Vera Therapeutics Inc. (VERA:NASDAQ) has further strengthened its balance sheet by drawing down US$25 million in debt, bringing total cash reserves to US$159.9 million, according to H.C. Wainwright analysts Ed Arce and Thomas Yip in a December 27 research note.
The analysts estimate this additional capital extends Vera's operational funding runway into the second quarter of 2026.
With cash now shored up, Vera has eliminated any financial pressures or risk of dilution overhanging the stock through multiple upcoming catalysts for lead candidate atacicept in immunoglobin A nephropathy (IgAN).
In the near term, the analysts view efficacy and safety data readouts expected in the first half of 2024 from the open-label extension of the Phase 2b ORIGIN trial as the next major milestone for atacicept.
Later next year, Vera is aiming to report pivotal top-line ORIGIN-3 data that could support regulatory filing and approval of atacicept in IgAN.
Reflecting confidence in atacicept's clinical and commercial outlook, Arce and Yip rate Vera shares a Buy with a US$25 price target, implying over 55% upside from the current trading price of around US$16.
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