Crossject released its FY18 results. Revenues reached €3.52m vs €4.14m, operating result €-11,556k vs €-8,621k, and the net result €-10,711k vs €-7,611k. Net cash at the end of FY18 amounted to €4.82m vs €2.8m a year before.
As usual, we recall that the numbers are of little relevance since the story of Crossject is based on the future launch of Zeneo combined with the NTEs the group is targeting, and, in particular, that the group’s top-line has so far little meaning, as well as the losses posted by the company.
Still, we note that operating costs have gone up (roughly from €13m to €15m, particularly on higher wages and depreciation, which illustrates the ramp-up of production capacities as well as the “structuring” of Crossject ahead of product launches (and accounting for the production incident last autumn, a mold of a Zeneo component having been damaged during the summer).
The numbers are nonetheless in line with ours (operating result €-11.8m) except for the (negative) tax level, but no big issue there. In terms of cash flows, no surprises either, with a net cash position up €2m after the financing initiatives carried out in FY18 (convertible bonds in February and July, capital increase in December).
With respect to its financing, the group indicates that it is pursuing its strategy of focusing on non-dilutive tools (incentives, loans from local/national public bodies such as the €1.1m one granted in January 2019) which we see as a support for its share price evolution.
Looking forward, Crossject indicated that the calendar for the product filings is unchanged, with Naloxone, Midazolam and Adrenaline as the first candidates in FY20, with some licensing agreements in Europe/the US expected in the current year.
Also, Naloxone should benefit from the stronger focus on drugs enabling to fight overdoses in the US, with the potential possibility of buying them over-the-counter. Lastly, the group has obtained the “pharma” status, (“Etablissement Pharmaceutique”), granted by ANSM (Agence Nationale de Sûreté du Médicament) in February.
This enables Crossject to certify their production and carry in-house quality controls, which is another milestone for the company on its way to the market.
We will not materially change our forecasts after the release. This said, products are getting closer to the market, while financing issues are progressively addressed which comforts our positive stance on the stock and its prospects.
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