Bellevue Biotech (CH)
Biotech sector with sustainable, strong sales and earnings growth thanks to high innovation level
Expiring patents of pharma companies lead to high M&A activity (patent cliff)
Valuations very attractive on historical average over the last 10 years
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The Bellevue Biotech fund focuses on the most promising companies in the biotechnology sector. The fund invests in 30 to 50 stocks that have met all of the stringent selection criteria applied by us.
Indexed performance (as at: 03.12.2021)
NAV: CHF 3'774.18 (02.12.2021)
Rolling performance (02.12.2021)
|02.12.2020 - 02.12.2021||6.77%||6.02%|
|02.12.2019 - 02.12.2020||9.46%||10.79%|
|02.12.2018 - 02.12.2019||10.51%||7.66%|
|02.12.2017 - 02.12.2018||-1.18%||5.21%|
Annualized performance (02.12.2021)
|Since Inception p.a.||12.66%||15.33%|
Cumulative performance (02.12.2021)
Facts & Key figures
The Bellevue Biotech fund focuses on the most promising companies in the biotechnology sector. The fund invests in 30 to 50 stocks that have met all of the stringent selection criteria appliedby us. These are biotech companies that have specialized in areas such as immunology, virology, neurology, oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, etc. Geographically, the fund’s investments are concentrated in North America, Europe and Asia.Show moreShow less
Investment suitability & Risk
|Investment Manager||Bellevue Asset Management AG|
|Fund Administrator||Swisscanto Fondsleitung AG|
|Auditor||Ernst & Young AG|
|Year end closing||30. Sep|
|NAV Calculation||Daily "Forward Pricing"|
|Cut of time||15:00 CET|
|Subscription Fee (max.)||2.50%|
|Performance Fee||10.00% (with High Water Mark)|
Key data (30.11.2021, base currency CHF)
|No. of positions||58|
Top 10 positions
Breakdown by sector
Opportunities & Risks
- New innovative drugs are powering sustainable momentum in the biotech sector.
- Attractively valued large-cap biotechs.
- Expiring pharmaceutical patents trigger a rise in M&A activity.
- Focus on US biotech companies with strong growth potential.
- Healthcare pioneer since 1993 and today one of the biggest independent investors in the sector in Europe.
- Equities are subject to strong price fluctuations and so are also exposed to the risk of price losses.
- Market, industry or company factors can lead to strong short-term price fluctuations.
- Investments in foreign currencies are subject to currency risks.
- Investing in emerging markets entails the additional risk of political and social instability.
- The fund may invest in financial instruments that might have a rather low level of liquidity, which can in turn affect the fund’s liquidity.
Review / Outlook
October was a mixed month for stocks. The S&P Index ended the month 7.0% higher, while the Nasdaq Biotech Index retreated 1.9%.
The third-quarter reporting season started in October and the most of the earnings reports from biotech companies have so far been positive. However, the headline topic of the month was the Phase III data on the oral antiviral drug Molnupiravir, which Merck is developing together with Ridgeback Biotherapeutics for the treatment of COVID-19 in adults. The Molnupiravir pill reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by 48% compared to placebo. The trial was conducted with COVID-19 patients who had mild to moderate symptoms and they were administered the drug within five days of the onset of symptoms. Merck announced its marketing strategy for Molnupiravir at the same time and it has already received a large number of orders for the drug. Data on other oral antiviral drugs from Pfizer and Shionogi is expected shortly. Such medicines are an ideal complement to currently available treatments and vaccines. Up to now there were no anti-covid pills that doctors can prescribe at a very early stage. This is good news for people who cannot be vaccinated, who do not develop an adequate immune response, or who become infected with COVID-19 despite vaccination.
The following stocks made the best contribution to the portfolio's performance in October: At the beginning of the month, Bicycle Therapeutics published pleasing data from two different Phase I clinical trials. Bicycle is developing novel bicyclical peptides, which are similar to antibody drug conjugates (ADC), and activated through chemotherapy, in patients with difficult-to-treat solid tumors. Intra-Cellular Therapeutics advanced on growing confidence that it would be granted a label expansion for Caplyta, its already approved medicine for treating symptoms of schizophrenia. Inhibrx published Phase I results from a trial of its antibody-like investigational drug for treating patients with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency that were encouraging.
Performance detractors were: Kyowa Kirin, a Japanese company, despite reporting positive Phase II data from its study of an anti-OX40 antibody in patients with atopic dermatitis. Bavarian Nordic, a vaccine manufacturer operating in a dynamic COVID-19 environment, remained volatile and China-based Innovent Biologics traded sharply lower for no particular reason.
We trimmed our positions in Moderna, Sanofi and other stocks and invested the proceeds in Inhibrx, Blueprint, Sage and other companies.
Our stance towards the biotech sector remains positive in view of its strong fundamentals and very attractive valuations (average 2022 P/E of 13x and PEG of 1.2 for large caps). These are still very attractive multiples compared to the biotech sector's historical valuations and the current ratios for the pharma sector (P/E 16x, PEG 2.3) and the S&P Index (P/E 21x, PEG 2.1).
The companies in our portfolio are working on technologies or products for novel treatment solutions. We are also invested in selected specialty pharma companies that offer high growth rates and moderate valuations. The Bellevue Biotech (CH) Fund is well-positioned to profit from the milestones that are expected to be reached in 2021. The regulatory environment favors the innovation coming out of biotech labs and the coronavirus crisis has improved the image of drug developers. Large pharma companies have acquired a number of companies in the fund's portfolio – Loxo, Array, Medicines Company, Myokardia and Alexion – and we expect more M&A deals to be announced during the coming months.
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results and can be misleading. As the sub-fund is denominated in a currency that may differ than an investor’s base currency, changes in the rate of exchange may have an adverse effect on prices and incomes. Performance is shown net of fees and expenses for the relevant share class over the reference period. All performance figures reflect the reinvestment of dividends and do not take into account the commissions and costs incurred on the issue and redemption of shares, if any. Individual costs are not taken into account and would have a negative impact on the performance. With an investment amount of EUR 1,000 over an investment period of five years, the investment result in the first year would be reduced by the front-end load of up to EUR 50 (5%) as well as by additional individual custody charges. In subsequent years, the investment result would also be reduced by the individual custody account costs incurred. The reference benchmark of this class is used for performance comparison purposes only (dividend reinvested). No benchmark is directly identical to a sub-fund, thus the performance of a benchmark is not a reliable indicator of future performance of the sub-fund it is compared to. There can be no assurance that a return will be achieved or that a substantial loss of capital will not be incurred. All figures in base currency in %, calculated by the total return / BVI method.Show moreShow less