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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Cerus and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cerus 0 0 5 0 3.00
Cerus Competitors 111 728 1026 10 2.50

Cerus presently has a consensus price target of $6.60, indicating a potential upside of 82.83%. As a group, “Medical Devices & Implants” companies have a potential upside of 35.96%. Given Cerus’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Cerus is more favorable than its rivals.

Volatility & Risk

Cerus has a beta of 1.93, meaning that its share price is 93% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cerus’ rivals have a beta of 0.47, meaning that their average share price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

58.5% of Cerus shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.8% of shares of all “Medical Devices & Implants” companies are owned by institutional investors. 7.4% of Cerus shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Medical Devices & Implants” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Cerus and its rivals’ 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%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cerus and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Cerus $39.28 million -$62.90 million -6.12
Cerus Competitors $1.67 billion $207.58 million 87.48

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

Summary

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

About Cerus

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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