Versartis, Inc. (VSAR) Receives Average Rating of “Hold” from Analysts

Versartis, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAR) has received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the twelve research firms that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $5.63.

A number of analysts recently commented on VSAR shares. Piper Jaffray Companies cut shares of Versartis from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and lowered their price objective for the company from $26.00 to $4.00 in a research report on Friday, September 22nd. Barclays cut Versartis from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and lowered their target price for the stock from $28.00 to $4.00 in a report on Friday, September 22nd. Cowen cut Versartis from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and lowered their target price for the stock from $45.00 to $3.00 in a report on Friday, September 22nd. SunTrust Banks cut Versartis from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and lowered their target price for the stock from $25.00 to $4.00 in a report on Friday, September 22nd. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a $14.00 target price (down previously from $34.00) on shares of Versartis in a report on Friday, September 22nd.

Shares of Versartis (NASDAQ VSAR) opened at $2.28 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.11, a current ratio of 1.52 and a quick ratio of 1.52. Versartis has a 1 year low of $1.60 and a 1 year high of $24.00. The company has a market cap of $81.47, a price-to-earnings ratio of -0.58 and a beta of 2.36.

Versartis (NASDAQ:VSAR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($1.40) EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.62) by ($0.78). During the same quarter last year, the company posted ($0.92) EPS. research analysts expect that Versartis will post -4.14 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, Director Srinivas Akkaraju bought 513,872 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, December 4th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $2.21 per share, for a total transaction of $1,135,657.12. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 14,955 shares in the company, valued at $33,050.55. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 2,769 shares of company stock valued at $7,061. Corporate insiders own 10.90% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Emory University bought a new position in shares of Versartis in the 2nd quarter valued at about $1,709,000. Lord Abbett & CO. LLC grew its holdings in shares of Versartis by 26.5% in the 2nd quarter. Lord Abbett & CO. LLC now owns 319,854 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $5,582,000 after acquiring an additional 66,977 shares in the last quarter. First Quadrant L P CA grew its holdings in shares of Versartis by 1,253.8% in the 3rd quarter. First Quadrant L P CA now owns 120,500 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $295,000 after acquiring an additional 111,599 shares in the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp grew its holdings in shares of Versartis by 15.6% in the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 420,553 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $7,339,000 after acquiring an additional 56,761 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Versartis by 11.9% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,121,401 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $19,569,000 after acquiring an additional 118,894 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 49.18% of the company’s stock.

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About Versartis

Versartis, Inc is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in developing a long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone, somavaratan (VRS-317), for growth hormone deficiency (GHD), an orphan disease. The Company’s first indication for somavaratan is pediatric GHD.

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