Has it really been three months? I've been dreading this update since I don't think I've done very well recently and I'm going to hate seeing it in black and white. Also, I've gathered so many companies into the GBMB fold that it's going to take hours to write progress notes on all of them. But I guess when I decided to publish all my biotech trades I took on the risk of looking bad, so here goes ...
BDSI 5000 shares bought at 3.95, current price 2.34
DSCO 50000 shares bought at DCA of 0.375, current price 0.27
MYGN 2000 shares bought at 18, current price 15.59
MYRX 3000 shares bought at 3.8, current price 3.78
EXEL 3000 shares bought at 3.69, current price 3.14
BIOD 3000 shares bought at 3.94, current price 4.08
RTIX 3000 shares bought at 2.95, current price 2.55
IDRA 3000 shares bought at 3.35, current price 3.41
FOLD 1218 shares bought at 2.9, current price 2.88
IDRA 3000 shares sold at 4.16 (bought at 3.7)
RGEN 5000 shares sold at 3.63 (bought at 3.25)
FOLD 5000 shares sold at 2.6 (bought at 2.1)
RIGL 2000 shares sold at 7.21 (bought at 6.49)
Total value of current GBMB holdings = $110768
Unrealized losses = $20454
Realized gains = $21660
Yowzas. Throw in a couple hundred bucks in trading costs and I'm up a grand in seven months. The only thing that makes me feel better about GBMB is that the picks I stole from top Fools are biting the dust like its going out of style.
So how are the kids doing?
MYGN – I thought I lucked out grabbing Myriad at 18 after a big gap down in May, only to see continued downgrades and weakness. Earnings were released today and seemed to be in line with guidance, although the after hours action looks negative yet again. The market is acting like they think health care will permanently regress and the most cutting edge diagnostics will be simply discarded. That’s the only explanation I can come up with for the persistent drops in companies like Myriad, Genomic Health, and Genoptix. Myriad is using some of their sizable cash reserves to buy back up to 100M in stock. I’m holding my position.
DSCO – once again I thought I did a good job holding out for a good price, only to see cheaper and cheaper prices appear every time I averaged down. Discovery seems to have a never-ending appetite for dilutive financings, and the failure of the phase II study of Surfaxin in acute respiratory failure sure didn’t help. I think Discovery at 0.18 was probably one of the best risk/reward buys a biotech investor could have made this year. Why didn’t I double down again at 0.18? Because of the Sequenom effect. Any baby biotech stock, no matter how good it looks on paper, has the potential to suddenly reveal a negative catalyst that can obliterate its value. At 50000 shares and $18750 invested, I’m done buying Discovery. Now it’s just a waiting game for phase II data for the KL4 surfactant in cystic fibrosis in Q3 and the resubmission of the Surfaxin NDA in Q1 2011. I’m still seeing Discovery back over 1 within six months.
BDSI – this remains my biggest mistake so far with the GBMB strategy. I considered 4 to be a bottom based on looking at the chart, and thinking that the push up to 8 after Onsolis approval couldn’t have been completely misguided. As it turned out, 4 was a ledge and the stock continues to seek a bottom. Meanwhile, the path forward is extremely murky with very limited information from the company’s quarterly statements and other sources. Onsolis has generated some slight royalties by the most recent earnings statement, but it is unclear if they will continue to increase. BDSI isn’t providing any updates on their pipeline, or on the status of the BEMA fentanyl submission in Europe. I’m continuing to hold my 5000 shares because I don’t have enough information to justify selling them.
MYRX – this stock remains a cash play. The discount of market cap to cash was substantial at the end of last quarter, and the next quarterly numbers remain to be seen. Meanwhile the company appears to be tightening up the pipeline by discontinuing their HIV programs. I’m not seeing much chance of exciting clinical developments in the near future, but a partnership or buyout remain distinct possibilities. The share price has dipped as low as 3.6 but bounced back to current levels. I’m fairly comfortable that I executed this bottom-feeding play correctly.
EXEL – the financial position looks pretty good to me after reviewing the last earnings, with a healthy 308M in cash including long-term investments. I’m kind of shocked to see the stock flirting with 3 just on the basis of Bristol-Myers dumping XL184. It’s a setback, but nowhere near as bad as the drug failing completely. Exelixis still has other proprietary drugs in their pipeline and XL880 farmed out to Glaxo. The share price is within a buck of the all-time low of 2.4 seen in the depths of fall 2008 misery. I’ve got room to double down on this one below 2.9.
BIOD – the only story here is the Viaject PDUFA of October 30. I thought my bottle imp was jumping this week but it looks like a false alarm. I’m still hoping for at least 6 but I will not be holding this stock through the PDUFA under any circumstances as I think the likelihood of rejection is high.
FOLD – I made an abortive run at 2.9 and got 1218 shares and then forgot about it until Portefeuille called a true bottom last month which allowed me to rack up $2500 with a new investment. How he does it I’ll never know but I don’t argue with profits. I confess to being clueless about the movements of this stock since no strong catalyst is expected until Amigal phase III data in mid-2011.
MIPI – I can’t leave Molecular Insight alone because of its bizarre behavior this year which at one point resulted in a gift of nearly $10000. The company is surviving at the mercy of bondholders who are providing one or two week waiver extensions that allow operations to continue. But three times this year the share price has suddenly shot upward, at one point almost 300% (and thus my $10000 gift). The share price is now at an all time low of 1.12, and the next waiver extension runs out August 16. Will the bondholders require the company to declare bankruptcy this time and send the share price to 0? Or will whoever is controlling this stock make it quadruple for a few hours before it sinks again like a dispirited soufflé? I hate to admit it, but I’m seriously considering buying a couple of thousand shares just to see what happens.
I think I’ll leave it at that for now, and hopefully find time to discuss IDRA, RTIX, RGEN, RIGL, MDVN, GHDX, OPTR, ITMN, ANDS, ADLR, TTHI, DEPO, and ANX later this month.