The Opportunities in the Healthcare Sectors (Moderna and Fisher and Paykel Healthcare)

The Opportunities in the Health Care Sector

The healthcare sector
The healthcare sector

It might be hard to remain optimistic in such plunging markets. Global equities are in a bear market and investors are moving away from riskier assets. Amid the mayhem, there might still be some buying opportunities if investors are selective about certain stocks.

We are facing a global pandemic that is slowly forcing major countries into lockdown and halting global activity. Investors are therefore tapping into sectors that offer bargains or where they see long-term growth opportunities.

The healthcare sector seems to be on investors’ watchlist. It should be highlighted not all healthcare stocks are performing the same way. Our attention turns to two stocks that have so far outperformed amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Moderna Inc.

In the US markets, Moderna Inc. is standing out. As several companies are racing against time to create a vaccine for the COVID-19, Moderna Inc. is among the first to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus.

For a relatively young and small company, the Massachusetts-based biotechnology firm has performed its first human trial of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday. Since the day the company had received funding from the CEPI to accelerate the development of messenger RNA Vaccine against the novel coronavirus, the biotech company became popular among investors.

Moderna Inc. is among the best-positioned mRNA company with 16 Phase 1 trial started and five out of their first five modalities demonstrating success in the clinic. As of writing, the company’s share price is currently trading at $26.60 after reaching an all-time high of $31.48 last week.

For the past month, the company’s share price is currently up by more than 40%!

The coronavirus vaccine could be a key turning point for the success of Moderna which is yet to produce a proven product on the market using its mRNA technology.

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corp Ltd

In the Australian share market, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corp Ltd is among the best performers. The company is a manufacturer, designer, and marketer of products and systems for use in respiratory care, acute care, and the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s share price added above 40% since the widespread outbreak of the COVID-19 (Year to Date). With a rise of 85% in the last 6 months, the company is currently the best performing stock of the S&P/ASX200.

Source: Bloomberg Terminal

Back-to-Back Upgrades

While most companies are downgrading forecasts in this bear market environment, the company has issued two upgrades since the beginning of the year.

Vitera, a new full face mask used in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea has outperformed in the early stages. The company also received clearance to sell the mask in the US sooner than expected which contributed meaningfully in driving its share price to new record highs.

The company also delivered a strong financial performance for the six months to 30 September 2019:

  • Net profit after tax was up by 24% at $121.2million
  • Operation revenue rose by 12% at $570.9 million

The COVID-19 outbreak has substantially increased demand for certain products, which has enabled the company to upgrade its revenue and earnings guidance for the financial year ended 31 March 2020 a couple of times since January.

Taking into consideration exchange rate revisions, the company is now expecting:

  • Full-year operating revenue to be approximately $1.24 billion instead of $1.19 billion in November’s guidance.
  • Net profit after tax to be within the range of approximately $275 million to $280 million instead of approximately$255 million to $265 million back in November.

On the supply side, the fact that the company does not have a manufacturing facility in China, they are not expecting major supply disruptions.

Overall, the company is also making progress with other major initiatives and is establishing a presence in more countries while undertaking numerous other studies. The continuous growth of the company in the near and medium-term is looking promising.


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