Monthly Archives: August 2021

Terreno Realty (TRNO) Secures Lease for Property in Gardena

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Terreno Realty (TRNO Quick QuoteTRNO ) recently announced the execution of a lease with a global logistics and supply-chain provider for a property in Gardena, CA. The lease for the 114,000 square feet of space will begin upon expiration of the current lease on Jan 31, 2022. Precisely, it will begin on Mar 1, 2022, and expire on Mar 31, 2027.

The industrial REIT has also announced the execution of a lease with the leading bike share provider in New York City for a property in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The lease for the 44,000 square feet of space is expected to begin on Sep 1, 2021, and expire in June 2029.

The leasing activities reflect the healthy demand for Terreno’s well-positioned properties. The REIT’s operating portfolio, excluding three properties under redevelopment, was 97.5% leased as of Jun 30, 2021 to 535 tenants, up from 96.1% as of Mar 31, 2021 and 96% as of Jun 30, 2020. Also, its improved land portfolio of 27 parcels, aggregating 97.6 acres, was 98% leased as of Jun 30, 2021, up 10 basis points sequentially.

Amid an e-commerce boom, growth in industries and companies making efforts to improve supply-chain efficiencies, demand for logistics infrastructure and efficient distribution networks has been shooting up. This is aiding the industrial real estate market to prosper.

In addition, apart from the fast adoption of e-commerce, logistics real estate is anticipated to benefit from a likely increase in inventory levels post the global health crisis, offering scope to industrial landlords, including Terreno Realty, Duke Realty (DRE Quick QuoteDRE ) , Prologis (PLD Quick QuotePLD ) and Rexford Industrial Realty (REXR Quick QuoteREXR ) , among others, to enjoy a favorable market environment.

Terreno Realty is also banking on such scopes and is focused on expanding its portfolio on acquisitions. It targets functional assets at in-fill locations, which enjoy high-population densities and are located near high-volume distribution point! s.

The company is well poised on the back of these efforts to enhance its portfolio in the six major coastal U.S. markets — Los Angeles, Northern New Jersey/New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Miami and Washington, DC — which display solid demographic trends and witness healthy demand for industrial real estates.

Nevertheless, with the asset category being attractive in these challenging times, there is a development boom in a number of markets. This high supply is likely to intensify competition and curb pricing power.

In the past six months, the company’s shares have gained 15.4%, underperforming its industry’s rally of 19.1%.

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Terreno Realty currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Ocugen Stock Is Well-Positioned, But Investors Want Results

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There’s no denying that  Ocugen (NASDAQ:OCGN) wasn’t the first to market with a Covid-19 vaccine. Still, when vaccine stocks were all the rage in 2020, the OCGN stock price flew to the skies.

hands of medical professional holding a syringe, symbolizing vaccinehands of medical professional holding a syringe, symbolizing vaccine

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Then, the share price shot even higher in early 2021. The rally might have been precipitated by the folks who use Reddit and other social media platforms.

I won’t claim that OCGN stock is a perfect investment or something that anyone should make 100% of his or her portfolio. It’s a volatile asset, so investors should only spend a small amount of money on it.

With that warning in mind, we can identify an excellent trading setup for investors who are looking to buy Ocugen’s shares. On the other hand, in order to justify a long-term investment in the stock. it’s important to look for new developments on the regulatory front that will affect Ocugen.

A Closer Look at OCGN Stock

Ocugen’s outlook was quite different in December 2020. At that time, OCGN stock was trading at around 30 cents.

Don’t bother trying to get the stock anywhere near that price today. By the end of 2020, the share price was nearly $2, and in February 2021, it popped to around $16.

As I alluded to earlier, social media-oriented traders might have had something to do with that moon shot. They might have also been a factor in the rally of OCGN stock to the same $16 resistance level in early May.

Today the stock is  changing hands for around $7.70. meaningfully above $7, which has been a longtime support level for the shares.

For those who happen to own the stock when it shoots up to $16, it’s not a bad idea to take profits at that resistance level. After all, no one has ever gone broke by taking profits, right?

It’s Not the End of the Road for Ocugen

Just to review, Ocugen’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate is known as Covaxin. The company is developing this drug for the North American market with a partner called Bharat Biotech.

In the  biotech world, regulatory approvals can make or break a company. They can also cause a stock to soar or tank.

The owners of OCGN stock are acutely aware of that dynamic.

The company’s share price declined sharply after Ocugen issued a press release on June 10, declaring that it would no longer pursue an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA for Covaxin.

This wasn’t the end of the road for Ocugen and Covaxin, though. Apparently, the company now plans to seek full approval from the FDA for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate.

That’s encouraging, but some time has passed since June 10. OCGN stock might be in a great place on a technical level, but surely its owners are hoping for a regulatory update.

Progress Is Needed

On Aug. 6, Ocugen released a much-anticipated business update.

Unfortunately, the company did not generate any revenue in Q2.

In fact, Ocugen posted a quarterly net loss of $25,952,000, or 13 cents per share.

On the other hand, the company reported having cash and cash equivalents of $115.6 million as of June 30.

So at least the stakeholders can celebrate Ocugen’s decent financial position.

Additionally, they should be glad that Health Canada accepted Ocugen’s application for the approval of Covaxin.

Turning back to the U.S., however, Ocugen did not make much progress:

“Discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are ongoing, and the Company is still proceeding with a strategy focused on the agency’s requested Biologics License Application pathway and determining what data requirements and U.S.-based clinical trials will be required to support such submission.”

The Bottom Line

Without substantial progress in getting Covaxin fully approved in the U.S., the company’s investors might not be willing to wait around much longer.

Granted, OCGN stock appears to be trading at a favorable price point.

Is that, by itself, a good enough reason to buy the stock now?

I’d say that investing a very small amount in the shares would be appropriate. And hopefully, a game-changing announcement will happen sooner rather than later.

On the date of publication, David Moadel did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.