Nomura Securities Starts Gilead Sciences (GILD) at Buy; Top Biotech Stock Pick for 2014

January 8, 2014 7:43 AM EST
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Nomura Securities initiates coverage on Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD) with a Buy rating and $118 price target, naming the stock its biotech top stock pick for 2014.

"Set to dominant the Hepatitis C market through the 2011 acquisition of Pharmasset, which transformed the company from a value stock to a growth stock given Sovaldi's (for hepatitis C) ability to more than double Gilead's $10bn revenue base," analyst Ian Somaiya comments. "HIV is Gilead's biggest franchise and we expect it to continue to grow. We believe their oncology pipeline is a free call option, as our estimates for Idelalisib (for chronic lymphocytic leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma) are below consensus and we and the Street ignore momelotenib altogether; a $2bn+ opportunity. Our $118 target price is based on DCF of projected free cash flows in 2015-20E discounted at 11% with a 5% terminal growth rate."

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Shares of Gilead Sciences closed at $72.78 yesterday.

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