Financial Review: GenVec (NASDAQ:GNVC) versus The Competition

GenVec (NASDAQ: GNVC) is one of 185 public companies in the “Biotechnology & Medical Research” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare GenVec to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for GenVec and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GenVec 0 2 0 0 2.00
GenVec Competitors 657 2462 6671 134 2.63

GenVec presently has a consensus price target of $7.00, indicating a potential downside of 2.68%. As a group, “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies have a potential upside of 11.66%. Given GenVec’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe GenVec has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares GenVec and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
GenVec N/A N/A -1.96
GenVec Competitors $219.39 million -$39.41 million -65.44

GenVec’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than GenVec. GenVec 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GenVec -3,748.25% -648.22% -271.77%
GenVec Competitors -4,446.57% -474.85% -42.41%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

6.2% of GenVec shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.9% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.1% of GenVec shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.7% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

GenVec competitors beat GenVec on 9 of the 11 factors compared.

About GenVec

GenVec, Inc. (GenVec) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, engaged in the development of therapeutics and vaccines. The Company designs, tests and manufactures adenoviral-based product candidates. The Company’s development programs address therapeutic areas, such as hearing loss and balance disorders, as well as vaccines against infectious diseases, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), herpes simplex virus (HSV), Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and malaria. In the area of animal health, it is developing vaccines against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The Company develops and commercializes its product candidates through collaborations. The Company’s lead product candidate is CGF166. The Company’s vaccine candidates include preventative vaccines against RSV and malaria, and a therapeutic vaccine for HSV. The Company is developing vaccine and anti-viral candidates for the prevention and containment of FMD outbreaks.

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