Wedbush Research Analysts Lift Earnings Estimates for Spark Therapeutics Inc (ONCE)
Spark Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ONCE) – Wedbush lifted their Q4 2017 earnings estimates for Spark Therapeutics in a report issued on Tuesday. Wedbush analyst D. Nierengarten now anticipates that the biotechnology company will post earnings per share of ($1.58) for the quarter, up from their prior forecast of ($1.71). Wedbush currently has a “Neutral” rating and a $50.00 price target on the stock. Wedbush also issued estimates for Spark Therapeutics’ Q1 2018 earnings at ($1.80) EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at ($1.76) EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at ($1.74) EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at ($1.69) EPS, FY2018 earnings at ($6.99) EPS, FY2019 earnings at ($5.32) EPS, FY2020 earnings at ($2.77) EPS and FY2021 earnings at $0.73 EPS.
Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 7th. The biotechnology company reported ($1.90) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($1.79) by ($0.11). Spark Therapeutics had a negative net margin of 1,090.11% and a negative return on equity of 60.01%. The business had revenue of $1.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.40 million. During the same period last year, the business posted ($1.07) earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 45.8% on a year-over-year basis.
Spark Therapeutics (ONCE) opened at $46.37 on Friday. Spark Therapeutics has a 12 month low of $41.06 and a 12 month high of $91.75.
Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Belpointe Asset Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Spark Therapeutics in the third quarter worth about $403,000. Neuberger Berman Group LLC purchased a new position in shares of Spark Therapeutics in the third quarter worth about $672,000. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC increased its stake in shares of Spark Therapeutics by 257.7% in the third quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC now owns 8,588 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $766,000 after purchasing an additional 6,187 shares in the last quarter. Perceptive Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Spark Therapeutics in the third quarter worth about $16,049,000. Finally, Orbimed Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Spark Therapeutics in the third quarter worth about $38,340,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 94.94% of the company’s stock.
In other news, Director Hospital Of Philade Children’s sold 1,000,000 shares of Spark Therapeutics stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.63, for a total value of $84,630,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 3,928,707 shares in the company, valued at $332,486,473.41. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Katherine A. High sold 5,000 shares of Spark Therapeutics stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.32, for a total transaction of $356,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 215,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,333,800. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 1,068,809 shares of company stock valued at $89,809,385 in the last 90 days. 7.30% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
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About Spark Therapeutics
Spark Therapeutics, Inc is a gene therapy company. The Company focuses on treating orphan diseases. It has a pipeline of product candidates targeting multiple rare blinding conditions, hematologic disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. Its pipeline includes a product candidate targeting choroideremia (CHM), which is in a Phase I/II clinical trial and a product candidate for hemophilia A, which is in a Phase I/II clinical trial.
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