Contrasting PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) and Its Peers

PTC Therapeutics (NASDAQ: PTCT) is one of 286 public companies in the “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare PTC Therapeutics to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for PTC Therapeutics and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PTC Therapeutics 1 6 2 0 2.11
PTC Therapeutics Competitors 888 3275 11773 235 2.70

PTC Therapeutics currently has a consensus target price of $18.14, indicating a potential upside of 8.57%. As a group, “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies have a potential upside of 42.58%. Given PTC Therapeutics’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe PTC Therapeutics has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares PTC Therapeutics and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PTC Therapeutics -75.64% -75.19% -31.76%
PTC Therapeutics Competitors -5,458.31% -208.20% -37.91%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.1% of PTC Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.9% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.1% of PTC Therapeutics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.9% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

PTC Therapeutics has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PTC Therapeutics’ peers have a beta of 2.46, meaning that their average share price is 146% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares PTC Therapeutics and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
PTC Therapeutics $82.71 million -$142.11 million -5.78
PTC Therapeutics Competitors $284.49 million $34.10 million 61.07

PTC Therapeutics’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than PTC Therapeutics. PTC Therapeutics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

PTC Therapeutics peers beat PTC Therapeutics on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About PTC Therapeutics

PTC Therapeutics, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of medicines using its expertise in ribonucleic acid (RNA) biology. Its product pipeline includes Ataluren (Translarna), PTC596 and RG7916. Its product candidate, ataluren, is an orally administered small-molecule compound for the treatment of patients with genetic disorders due to a nonsense mutation. Ataluren is in clinical development for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy caused by a nonsense mutation (nmDMD) and cystic fibrosis caused by a nonsense mutation (nmCF). PTC596 is an orally active small molecule that targets tumor stem cell populations by reducing the function, activity and amount of BMI1. RG7916 is an investigational oral therapeutic, which is in two clinical studies: SUNFISH, a trial in childhood onset (Type II/III) spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients, and FIREFISH, a trial in infant onset (Type I) SMA patients.

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