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President and CEO of Morphic Holding, Praveen P. Tipirneni, Sells $1.2 Million Worth of Shares

Praveen P. Tipirneni, President and CEO of Morphic Holding, has engaged in notable stock transactions, as per a recent SEC filing. On July 8, 2024, Tipirneni sold 21,582 shares of common stock at prices ranging from $55.79 to $55.80, generating over $1.2 million. Concurrently, he acquired the same number of shares by exercising options at $4.3151 per share, totaling $93,128. These options were part of an employee stock option plan and were fully vested.

After these transactions, Tipirneni holds 42,460 shares of Morphic Holding directly, along with 447 shares acquired through the company’s employee stock purchase plan earlier in the year. The SEC filing notes that the sale was conducted under a Rule 10b5-1 trading plan, adopted on December 27, 2023, allowing pre-planned transactions to avoid insider trading concerns.

These transactions occur amidst significant developments for Morphic Holding, a company in the pharmaceutical preparations industry. Recently, Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY) announced a $3.2 billion acquisition of Morphic, leading to stock downgrades by TD Cowen and RBC Capital, aligning their price targets to the acquisition price of $57 per share.

The acquisition, expected to conclude in Q3 2024, aims to position Eli Lilly in the first-line ulcerative colitis market. Morphic’s lead drug, MORF-057, currently undergoing phase 2 studies for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, is central to this deal. Analysts believe the acquisition will proceed smoothly with minimal antitrust issues, enhancing Eli Lilly’s autoimmune disease treatment portfolio.

Morphic Holding, with a market capitalization of $2.79 billion, has shown substantial stock performance, including a 75.12% price return over the last week and gains of 90.56% over the past month and 85.8% over the last three months.

 

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