Verastem (VSTM) & Its Rivals Head-To-Head Survey

Verastem (NASDAQ: VSTM) is one of 287 publicly-traded companies in the “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Verastem to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Verastem and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Verastem N/A -$36.44 million -1.78
Verastem Competitors $290.27 million $35.99 million 52.85

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

Profitability

This table compares Verastem and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Verastem N/A -110.32% -85.98%
Verastem Competitors -5,420.72% -162.12% -36.08%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

28.7% of Verastem shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.8% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.5% of Verastem shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.8% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Verastem has a beta of 2.19, indicating that its share price is 119% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Verastem’s competitors have a beta of 2.42, indicating that their average share price is 142% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Verastem and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Verastem 0 1 7 0 2.88
Verastem Competitors 926 3361 11873 239 2.70

Verastem currently has a consensus target price of $10.64, indicating a potential upside of 264.48%. As a group, “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies have a potential upside of 43.10%. Given Verastem’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Verastem is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Verastem competitors beat Verastem on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Verastem Company Profile

Verastem, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on discovering and developing drugs to improve outcomes for patients with cancer. The Company operates in the segment of developing drugs for the treatment of cancer. The Company’s advanced product candidates are VS 6063, VS 4718 and VS 5584. The Company’s programs target the Focal Adhesion Kinase (FAK) and the PI3K/mTOR signaling pathways. FAK is a non-receptor tyrosine kinase encoded by the PTK-2 gene that is involved in cellular adhesion and, in cancer, metastatic capability. The Company’s VS-6063 (defactinib) and VS 4718 are orally available small molecule compounds designed to inhibit FAK signaling. The Company’s VS-5584 is an orally available small molecule that inhibits both mTORC1/2 and PI3K signaling. The Company is engaged in running clinical trials in cancers where there are limited treatment options, including lung, ovarian, lymphoma, pancreatic and other advanced cancers.

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