Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CBIO)
Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CBIO) shares have come off their early morning high of $9.00, bounced off the 45.50 level and are now trading above the $6 handle. Volume, as of 10 AM EST, is already at 1.2 million shares. CBIO shares have a listed daily average of just over 271,000. The company has released no news, or made any filings, that could account for the morning’s volatility.
Catalyst Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ:CBIO) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel medicines to address hematology indications. Catalyst is focused on the field of hemostasis, including the subcutaneous prophylaxis of hemophilia and facilitating surgery in individuals with hemophilia. Catalyst’s most advanced program is a potent next-generation coagulation Factor VIIa variant, marzeptacog alfa (activated), that has successfully completed an intravenous Phase 1 clinical trial in individuals with severe hemophilia A or B.
In February, Catalyst Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ:CBIO) underwent a reverse stock split to stay in compliance with NASDAQ rules regarding low priced stock. Dilution has been an issue for shareholders of CBIO. In 2013, there were 20,000 shares outstanding. By the end of 2016 that number had ballooned to 780,000.
Sales have also been going in the wrong direction. In 2012 Catalyst reported sales of $57.9 million. However, that figure was just $400,000 for FY 2016. On a diluted adjusted basis, EPS loss for 2013 was -$409.30. That loss shrank steadily and the EPS loss for CBIO was -$21.75 for 2016.
Of particular note is that the company reports a cash per share value of $6.35. Shares are trading around that level this morning. Analysts have given CBIO shares a rating of “Strong Buy”. Their consensus, one-year price target is $12.33.
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About the author: James Marion is a University of Houston student studying Business with a concentration in Finance. James has interned with several investment professionals and hopes to pursue a career as a professional stock analyst after graduation.