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Brean Murray Initiates Coverage on Ventrus Biosciences (VTUS)

Ventrus Biosciences (NASDAQ: VTUS) is a development stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of late-stage prescription drugs for gastrointestinal disorders, specifically hemorrhoids, anal fissures and fecal incontinence. There are approximately 12.5 million Americans suffering from hemorrhoids, 7 million from fecal incontinence and over 4 million from anal fissures.

Analysts at Brean Murray, Carret & Co have initiated research on Ventrus Biosciences, assigning it a "buy" rating and a $30.00 price target. 

The analysts wrote,

"We are initiating coverage of Ventrus Biosciences Inc. with a Buy rating, as we believe that VEN 309 has blockbuster potential, given its proven efficacy, large target market and the lack of competitive prescription hemorrhoid drugs. Our Buy rating and 12?month target price of $30 are based on a DCF analysis using a 40% discount rate and a 6x multiple of the terminal value for the projected 2022 EBITDA of $936 million. Ventrus is focused on developing drugs for gastrointestinal indications. The company’s lead drug candidate, VEN 309, has completed several Phase 2 trials in patients with hemorrhoids, and within weeks, Phase 3 data will be released that we believe will support approval."

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