MEI Pharma (NASDAQ: MEIP) is one of 286 public companies in the “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare MEI Pharma to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

MEI Pharma has a beta of 1.83, indicating that its share price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MEI Pharma’s competitors have a beta of 2.39, indicating that their average share price is 139% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

23.2% of MEI Pharma shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.8% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.3% of MEI Pharma shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.8% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are held by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for MEI Pharma and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MEI Pharma 0 0 2 0 3.00
MEI Pharma Competitors 912 3326 11820 237 2.70

MEI Pharma currently has a consensus target price of $6.75, indicating a potential upside of 213.95%. As a group, “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies have a potential upside of 39.23%. Given MEI Pharma’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe MEI Pharma is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MEI Pharma -8.24% -3.62% -3.33%
MEI Pharma Competitors -5,192.50% -162.92% -35.31%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares MEI Pharma and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
MEI Pharma $23.25 million $2.67 million -43.00
MEI Pharma Competitors $290.27 million $35.99 million 59.09

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

Summary

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

MEI Pharma Company Profile

MEI Pharma, Inc. is an oncology company. The Company is focused on the clinical development of drugs and therapies for treatment of cancer. The Company’s portfolio of clinical drug candidates includes Pracinostat, ME-344 and PWT143. Pracinostat is an orally available histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor indicated for the treatment of advanced hematologic diseases, such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). ME-344 is an isoflavone-based mitochondrial inhibitor targeting a mitochondrial component of the terminal respiratory chain complex in rapidly proliferating cells. PWT143 is an oral inhibitor of phosphatidylinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) delta, a molecular target that plays a critical role in the proliferation and survival of hematologic cancer cells. Pracinostat has been tested in multiple Phase I and Phase II clinical trials in advanced hematologic malignancies and solid tumor indications.

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