J.P. Morgan has downgraded BioNTech SE (NASDAQ:BNTX), acknowledging the company's substantial cash reserves and .
The analysts Jessica Fye, Na Sun, and Nick Lenard expressed concerns over downward revisions in long-term estimates and potential delays in substantial pipeline outcomes, which could impede the stock's recovery.
The analysis emphasizes the shrinking expectations related to BioNTech's COVID-related business, which has contributed to the stock's struggle, with ongoing uncertainties likely to pose challenges ahead.
J.P. Morgan observes that if the ongoing trend in the United States regarding COVID-19 vaccine demand mirrors the sustained global demand over the long term, it indicates that the market has not yet peaked.
The analysts downgraded the stock to an Underweight rating from Neutral, with a price target of $99.00,.
J.P. Morgan notes the market's cautious stance on the company's pipeline, primarily in its early developmental stages, necessitating substantial progression and will take time to mature.
Despite the company's sizable cash and investments of approximately €17 billion, potential value-enhancing business development introduces a risk that might impact the current rating.
J.P. Morgan's assessment implies potential challenges for BioNTech in keeping up with performance expectations compared to its broader coverage group.
Price Action: BNTX shares are down 2.13% at $98.27 on the last check Friday.