Mind Medicine: Canaccord Maintains Ratings Following Financial Results

On Friday, November 13th, Mind Medicine (NEO: MMED) reported their third quarter 2020 financial results. Tania Gonsalves, Canaccord Genuity’s biotechnology analyst, has a C$2 price target and a speculative buy rating.

Gonsalves comments, “As a clinical-stage biotechnology company, quarterly financials are not a materially impactful event, apart from unexpected variations in forecast cash burn.”

Operating expenses came in at $6.9 million, $900k above their $5.8 million estimate. The reason costs came in higher was due to R&D expenses, which were $5.3 million compared to the forecast of $3.9 million. General and administrative expenses however came below her estimate of $2 million. The company reported a net loss of $8.7 million, above Canaccord’s estimate of $7.2 million.

Gonsalves says that they are extending their estimate of when Phase 1b trial of their 118-MC addiction program to the fourth quarter of 2020 and now assuming phase 2 trial begins in 2021. She justifies this by stating, “there was no mention of completion in the financials.”

Onto Mind Medicine’s LSD microdose program, Gonsalves says that they continue to model for the trial to start in Q4/20 but adds, “it could be delayed to Q1/20. Phase 2 trials are expected to be complete by the end of 2022.”

With Mind Medicine expenses being over estimates, Tania has now increased her R&D expenses by $1.5 million in the fourth quarter and $1 million in 2021, “to account for Phase 1 trials slated to begin before year-end.”

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