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    Race for Cure Drives Biotech Stocks

    VanEck
    May 26, 2020
     

    With the COVID-19 pandemic showing few signs of easing, biotech companies are racing to meet soaring demand for treatments, vaccines and testing kits. This is helping to drive renewed investor interest in the biotech sector.

    Recent developments by some biotech firms have not only raised hope for investors eager for anything that will mitigate the epidemic, but the optimism has also helped lift the sector’s performance so far this year. ETFs that track companies in the biotech sector, such as the VanEck Vectors Biotech ETF (BBH), have also rallied.

    Biotech Stocks Rise Amid Soaring Demand (Growth of $100)

    Biotech Stocks Rise Amid Soaring Demand

    Source: Factset. Data as of 13 May 2020. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. ETF returns reflect temporary contractual fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements. Had the ETF incurred all expenses and fees, investment returns would have been reduced. Investment returns and ETF share values will fluctuate so that investors' shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. ETF returns assume that dividends and capital gains distributions have been reinvested in the Fund at NAV.

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    The sector’s growth potential seems encouraging, as forecasters expect demand for diagnostics and antibody tests to outstrip supply for the foreseeable future. At the time of writing, the coronavirus has already infected more than 4M globally, and the death toll has surpassed 290,000.1 Even governments that appeared to have tamed the disease have warned of resurgence.

    The chart below shows that industry sales and sales growth are projected to increase significantly this year and the next, after these dipped in 2019. Some companies at the forefront of the race to find a treatment look well positioned. These include Gilead Sciences (8.09% of net assets*) and Moderna (8.77% of net assets*), two of the top 10 holdings of BBH. Gilead recently indicated that the trial for coronavirus treatment Remdesivir has met its initial goal. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use of Remdesivir, enabling broader use of the antiviral drug in hospitalised patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19. Meanwhile, the FDA is also fast tracking Moderna’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine through the regulatory review process.

    U.S. Biotech Sector Sales Outlook

    U.S. Biotech Sector Sales Outlook

    Source: Factset. Data as of June 23, 2020.

    COVID-19 and the urgency in finding a cure have opened up opportunities, making the biotech sector a prospective space for investments. Instead of trying to pick which are the most likely beneficiaries, one of the easiest ways to invest in biotech is via an ETF like BBH. The fund, with 25 holdings in the portfolio, focuses on the biotech segment of the U.S. market and provides exposure to some of the largest biotech companies that are at the forefront of the race to find a vaccine for the outbreak.

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    *Fund net assets as of May 19, 2020.

    1Source: Johns Hopkins University. Data as of May 11, 2020.

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