO, Senior Vice President
Thomas A. McCourt – Senior Vice President – Marketing and Sales, Chief Commercial Officer
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IRWD’s 52-week low was $10.02 and the 52-week high was $15.92. Right now the stock is trading at $10.80. The 50-day moving average is near $11.75 a share and the 200-day moving average is at $12.56. The company has a market cap of $1.2 billion and 107.4 million shares outstanding.
Victory Resources (TSX : VR) just published the Stage I geophysical results from a drilling project announced in May, 2011. Core samples from four diamond drill holes south of the Reforma Mine were analyzed to determine the southward expansion of their Reforma property’s ore zone. Victory Resources has managed to acquire the Reforma property, a once operating mine rich in Zinc, Silver, Lead and Copper with Gold credits. At the time, it was one of Penoles’ richest operating mines. It was shut down in 1980 due to labor problems and metal prices. The plan is to re-open the mine using modern mining technology. What’s exciting is the potential of this company… and their mining project. And we think you’ll agree.
To see the results and read the entire press release click here.
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