Vericel Corporation (NASDAQ: VCEL) is one of 45 public companies in the “Biopharmaceuticals” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Vericel Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Vericel Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vericel Corporation -50.27% N/A -59.46%
Vericel Corporation Competitors -13,141.50% 229.97% -23.09%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Vericel Corporation and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Vericel Corporation $53.77 million -$20.03 million -4.09
Vericel Corporation Competitors $578.59 million $241.91 million -6.25

Vericel Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Vericel Corporation. Vericel Corporation 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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

33.9% of Vericel Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.2% of shares of all “Biopharmaceuticals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.3% of Vericel Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Biopharmaceuticals” companies are owned by 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Vericel Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vericel Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00
Vericel Corporation Competitors 190 906 1678 67 2.57

Vericel Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $6.33, indicating a potential upside of 40.74%. As a group, “Biopharmaceuticals” companies have a potential downside of 1.60%. Given Vericel Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Vericel Corporation is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

Vericel Corporation has a beta of 3.07, meaning that its share price is 207% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vericel Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.24, meaning that their average share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Vericel Corporation competitors beat Vericel Corporation on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Vericel Corporation

Vericel Corporation, formerly Aastrom Biosciences, Inc., is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the identification, development and commercialization of therapies that enable the body to repair and regenerate damaged tissues and organs to restore normal structure and function. The Company operates through the research, product development, manufacture and distribution of patient-specific, expanded cellular therapies for use in the treatment of specific diseases segment. Its autologous cell therapy products include Carticel (autologous cultured chondrocytes), which is an autologous chondrocyte implant for the treatment of cartilage defects in the knee, and Epicel (cultured epidermal autografts), which is a permanent skin replacement for the treatment of patients with deep-dermal or full-thickness burns. The Company is developing MACI, which is a third-generation autologous chondrocyte implant and ixmyelocel-T, which is a patient-specific multicellular therapy.

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