Andreas Halvorsen Plunges Into aTyr Pharma

Andreas Halvorsen (Trades, Portfolio), founder and main investment decision officer of Viking Worldwide Traders LP, disclosed this 7 days he far more than tripled the firm’s stake in aTyr Pharma inc. (NASDAQ:Everyday living).

Prior to founding the Greenwich, Connecticut-centered hedge fund, Halvorsen worked as senior running director and the director of equities at Julian Robertson (Trades, Portfolio)’s Tiger Administration LLC. In accordance to its web page, Viking manages about $31 billion in money and employs a exploration-intense, extensive-expression investment decision strategy. The fund selects general public and private equity securities applying basic analysis, i.e., centered on a extensive evaluation of business designs, excellent of corporation management and analysis of cyclical and secular field developments.


Trade details

In accordance to GuruFocus True-Time Picks, a Quality feature, Halvorsen claimed a keeping of 816,728 shares as of Dec. 31, 2019, up 256.21% from the third-quarter 2019 keeping of 229,283 shares.


Whilst shares traded all over $four.seventeen on the Dec. 31 transaction date, shares of aTyr shut at $three.ninety six on Tuesday, about five% beneath the transaction-date price tag.


Company track record

The San Diego-centered biotech corporation discovers and develops progressive medications centered on novel immunological pathways. The company’s primary drug, ATYR1923, focuses on deregulating the innate and adaptive immune reaction in inflammatory disease situations, aiding people with interstitial lung diseases. aTyr entered in January a license with Kyorin Pharmaceutical Co., a subsidiary of Kyorin Holdings Inc. (TSE:4569), for the enhancement and commercialization of ATYR1923 in Japan.

On Feb. six, the corporation announced in a press release the pricing of an underwritten general public providing of four,235,294 shares of widespread inventory at $four.twenty five for every share.

Company economic power place

In accordance to GuruFocus, aTyr has about $2.77 in income for every $one in personal debt, a ratio that underperforms 66.39% of global competition. The corporation stated in its January prospectus that as of September 2019, the company’s expression loans consisted of about $nine.three billion principal, thanks to be repaid ratably on a month-to-month basis right up until November 2020. Furthermore, the corporation has a $one.eight million payment thanks in the fourth quarter of 2020.


See also

Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)’ Renaissance Technologies also has a keeping in aTyr.


GuruFocus True-Time Picks mentioned various other trades for Halvorsen, including reductions in Moderna Inc. (NASDAQ:MRNA) and Chewy Inc. (NYSE:CHWY).

Disclosure: No positions.

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