Alimera Sciences, Inc. (ALIM): Today’s Share Price Surprise

Alimera Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALIM) is a big mover this session as the company shares are trading 10.33% or 0.028 points lower from last closing price of $0.275, reaching $0.2466 at last check. So what’s going on with ALIM shares anyway? The price has dropped in 4 of the last 5 days and is down -50.09% over the past week. It will be exciting to see whether the stock manages to continue decreasing or take a minor break for the next few days. The move came on solid volume too with far more shares changing hands than in a normal session. Trading activity as of this writing strengthened by 266,809 shares, and in total 452009 shares valued at $111465 were seen changing hands compared with 185200 shares valued at $50930 recorded at the previous session. You should take into consideration that a greater volume on lower prices causes the situation where nobody wants to continue with their long position and wants to exit from the ALIM stock.

Alimera Sciences, Inc. (ALIM) shares have notched a 3-month decline of about -50.09%, but has still tumbled -61.77% year to date. By comparison, the stock sank -74.82% over the past 12 months, while it slipped -31.37% over the 1 month. The company’s market cap is around $19.49M, with its short interest ratio standing at 3.14%.

In the current trading session for ALIM, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $0.27 and was down as much as $0.23 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $-. The 52-week high is now at -79.52 distance from current price. Their recent low of $1.21 represents a 0% 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 ALIM is $1.95, this is above 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 Alimera Sciences, Inc. earned $-0.16 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of -1.54. 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 21.38 and lower compared to the sector’s average of 31.63. When the P/E ratio is low let’s say below 1.0, then the stock price is considered a good value. ALIM also has P/S multiple of 0.34. 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 2.59x.

ALIM‘s last price was down -68.28% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $0.78 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $0.4. At present, there are 70.99 million in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 70 million shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 1.1% while institutions stake was 65.4%. The company has generated negative returns on equity over the last 12 months (-90.5%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at 89% over the past 12 months.

When assessing the full upside of the ALIM stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its -27.74% decline from moving average of $0.34 has brought about a negative sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 1.91 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 Alimera Sciences, Inc. — 3 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 on shares of Alimera Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALIM), which corresponds to 769.57% upside potential than its current market price of $0.2466 and implies potential despite the recent drop in the price. However, their current target price has fallen from $2.33 a month ago and is down handily from the consensus target of $3 a quarter ago.

In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly 16.6%. 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 90.5 over the last five years. The company recently recorded an increase of 1.9%, but this figure is rather unattractive.

Let’s briefly check the hedge fund interest towards ALIM stock. Stonepine Capital Management LLC trimmed position in the company after it dumped -0.7% or 6,484,892 shares of its common stock. The hedge fund now owns 6,439,498 shares worth $1,587,980, SEC documents show. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC shored up assets in the stock as 167 shares have been purchased, increasing its stake by 32745.5% to 54,852 shares which are currently valued at $13,527. In addition, BlackRock Inc. recently reported that it now owns 144,858 shares making a total of $35,722 based on the recent price. This refelects a change of -49.9% in their ownership.