Roth Capital Reiterates Buy On Sarepta Following Appointment Of New Interim Chairman


In a research note published today, Roth Capital analyst Debjit Chattopadhyay reiterated a Buy rating on Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT) with a $34 price target, following the appointment of John Hodgman, as the interim chairman, replacing William Goolsbee, who will continue to serve on the board as an independent director.

Chattopadhyay noted, “It appears that CEO Chris Garabedian, now has the full backing of the board. However, the real vindication of his aggressive regulatory strategy can only be realized upon eteplirsen’s accelerate approval. We look forward to the 2Q conference call for further details”. He continued, “Contrary to the earlier WSJ report, we believe the board has not curbed Chris’ broad sway over Sarepta’s strategy and especially his involvement with the FDA. In our opinion, Chris’ aggressive regulatory strategy has brought Sarepta close to the finish line and we hope the recent management changes are no more than a fleeting distraction”.

The analyst added, “Although Sarepta has the smallest dataset, eteplirsen, appears to be better positioned from a tolerability and dosing perspective in this chronic indication where young boys could be on therapy for up to a decade or longer. We view the recent weakness in the stock as an opportunity to establish new positions or add to existing positions”.

According to TipRanks.com, which measures analysts’ and bloggers’ success rate based on how their calls perform analyst Debjit Chattopadhyay has a 2.5% average return and a 28.6% success rate. Chattopadhyay has a -15.2% average return when recommending SRPT, and is ranked #1788 out of 3195 analysts.

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