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August 2nd, 2022 | 10:57 CEST

These sources of return concern us all: Fresenius, Defence Therapeutics, BioNTech

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When people receive an unexpected diagnosis or a loved one suddenly dies, our health suddenly becomes very important. Even though there is often no room for such topics in the daily lives of investors, it is worthwhile to deal with health for several reasons. On the one hand, preventive care brings the most important of all returns; on the other hand, this rather unpleasant topic in everyday life also holds opportunities if we focus on health risks and look at possible solutions. We present three stocks from the healthcare sector that deserve attention.

time to read: 3 minutes | Author: Nico Popp

Table of contents:

    Fresenius: What is going on?

    The current share price of dialysis specialist Fresenius is a tragedy: In the past ten years, the share price has not been as low as it is today. If a stock split is also considered, the share is valued much lower today than it was back then. The weaker result at the beginning of the year was due to burdens in the wake of the pandemic. Fresenius is currently doing particularly well with the Helios hospital chain, which has significantly increased its sales in recent months. Investors in Fresenius always benefit indirectly from the business of its subsidiary Fresenius Medical Care - here, sales rose by 8% at the beginning of the year. But why is the Fresenius share not getting off the ground?

    The debt ratio at Fresenius is currently around 60% - and rising. In times of rising interest rates, investors are therefore becoming cautious. Although the Company wants to become significantly more profitable by the end of next year and save around EUR 150 million annually, this information has been known on the market for some time now, without investors having bought into it when the share price was falling. With another pandemic fall looming, Fresenius' "covid-sensitive" stock does not appear to be a good choice. However, the stable dividend, which currently offers a yield of more than 3%, is a positive factor.

    Defence Therapeutics: Renowned institutes pave the way for approval procedures starting in 2023

    Defence Therapeutics does not pay a dividend. However, a payout is the last thing investors expect from the Canadian biotech company. Defence Therapeutics has several mainstays and works, among other things, on vaccines against cancer, such as skin or breast cancer. The Company's own patented drug enhancer Accum™ has potential as an active ingredient in addition to its intrinsic property, as it is highly toxic and is said to offer potential in tumors when applied in a targeted manner. A few weeks ago, the Company announced plans to further research the technology in collaboration with internationally renowned institutes such as the Curie Institute, the Institut de Recherche en Cancérologie de Montpellier and the HUS Comprehensive Cancer Center from Finland. These collaborations with different foci and experts could yield important insights for Defence.

    In early 2023, Defence Therapeutics plans to launch as many as three Phase 1 trials to drive regulatory approval of its technology. "Defence's Accum™ platform was primarily developed and tested in vitro and in vivo to improve intranuclear drug delivery for several FDA-approved antibody conjugates or novel conjugates in development. We strongly believe that all these important results achieved this year related to Accum™ ADCs will further demonstrate the efficacy of our Accum™ technology and take Defence to a new level," said Sebastien Plouffe, CEO of Defence Therapeutics. After falling significantly in recent weeks, the stock could become interesting again as we head into winter. In June, Canadian analyst firm Canaccord Genuity published detailed research on the Company. Defence Therapeutics should therefore be on several watch lists.

    BioNTech: Legal dispute leaves the market cold

    With fall approaching, BioNTech's stock is also worth a look. The Corona vaccine pioneer is currently working on improved versions of its vaccine for the fall. At the same time, the patent dispute with Tübingen-based rival CureVac entered a new round. BioNTech has defended itself in the US with a declaratory judgment action and assumes that it has not infringed any patents held by the Swabians. Even though legal disputes never go down well on the market, as a rule, the share has recently freed itself and is now at the upper end of the sideways trend that has been intact since the turn of the year. If new impulses follow, BioNTech can quickly head back toward EUR 200. However, investors should be aware that new highs are rather unlikely for BioNTech.

    If you consciously leave everyday life behind and focus on health risks, you will quickly realize how important innovative companies from the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors are. While the Fresenius share offers little perspective for the reasons mentioned, BioNTech appears to be on the rise despite being a dividend aristocrat. Defence Therapeutics could also offer great opportunities due to its low valuation and the numerous prospects surrounding its patented Accum™ technology.

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    Der Autor

    Nico Popp

    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.

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