Acasti Pharma (ACST) versus Its Rivals Head to Head Review

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Acasti Pharma and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Acasti Pharma 0 0 2 0 3.00
Acasti Pharma Competitors 3746 10967 24987 825 2.56

Acasti Pharma presently has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 586.27%. As a group, “Pharmaceutical preparations” companies have a potential upside of 56.60%. Given Acasti Pharma’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Acasti Pharma is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Acasti Pharma and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Acasti Pharma $30,000.00 -$16.77 million -1.34
Acasti Pharma Competitors $2.03 billion $140.19 million -2.18

Acasti Pharma’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Acasti Pharma. Acasti Pharma 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.

Profitability

This table compares Acasti Pharma and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Acasti Pharma N/A -345.38% -163.45%
Acasti Pharma Competitors -2,632.88% -80.14% -24.47%

Volatility & Risk

Acasti Pharma has a beta of 1.57, suggesting that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Acasti Pharma’s competitors have a beta of 1.17, suggesting that their average share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

2.3% of Acasti Pharma shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.3% of shares of all “Pharmaceutical preparations” companies are owned by institutional investors. 15.4% of shares of all “Pharmaceutical preparations” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Acasti Pharma competitors beat Acasti Pharma on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Acasti Pharma

Acasti Pharma Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the research, development, and commercialization of prescription drugs for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Its lead product candidate is CaPre, an omega-3 phospholipid therapeutic that is in Phase III clinical trial to treat patients with hypertriglyceridemia. The company was incorporated in 2002 and is headquartered in Laval, Canada.

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