Endocyte Inc Stock Upgraded (ECYT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Endocyte (Nasdaq: ECYT) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • ECYT's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 5.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 198.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Pharmaceuticals industry. The net income increased by 371.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$8.23 million to $22.36 million.
  • ENDOCYTE INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ENDOCYTE INC reported poor results of -$0.50 versus -$0.47 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.16 versus -$0.50).
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. When compared to other companies in the Pharmaceuticals industry and the overall market, ENDOCYTE INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • ECYT's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 58.89%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

Endocyte, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, develops targeted therapies for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases in the United States. The company uses its proprietary technology to create novel small molecule drug conjugates (SMDCs) and companion imaging agents. Endocyte has a market cap of $294.7 million and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are down 37.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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