Collins Stewart Maintans a 'Buy' on Human Genome Sciences (HGSI); Promising Metrics from First Full Q:

July 22, 2011 9:41 AM EDT
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Collins Stewart maintans a 'Buy' on Human Genome Sciences (NASDAQ: HGSI), raises price target from $35 to $37.

Collins analyst says, "HGSI reported 2Q11 Benlysta revenue of $7.8M (excluding $1.2M in deferred revenue at distributors), slightly below Street cons of $8.2M but above our $5.1M estimate. We are encouraged by the uptick in the average weekly Benlysta revenue run rate of $1.05M in June (vs. $0.6M in May and $0.3M in April), which suggests $13.7M with no growth in 3Q11 (vs. cons of $22.6M and CSe of $19.9M). In addition, we believe HGSI / Glaxo (NYSE: GSK) have made significant headway in just over 3 months since launch, as evidenced by the following: 1) reps have visited ~90% of the 2,265 target accounts an average of 5 times; 2) 85%-90% of target physicians have or intend to administer Benlysta within 3 months; 3) 98% of insurance verifications are approved (2-day turnaround); and 4) ~12% of target accounts (272/2,265) have already treated patients."

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