First Berlin Equity Research has published a research update on M1 Kliniken AG (ISIN: DE000A0STSQ8). Analyst Ellis Acklin reiterated his BUY rating and maintained his EUR 11.70 price target.

Six month reporting confirmed prelims and showed good progress in the clinic expansion. M1 has opened five new clinics YTD with a further two centres slated for the fall. The company reported EBITDA of €7.6m, which translated into €10.2m in operating cash flow for the period. The Beauty segment contributed €2.6m to the group EBIT result, while Trade (Haemato) added €1.9m. We recently lowered our Trade targets to account for building regulatory headwinds faced by Haemato’s Specialty Pharma business but left Beauty estimates unchanged. Despite tightening household budgets, we reckon most patients will not want to compromise their appearance by skipping treatments to save a few bucks next year. We remain Buy-rated on M1 with an €11.7 target price.