Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ:DXTR)
Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ:DXTR) gapped down to open trading this morning, then struggled through the rest of the day, and ended down almost 25%. The company released no news that would account for the large move down. The NASDAQ market started lower today as well but ended down just 0.37%. Given that DXTR stock carries a -1.17 Beta, the shares clearly were more volatile than one would expect.
About Dextera Surgical
Redwood City, CA-based Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ:DXTR) is a global medical device company that develops proprietary stapling devices for minimally invasive surgical procedures. It primarily develops and commercializes MicroCutter 5/80, a cartridge-based micro cutter device used by for thoracic, pediatric, bariatric, colorectal, and general surgeons. The company also designs, manufactures, and markets automated anastomotic systems under the Cardica brand name for use by cardiac surgeons to perform coronary bypass surgery.
The medical device company has a market capitalization under $10 million. At the end of 2016, shares of Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ:DXTR) bounced off the critical $1 per share level for three weeks before shooting above $2.25. A long slide in DXTR stock value then began in February of 2017 and shares broke through the psychologically important level of $0.50 in May. Since then DXTR stock has traded in a $0.15 – $0.40 range. Then, this week, DXTR stock hit their 52-week low of $0.13. 2017 has been tough for Dextera Surgical shareholders as DXTR shares have lost over 80% since January.
The company has an uncertain future and observers of the sector believe a sale or merger may be in the best interests of the company and shareholders. Existing shareholders are on the alert for another round of dilution as the company reportedly has just $0.05 in cash per share – that is a short runway, even for a nano-cap company. However, it should be noted that the company has been able to shrink its losses each year. In 2013, the per share loss was (-$3.95). Each year since then has seen a smaller loss and, for FY2017, the loss was a smaller (-$1.72). Also benefitting shareholders is the low share price which reflects a short-sale position on the stock’s float of less than 10%. Curiously, two investment firms rate DXTR stock as a “Strong Buy” and one rates the shares a “Hold”.
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About the author: Monica has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and an MBA she earned – with Honors. She has six years of experience in the financial markets and has been an analyst for the past two years.