Regenerative medical devices maker with two proven technologies
Full-year revenues more than doubled last year
Remains on track to hit target of breaking even by 2020
Jefferies has a 10p share price target
What it does:
Regenerative medical devices maker Tissue Regenix PLC (LON:TRX) has products spanning wound care, orthopaedics and cardiac applications which are based on two proven technologies.
The first, dCELL, removes cellular and DNA material from biological tissues, leaving intact a scaffold upon which the patient's cells can regenerate and re-populate.
The AIM-listed company, which was spun out from the University of Leeds in 2006, uses dCELL Technology its DermaPure product for the healing of chronic wounds.
The other technology, BioRinse does a similar job killing micro-organisms, bacteria and spores as well as removing debris, blood, bone marrow and lipids.
It is key to the process used to create regenerative scaffolds used by surgeons developed by CellRight – the Texas-based biotech Tissue Regenix bought in August 2017.
CellRight provides osteobiologics for use in orthopaedic, spine and foot, and ankle procedures to enhance healing of defects caused by trauma or disease.
How’s it doing:
Earlier this month, Tissue Regenix reported full-year results showing revenues more than doubled last year and that it remains on track to hit its target of breaking even by 2020.
The company saw revenue jump to £11.6mln in the 12 months ended 31 December 2018, up from £5.2mln a year earlier.
The performance left Tissue with £7.8mln of cash in the bank – more than it had expected – and bosses expect to see more top-line growth in 2019 which should take Tissue a step closer to profitability.
Tissue said the strong top-line performance was also aided by rising demand for its products across all three of its divisions, while CellRight – the Texas-based biotech it bought in August 2017 – chipped in with its first full year of revenue.
An exclusive distribution agreement with ARMS Medical Revenue – signed in the first-half - helped revenue in its Biosurgery business jump 79% higher to £3.4mln (2017: £1.9mln).
Orthopaedics & Dental sales climbed by a third on a proforma basis to £6.4mln (2017: £4.9mln) reflecting a deal with Arthrex in the US last March, to distribute CellRight’s proprietary ‘BioRinse’ portfolio across Europe, with the initial focus on the UK
A milestone in the first-half was the UK regulatory sign-off for the BioRinse portfolio, while the manufacturing of DermaPure, the company’s wound care product, has been successfully transferred to the CellRight facility in Texas ahead of schedule.
To help manage the increasing popularity of its products, Tissue is adding a second shift to the rota at its manufacturing facility in San Antonio.
In the same statement, TRX confirmed Jesus Hernandez, the chief executive of its CellRight business, is to retire from his position later this quarter. Daniel Lee, who joined the group last month, will take over the reins.
In December, Tissue announced that its chief executive Steve Couldwell would temporarily step aside in January in order to undergo medical treatment. The group said Couldwell is expected to be out of action until March.
In his absence, chairman John Samuel took over as Tissue’s executive chairman, while chief financial officer Gareth Jones will take on the role of chief operating officer – both on an interim basis
Jones only joined Tissue as its CFO at the end of October, earlier than expected having completed the handover process in his previous position as the chief number cruncher at Applied Graphene Materials PLC (LON:AGM).
What the (interim) boss says - chairman John Samuel:
“The group is now well-placed to deliver further organic growth and expand our commercial footprint, both with new partnerships and into new territories.
“The board is confident that during 2019 we will continue to deliver top-line revenue growth, moving closer to our goal of sustainable profitability.”
In a healthcare sector review in January, analysts at Jefferies International said, in their view, the equity story for Tissue Regenix has further de-risked given recent strategic/commercial milestones.
They added: “We expect recent BioSurgery momentum to continue, supported by distributor agreements and increased account penetration.”
In particular, the analysts noted, Tissue Regenix is focusing on the EU launch of Orthopure XT, which may offer a greater long-term opportunity than Dermapure, with the form aiming to submit an application for CE mark approval by the end of 2018 with a potential commercialisation date in the first quarter of 2019.
The Jefferies analysts also said: “We believe the combined technology platforms would strengthen the opportunities for strategic partnerships, as evidenced by the recent deals.”
They added: “We also view TRX as an attractive takeover target for its broad innovation platform that addresses needs in various segments.”
Jefferies forecasts Tissue Regenix reporting group sales of £18mln in full-year 2019, up 53.9% year-on-year, advancing to £26mln in 2020 and £37mln in 2021.
The broker reiterated a ‘buy’ rating on Tissue Regenix shares with a price target of 10p per share.
The stock currently trades at 7p a share, giving Tissue Regenix a market capitalisation of around £82mln.