When Will Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ:INSM) Become Profitable?

Insmed Incorporated’s (NASDAQ:INSM): Insmed Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of therapies for patients with rare diseases. The US$2.05b market-cap posted a loss in its most recent financial year of -US$192.65m and a latest trailing-twelve-month loss of -US$223.76m leading to an even wider gap between loss and breakeven. The most pressing concern for investors is INSM’s path to profitability – when will it breakeven? I’ve put together a brief outline of industry analyst expectations for INSM, its year of breakeven and its implied growth rate.

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Expectation from Biotechs analysts is INSM is on the verge of breakeven. They anticipate the company to incur a final loss in 2020, before generating positive profits of US$118.10m in 2021. Therefore, INSM is expected to breakeven roughly a couple of months from now! What rate will INSM have to grow year-on-year in order to breakeven on this date? Using a line of best fit, I calculated an average annual growth rate of 64.36%, which is rather optimistic! Should the business grow at a slower rate, it will become profitable at a later date than expected.

NasdaqGS:INSM Past Future Earnings June 19th 18
NasdaqGS:INSM Past Future Earnings June 19th 18

Underlying developments driving INSM’s growth isn’t the focus of this broad overview, though, keep in mind that typically a biotech has lumpy cash flows which are contingent on the product type and stage of development the company is in. This means that a high growth rate is not unusual, especially if the company is currently in an investment period.

Before I wrap up, there’s one issue worth mentioning. INSM currently has a relatively high level of debt. Generally, the rule of thumb is debt shouldn’t exceed 40% of your equity, which in INSM’s case is 69.61%. A higher level of debt requires more stringent capital management which increases the risk in investing in the loss-making company.

Next Steps:

There are too many aspects of INSM to cover in one brief article, but the key fundamentals for the company can all be found in one place – INSM’s company page on Simply Wall St. I’ve also compiled a list of key aspects you should look at:

  1. Historical Track Record: What has INSM’s performance been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Insmed’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.