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

Volatility and Risk

Sierra Oncology has a beta of 2.77, suggesting that its share price is 177% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sierra Oncology’s rivals have a beta of 0.65, suggesting that their average share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sierra Oncology and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Sierra Oncology N/A -$47.86 million -3.86
Sierra Oncology Competitors $290.27 million $35.99 million 60.37

Sierra Oncology’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Sierra Oncology. Sierra Oncology 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

55.6% of Sierra Oncology shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.7% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.7% of Sierra Oncology shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.5% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sierra Oncology N/A -36.93% -34.96%
Sierra Oncology Competitors -5,189.81% -162.78% -35.24%

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sierra Oncology 0 0 3 0 3.00
Sierra Oncology Competitors 920 3341 11844 237 2.70

Sierra Oncology presently has a consensus price target of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.99%. As a group, “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies have a potential upside of 40.68%. Given Sierra Oncology’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Sierra Oncology has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Sierra Oncology beats its rivals on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Sierra Oncology Company Profile

Sierra Oncology, Inc., formerly ProNAi Therapeutics, Inc., is a clinical-stage drug development company. The Company’s lead drug candidate, SRA737, is orally bioavailable small molecule inhibitor of Checkpoint kinase 1 (Chk1), a key cell cycle checkpoint and central regulator of the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) Damage Response (DDR) network. SRA737 is being investigated in approximately two Phase I clinical trials in patients with advanced cancer. Sierra Oncology is also advancing SRA141, an orally bioavailable small molecule inhibitor of the cell division cycle 7 kinase (Cdc7) kinase undergoing preclinical development. Sierra is building a range of pipeline of various oncology assets against targets at the edge of cancer biology. The Company’s SRA737 and SRA141 target the DDR network, a scientifically approach with far-reaching potential across oncology. SRA141 is an orally available small molecule inhibitor of Cdc7.

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