PTC Therapeutics (NASDAQ: PTCT) is one of 285 publicly-traded companies in the “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare PTC Therapeutics to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

PTC Therapeutics has a beta of 1.23, suggesting that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PTC Therapeutics’ rivals have a beta of 6.01, suggesting that their average stock price is 501% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares PTC Therapeutics and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
PTC Therapeutics $82.71 million -$142.11 million -5.57
PTC Therapeutics Competitors $284.28 million $34.29 million 134.32

PTC Therapeutics’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than PTC Therapeutics. PTC Therapeutics 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.2% of PTC Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.3% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.1% of PTC Therapeutics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.6% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for PTC Therapeutics and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PTC Therapeutics 1 6 2 0 2.11
PTC Therapeutics Competitors 846 3197 11593 230 2.71

PTC Therapeutics currently has a consensus target price of $18.14, suggesting a potential upside of 12.62%. As a group, “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies have a potential upside of 47.02%. Given PTC Therapeutics’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe PTC Therapeutics has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares PTC Therapeutics and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PTC Therapeutics -75.64% -75.19% -31.76%
PTC Therapeutics Competitors -5,302.67% -356.18% -38.99%

Summary

PTC Therapeutics rivals beat PTC Therapeutics on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About PTC Therapeutics

PTC Therapeutics, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of medicines using its expertise in ribonucleic acid (RNA) biology. Its product pipeline includes Ataluren (Translarna), PTC596 and RG7916. Its product candidate, ataluren, is an orally administered small-molecule compound for the treatment of patients with genetic disorders due to a nonsense mutation. Ataluren is in clinical development for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy caused by a nonsense mutation (nmDMD) and cystic fibrosis caused by a nonsense mutation (nmCF). PTC596 is an orally active small molecule that targets tumor stem cell populations by reducing the function, activity and amount of BMI1. RG7916 is an investigational oral therapeutic, which is in two clinical studies: SUNFISH, a trial in childhood onset (Type II/III) spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients, and FIREFISH, a trial in infant onset (Type I) SMA patients.

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