BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (BCRX) – Don’t Believe the Hype: Check The Facts

246 institutions hold shares in BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (BCRX), with 1.64M shares held by insiders accounting for 0.93% while institutional investors hold 70.46% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 176.69M, and float is at 175.06M with Short Float at 15.24%. Institutions hold 69.80% of the Float.


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The top institutional shareholder in the company is Blackrock Inc. with over 16.26 million shares valued at $121.14 million. The investor’s holdings represent 9.16% of the BCRX Shares outstanding. As of Dec 30, 2020, the second largest holder is Baker Brothers Advisors, LLC with 12.7 million shares valued at $94.58 million to account for 7.15% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) which holds 11.6 million shares representing 6.53% and valued at over $86.42 million, while State Street Corporation holds 6.23% of the shares totaling 11.06 million with a market value of $82.37 million.

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) is 39.73% higher on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $1.91 and a high of $14.24 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will continue to grow shareholders’ wealth in the market. Here’s what analysts think will happen to its price in the coming time. The BCRX stock was last observed hovering at around $10.12 in the last trading session, with the day’s gains setting it 0.29% off its average median price target of $15.50 for the next 12 months. It is also 45.21% off the consensus price target high of $19.00 offered by 11 analysts, but current levels are -15.67% lower than the price target low of $9.00 for the same period.

Currently trading at $10.41, the stock is -9.96% and -4.24% below its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 2.85 million and changing 2.87% at the moment leaves the stock 60.33% off its SMA200. BCRX registered 407.80% gain for a year compared to 6-month gain of 185.60%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $11.47 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $7.42.

The stock witnessed a -6.17% loss in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a 41.25%, and is 4.20% up over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 4.53% over the week and 8.35% over the month.

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (BCRX) has around 246 employees, a market worth around $1.89B and $17.80M in sales. Distance from 52-week low is 445.03% and -26.90% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (-69.30%).

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (BCRX) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (BCRX) is a “Buy”. 11 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 2.00, where 2 rate it as a Hold and 0 think it is a “Overweight”. 9 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 0 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. is expected to release its quarterly report on 08/10/2021 and quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at -$0.27 with sales reaching $8.33M over the same period.The EPS is expected to shrink by -16.00% this year, but quarterly earnings will post 245.20% year-over-year.

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (BCRX) Insider Activity

A total of 20 insider transactions have happened at BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (BCRX) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 5 and purchases happening 15 times. The most recent transaction is an insider sale by Sheridan William P, the company’s Senior VP – CMO. SEC filings show that Sheridan William P sold 41,250 shares of the company’s common stock on Feb 22 at a price of $11.57 per share for a total of $0.48 million. Following the sale, the insider now owns 11475.0 shares.

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on Dec 15 that Stonehouse Jon P (President & CEO) sold a total of 134,278 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on Dec 15 and was made at $8.32 per share for $1.12 million. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 0.78 million shares of the BCRX stock.

Still, SEC filings show that on Dec 11, Barnes Alane P (Senior VP, Chief Legal Officer) disposed off 13,741 shares at an average price of $7.96 for $0.11 million. The insider now directly holds 108,061 shares of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (BCRX).

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BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (BCRX): Who are the competitors?

The company’s main competitors (and peers) include CEL-SCI Corporation (CVM) that is trading 45.97% up over the past 12 months and Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (EBS) that is 28.56% higher over the same period. Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. (SRPT) is -28.93% down on the 1-year trading charts. Short interest in the company’s stock has risen 7.55% from the last report on Mar 14, 2021 to stand at a total of 26.68 million short shares sold with a short interest ratio of 3.96.

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