Agenus (NASDAQ: AGEN) is one of 187 public companies in the “Biotechnology & Medical Research” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Agenus to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

Agenus has a beta of 2.11, meaning that its stock price is 111% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Agenus’ competitors have a beta of 1.56, meaning that their average stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

37.9% of Agenus shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.2% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.6% of Agenus shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.5% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Agenus -278.76% N/A -65.18%
Agenus Competitors -4,597.50% -568.99% -43.85%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Agenus and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Agenus 0 1 2 0 2.67
Agenus Competitors 542 2446 6660 127 2.65

Agenus currently has a consensus price target of $6.33, indicating a potential upside of 79.41%. As a group, “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies have a potential upside of 14.55%. Given Agenus’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Agenus is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Agenus and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Agenus $22.57 million -$126.99 million -3.02
Agenus Competitors $217.29 million -$39.39 million -65.49

Agenus’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Agenus. Agenus 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.

Summary

Agenus competitors beat Agenus on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Agenus

Agenus Inc. (Agenus) is an immuno-oncology (I-O) company. The Company focuses on the discovery and development of therapies that engage the body’s immune system to fight cancer. It is developing a I-O portfolio driven by platforms and programs, such as antibody discovery platforms, including Retrocyte Display, SECANT yeast display and phage display technologies designed to produce human antibodies; antibody candidate programs, including checkpoint modulator (CPM) programs; vaccine programs, including Prophage, AutoSynVax and PhosPhoSynVax, and saponin-based vaccine adjuvants, principally QS-21 Stimulon adjuvant (QS-21 Stimulon). The Company’s discovery pipeline includes a range of checkpoint modulating (CPM) antibodies. The Company’s vaccine platforms include its heat shock protein (HSP)-based Prophage vaccine candidates, and its synthetic vaccine candidates, ASV and PSV.

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