Critical Review: TapImmune (MRKR) versus Its Rivals

TapImmune (NASDAQ: MRKR) is one of 526 publicly-traded companies in the “Pharmaceutical preparations” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare TapImmune to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for TapImmune and its rivals, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TapImmune 0 1 0 0 2.00
TapImmune Competitors 3756 10983 25005 829 2.56

As a group, “Pharmaceutical preparations” companies have a potential upside of 59.97%. Given TapImmune’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe TapImmune has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

11.1% of TapImmune shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.3% of shares of all “Pharmaceutical preparations” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.3% of TapImmune shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.4% of shares of all “Pharmaceutical preparations” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares TapImmune and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
TapImmune N/A -$10.98 million -6.18
TapImmune Competitors $2.03 billion $140.19 million -2.04

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


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TapImmune N/A -409.71% -247.73%
TapImmune Competitors -2,468.57% -80.63% -24.87%

Risk and Volatility

TapImmune has a beta of -0.32, suggesting that its share price is 132% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TapImmune’s rivals have a beta of 1.17, suggesting that their average share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.


TapImmune rivals beat TapImmune on 12 of the 13 factors compared.

About TapImmune

Marker Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company, develops T cell-based immunotherapies for the treatment of hematological malignancies and solid tumor indications. Its cell therapy technology is based on the tumor-specific T cells that recognize tumor associated antigens and kill tumor cells expressing those targets. The company is also advancing various peptide- and gene-based immuno-therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and metastatic disease, including its Folate Receptor Alpha program (TPIV200) for breast and ovarian cancers and HER2/neu+ peptide antigen program (TPIV100/110) in Phase II clinical trials. In addition, it develops a proprietary DNA expression technology, known as PolyStart, to improve the ability of the cellular immune system to recognize and destroy diseased cells. Marker Therapeutics, Inc. is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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