US growth visibility improves as Cipla settles patent litigation with Celgene (Bristol Myers Squibb) in the US for gRevlimid (USD 7.6bn). As per the settlement terms, Cipla is licensed to sell volume-limited quantity after Mar 2022 and without volume-restriction after Jan 31, 2026 subject to product approval from the US FDA. While the details pertaining to launch date and market share are not disclosed, the opportunity can add an NPV of Rs4 0/share to target price in a base case scenario (assuming 5-10% market share, 30-50% price erosion between FY23-26). HDFC Securities increased their target price to Rs 940 to factor gRevlimid launch in FY23 and maintained BUY rating. Key catalysts are ramp-up in Albuterol, progress on IV Tramadol, limited competition launches in the US.
Competitive landscape is crowded, yet remains lucrative:
Natco Pharma, Alvogen, Dr. Reddy’s labs have settled for a volume-limited launch until Jan 31, 2026. However, Natco’s terms appear favorable compared to others with launches starting from Mar 2022 (first to market) and volumes increasing every year upto Mar 2025 but capped at one-third volume share in the final year. Alvogen will enter after Mar 2022 and their volumes can increase each period to no more than a single-digit percentage in the final year. While Dr. Reddy’s and Cipla will enter after Mar-2022, they have not disclosed volume -limited license date and percentages. Other known filers are Aurobindo Pharma, Sun Sun Pharma, Hetero, Apotex, ANDA Inc, Cadila Healthcare, Mylan, Lupin. So far, only Alvogen has received tentative approval.
Bull-Bear spread of Rs 26 – Rs 71:
HDFC Securities base case scenario assumes 30-50% price erosion and 5-10% market share between FY23-26 which results in an NPV of Rs 40/share for Cipla. Bear case scenario assumes higher competition, higher price erosion and lower market share resulting in an NPV of Rs 26/share and bull case scenario assumes a three player market with lower price erosion and higher market share resulting in an NPV of Rs71/share. HDFC Securities notes the possibility of more players settling with Celgene could limit upside. Assuming a 5 player market, we factor 30-50% erosion between FY23-26 for Dr. Reddy’s and Cipla. HDFC Securities values Dr. Reddy’s gRevlimid opportunity at Rs 384/sh.
Valuation and risks:
HDFC Securities maintains BUY rating and increases their target price to Rs 940/sh based on 23x Sep 22 EPS, Rs29/sh for gAdvair and Rs40/sh for gRevlimid. HDFC Securities believes Cipla is in the sweet spot with key businesses witnessing strong growth momentum. While Covid sales could normalise in India, recovery in ex-Covid prescription business, structural savings in costs and ramp up in gAlbuterol share in the US is likely to drive an earnings growth of 28% CAGR over FY20-23e.
Lower than expected growth in India, slower ramp-up in Albuterol, delay in resolution of Goa warning letter, higher price erosion in the US.
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