Exact Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ: EXAS) is one of 196 public companies in the “Biotechnology & Medical Research” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Exact Sciences Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Exact Sciences Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exact Sciences Corporation 0 3 10 0 2.77
Exact Sciences Corporation Competitors 467 2226 6115 117 2.66

Exact Sciences Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $43.54, suggesting a potential downside of 10.41%. As a group, “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies have a potential upside of 1.13%. Given Exact Sciences Corporation’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Exact Sciences Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Exact Sciences Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Exact Sciences Corporation $169.37 million -$129.74 million -37.67
Exact Sciences Corporation Competitors $207.80 million -$2.20 million 0.11

Exact Sciences Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Exact Sciences Corporation. Exact Sciences Corporation 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.2% of Exact Sciences Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.5% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Exact Sciences Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.0% 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 will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Exact Sciences Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exact Sciences Corporation -83.08% -36.36% -32.85%
Exact Sciences Corporation Competitors -3,991.22% -119.32% -44.11%

Volatility and Risk

Exact Sciences Corporation has a beta of 0.75, suggesting that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Exact Sciences Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.63, suggesting that their average share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Exact Sciences Corporation Company Profile

Exact Sciences Corporation is a molecular diagnostics company. The Company focuses on the early detection and prevention of some forms of cancer. It offers a non-invasive screening test called Cologuard for the early detection of colorectal cancer and pre-cancer. Its Cologuard test is a stool-based deoxyribonucleic acid (sDNA) screening test, which utilizes a multi-target approach to detect deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and hemoglobin biomarkers associated with colorectal cancer and pre-cancer. The Cologuard test is intended for the qualitative detection of colorectal neoplasia associated DNA markers and for the presence of occult hemoglobin in human stool. It focuses on the development of additional tests for other types of cancer. It is developing a blood-based biomarker test to aid in the early detection of lung cancer in individuals with lung nodules discovered through a computerized tomography (CT) or other scan.

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