Eli Lilly has had an awesome run, however UBS expects about 16% additional upside in the coming months as a gradual stream of constructive information propels the stock increased and income development accelerates. Calling it the “greatest basic story” among U.S. large caps, UBS analyst Colin Bristow on Friday lifted his worth goal to $612 from $526. The stock has already gained 47% yr thus far, totally on the again of lofty expectations for weight-loss drug gross sales. LLY YTD mountain Eli Lilly shares are up about 47% yr thus far. Bristow stated the valuation is warranted attributable to Eli Lilly’s anticipated five-year top-line compound annual development charge of 18%, which is an outlier in the sector. A stocked pipeline By the finish of this yr, U.S. Food and Drug Administration approvals are anticipated for Mounjaro as an weight problems therapy and for donanemab for Alzheimer’s illness, Bristow stated. While each of these medicine have acquired a whole lot of constructive consideration, Eli Lilly has different merchandise in the pipeline as properly that might additionally function stock catalysts. There’s mirikizumab, a therapy for ulcerative colitis that may very well be authorised by the European Union and resubmitted in the U.S. by the finish of this yr, the analyst stated. Approval of lebrikizumab, an atopic dermatitis therapy, is anticipated in the fourth quarter, whereas Jaypirca might get the nod to deal with sufferers with power lymphocytic leukemia by year-end, he added. Bristow additionally expects knowledge for its Crohn’s illness therapy by year-end, in addition to readouts on Verzenio for prostate most cancers. By 2024, Eli Lilly is anticipated to submit knowledge for a cell remedy for Type 1 diabetes. Finally, by the center of subsequent yr, Bristow expects top-line outcomes from the part 2B examine of bimagrumab for weight problems and chubby sufferers who wouldn’t have Type 2 diabetes. Eli Lilly introduced plans in July to amass Versanis , the developer of bimagrumab, a monoclonal antibody that is anticipated to assist sufferers shed extra pounds with out eroding muscle mass. Bristow’s worth goal is above the common goal of $543.49 on Wall Street, in accordance with FactSet, and far of his optimism is centered on the firm’s potential to deal with weight problems and chubby. The brakes are off According to the analyst, Novo Nordisk’s Select trial “took the brakes off market dimension” potential for Eli Lilly’s Mounjaro. That examine, which has but to be peer reviewed, confirmed a 20% discount in cardiac occasions equivalent to stroke and coronary heart assault when sufferers took Novo’s semaglutide. Many analysts anticipate this examine will assist persuade well being insurers to supply protection of weight-loss medicine , which is able to assist Eli Lilly as properly. Bristow now expects peak gross sales for Mounjaro of $40.8 billion, up from $35.8 billion. There’s potential for even more upside if the drug provides different indications equivalent to renal therapy, he stated. “Supply stays the key near-term threat to the story however in the end, this is a top quality downside that LLY seems to be on high of,” Bristow wrote. — CNBC’s Michael Bloom contributed reporting.