Cerus (NASDAQ: CERS) is one of 19 publicly-traded companies in the “Medical Devices & Implants” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Cerus to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

58.5% of Cerus shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.8% of shares of all “Medical Devices & Implants” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.4% of Cerus shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Medical Devices & Implants” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Cerus and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cerus 0 0 5 0 3.00
Cerus Competitors 111 728 1026 10 2.50

Cerus currently has a consensus target price of $6.60, suggesting a potential upside of 82.83%. As a group, “Medical Devices & Implants” companies have a potential upside of 35.96%. Given Cerus’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Cerus is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Cerus and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cerus -159.35% -142.18% -67.72%
Cerus Competitors -101.23% -92.70% -30.32%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cerus and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Cerus $39.28 million -$62.90 million -6.12
Cerus Competitors $1.67 billion $207.58 million 87.48

Cerus’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Cerus. Cerus is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Cerus has a beta of 1.93, meaning that its share price is 93% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cerus’ peers have a beta of 0.47, meaning that their average share price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Cerus peers beat Cerus on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Cerus

Cerus Corporation is a biomedical products company. The Company is engaged in developing and commercializing the INTERCEPT Blood System for blood safety. The Company operates through blood safety segment. The Company’s INTERCEPT Blood System is based on its technology for controlling biological replication, and is designed to reduce blood-borne pathogens in donated blood components intended for transfusion. The Company’s INTERCEPT Blood System is designed to target and inactivate blood-borne pathogens, such as viruses, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), West Nile, Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), hepatitis B and C; bacteria and parasites, as well as harmful white blood cells, while preserving the therapeutic properties of platelet, plasma and red blood cell transfusion products. The Company’s INTERCEPT Blood System is for use with blood components, including plasma, platelets, and red blood cells.

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