Reviewing Kite Pharma (KITE) & The Competition

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.7% of Kite Pharma shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.0% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are held by institutional investors. 14.0% of Kite Pharma shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.1% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Kite Pharma and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kite Pharma 0 10 7 0 2.41
Kite Pharma Competitors 866 3223 11699 232 2.71

Kite Pharma presently has a consensus price target of $93.20, indicating a potential downside of 48.16%. As a group, “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies have a potential upside of 49.09%. Given Kite Pharma’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Kite Pharma has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Kite Pharma and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kite Pharma -1,092.54% -59.15% -48.12%
Kite Pharma Competitors -5,311.68% -218.45% -39.53%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kite Pharma and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Kite Pharma N/A N/A -26.06
Kite Pharma Competitors $284.49 million $33.78 million 83.06

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

Summary

Kite Pharma rivals beat Kite Pharma on 7 of the 10 factors compared.

Kite Pharma Company Profile

Kite Pharma, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of cancer immunotherapy products to target and kill cancer cells. The Company offers engineered autologous cell therapy, which is an approach to the treatment of cancer. Its therapy involves modifying a patient’s T cells outside the patient’s body, or ex vivo, causing the T cells to express chimeric antigen receptors (CARs), or T cell receptors (TCRs), and then reinfusing the engineered T cells back into the patient. Its lead product candidate, KTE-C19, is a CAR-based therapy that targets the CD19 antigen, a protein expressed on the cell surface of B-cell lymphomas and leukemias. The Company is conducting a registrational Phase II clinical trial (ZUMA-1) of KTE-C19 in patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL), primary mediastinal B cell lymphoma (PMBCL), or transformed follicular lymphoma (TFL).

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