Merrimack Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: MACK) is one of 189 public companies in the “Biotechnology & Medical Research” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Merrimack Pharmaceuticals to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Merrimack Pharmaceuticals and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals 0 2 0 0 2.00
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Competitors 539 2461 6691 127 2.65

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals currently has a consensus price target of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 44.93%. As a group, “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies have a potential upside of 16.08%. Given Merrimack Pharmaceuticals’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Merrimack Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Merrimack Pharmaceuticals and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A -68.02%
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Competitors -4,529.52% -557.70% -43.05%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

52.6% of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.5% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.5% of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.5% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Merrimack Pharmaceuticals and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals $144.27 million -$151.74 million 0.30
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Competitors $217.29 million -$39.39 million -65.38

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

Volatility & Risk

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 1.74, meaning that its share price is 74% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals’ peers have a beta of 1.56, meaning that their average share price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals peers beat Merrimack Pharmaceuticals on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in discovering, developing and commercializing medicines consisting of therapeutics paired with companion diagnostics for the treatment of cancer. The Company has one marketed therapeutic oncology product and multiple targeted therapeutic oncology candidates in clinical development. Its advanced program is its therapeutic MM-398, which it markets in the United States under the brand name ONIVYDE. Its other clinical stage product candidates include MM-121, MM-141, MM-310, MM-302 and MM-151. The Company is developing in vitro and in vivo diagnostics for use with each of its oncology therapeutic product candidates. Its in vitro diagnostic agents employ biophysical or biochemical markers of cancer, or biomarkers. Its in vivo diagnostics take the form of imaging agents that may help identify patients likely to benefit from its therapeutic products by measuring deposition of its products in the tumor.

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