Healthcare industry: The big winner of the crisis?

Shares have plummeted by 30 percent in Germany in recent weeks. However, there is also a counter-trend occuring. Investors are increasingly betting on shares of companies from the healthcare sector.

In general, the healthcare industry is more crisis-proof than other industries. Both during the dotcom bubble in 2000 and the financial crisis of 2008/2009, the share prices of healthcare companies fell less sharply than those of the market as a whole. In the current crisis, some healthcare companies are being given a key role in limiting or even solving the crisis. The healthcare sector is therefore in the spotlight of the general public as never before.


A quick look at the current German stock market already reveals the winners.  Only five percent of companies in Germany were able to at least maintain their share value. The main winners are the healthcare companies Aladdin Healthcare, Heidelberg Pharma and Nanorepro. In the following, we will show how likely it is that companies in the healthcare sector will be successfull sustainably in the stock market. This is because there are certainly differences among the current winners.

In the midst of the action

The three big winners Heidelberg Pharma, Aladdin Healthcare and Nanorepro have a direct connection to Corona in terms of content. Heidelberg Pharma is the licensee of a substance that is used in Corona vaccine studies, Aladdin Healthcare is developing diagnostic components for Covid-19 with government funding and Nanorepro sells quick tests.

All three have in common that before the crisis they were considered to be rather weak.

Heidelberg Pharma, Aladdin Healthcare and Nanorepro show large stock price gains. (Source: iStock / Ca-ssis)

The immense price gains of the three are closely linked to the speculation that they will contribute to combating the virus. But what about companies in the healthcare industry that have no direct connection to corona?

Medical supplies and software

Other companies in the healthcare industry are also currently managing to attract attention with positive news. Several companies in the field of medical and safety technology are currently expanding their production considerably. For example, the company Drägewerk, which has multiplied its production of ventilators.


In addition to these probably quite obvious companies, there are also companies that have been somewhat under the radar so far. Even doctors’ surgeries and hospitals often have to fundamentally rethink their way of working as a result of the restrictions. The classic consultation hours should be avoided if possible. This is where offers come into play that enable online consultation hours or digital prescriptions, for example. With regard to the current and globally very rapidly advancing digitalisation in the industry, it can be assumed that the successes will be particularly sustainable.

The pandemic has meant that many treatments have had to be postponed. (Source: iStock / Geber86)

Restraint required?

But not everything is rosy. Because the crisis also has another face. Many treatments that would have taken place under normal circumstances are being postponed or cancelled. And even normal research operations can only proceed under very strict conditions.


By no means are all healthcare companies among the winners. And it also remains to be seen how sustainable the success of the current beneficiaries will be.

But one thing becomes clear once again when looking at the entire industry: The healthcare sector can better cushion times of crisis thanks to its high innovation potential and its lower dependence on a good economy.

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