Avoid This Drug Stock

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Somaxon Pharmaceuticals (NAS: SOMX)

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Somaxon Pharmaceuticals Profile

CAPS Star Rating (out of 5)



San Diego, California

Market Cap

$33.6 million

Sources: S&P Capital IQ, Yahoo! Finance, and Motley Fool CAPS

This Week's Pitch:

A couple of months ago I wrote that if upcoming earnings didn't build on a prior uptick in Silenor revenues as I expected, the stock would get flushed. Surely enough, revenues dropped nearly 50% on a quarter-to-quarter basis and the stock now finds itself teetering on the CAPS threshold. Quarterly burn was back up over 17M, and the company was dependent on a 15M debt financing to maintain cash neutrality. The next step is dilution through a 30M ATM agreement with Citadel.

The company is now in the strategic alternatives (death spiral) stage of their existence. I'd be surprised if they were able to effect a sale of the company, given that their sole asset is their superfluous and unwieldy sleeping pill. And their share count will bulk up this quarter due to the ATM agreement, making them less desirable to anyone.

I need another 60 points on Somaxon to zero it out on CAPS, although it will remain a blot on my accuracy due to two attempts at green thumbs. Therefore I'll likely be holding this red thumb through liquidation.

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