Reviewing Galectin Therapeutics (GALT) & Its Competitors

Galectin Therapeutics (NASDAQ: GALT) is one of 188 public companies in the “Biotechnology & Medical Research” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Galectin Therapeutics to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, risk and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Galectin Therapeutics and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Galectin Therapeutics 0 1 3 0 2.75
Galectin Therapeutics Competitors 540 2450 6686 128 2.65

Galectin Therapeutics currently has a consensus price target of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 112.77%. As a group, “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies have a potential upside of 14.29%. Given Galectin Therapeutics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Galectin Therapeutics is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Galectin Therapeutics and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Galectin Therapeutics N/A -$21.43 million -4.27
Galectin Therapeutics Competitors $217.29 million -$39.39 million -65.14

Galectin Therapeutics’ competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Galectin Therapeutics. Galectin Therapeutics 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

10.8% of Galectin Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.0% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by institutional investors. 38.8% of Galectin Therapeutics shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.7% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” 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.

Risk & Volatility

Galectin Therapeutics has a beta of 2.56, suggesting that its stock price is 156% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Galectin Therapeutics’ competitors have a beta of 1.55, suggesting that their average stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Galectin Therapeutics and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Galectin Therapeutics N/A -1,747.01% -160.00%
Galectin Therapeutics Competitors -4,558.47% -564.11% -43.44%

Summary

Galectin Therapeutics beats its competitors on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Galectin Therapeutics Company Profile

Galectin Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in drug research and development to create therapies for fibrotic disease and cancer. The Company’s drug candidates are based on its method of targeting galectin proteins, which are mediators of biologic and pathologic functions. It uses naturally occurring, readily-available plant materials as starting material in manufacturing processes to create complex carbohydrates with specific molecular weights and other pharmaceutical properties. The Company has two product candidates, GR-MD-02 and GM-CT-01. The Company’s galectin-3 inhibitor is GR-MD-02. The Company is focusing on development of GR-MD-02 intended to be used in the treatment of liver fibrosis associated with fatty liver disease (NASH), moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and in cancer therapy in combination with immune-system modifying agent(s). GM-CT-01 is a compound that continues to be explored in preclinical studies.

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