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Biotech Barometer: European-listed biotech companies are showing positive signals despite uneven performances in H2'2019

Biotech Barometer: European-listed biotech companies are showing positive signals despite uneven performances in H2'2019

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Euronext and BiotechBourse have put together the Biotech Barometer, a comprehensive report on the state of publicly listed companies in the biotech industry. According to the report, the total market capitalisation of the companies listed on Euronext has increased by €7.4 billion in the second half of 2019, driven by the success of two Belgian-based firms.

The total market capitalisation of the biotech firms listed on Euronext has reached €24.4 billion, up from €14 billion at the end of 2018.

The second half of 2019 did not see a single new biotech IPO, so all the developments have come from the changes of the market caps of previously-listed industry players. An interesting detail here is that the total valuation of the companies valued above €200 million rose by €7.55 billion (mainly thanks to the two firms mentioned before), while the 42 companies valued below that saw their total value decrease by €0.48 billion.

At the same time, European biotech companies listed on Euronext set a record by raising €1.1 billion via secondary offerings. The four transactions representing 95 percent of the capital raised were those of Galapagos (€960 million), Transgene (€50.58 million), Celyad (€18.54 million), and Sensorion (€17.29 million).

The researchers at Euronext did a thorough job analysing stock behaviours following major announcements coming from biotech companies. The research shows that 44 positive announcements in H2'2019 led the price of the company to rise by 15 percent on average on the same day; however, 15 negative announcements alone caused an average decline in the price of 264 percent.

Positive outlook

The Biotech Barometer has also identified 420 institutional investors in the capital of the 52 biotech firms listed on Euronext — up from 375 in mid-2019. Of that number, 120 are new to the sector — and 30 percent of them represent North America, while 46 percent come from the EU.

Furthermore, more than half of the 15 main institutional investors in the biotech firms listed on Euronext represent the United States.

The increased interest from North American investors and the sheer number of new investors could be a positive sign for the industry, as well as the increase of the average market cap from €135 million to €144 million year-on-year.

Another good indicator is stock liquidity, which has increased to €117 million in daily volumes during the second half of 2019, compared to €107 million in 2018. Here, as in many other featured statistics, the major Belgian biotech firms led the way.

The Biotech Barometer is a free report available in full on the Euronext website

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