Cogstate contracts provide fiscal 2019 foundation

By Trevor Hoey. Published at Aug 14, 2018, in Features

Name: Cogstate Ltd (ASX:CGS)

Market Capitalisation: $58 million

Opening Share Price: 55 cents

In fiscal 2018, Cogstate signed $36.1 million of new sales contracts, a 22% increase from the prior year.

Having recognised $28.1 million of revenue from those contracts, as at June 30, 2018 Cogstate had $34.8 million of contracted revenue expected to be recognised in future periods.

It is this strong revenue predictability along with the Cogstate’s anticipated near term transition to profitability that is generating interest in the company.

The company’s shares traded as high as 58 cents following the release of its result, representing an increase of 14%.

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With many small biotech companies struggling to generate revenues let alone earnings, this is a company that has set itself apart from its peers.

Cogstate entered into contracts for the license of Cognigram technology during the 2018 financial year.

Mostly the licence period was 12 months, although some contracts were for an extended period, the longest being six years.

In total, contracts to the value of $676,970 were executed during the 2018 financial year.

The other promising news looking towards fiscal 2019 is that management believes the company will transition to profitability in the second half as the full benefit of cost reduction measures is realised.

This is a speculative belief at this stage and investors should seek professional financial advice if considering this stock for their portfolio.

Diversified player in mental health sector

Cogstate also operates in a niche market, and with its expertise in cognitive conditions and technologies the company is well-positioned to take advantage of increased investment in improving mental health diagnostics, treatment and care.

Solutions provided by the company assist in optimising the measurement of cognition in clinical trials, academic research and healthcare.

Cogstate provides enabling technologies and professional services for higher quality neuropsychological assessments and it is a pioneer in commercializing rapid, reliable and highly sensitive computerized cognitive tests.

The company’s customers include the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies, elite sporting organizations and defence forces.

On the medical front, the company is involved with physicians and patients, as well as academic institutions and public-private partnerships.

Alzheimers is a key focus area

In the last 12 months, Cogstate has continued its growth in the clinical trials market, with contract sales up 22%.

The company has also added important scientific resources, with a business development focus and expertise in key focus areas, such as Alzheimer’s disease as well as paediatric and rare diseases.

Management highlighted that a recent analysis had showed that the number of drugs in phase 2 Alzheimer’s disease studies had increased 17% over the last year.

Further, the number of disease modifying drugs in phase 2 Alzheimer’s disease studies is up 34% over the last year.

Cogstate is of the view that the huge societal need (and associated commercial opportunity) for Alzheimer’s disease treatments will result in continued investment in potential treatments.

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