Sierra Oncology (NASDAQ: SRRA) is one of 288 public companies in the “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Sierra Oncology to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

55.6% of Sierra Oncology shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.8% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.7% of Sierra Oncology shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.8% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Sierra Oncology and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sierra Oncology 0 0 3 0 3.00
Sierra Oncology Competitors 946 3395 11901 239 2.69

Sierra Oncology currently has a consensus price target of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 23.46%. As a group, “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies have a potential upside of 41.83%. Given Sierra Oncology’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Sierra Oncology has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sierra Oncology N/A -36.93% -34.96%
Sierra Oncology Competitors -5,380.85% -82.03% -34.96%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Sierra Oncology and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Sierra Oncology N/A -$47.86 million -3.41
Sierra Oncology Competitors $290.27 million $35.99 million 50.86

Sierra Oncology’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Sierra Oncology. Sierra Oncology 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.

Sierra Oncology Company Profile

Sierra Oncology, Inc., formerly ProNAi Therapeutics, Inc., is a clinical-stage drug development company. The Company’s lead drug candidate, SRA737, is orally bioavailable small molecule inhibitor of Checkpoint kinase 1 (Chk1), a key cell cycle checkpoint and central regulator of the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) Damage Response (DDR) network. SRA737 is being investigated in approximately two Phase I clinical trials in patients with advanced cancer. Sierra Oncology is also advancing SRA141, an orally bioavailable small molecule inhibitor of the cell division cycle 7 kinase (Cdc7) kinase undergoing preclinical development. Sierra is building a range of pipeline of various oncology assets against targets at the edge of cancer biology. The Company’s SRA737 and SRA141 target the DDR network, a scientifically approach with far-reaching potential across oncology. SRA141 is an orally available small molecule inhibitor of Cdc7.

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