Biotech Firm Should Increase Sales by 20% This Year
March 11, 2022 (Investorideas.com Newswire) This immunotherapy company's outlook for 2022 is positive with expected growth in overall product sales and progress on the clinical front, noted an H.C. Wainwright & Co. report.
CytoSorbents Corp. (CTSO:NASDAQ) reported a lower than expected net loss for 2021, but core product sales should return to growth this year now that COVID-19 restrictions in the European Union have greatly eased, reported H.C. Wainwright & Co. analyst Sean Lee in a March 9 research note.
In fact, CytoSorbents' management expects sales of its CytoSorb product in 2022 to be 20% higher than in 2021, given sales reps now have unfettered access to hospitals and physicians, Lee noted.
The analyst added that H.C. Wainwright also predicts growth for the immunotherapy company this year. It estimates total 2022 revenue of $44.4 million ($44.4M), reflecting a 3% year-over-year increase in total revenue and a 23% increase in core product revenues.
Also in 2022, Lee pointed out, CytoSorbents' sales of CytoSorb for COVID-19 patients are expected to continue their downward trend. Q4/21 revenue from COVID-related sales in Q4/21 amounted to $1.76M, down from $2.6M a year earlier.
The forecasted decrease in COVID-related sales is ascribed to the further abatement of the pandemic, particularly the ongoing drops in the number of critically ill coronavirus patients needing ventilator support. The expected boost in CytoSorb sales overall, however, should make up for the continuing COVID-related shortfall.
Looking at the 2021 numbers, CytoSorbents' total full-year revenue came in at $43.2M, higher than consensus' forecasted $42.1M. This is attributed to the lifting of COVID restrictions happening quicker than anticipated in the company's direct sales regions, primarily Germany.
CytoSorbents' 2021 net loss was $0.57 per share, greater than the Street's $0.44 per share estimate. This, Lee noted, is due to the costs the company incurred while expanding its sales force.
With respect to catalysts for the biotech, Lee indicated, the most significant ones on track to happen in the next 12 to 18 months are data readouts from two clinical trials: STAR-T and STAR-D. Both studies will evaluate using DrugSorb-ATR to remove antithrombotic agents during urgent cardiothoracic surgery.
Enrollment for STAR-T, now underway, is expected to be finished in Q1/23. Earlier-stage STAR-D is in the recruitment phase.
"The U.S. remains the most lucrative medical device market in the world, and we believe success in these two studies could provide the fastest way for the company to secure regulatory approvals in the U.S., which could happen in H2/23," Lee wrote.
H.C. Wainwright has a Buy rating and a $13 per share price target on CytoSorbents, the current share price of which is around $3.75.
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