November 25th, 2021 | 11:46 CET
BB Biotech, Sativa Wellness, Carnival: Anti-aging as a megatrend
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At home in Southern Germany, the passionate stock exchange expert has been accompanying the capital markets for about twenty years. With a soft spot for smaller companies, he is constantly on the lookout for exciting investment stories.
BB Biotech: This stock is exciting and dull at the same time
At first glance, BB Biotech is not an anti-aging stock. However, the Swiss investment company with a great deal of know-how around biotechnology and medicine has several companies in its portfolio researching the greatest challenges of our time. These include diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's. Indirectly, this can also be called anti-aging - after all, the quality of life increases in old age when the typical infirmities eventually disappear. Since the work on new drugs is lengthy, challenging and difficult to plan, BB Biotech's investment structure offers a perfect vehicle for investors who do not want to put all their eggs in one basket and who want to rely on independent expertise in a highly complex area such as biotechnology.
Since BB Biotech has been active in this field for many years and has filled key positions in the Company with specialists from the fields of medicine and science, an investment in the Company is akin to an accolade for biotech companies. Investors can thus assume that there is at least a good perspective for the respective project. In addition, there is the diversification effect - with BB Biotech, investors do not put all their eggs in one basket. However, a negative factor is that the current value of the investments, which are generally not listed on the stock exchange themselves, is not very transparent. It can sometimes take some time before the market recognizes the potential and also prices in BB Biotech. The share has only gained just under 15% over the past year, making it a rather conservative stock. The dividend yield, however, is a proud 5%.
Sativa Wellness: Self-tests and telemedicine with potential
There is no dividend at Sativa Wellness - but a payout is probably the last thing investors expect from the wellness stock: it is all about growth. Just recently, the Company announced a distribution partnership for blood tests. The offer is aimed gender-specifically at open-minded customers who want to optimize their health. These include analysis around hormone levels and fertility, pre-diabetes and cholesterol, and general organ health and micronutrient supply. As the partnership allows customers to have blood drawn when needed effortlessly, this lowers the hurdle and could drive sales of the blood tests. Fitness enthusiasts and anti-aging supporters, in particular, attach great importance to preventive healthcare and a healthy lifestyle. A laboratory result indicates potential or reassures. The target group is happy to pay for this.
In addition to the blood test business, Sativa Wellness also offers high-quality CBD products and laboratory services related to cannabis diagnostics. In the first half of the year, the Company achieved positive cash flow and gained further tailwind against the backdrop of increasing liberalization and legalization around cannabis. The Company's laboratory analysis and telemedicine offerings are also likely to be growth areas given the high awareness of personal healthcare. The share has been running sideways for months. Good figures could kiss the value awake. Given the low market capitalization of only around EUR 14 million, the stock has a lot going for it in terms of dynamic development.
Carnival: This share has fallen out of the times
The cruise operator Carnival also stands for wellness: spacious pools, good food, a little sport on deck - all this speaks for relaxation and well-being. Nevertheless, the offer seems a little out of date. Most people under 60 are more likely to associate Carnival with fine dust, crowds of tourists storming Venice, and petty squabbles at the buffet. In the wake of the Corona pandemic, the stock has dropped significantly and was always considered a comeback candidate. Although the share has already recovered over the past year, it is still trading about 66% below where it was three years ago. Whether the share will reach the prices of that time again is questionable. The world after Corona will be a different one - perhaps that is just as well.
Nevertheless, those who believe in Carnival's potential can make a note of the stock for a comeback. BB Biotech, on the other hand, is more of a "leave it" stock. Here, a solid dividend and a lot of fantasy beckon, even if it does not look like it at first glance. The best perspective for speculative investors is Sativa Wellness. The Company operates in exciting areas and has recently presented increasingly better figures. If the market recognizes this and there are no setbacks, the value could become promising.
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