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Royalty Pharma plc (RPRX) – Don’t Believe the Hype: Check The Facts

323 institutions hold shares in Royalty Pharma plc (RPRX), with 67.91M shares held by insiders accounting for 17.50% while institutional investors hold 78.89% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 398.52M, and float is at 101.25M with Short Float at 17.66%. Institutions hold 65.09% of the Float.

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The top institutional shareholder in the company is Adage Capital Partners GP L.L.C. with over 38.71 million shares valued at $1.94 billion. The investor’s holdings represent 9.97% of the RPRX Shares outstanding. As of Dec 30, 2020, the second largest holder is FMR, LLC with 24.94 million shares valued at $1.25 billion to account for 6.43% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are Morgan Stanley which holds 23.8 million shares representing 6.13% and valued at over $1.19 billion, while Vantage Consulting Group, Inc holds 5.53% of the shares totaling 21.48 million with a market value of $1.07 billion.

Royalty Pharma plc (NASDAQ: RPRX) is -9.91% lower on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $34.80 and a high of $56.50 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will make a comeback and enjoy potential growth. Why not look at analysts view on what the future holds for the stock. The RPRX stock was last observed hovering at around $44.67 in the last trading session, with the day’s gains setting it 0.42% off its average median price target of $51.50 for the next 12 months. It is also 19.48% off the consensus price target high of $56.00 offered by 9 analysts, but current levels are 7.98% higher than the price target low of $49.00 for the same period.

Currently trading at $45.09, the stock is 5.84% and 1.15% above its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 1.09 million and changing 0.94% at the moment leaves the stock 2.61% off its SMA200. RPRX registered a gain of 16.30% in past 6-months. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $45.67 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $44.61.

The stock witnessed a 4.47% loss in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a -10.38%, and is 5.40% 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 2.74% over the week and 2.88% over the month.

Royalty Pharma plc (RPRX) has around 51 employees, a market worth around $27.12B and $2.12B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 34.45 and Fwd P/E is 15.16. Profit margin for the company is 23.30%. Distance from 52-week low is 29.57% and -20.19% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (14.70%).

Royalty Pharma plc (RPRX) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Royalty Pharma plc (RPRX) is a “Overweight”. 9 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 2.40, where 5 rate it as a Hold and 0 think it is a “Overweight”. 4 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 0 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

Royalty Pharma plc quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at $0.65 with sales reaching $509.7M over the same period.The EPS is expected to shrink by -66.60% this year, but quarterly earnings will post -6.50% year-over-year.

Royalty Pharma plc (RPRX) Insider Activity

The most recent transaction is an insider sale by Lloyd George W., the company’s EVP, Investments & GC. SEC filings show that Lloyd George W. sold 69,822 shares of the company’s common stock on Apr 14 at a price of $42.13 per share for a total of $2.94 million. Following the sale, the insider now owns 50000.0 shares.

Royalty Pharma plc disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on Apr 14 that Reddoch James F. (EVP, Research & Investments) sold a total of 55,714 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on Apr 14 and was made at $42.10 per share for $2.35 million. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 0.2 million shares of the RPRX stock.

Still, SEC filings show that on Apr 12, Reddoch James F. (EVP, Research & Investments) disposed off 359 shares at an average price of $42.32 for $15193.0. The insider now directly holds 255,714 shares of Royalty Pharma plc (RPRX).

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