Kite Pharma (NASDAQ: KITE) is one of 284 publicly-traded companies in the “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Kite Pharma to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Kite Pharma and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kite Pharma -1,092.54% -59.15% -48.12%
Kite Pharma Competitors -5,339.09% -435.51% -40.49%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Kite Pharma and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kite Pharma 0 10 7 0 2.41
Kite Pharma Competitors 811 3183 11536 230 2.71

Kite Pharma presently has a consensus target price of $93.20, suggesting a potential downside of 48.22%. As a group, “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies have a potential upside of 46.02%. Given Kite Pharma’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Kite Pharma has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kite Pharma and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Kite Pharma N/A N/A -26.09
Kite Pharma Competitors $286.20 million $34.74 million 140.26

Kite Pharma’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Kite Pharma. Kite Pharma 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.7% of Kite Pharma shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.2% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are held by institutional investors. 14.0% of Kite Pharma shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.6% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Kite Pharma peers beat Kite Pharma on 7 of the 10 factors compared.

Kite Pharma Company Profile

Kite Pharma, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of cancer immunotherapy products to target and kill cancer cells. The Company offers engineered autologous cell therapy, which is an approach to the treatment of cancer. Its therapy involves modifying a patient’s T cells outside the patient’s body, or ex vivo, causing the T cells to express chimeric antigen receptors (CARs), or T cell receptors (TCRs), and then reinfusing the engineered T cells back into the patient. Its lead product candidate, KTE-C19, is a CAR-based therapy that targets the CD19 antigen, a protein expressed on the cell surface of B-cell lymphomas and leukemias. The Company is conducting a registrational Phase II clinical trial (ZUMA-1) of KTE-C19 in patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL), primary mediastinal B cell lymphoma (PMBCL), or transformed follicular lymphoma (TFL).

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