Keryx Biopharmaceuticals: An Interesting Small Cap Value Play

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Keryx biopharmaceuticals

I just read an excellent article on Seekingalpha regarding the bullish case for the company Keryx Biopharmaceuticals. I must admit that Biopharma is not my forte and I probably will not buy the stock as it is outside my circle of competence. However, I thought many of the more astute investors might be interested in Keryx.

I must also admit I do not like to use TTM for valuation metrics( I prefer average 3 or 5 years of earnings) but in young companies I do not think this is always fair( this might be hypocritical on my part I admit but I think there is merit to doing this).

I investigated further, the stock was trading at P/E 15 but went up a lot after a buy recommendation several days ago from an analyst . The company is trading at a P/E of 19. The company has plenty of cash and little debt (which is many times a problem for biotech companies). The company has no long term debt, and has TOTAL liabilities of 9 million versus cash and short term investments of about 34 million. The company is cash flow negatives from operations but this is slowing going from $57 million in 2007, to $38 million in 2008, to only $5 million in 2009(despite the massive decrease in earnings due to the great recession),

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In terms of earnings the company lost a lot of money in 2007 and 2008 but made $10 million in 2009. It has a return on equity of 51%. In addition its return on sales are 48%, ROA 38%, and ROI of 51%. These figures are all within the top 80 to 90% of companies in the industry.

The seeking Alpha article states that the company has a Myeloma drug Perifosine in stage III. Currently over 10,000 people die from myeloma a year.

The author Jeremy Richards states in his SeekingAlpha article

“Assuming that 50% of the 10,580 deaths are to receive Perifosine and that the average cost of treatment is $5,000 per month (Velcade is $45,000). Also note the average course of treatment is 22.5 months (averagesurvival rate from the phase II trial), but for simplicity and a more conservative estimate, I will just assume that treatment is received for only 12 months. Thus, the number of patients to go on and off treatment each month is equal.

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If anyone wants to see more on the bullish case for Keryx check out the article a seperate article on my website about Keryx []