Analyzing Cerus Corporation (CERS) and Its Rivals

Cerus Corporation (NASDAQ: CERS) is one of 20 public companies in the “Medical Devices & Implants” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Cerus Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Cerus Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cerus Corporation -159.35% -142.18% -67.72%
Cerus Corporation Competitors -101.83% -91.99% -29.94%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

55.6% of Cerus Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 42.4% of shares of all “Medical Devices & Implants” companies are owned by institutional investors. 7.4% of Cerus Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.4% of shares of all “Medical Devices & Implants” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Cerus Corporation has a beta of 1.79, indicating that its stock price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cerus Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 0.96, indicating that their average stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cerus Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Cerus Corporation $39.28 million -$62.90 million -6.10
Cerus Corporation Competitors $1.67 billion $207.58 million 73.23

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Cerus Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cerus Corporation 0 0 4 0 3.00
Cerus Corporation Competitors 109 724 1018 10 2.50

Cerus Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 94.44%. As a group, “Medical Devices & Implants” companies have a potential upside of 41.04%. Given Cerus Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Cerus Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Cerus Corporation rivals beat Cerus Corporation on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Cerus Corporation

Cerus Corporation is a biomedical products company. The Company is engaged in developing and commercializing the INTERCEPT Blood System for blood safety. The Company operates through blood safety segment. The Company’s INTERCEPT Blood System is based on its technology for controlling biological replication, and is designed to reduce blood-borne pathogens in donated blood components intended for transfusion. The Company’s INTERCEPT Blood System is designed to target and inactivate blood-borne pathogens, such as viruses, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), West Nile, Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), hepatitis B and C; bacteria and parasites, as well as harmful white blood cells, while preserving the therapeutic properties of platelet, plasma and red blood cell transfusion products. The Company’s INTERCEPT Blood System is for use with blood components, including plasma, platelets, and red blood cells.

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