Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ:AEZS) is one of the stocks that are taking the center stage today as the company shares are trading 5.71% or 0.18 points higher from last closing price of $3.15, reaching $3.33 at last check. So what’s going on with AEZS shares anyway? The price has risen in 3 of the last 5 days and is down -24.1% over the past week. It will be exciting to see whether the stock manages to continue increasing or take a minor break for the next few days. The move came on weak volume too with far less shares changing hands than in a normal session. Trading activity as of this writing weakened by -10,400 shares, and in total 140700 shares valued at $468531 were seen changing hands compared with 151100 shares valued at $475965 recorded at the previous session. You should take into consideration that a falling volume on higher prices causes divergence and may be an early warning about possible changes in AEZS stock for the next couple of days.
Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (AEZS) shares have notched a 3-month decline of about -24.1%, but has still advanced 7.14% year to date. By comparison, the stock added 75.97% over the past 12 months, while it slipped -31.97% over the 1 month. The company’s market cap is around $51.63M, with its short interest ratio standing at 3.88%.
In the current trading session for AEZS, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $3.41 and was down as much as $3.16 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $1.29. The 52-week high is now at -40.22 distance from current price. Their recent low of $5.57 represents a 158.14% recovery. This data is quite important for investors who look to benefit from the recent rise of the company’s stock. The price target currently for AEZS is $5.5, this is below the recent high that the stock attained. Taking a look at the overall sentimental views of financial analysts, the trading pattern of this stock recently is very clear.
The stock of Aeterna Zentaris Inc. earned $0.25 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of 13.32. You can compare it with that of similar companies in its industry to get a sense of whether the stock you’re looking to purchase is overvalued or undervalued. Its current price to earnings ratio is lower than the ones recorded by the industry which is 99.13 and lower compared to the sector’s average of 54.79. When the P/E ratio is low let’s say below 1.0, then the stock price is considered a good value. AEZS also has P/S multiple of 2.03. This is smaller versus the 12 month P/S ratios of other companies in the same indutry. The peer average price to sales ratio is 41.9x.
AEZS‘s last price was up 11.18% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $3 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $4.14. At present, there are 16.39 million in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 16.38 million shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 0.6% while institutions stake was 21.4%. The company has generated positive returns on equity over the last 12 months (116.3%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at 92.2% over the past 12 months.
When assessing the full upside of the AEZS stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its -11.29% decline from moving average of $3.75 has brought about a negative sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 1.26 to the stock. With the beta been greater than one, this implies that the company shares are theoretically more volatile than the market, something that the traders definitely are keeping an eye on.
Most of the analysts surveyed by Thomson/First Call think quite highly of Aeterna Zentaris Inc. — 2 analysts rate the stock as a buy with another 0 rating it strong buy. There are 0 analysts who maintain a hold rating for the stock, with 0 giving it a sell rating. Analysts arrived at a 12-month price target of $2.5 on shares of Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ:AEZS), which corresponds to 25.15% downside potential than its current market price of $3.33 and implies potential despite the recent advance in the price. However, their current target price has fallen from $2.5 a month ago and is down handily from the consensus target of $2.5 a quarter ago.
In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly 14.9%. Though the percentage looks encouraging, extra headwinds are emerging as looking out over a next 5-year period, with analysts estimating that their earnings will decrease annually by 0%. The revenue of the company has risen at an average annualized rate of about 34.2 over the last five years. The company recently recorded an increase of 600%, but this figure is rather attractive.
Let’s briefly check the hedge fund interest towards AEZS stock. J. Goldman & Co LP added position in the company after it grew 249.9% or 106,888 shares of its common stock. The hedge fund now owns 374,000 shares worth $1,245,420, SEC documents show. Renaissance Technologies LLC shored up assets in the stock as 77958.92 shares have been purchased, increasing its stake by 41.2% to 110,078 shares which are currently valued at $366,560. In addition, AJO LP recently reported that it now owns 221,614 shares making a total of $737,975 based on the recent price. This refelects a change of 50% in their ownership.