US Biotech Firm Keeps Growing Revenue
Source: Scott Henry
September 27, 2022 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Revenue last quarter was strong, and management expects to increase revenue 20% this fiscal year, noted a ROTH Capital Partners report.
Champions Oncology Inc. (CSBR:NASDAQ) just reported Q1 fiscal year 2023 (FY23) results "demonstrated consistent strength in the underlying business," reported ROTH Capital Partners analyst Scott Henry in a September 21, 2022 research note. ROTH maintained its Buy rating on this firm that provides research and development solutions and services to oncology drug developers.
"We highlight Champions as an emerging small-cap investment that is not already well known," Henry wrote. "The fundamentals that we find appealing include 1) revenue growth consistently near 20%, 2) a base business that is turning cash flow positive, and 3) a balance sheet absent of debt."
Henry summarized Champions' results for Q1 FY23, the quarter that ended July 31, 2022, noting they were in line with expectations. Revenue during the quarter was $13.7 million ($13.7M), slightly above ROTH's estimate of $13.4M. The New Jersey-based company spent $7M during the quarter, right around ROTH's forecast of $6.9M.
Gross margin during Q1 FY23, however, was lower than ROTH expected, coming in at 48.7% versus 52.5%. This led to a gross profit that was about $350,000 under ROTH's estimate. The net earnings per share (EPS) loss for the quarter was a miss at $0.02; ROTH projected an EPS gain of $0.01.
"Revenue strength was offset by lower gross margins, which prevented bottom line upside and slightly reduced our FY23 and FY24 EPS targets," Henry wrote. Revised targets are $0.15 and $0.40, down from $0.20 and $0.45, respectively.
On the positive side, Champions reiterated its guidance of about 20% revenue growth for FY23.
"This is particularly impressive given that the software-as-a-service business has yet to make meaningful contributions," wrote Henry.
Despite projected revenue growth and based on an expected slight drop in Champions' FY23 profit, ROTH lowered its target price to $15 per share from $16 on the biotech. Its current share price, in comparison, is about $7.91.
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