Vericel Corporation (VCEL) versus Its Competitors Critical Analysis

Vericel Corporation (NASDAQ: VCEL) is one of 45 public companies in the “Biopharmaceuticals” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Vericel Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Vericel Corporation has a beta of 3.16, indicating that its share price is 216% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vericel Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.28, indicating that their average share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vericel Corporation -50.27% N/A -59.46%
Vericel Corporation Competitors -13,404.97% 246.04% -20.09%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

33.8% of Vericel Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.2% of shares of all “Biopharmaceuticals” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.3% of Vericel Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.9% of shares of all “Biopharmaceuticals” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vericel Corporation and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Vericel Corporation $53.77 million -$20.03 million -4.18
Vericel Corporation Competitors $579.30 million $241.72 million -6.62

Vericel Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Vericel Corporation. Vericel Corporation 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Vericel Corporation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vericel Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00
Vericel Corporation Competitors 116 750 1613 58 2.64

Vericel Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $6.33, indicating a potential upside of 37.68%. As a group, “Biopharmaceuticals” companies have a potential upside of 5.03%. Given Vericel Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Vericel Corporation is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Vericel Corporation competitors beat Vericel Corporation on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Vericel Corporation

Vericel Corporation, formerly Aastrom Biosciences, Inc., is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the identification, development and commercialization of therapies that enable the body to repair and regenerate damaged tissues and organs to restore normal structure and function. The Company operates through the research, product development, manufacture and distribution of patient-specific, expanded cellular therapies for use in the treatment of specific diseases segment. Its autologous cell therapy products include Carticel (autologous cultured chondrocytes), which is an autologous chondrocyte implant for the treatment of cartilage defects in the knee, and Epicel (cultured epidermal autografts), which is a permanent skin replacement for the treatment of patients with deep-dermal or full-thickness burns. The Company is developing MACI, which is a third-generation autologous chondrocyte implant and ixmyelocel-T, which is a patient-specific multicellular therapy.

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