Sunesis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SNSS) is one of 186 publicly-traded companies in the “Biotechnology & Medical Research” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Sunesis Pharmaceuticals to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

38.4% of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.8% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.2% of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.7% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Sunesis Pharmaceuticals and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sunesis Pharmaceuticals -1,472.94% N/A -125.56%
Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Competitors -3,341.99% -537.73% -40.09%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Sunesis Pharmaceuticals and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sunesis Pharmaceuticals 0 3 1 0 2.25
Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Competitors 531 2400 6579 123 2.65

Sunesis Pharmaceuticals presently has a consensus price target of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 67.36%. As a group, “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies have a potential upside of 17.39%. Given Sunesis Pharmaceuticals’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Sunesis Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sunesis Pharmaceuticals and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Sunesis Pharmaceuticals $2.54 million -$38.02 million -1.37
Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Competitors $217.29 million -$39.39 million -73.91

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

Volatility and Risk

Sunesis Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 1.55, suggesting that its share price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sunesis Pharmaceuticals’ competitors have a beta of 1.54, suggesting that their average share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Sunesis Pharmaceuticals competitors beat Sunesis Pharmaceuticals on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Sunesis Pharmaceuticals

Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company focuses on the development and commercialization of its pipeline of oncology therapeutics for the treatment of solid and hematologic cancers. The Company offers QINPREZO (vosaroxin), which is a product candidate for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Vosaroxin is an anticancer quinolone derivative (AQD). The Company’s other kinase inhibitor pipeline include TAK-580, SNS-062 and SNS-229. TAK-580 is an oral, investigative drug selective for pan-Raf kinase inhibition, in patients with relapsed or refractory solid tumors. SNS-062 is a non-covalently binding inhibitor of Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK). The Company has completed the pre-clinical studies for SNS-062. SNS-229 and SNS-510 are two PDK1 inhibitors. PDK1 is a kinase and mediator of Phosphoinositide 3-kinase/AKT (PI3K/AKT) signaling, which is a pathway involved in cell growth, differentiation, survival and migration.

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