Cerus (NASDAQ: CERS) is one of 19 publicly-traded companies in the “Medical Devices & Implants” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Cerus to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Cerus and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cerus 0 0 4 0 3.00
Cerus Competitors 109 728 1025 10 2.50

Cerus currently has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 77.22%. As a group, “Medical Devices & Implants” companies have a potential upside of 36.41%. Given Cerus’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Cerus is more favorable than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

Cerus has a beta of 1.79, indicating that its stock price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cerus’ peers have a beta of 0.67, indicating that their average stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cerus -159.35% -142.18% -67.72%
Cerus Competitors -101.23% -92.70% -30.32%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.5% of Cerus shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.9% of shares of all “Medical Devices & Implants” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.4% of Cerus shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Medical Devices & Implants” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cerus and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Cerus $39.28 million -$62.90 million -6.69
Cerus Competitors $1.67 billion $207.58 million 74.88

Cerus’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Cerus. Cerus 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.

Summary

Cerus peers beat Cerus on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Cerus Company Profile

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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