Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SCMP) Receives Buy Rating from Maxim Group

Maxim Group reissued their buy rating on shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCMP) in a research note issued to investors on Thursday morning. The firm currently has a $23.00 target price on the biopharmaceutical company’s stock.

SCMP has been the topic of several other reports. BidaskClub cut shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Saturday, August 5th. Mizuho cut shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals from a buy rating to a neutral rating and decreased their target price for the company from $14.00 to $12.00 in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. UBS AG decreased their target price on shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals from $19.00 to $15.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, Roth Capital set a $30.00 target price on shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $16.50.

Shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (SCMP) traded up $0.55 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $10.55. 601,697 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 462,955. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.37, a current ratio of 5.11 and a quick ratio of 4.42. The stock has a market cap of $491.12, a PE ratio of 7.23, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.47 and a beta of 1.38. Sucampo Pharmaceuticals has a 52-week low of $9.30 and a 52-week high of $17.55.

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:SCMP) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The biopharmaceutical company reported $0.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.25 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $61.27 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $58.05 million. Sucampo Pharmaceuticals had a negative net margin of 60.24% and a positive return on equity of 74.58%. The business’s revenue was up 5.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.30 EPS. equities analysts forecast that Sucampo Pharmaceuticals will post 1.08 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In related news, major shareholder Sachiko Kuno sold 1,000,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $12.00, for a total value of $12,000,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Jason Patrick Meyenburg acquired 4,000 shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 6th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $12.13 per share, for a total transaction of $48,520.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 30,228 shares in the company, valued at $366,665.64. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Corporate insiders own 4.13% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Prudential Financial Inc. raised its position in Sucampo Pharmaceuticals by 871.6% in the 3rd quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 410,323 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $4,842,000 after purchasing an additional 368,090 shares during the period. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System increased its position in shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals by 33.0% during the third quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System now owns 64,269 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $758,000 after acquiring an additional 15,944 shares during the period. Dupont Capital Management Corp purchased a new position in shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals during the third quarter worth approximately $635,000. Nine Chapters Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals during the third quarter worth approximately $127,000. Finally, Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals during the third quarter worth approximately $153,000. 55.54% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

About Sucampo Pharmaceuticals

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products. Its primary focus areas are gastroenterology, ophthalmology and oncology-related disorders. Its product candidates include VTS-270, Lubiprostone (AMITIZA), Unoprostone is opropyl (RESCULA) and CPP-1X/sulindac combination product.

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