Apollo Endosurgery (APEN) PT Set at $10.00 by Roth Capital

Apollo Endosurgery (NASDAQ:APEN) has been given a $10.00 price target by research analysts at Roth Capital in a research report issued on Thursday. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the biotechnology company’s stock. Roth Capital’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 66.67% from the stock’s previous close.

Several other equities analysts have also issued reports on APEN. ValuEngine raised Apollo Endosurgery from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday. Northland Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Apollo Endosurgery in a report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Apollo Endosurgery from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 27th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $9.44.

Apollo Endosurgery (APEN) opened at $6.00 on Thursday. The stock has a market capitalization of $100.63, a P/E ratio of -0.16 and a beta of 0.44. The company has a quick ratio of 2.00, a current ratio of 2.54 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.58. Apollo Endosurgery has a twelve month low of $3.55 and a twelve month high of $19.00.

In other news, VP Bret Schwartzhoff acquired 9,500 shares of Apollo Endosurgery stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 7th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $4.24 per share, with a total value of $40,280.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the vice president now owns 15,631 shares in the company, valued at $66,275.44. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, major shareholder Stonepine Capital, L.P. acquired 185,157 shares of Apollo Endosurgery stock in a transaction on Friday, December 22nd. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $4.85 per share, with a total value of $898,011.45. Following the completion of the acquisition, the insider now owns 2,410,141 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,689,183.85. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have acquired 273,386 shares of company stock valued at $1,328,331. 74.20% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. JPMorgan Chase & Co. bought a new position in shares of Apollo Endosurgery in the third quarter worth $119,000. Woodmont Investment Counsel LLC bought a new position in shares of Apollo Endosurgery in the third quarter worth $220,000. Russell Investments Group Ltd. bought a new position in shares of Apollo Endosurgery in the third quarter worth $1,288,000. King Luther Capital Management Corp bought a new position in shares of Apollo Endosurgery in the third quarter worth $2,567,000. Finally, Stonepine Capital Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Apollo Endosurgery in the third quarter worth $11,067,000. 23.67% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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About Apollo Endosurgery

Apollo Endosurgery, Inc, formerly Lpath, Inc, is a medical device company. The Company is focused on less invasive therapies for the treatment of obesity, as well as other gastrointestinal disorders. The Company’s device-based therapies are an alternative to invasive surgical procedures. The Company offers products in over 80 countries.

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