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  • Prospect Capital: With The SEC Issue Resolved, The Stock Has 50% Potential Return [View article]
    Crudely considered, value is created when ROIC > Cost of Capital. This is why the share price hasn't moved much despite huge increases in the balance sheet.

    FYI - Long PSEC...
    Jul 7, 2014. 05:32 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gazprom Looks Incredibly Undervalued Despite Sanctions On Russia [View article]
    Does anyone here believe that Gazprom is operated for the benefit of shareholders? (This is particularly true for Russia - but also true of other state-controlled / state-owned oil companies...)
    May 13, 2014. 01:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Prothena: Recent Sell-Off On Positive Data Creates Buying Opportunity [View article]
    Indeed David it is very preliminary and a very high risk proposition. However, based on a biomarker response there is reason to believe the drug is indeed exerting an effect. This is of course to be confirmed in the higher dose, longer duration, placebo-controlled setting of course. However, beyond normal phase 1 trials this is promising.

    About the safety benefit - you bring up valid points. However, the disease is quite serious so the risk/reward balance shifts as well.
    May 9, 2014. 12:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ready For A Rebound? Gilead's $1000 Pill [View article]
    This is a very good point that I don't think has been touched on in the comments. It is probably being used in GT1a where the all-oral isn't approved yet (I think...)
    Apr 26, 2014. 10:28 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Ready For A Rebound? Gilead's $1000 Pill [View article]
    I can envision a scenario in which the Gates Foundation organizes the purchase of pharmaceutical products similar to what they have done for vaccines via the GAVI Alliance. Very effective.
    Apr 18, 2014. 10:50 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Ready For A Rebound? Gilead's $1000 Pill [View article]
    (FYI - I am Long - and added to my position today)
    Apr 17, 2014. 03:07 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ready For A Rebound? Gilead's $1000 Pill [View article]
    This is a good article from a generalist investing point of view. One major issue I want to comment on:

    "The competition is growing so pricing is sure to come down. Merck (MRK) and AbbVie (ABBV) both have new drugs to treat the disease and are being well received. However, even if we give a big haircut to the cost of the drug and earnings, the stock is now cheap and is trading at 17x 2014 consensus and 11x 2015."

    This doesn't happen in the pharmaceutical industry. It is unlikely in my opinion that AbbVie or Merck or BMY (another real player) come in at a discount. Pharma companies with efficacious regimens don't compete on price. They will price similar. It hasn't happened in other indications - see Multiple Sclerosis, Autoimmune (RA/Crohns, etc.). These examples come to mind immediately.

    The reason for this is simply no incentive to do so. Market share will likely be the same, and revenue will be lower. As long as insurance reimburses, doctor's wont factor in price into the prescribing decisions. AbbVie and Merck will devise a marketing campaign that tries to differentiate on points other than cost. Although, there is the potential for insurers to say, "ok, you've all been using Sovaldi now, let's go use AbbVie and Merck drugs because we[insurer] get 30% off". I think this scenario which is what express scripts is trying to create will fail. It has never succeeded. Imagine the *&*#!-storm in the public backlash if that happened.

    Furthermore, congress has no authority to regulate drug pricing. Other articles have written on this.

    Just saw a press release today saying England is paying $31 M to treat 500 patients with Sovaldi. Comes out to ~60k a year. For those of you who aren't familiar with European drug pricing, suffice to say England doesn't pay much for drugs, if at all. This is a big deal and speaks to the cost effectiveness of the product.
    Apr 17, 2014. 02:33 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ignyta: Now Public With A Targeted Oncology Pipeline Poised For Success [View article]
    Let's see how the story shakes out. As you've seen, Biotech has been clobbered, and underfollowed biotech stocks are going to get hit worse than most. But, the company has raised additional funds, and has approximately ~90 M in cash with a 127 M market cap. EV is 40 M or so. This is a long term play.
    Apr 15, 2014. 07:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A Sharp Pullback In Celldex Could Be A Window Of Opportunity [View article]
    "I calculate $16 per share in value from CDX-011 on the basis of a 50% chance of approval and $900 million in revenue in 2021. While 50% is below the average success rate of Phase III clinical studies, Phase III success rates in oncology are well below average."

    This is probably a good assumption and is supported by some market data.

    "From 2004 to 2011, the overall rate of transitioning from phase I to FDA approval was 6.7% for oncology, while it was 12.1% for all other therapeutic areas.9 The big drop in phase III success for oncology trials is the primary driver of this two-fold difference. As little as 45% of oncology therapeutics progress from phase III to NDA/ BLA versus 64% for all other areas" - See more at:

    For some more color on the approval, unless CLDX drops more than half again, the market cap implies we have a respectable shot at success (feuerstein-ratain)
    Apr 14, 2014. 09:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • American Capital: Time To Stop The Buyback [View article]
    Good article and comments. Any comment from anyone on what the stand-alone value of all the components may be? (And how does it compare to the current price of 15$ for ACAS...)
    Apr 8, 2014. 04:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Windstream Holdings' Q4 Earnings: More Negatives Than Positives [View article]
    WIN has over $8.8 B in debt outstanding. Paying off $200 M is what, 2%? Let's not get too excited. Why not cut the dividend and start really putting a dent into the debt, move up to become investment grade and then save even more with better interest rate and less interest payments.
    Mar 6, 2014. 07:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Windstream Holdings' Q4 Earnings: More Negatives Than Positives [View article]
    I'm a WIN shareholder - and I must confess I don't see the point of maintaining a $1 dividend. The yield is >12%, clearly the market is anticipating a cut. Why not give it to them? What is to be gained by straining the cash flow?

    I"m not sure the dividend at this point is a prudent use of capital. Cut the dividend in half (6% yield - enough to entice new shareholders), initiate a buyback with 25% of the dividend savings, pay down debt with the excess capital flow + 25% of the dividend savings, become investment grade (if you don't think WIN's dividend policy hurts their credit rating - you're nuts). In another 2 or 3 years we will absolutely be trading higher as the fundamentals of WIN improve and the debt burden is lower.
    Mar 5, 2014. 06:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Let Questcor's Short Squeeze Fool You, Major Risk Remains [View article]
    My impression was QCOR pre-released prescription numbers at JPMorgan. Something like 2500? Flat over Q4 (this is a good thing - Q4 is usually weak seasonally). They also talked about a "tax inversion" strategy.

    Long QCOR.
    Feb 19, 2014. 10:48 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are Emerging Markets Cheap? [View article]
    This is a very interesting article. I agree with the authors contention that historical comparisons are a bit like comparing apples and oranges due to new companies, new economic times, new countries in the index, etc.

    However, looking at the chart, ~11 P/E does seem like a low. Maybe it goes down to 9 or 10x earnings, that's a real possibility. But averaging in at these values may prove prescient in the long run.

    Stock price appreciation comes from 2 sources: P/E remaining stable with growing "E", which is not really addressed in the article. There will still be growth in E. It's clearly not as much as it has been, and there are real structural problems. I think fed tapering is of less concern relative to the real structural problems in key emerging markets that really has the potential to slow down economic growth. The situation is grim, but it doesn't have the contagion feeling just yet IMHO.

    The 2nd, improvement in PE ratio is the focus of this article. If this is indeed a bottom, there will be a very nice 5 year return on the investment class.

    Overall, I think averaging into emerging markets is not a bad long term move here, but it may not be the bottom.
    Feb 13, 2014. 11:43 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Anyone Really Surprised By The Recent Stock Market Sell-Off?! [View article]
    I've also added to Emerging Markets...I fear we may be too early, but as a whole I do not believe there will be a full-blown emerging market meltdown. We'll see!
    Feb 4, 2014. 10:07 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment