Hardman & Co Research: De-leveraging the balance sheet
Oxford BioMedica (OXB) is a specialist, advanced therapy, viral-vector biopharma company. It offers vector manufacturing and development services, while developing proprietary drug candidates, with its LentiVector(R) platform. 2018 saw significant growth in gross income, primarily through licensing deals, to deliver OXB's first underlying operating profit. OXB is, however, carrying a significant loan of $55m, which is relatively expensive with an interest rate of 9% plus US LIBOR, and also exposes it to forex risk. Equity financing of £53.5m from Novo Holdings A/S has been agreed, allowing repayment of the loan and securing a strategic partner. Please click here for the full report:
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