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New York, NY - On May 16, 2013, Taglich Brothers released an updated research report on Pivotal Therapeutics Inc. (PVTTF) and reiterated a Speculative Buy rating with the 12-month price target lowered to $0.25 per share from $0.60 due to reduced longer term revenue and a diminished sector valuation. The report noted the following key investment considerations:
• Vascazen, a new prescription Omega-3 medical food product, will fill an unmet dietary need in an estimated 16 million US cardiovascular disease patients at risk for sudden death and other adverse coronary events. A broader target market could range up to 74 million patients if Vascazen gains acceptance among internists an family medicine practitioners.
• Our longer-term revenue forecast - $26 million by 2017 - is scaled back to reflect expectations for a slower revenue ramp than anticipated earlier. The sales force has been reorganized and focused on high-potential markets. Fortified with favorable data from the REVEAL clinical study, the sales force should achieve better market penetration.
• Our 2013 loss projection of ($0.04) per share is unchanged but we have reduced our revenue forecast in light of a slower than anticipated ramp. Reductions in R&D and G&A expenses should narrow the company’s 2014 loss to ($0.02) per share.
• In 2012, Pivotal incurred a loss of $3.6 million, or ($0.05) per share, on revenue of $94,000, vs. a 2011 loss of ($0.06) per share. The company earned no revenue in 2011, its first year of operation. In 4Q12 (results reported Apr. 29, 2013) Pivotal incurred a loss of $1.1 million, or ($0.01) per share, on nominal net revenue. We projected a loss of ($0.01) per share on revenue of $77,000.
The full report can be viewed at http://www.taglichbrothers.com/equityuniverse/companies/pivotaltherapeutics/pivotaltherapeutics.aspx.
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Pivotal Therapeutics Inc., (PVTTF.PK) headquartered in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada was established in 2010. Pivotal is a development stage specialty pharmaceutical company that is currently focused on the commercialization of Vascazen, an FDA-approved prescription Omega 3 medical food product developed to reduce risk factors that lead to adverse coronary events, including sudden death. Vascazen is the first of a range of proven formulations that Pivotal envisions taking to market while avoiding the costly regulatory review (New Drug Applications and Abbreviated New Drug Applications) that prescription drugs are subject to.
Clinical studies prove that Omega 3, commonly referred to as fish oil, significantly reduces cardiovascular risk factors stemming from dietary deficiencies in fish oils. Omega 3 is particularly effective when formulated, as Vascazen is, with high concentrations of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanenoic acid (DHA) in optimally balanced proportions.
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