Critical Review: NewLink Genetics (NLNK) and Its Rivals

NewLink Genetics (NASDAQ: NLNK) is one of 187 publicly-traded companies in the “Biotechnology & Medical Research” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare NewLink Genetics to related companies based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for NewLink Genetics and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NewLink Genetics 0 0 6 0 3.00
NewLink Genetics Competitors 537 2436 6629 127 2.65

NewLink Genetics presently has a consensus price target of $25.67, indicating a potential upside of 214.93%. As a group, “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies have a potential upside of 15.82%. Given NewLink Genetics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe NewLink Genetics is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

52.7% of NewLink Genetics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.5% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.7% of NewLink Genetics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.5% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

NewLink Genetics has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NewLink Genetics’ rivals have a beta of 1.58, indicating that their average share price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares NewLink Genetics and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NewLink Genetics -229.19% -63.39% -47.83%
NewLink Genetics Competitors -4,539.44% -565.97% -42.75%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares NewLink Genetics and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
NewLink Genetics $35.77 million -$85.15 million -3.34
NewLink Genetics Competitors $217.29 million -$39.39 million -66.48

NewLink Genetics’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than NewLink Genetics. NewLink Genetics is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

NewLink Genetics Company Profile

NewLink Genetics Corporation is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing immunotherapeutic products for the treatment of cancer. The Company’s portfolio includes biologic and small-molecule immunotherapy product candidates for a range of oncology indications. Its biologic product candidates are based on its HyperAcute Cellular Immunotherapy technology, which is designed to stimulate the human immune system to attack cancer cells. Its additional HyperAcute Cellular Immunotherapy product candidates in clinical development include tergenpumatucel-L and dorgenmeltucel-L for patients with advanced lung cancer and melanoma, respectively. Additionally, it has two small-molecule product candidates in clinical development: GDC-0919 and indoximod. These product candidates are indoleamine-2, 3-dioxygenase (IDO) pathway inhibitors and focus on breaking the immune system’s tolerance to cancer.

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