Collagen Solutions is a biomaterials company developing and manufacturing medical grade collagen components for use in medical devices, research, and regenerative medicine. A number of investment initiatives have been introduced recently to accelerate the rate of growth, including global commercial infrastructure and development of a pipeline of finished medical devices, the first of which will be ChondroMimetic for repair of small cartilage lesions. Recent results have highlighted the progress that has been made, and 2018 looks set to benefit from the launch of its first proprietary finished device, ChondroMimetic.

  • Strategy: Management has embarked on an investment strategy through a series of initiatives to increase the growth opportunities. This strategy is moving COS from a reliable quality collagen supplier to one that also has proprietary products that will move it into profitability, and cash generative, at a faster pace.
  • 2017 sales: Underlying sales growth in 2017 showed early benefits from marketing initiatives, with underlying sales rising +17%, boosted by currency gains at the reported level to £3.95m (£3.13m). Further growth is anticipated in the current year following the recent signing of nine new contracts.
  • Finished devices: Led by ChondroMimetic for articular cartilage repair, COS has embarked on a follow-up study with 15/17 patients implanted with the device eight years ago. Positive outcomes would support re-submission for CE Mark at the end of 2017 and provide unprecedented data for marketing purposes.
  • Risks: Management has re-iterated its aspirational, but achievable, target to grow sales five-fold within five years (starting fiscal 2016), equating to a demanding +38% CAGR. Time to get CE Mark again for ChondroMimetic is key. Management highlighted also a potential contract risk in Korea for fiscal 2019.
  • Investment summary: Results provided clear evidence that the company has responded well to its strategic transition. Investment in marketing initiatives and new opportunities (China JV, Orthomimetics, plus other new products) continues to build a pipeline of strategic relationships that is expected to drive long term growth. The recent capital increase and debt financing leaves COS well positioned to turn profitable and cashflow break-even in fiscal 2020.