Celsion (NASDAQ: CLSN) is one of 286 public companies in the “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Celsion to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

4.2% of Celsion shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.2% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.8% of Celsion shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.6% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Celsion has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Celsion’s rivals have a beta of 8.40, meaning that their average share price is 740% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Celsion -4,292.80% -282.94% -59.69%
Celsion Competitors -5,311.45% -218.34% -39.53%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Celsion and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Celsion 0 0 4 0 3.00
Celsion Competitors 858 3204 11628 231 2.71

Celsion presently has a consensus price target of $14.50, indicating a potential upside of 449.24%. As a group, “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies have a potential upside of 44.24%. Given Celsion’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Celsion is more favorable than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Celsion $500,000.00 -$22.05 million -0.45
Celsion Competitors $284.28 million $33.78 million 74.50

Celsion’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Celsion. Celsion 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

Celsion rivals beat Celsion on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

Celsion Company Profile

Celsion Corporation is an oncology drug development company. The Company’s product candidate is ThermoDox, a heat-activated liposomal encapsulation of doxorubicin, which is in Phase III clinical trial for treatment of primary liver cancer (the OPTIMA Study) and a Phase II clinical trial for treatment of recurrent chest wall breast cancer (the DIGNITY Study). Its pipeline also includes GEN-1, a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) mediated immunotherapy for the localized treatment of ovarian and brain cancers. It has over three platform technologies for the development of treatments for those suffering with difficult-to-treat forms of cancer, including Lysolipid Thermally Sensitive Liposomes, a heat sensitive liposomal based dosage form that targets disease with known therapeutics in the presence of mild heat; TheraPlas, a nucleic acid-based treatment for local transfection of therapeutic plasmids, and TheraSilence, a systemic dosage form for lung directed anti-cancer ribonucleic acid (RNA).

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