Insider Selling: Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCMP) Major Shareholder Sells 1,000,000 Shares of Stock

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCMP) major shareholder Sachiko Kuno sold 1,000,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $12.00, for a total value of $12,000,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Large shareholders that own more than 10% of a company’s shares are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ SCMP) opened at 11.85 on Friday. The company’s market cap is $548.95 million. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $11.31 and a 200-day moving average price of $10.68. Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has a 52 week low of $9.30 and a 52 week high of $17.55.

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:SCMP) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The biopharmaceutical company reported $0.28 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.22 by $0.06. Sucampo Pharmaceuticals had a positive return on equity of 56.58% and a negative net margin of 61.99%. The firm had revenue of $59.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $56.44 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.24 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 15.3% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts anticipate that Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will post $1.02 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd purchased a new position in shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals in the second quarter worth $132,000. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio raised its stake in shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals by 37.7% in the second quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 46,222 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $485,000 after purchasing an additional 12,663 shares during the last quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company raised its stake in shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals by 4.1% in the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 19,983 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $209,000 after purchasing an additional 790 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp raised its stake in shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals by 7.3% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 599,420 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $6,290,000 after purchasing an additional 40,929 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dana Investment Advisors Inc. raised its stake in shares of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals by 17.0% in the second quarter. Dana Investment Advisors Inc. now owns 187,449 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $1,968,000 after purchasing an additional 27,294 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 55.44% of the company’s stock.

Several brokerages recently issued reports on SCMP. Maxim Group set a $23.00 price target on Sucampo Pharmaceuticals and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. TheStreet downgraded Sucampo Pharmaceuticals from a “c+” rating to a “d” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Leerink Swann began coverage on Sucampo Pharmaceuticals in a report on Monday, August 21st. They set an “outperform” rating and a $15.00 price target for the company. Roth Capital set a $30.00 price target on Sucampo Pharmaceuticals and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded Sucampo Pharmaceuticals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $17.63.

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products. Its primary focus areas are gastroenterology, ophthalmology and oncology-related disorders. Its product candidates include VTS-270, Lubiprostone (AMITIZA), Unoprostone is opropyl (RESCULA) and CPP-1X/sulindac combination product.

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