Cantor Maintains Buy On Array BioPharma As It Regains Rights To Binimetinib


In a research report released Thursday, Cantor analyst Mara Goldstein maintained a Buy rating on Array BioPharma (NASDAQ:ARRY) with a $9 price target, as the company will regain worldwide rights to binimetinib, a MEK inhibitor in Phase III development for a variety of cancers, as of April 22, 2015.

Goldstein noted, “We think this deal offers great terms as it allows for continuity for binimetinib’s development, provides both cash and other support (clinical, regulatory, manufacturing, etc.) critical to uninterrupted development of binimetinib, and unburdens Array from paying accrued co-development costs. In addition, Array will gain access to a variety of Novartis compounds currently being tested or contemplated with binimetinib (LEE011, BYL719, etc.).”

The analyst added, “Array will gain substantial optionality, in our view. Array regains rights to a fully funded late-stage Phase III asset, with the option to keep, out-license, or co-market binimetinib. Additionally, the start of filanesib’s (multiple myeloma) Phase III FACTOR trial was recently delayed as the binimetinib deal was being worked out, and thus we expect it to begin at some point.”

According to TipRanks.com, which measures analysts’ and bloggers’ success rate based on how their calls perform, analyst Mara Goldstein has a total average return of 19.2% and a 74.2% success rate. Goldstein has a -7.3% average return when recommending ARRY, and is ranked #298 out of 3395 analysts.

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