Investing in the world of small caps can be a hazardous occupation: it comes with a serious wealth warning. It is hardly surprising to find that most investors place their money into large and mid-cap companies on the whole these stocks can be a lot more liquid and are generally safer investments.
But sometimes a company comes along and, as you look closer, it can make perfect sense to invest your hard-earned cash before investing in FTSE 100 giants. Indeed, if you do your research properly, you can achieve truly spectacular results. Today Im going to be taking a look atBioventix (LSE: BVXP), and explain why I would invest in this company before I considered an investment in eitherGlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) or AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN). Lets take a look
Shares in this FTSE giant seem to have picked up recently, recovering from a slump at the start of the year as the market panicked about drugs coming off-patent and pricing pressures impacting the bottom line across the globe. Perhaps the market is coming round to the possibilities that may result from the recent asset-swap with fellow mega-cap Novartis, together with the results of the company-wide restructure, currently under way. Investors are hoping that the company will unlock some value going forward, resulting in a more streamlined company.
At first glance the shares dont look cheap, trading at around 17 times forward earnings. Even so, they are still expected to yield over 5% before taking into account the return of capital scheduled for the first half of the year.
The pressure has been on the company following the rejection of the Pfizer bid last year. Whilst the market wasnt overly impressed with the results reported by the company on Friday, there may be some rays of light for those investors prepared to look forward.
The company seems to be making progress across its six areas of business, with a number of collaborations and joint ventures announced to the market. Investors may start to see the potential of these and other collaborations as they progress.
The shares trade at around 17 times forward earnings and yield just under 4%. Whilst they dont scream cheap, there may well be some potential for them to move higher in the medium term.
As we can see from the chart below, there has been one clear winner over the last 12months:
For those that dont know, Bioventix is based in the United Kingdom and has a market capitalisation of only c.40m. It is engaged in the development and supply of antibodies. The company is a biotechnology company specialising in the development of high-affinity (accurate) sheep monoclonal antibodies (SMAs) for use in immunodiagnostics focusing on the areas of clinical diagnostics and drugs of abuse testing it is generally accepted that sheep make better antibodies than mice.
It has two main lines of business: antibodies produced at its own risk; and Contract R&D, which is sponsored work.
The company takes around 12 months to make antibodies, then the customers such asSiemens and Roche take from 2-4 years to formulate a prototype test, conduct field trials, submit data to regulatory authorities and obtain marketing approval. This is initially an impediment to revenue growth but delivers longer-term revenue continuity. The company receives revenue from royalties based on the sales of final tests to hospital and clinics.
Whilst these tests are still relevant today, the company is not standing still and has plans stretching out all the way to 2030. Whilst the shares dont currently look like they are in the bargain bucket, trading at 18 times forward earnings and yielding 3.5%, I would argue that this is a quality company boasting excellent revenue visibility, currently entering the next stage of its growth. As an added bonus, it has nearly 10% of its market capitalisation in cash, giving it the ability to pay special dividends in due course.
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Dave Sullivan owns shares in Bioventix. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. We Fools don’t all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.