DARA Biosciences (DARA) & Its Peers Critical Analysis

DARA Biosciences (NASDAQ: DARA) is one of 19 public companies in the “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare DARA Biosciences to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for DARA Biosciences and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DARA Biosciences 0 0 0 0 N/A
DARA Biosciences Competitors 73 344 1003 29 2.68

As a group, “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” companies have a potential upside of 23.77%. Given DARA Biosciences’ peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe DARA Biosciences has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

DARA Biosciences has a beta of 0.72, indicating that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DARA Biosciences’ peers have a beta of 1.15, indicating that their average share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares DARA Biosciences and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DARA Biosciences -228.42% -145.61% -100.38%
DARA Biosciences Competitors -547.39% -39.23% -21.46%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.0% of shares of all “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 10.7% of shares of all “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
DARA Biosciences N/A N/A -1.69
DARA Biosciences Competitors $3.02 billion $642.98 million -30.87

DARA Biosciences’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than DARA Biosciences. DARA Biosciences is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

DARA Biosciences peers beat DARA Biosciences on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

About DARA Biosciences

DARA BioSciences Inc is specialty pharmaceutical company based in the United States. The Company’s primary focus is on the commercialization of oncology treatment and oncology supportive care pharmaceutical products, including Soltamox, an oral solution of tamoxifen citrate; cancer support therapeutics, including Gelclair, indicated for the treatment of oral mucositis and Bionect, for the management of irritation of the skin as well as first and second degree burns, and Three Mission Pharmacal products, including Ferralet 90 (for anemia), Binosto (alendronate sodium effervescent tablet indicated for the treatment of osteoporosis) and Aquoral (for cancer related dry mouth). The Company has a clinical development asset, KRN5500, which is a Phase II product candidate targeted for treating cancer patients with painful treatment-refractory chronic chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. The Company is a subsidiary of Midatech Pharma Plc.

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