Cerecor Inc (NASDAQ:CERC) Threatening New Highs

Cerecor Inc (NASDAQ:CERC)

The uptrend, that began in August, continues for Cerecor Inc (NASDAQ:CERC) stock as it looks to close at its second highest level in a year on heavy volume. The market sent shares higher after the biotechnology company released Q3 earnings this morning.

Cerecor Inc (NASDAQ:CERC)
Cerecor Inc (NASDAQ:CERC) is a biopharmaceutical company that develops drug candidates to address the needs of patients with neurologic and psychiatric disorders. Cerecor’s lead drug candidate is CERC-301, which Cerecor currently intends to explore as a treatment for orphan neurological indications. Cerecor is also developing two pre-clinical stage compounds, CERC-611 and CERC-406.

Cerecor Earnings

Cerecor, headquartered in Baltimore, MD, reported Q3 net income of $18.7 million, or $0.52 per common share, compared to a net loss of (-$6.2) million, or (-$0.70) loss per common share, for the third quarter 2016. The company reported $0.52 income per diluted common share, compared to (-$0.70) loss per diluted common share for the same period last year. Cerecor posted $25 million in license and other revenue from the sale of CERC-501 to Janssen this past August.
Q3 2017 general and administrative expenses increased to $2.2 million, compared to $1.7 million for Q3 2016. This increase was driven primarily by expenses associated with the August sale of CERC-501. As of September 30, 2017, cash and cash equivalents were $24.0 million, escrowed cash receivable was $3.75 million and current liabilities were $4.8 million.

CERC Stock Performance

Cerecor Inc (NASDAQ:CERC) shares began an uptrend after the $25 million sale of CERC-501 to Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Over the past quarter, CERC stock is up over 88%. However CERC shares were trading over $5 at the end of last year, and the drop from those levels is seen in the (-70%) performance over the past year.
Annual earnings have been disappointing for shareholders. In 2014 there was an EPS loss of (-$0.41), followed in 2015 by (-$1.22) loss, and a loss of (-$1.87) for 2016.

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About the author: Steve Clark is a 23-year Wall St professional with stints in M&A, risk management, and algorithm trading. Steve keeps his head in the game by looking for, and writing about, small companies that often get overlooked by the big investment firms.

Market Awaits Medical Transcription Billing Corp (NASDAQ:MTBC) Earnings

Medical Transcription Billing Corp (NASDAQ:MTBC)

Medical Transcription Billing Corp (NASDAQ:MTBC) is scheduled to release their Q3 earnings report today before the market opens. In August, the company placed its full year 2017 guidance at $31 to $32 million. That level of revenue represents a 27% to 31% growth over 2016 revenue. The company expects 2017 adjusted EBITDA to be $2.0 to $2.5 million.

Medical Transcription Billing Corp (NASDAQ:MTBC)

Medical Transcription Billing Corp (NASDAQ:MTBC) is a healthcare information technology company that provides a fully integrated suite of proprietary web-based solutions, together with related business services, to healthcare providers practicing in ambulatory care settings. Their platform is designed to help customers increase revenues, streamline workflows, and make better business and clinical decisions.

MTBC Stock

MTBC shares have gained over 450% year-to-date and almost 50% in just the last month. That has pushed MTBC stock from its 52-week low of $0.29, to its 52-week high, achieved in October, of $5.44.

During that time, the company repaid its debt. To pay off that debt, Medical Transcription Billing Corp (NASDAQ:MTBC) issued $7.9 million worth of Series A Preferred Stock. The move worked, according to observers, as revenues have exceeded cash operating expenses since May 2017.

Over the years, MTBC has not been able to transform annual increases in sales to profits. In 2012, the per share profit was just $0.01. Annual per share losses followed of (-$0.02), (-$0.64), (-$0.46), and, for 2016, (-$0.95).

However, sales did increase year on year. In 2012, sales were reported at $10 million. That annual figure was followed by annual figures of $10.5 million, $18.3 million, 23.1 million, and in 2016, $24.5 million.

It should be noted that the company has quite a number of short-sellers betting against it. As of November 3, 2017, over 15% of the stock’s float was being held in a short position.

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About the author: Marc has a degree in economics and a MSc. in Finance. Over his 20-year career, Marc has worked for global investment firms in Europe and the United States as an analyst, fund manager, and consultant.

SNU stocks that may be the ones to watch in 2017

Poised for big move in 2017?

At SNU we see a lot of stocks and write about those that we believe are, or will be, a hot topic. We searched through our screeners for five we believe investors might want to pay attention to in the coming year. The following are small-cap Nasdaq stocks that have good volumes, priced between $5 and $20, have good insider trading characteristics, and experts believe will have superior 2017 earnings.

FRED – Fred’s, Inc. sells general merchandise through its retail discount stores and full service pharmacies. The company, through its stores, offers household cleaning supplies, health and beauty aids, disposable diapers, pet foods, paper products, various food and beverage products, and pharmaceuticals to low, middle, and fixed income families in small- to medium- sized towns. It also sells general merchandise to franchised Fred’s stores. As of January 30, 2016, the company operated 641 company-owned stores in 15 states and 18 franchised stores under the Fred’s name, as well as 372 pharmacies and 3 specialty pharmacy facilities primarily in the southeastern United States. It also operates 18 franchised stores under the Fred’s name. Fred’s, Inc. was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.

CONN – Conn’s, Inc. is a specialty retailer of durable consumer goods and related services in the United States. The company’s stores provide home appliances comprising refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and ranges; furniture and mattress, including furniture and related accessories for the living room, dining room, and bedroom, as well as traditional and specialty mattresses; and home office products consisting of computers, tablets, printers, and accessories. Its stores also offer consumer electronics, such as LED, OLED, Ultra HD, and Internet-ready televisions; and Blu-ray players, and home theater and portable audio equipment. Conn’s, Inc. also provides repair service agreements, installment credit plans, and various credit insurance products. As of March 29, 2016, the company operated approximately 100 retail locations in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Conn’s, Inc. was founded in 1890 and is based in The Woodlands, Texas.

KTOS – Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. provides mission critical products, solutions, and services primarily for Government and commercial customers. The company operates through three segments – Kratos Government Solutions, Unmanned Systems, and Public Safety & Security. The Kratos Government Solutions segment offers microwave electronic products; satellite communications; technical and training solutions; modular systems; and defense and rocket support services. The Unmanned Systems segment provides unmanned aerial, ground, seaborne and command, control, and communications systems. The Public Safety & Security segment offers integrated solutions for homeland security, public safety, and critical infrastructure, as well as security and surveillance systems. This segment serves critical infrastructure, power generation, power transport, nuclear energy, financial, IT, healthcare, education, transportation, and petro-chemical industries, as well as government and military customers. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

MDCA – MDC Partners Inc. provides marketing, advertising, activation, communications, and strategic consulting solutions worldwide. Its Advertising and Communications segment offers multi-channel media management and optimization; interactive and mobile marketing; direct marketing; database and customer relationship management; sales promotion; corporate communications; market research; data analytics and insights; corporate identity, design, and branding services; social media communications; product and service innovation; and e-commerce management. The company was formerly known as MDC Corporation Inc. and changed its name to MDC Partners Inc. in January 2004. MDC Partners Inc., founded in 1980, is headquartered in New York, New York.

EGLE – Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the global ocean transportation of dry bulk cargoes. The company owns, charters, and operates dry bulk vessels that transport a range of bulk cargoes, including coal, grain, ore, pet coke, cement, and fertilizers. As of December 31, 2015, it owned and operated a fleet of 44 oceangoing vessels, which include 43 Supramax and 1 Handymax vessels with a combined carrying capacity of approximately 2,404,064 deadweight tons. Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.,founded in 2005, is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.

I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 96 hours. All information, or data, is provided with no guarantees of accuracy.

ImmunoGen Inc. (Nasdaq: IMGN) Continues Climb

Immunogen, Inc. – Nasdaq: IMGN

Waltham, MA-based Immunogen Inc. shares are up almost 20% in early trading. Shares of the biotechnology firm trade on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol IMGN. On December 28, 2016 Immunogen announced positive aspects of their Phase 1 trial. That news sent shares higher. On December 30 shares gapped up and have not looked back.

ImmunoGen is a recognized leader in the field of ADCs (antibody-drug conjugates) are biopharmaceutical drugs designed as a targeted therapy for the treatment of people with cancer. Immunogen’s technology is used in Roche’s Kadcyla®. Numerous leading healthcare companies have licensed limited rights to use Immunogen’s technology to develop ADC therapies, including Amgen, Genentech/Roche, Lilly, Novartis, Sanofi, and Takeda. Immunogen Inc. continues to invest in the emerging field of ADCs, with 765 issued patents and 749 pending patent applications worldwide as of mid-2016.

Shares of IMGN have never experienced positive EPS. In 2015 IMGN reported a loss of lost $1.67 on sales of $60 million – a drop from reported 2014 sales of $85.5 million. Eight firms follow Immunogen Inc. Two give IMGN a rating of “Strong Buy”; five give it a “Buy”; and one gives it a rating of “sell”. The consensus target price for IMGN is $5.00.

I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 96 hours. All information, or data, is provided with no guarantees of accuracy.

Ticker Symbol IMGN
Last Price a/o 9:59 AM EST $2.33
Average Volume 1.73 million
Market Cap $140.6 million
Sales 52.8 million
Shares Outstanding 67.6 million
Share Float
Shortable Yes
Optionable Yes
Inside Ownership 0.40%
Short Float
Short Interest Ratio 7.18
Quarterly Return -20.90%
YTD Return 1.96%
Year Return -83.76%

Ocular Therapeutix, Inc (Nasdaq: OCUL) Shares up in Pre-Market on Phase 3 Results

OcularTherapeutix, Inc. – Nasdaq: OCUL

Bedford, MA-based Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. shares are up over 8% in pre-market trading. Traded on the Nasdaq under ticker OCUL, the shares are benefitting from positive news that additional positive secondary endpoint results were reached from its most recent successful phase 3 clinical trial of Dextenza™ (dexamethasone insert) 0.4 mg, for the treatment of post-surgical ocular inflammation and pain.

Dextenza is a product candidate administered by a physician as a bioresorbable intracanalicular insert and designed to release drug to the ocular surface for up to 30 days. Dextenza successfully met the trial’s two primary efficacy endpoints, absence of ocular pain on day 8 and absence of ocular inflammation on day 14 when compared to placebo. In this Phase 3 clinical trial, for which the complete safety assessment will be available in the first quarter of 2017, no treatment-related serious adverse events were observed. Dextenza has exhibited a favorable safety profile and has been well tolerated in all clinical trials, regardless of indication.

“The positive results for the secondary endpoint of absence of ocular flare build upon the successful topline results from this trial which we announced last month,” said Jonathan H. Talamo, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Ocular Therapeutix.

Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCUL) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for diseases and conditions of the eye using its proprietary hydrogel platform technology. Ocular Therapeutix plans to resubmit an NDA in the first quarter of 2017 for post-surgical pain for its lead product candidate, Dextenza™.

OCUL shares had an EPS loss of $2.69 in 2014 and a loss of $1.71 in 2015. Sales were $0.8 million in 2014 and $1.8 million in 2015. Four firms follow Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. Two give OCUL shares a “Strong Buy” rating and Two give OCUL a rating of “Buy”. Consensus price tagrte is $26.50.

I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 96 hours. All information, or data, is provided with no guarantees of accuracy.

Ticker Symbol OCUL
Last Price a/o 8:37 AM EST $9.09
Average Volume 1.06 million
Market Cap $206 milion
Sales 1.8 million
Shares Outstanding 24.76 million
Share Float 21.79 million
Shortable Yes
Optionable Yes
Inside Ownership 2.70%
Short Float 23.45%
Short Interest Ratio 4.83
Quarterly Return 21.46%
YTD Return -0.60%
Year Return -6.52%

CymaBay Therapeutics Inc (Nasdaq: CBAY) Inks Licensing Deal with Kowa

CymaBay Therapeutics, Inc. – Nasdaq: CBAY

Shares of California-based CymaBay Therapeutics, Inc. are rocketing in pre-market trading. Traded on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol CBAY, the shares closed Tuesday at $1.90. In today’s pre-market trading CBAY has hit $3.00 on very heavy volumes.

Investors appear to be reacting to news that CymaBay has entered into a licensing deal with Kowa Pharmaceuticals for development and commercialization of CymaBay’s drug Arhalofenate – an oral, once-daily dual-acting drug candidate for the treatment of gout. Arhalofenate has been licensed to Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. for the U.S.A. market only – CymaBay Pharmaceuticals retains full development and commercialization rights for arhalofenate outside the U.S.A.

Under the terms of the agreement, CymaBay will receive up to $15 million in upfront and near-term milestone payments and is eligible to receive up to an additional $190 million in payments based upon the achievement of specific development, regulatory and sales milestones.  CymaBay is also eligible to receive tiered, double digit royalties on future sales of arhalofenate products.  Kowa will be responsible for all development and commercialization costs.

Harold Van Wart, Ph.D., President and CEO of CymaBay commented on the deal “We are extremely pleased to enter into this agreement with Kowa to develop and market arhalofenate in the U.S. Kowa has proven development capabilities as well as the resources to carry out a large Phase 3 development program. They also have an established primary care sales force to market arhalofenate products. As arhalofenate is a potential novel therapy for gout, a disease most often treated by primary care physicians, it is a very good fit with Kowa’s established strength in this area…”

Three firms cover CymaBay Pharmaceuticals Inc. Two analysts give CBAY a “”Strong Buy” rating while one rates CBAY as a “Hold”. Their consensus price target is $5.00.

I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 96 hours. All information, or data, is provided with no guarantees of accuracy.

Ticker Symbol CBAY
Last Price a/o 8:00 AM EST $2.77
Average Volume 88,500
Market Cap $45 million
Shares Outstanding 23.7 million
Share Float 23.13 million
Shortable Yes
Optionable No
Inside Ownership 0.10%
Short Float 1.29%
Short Interest Ratio 3.36
Quarterly Return -0.52%
YTD Return 9.83%
Year Return 4.40%

Titan Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: TTNP) Up 15%

Titan Pharmaceuticals Inc. – Nasdaq: TTNP

Titan Pharmaceuticals Inc. trades on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol TTNP. Shares are up almost 15% on heavy volumes. Shares closed on Friday at $4.00 and have reached $4.60 in today’s early trading.

Titan Pharmaceuticals develops proprietary therapeutics for the treatment of select chronic diseases utilizing its innovative, long-term, continuous drug delivery platform, ProNeura. ProNeura implants enhance patient care by providing non-fluctuating, stable levels of medication in the blood for up to one year. Titan is in the early stages of product development programs utilizing ProNeura for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and hypothyroidism. It’s also evaluating the feasibility of additional product candidates that would be suitable for the treatment of several chronic diseases, including certain hormonal deficiencies; type 2 diabetes, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, benign prostate hyperplasia and others.

One form covers Titan Pharmaceuticals and gives TTNP a rating of “Strong Buy” with a price target of $11. TTNP reached its highs in EPS ($0.65) and sales ($10.5 million) in 2013. It progressively posted worse figures in 2014 and 2015.

I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 96 hours. All information, or data, is provided with no guarantees of accuracy.

Immunomedics, Inc. (NASDAQ:IMMU)

Akebia Therapeutics (Nasdaq: AKBA) Up on News of Partnership

Akebia Therapeutics; Nasdaq: AKBA

Shares of Cambridge, MA-based Akebia Therapeutics (Nasdaq: AKBA) were up over 40% on company reports that they have formed a $1 billion partnership with Otsuka Pharmaceutical for its late-stage drug Vadadustat, an oral treatment for anemia related to chronic kidney disease. The deal includes $265 million in committed cash, with $125 million as an upfront payment and another $35 million due in early 2017.

President and CEO of Akebia Therapeutics, John Butler remarked on the deal in a press release:

“Our alliance with Otsuka, one of the world’s innovative pharmaceutical leaders, also allows us to prepare an optimal launch of Vadadustat, as we will equally share commercial responsibility. Otsuka brings a well-established commercial presence and infrastructure in the U.S., and we share a strong commitment to improving patients’ lives by delivering important new therapeutic options. This deal also underscores the confidence that we and others have placed in the underlying value of Vadadustat and in our ability to bring innovative therapies to patients.”

In the phase 2a trial Vadadustat significantly increased hemoglobin levels compared to baseline in a dose-dependent manner across all treatment arms (P < .0001). Further, Vadadustat provides a physiologic reticulocyte response, ie, newly formed red blood cells (RBCs), which leads to a more gradual and consistent increase in hemoglobin levels than what is seen with injectable rESA therapies. This means that these improvements occur without causing patients’ hemoglobin to rise to levels that cause concern.

The consensus pricae target among anayalsts is $17. Four analysts cover AKBA with two assigning a rating of “Buy’ and two with a rating of “Strong buy”. Akebia Therapeutics has no reported sales and has never experienced positive EPS. In the past AKBA has trade near $7 but also traded near the $10 handle this past April.

I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 96 hours. All information, or data, is provided with no guarantees of accuracy.

Ticker Symbol AKBA
Last Price a/o 10:00 AM EST  $               9.96
Average Volume 143,400
Market Cap $311.2 million
Sales $-
Shares Outstanding 37.27 million
Share Float 31.53 million
Shortable Yes
Optionable Yes
Inside Ownership 0.50%
Short Float 5.94%
Short Interest Ratio 13.05
Quarterly Return -9.73%
YTD Return -35.37%
Year Return -32.39%