Best calls to action – Wednesday, 15 February

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Andrew Tang
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By Andrew Tang
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Analyst - Equity Strategy
Date posted:
15 February 2023, 6:30 AM
Sectors Covered:
Equity Strategy and Quant

CSL (ASX:CSL) - 1H mixed - positive momentum, broadening portfolio

1H results were mixed, with underlying constant currency (cc) profit a little light (+9%), but on strong, in-line revenue growth (+25%). Record plasma collections (+36%) propelled plasma products (Ig, +19%) and Behring sales (+11%), while Seqirus posted high-single digit growth despite reduced immunisation rates, and newly acquired Vifor was solid (+15%).

Soft Behring GPM (-0bp; .1%) continues to reflect inflationary pressures, a long inventory cycle and higher plasma collection costs during COVID.

FY23 guidance (NPATA +13-18%) was reaffirmed, implying a solid 2H (+20%+ at mid-point), despite Seqirus unfavourable seasonality, as plasma costs continue to improve, Vifor contributes fully and Hemgenix US launch is imminent. Modest FY23-25 adjustments and multiple roll forward sees PT at (login to view). Add.

Read our full reports and latest price targets on ASX:CSL here.

Nanosonics (ASX:NAN) - Upgrade ahead of results

We are using the recent share price volatility to move our recommendation up to Add (from Hold). The recent trading update in January demonstrated to us that the direct sales model is working successfully. The upgraded guidance provided has been reflected in our and consensus forecasts.

We have made no changes to forecasts and expect no surprises at the 1H23 results on 23 February. The current share price provides investors with ~15% upside to our unchanged target price of (login to view).

Read our full reports and latest price targets on ASX:NAN here.

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