Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Tarceva: running in place?

One other note from the DNA earnings numbers: Tarceva sales grew 27% year over year and 7% sequentially (total: $107M). Very bad news for OSI. DNA is more motivated to push Avastin for solid tumors, so Tarceva is probably undermarketed by something between $500M and $1B.

I wonder if OSI can buy back their product from Genentech, perhaps financed by a big pharma sugar daddy like NVS. If you slap DNA's P/E on Tarceva, the price would be something like $21B (versus OSI's valuation of $1.9B) so I can't imagine this happening soon. Unfortunately, OSI's current valuation doesn't really argue for an acquisition by DNA, and that doesn't even take into account the potential anti-trust concerns of such a merger.

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