Vermillion, Inc. (VRML) Stock: A Good Pick In The Biotech Industry?


Vermillion, Inc. (VRML) is making a move down in the market in today’s trading session. The stock, focused in the biotechnology sector, is currently priced at $0.48 after falling -6.59% so far in today’s session. As it relates to biotechnology stocks, there are quite a few aspects that have the potential to lead to price movement in the market. News is one of the most common reasons for movement. Here are the most recent trending headlines centered around VRML:

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Sep-04-19 08:00AM Vermillion Announces Two Independent Publications Showing OVA1® (MIA- Multivariate Index Assay) Demonstrates Improved Ovarian Malignancy Risk Detection in African-American Women
Sep-01-19 11:10PM Edited Transcript of VRML earnings conference call or presentation 8-Aug-19 8:30pm GMT
Aug-23-19 11:15AM Vermillion, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:VRML) Earnings Dropped -9.7%, How Did It Fare Against The Industry?
Aug-08-19 04:05PM Vermillion Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Jul-31-19 04:01PM Vermillion to Report Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results on August 8

However, when making a decision to invest, prospective investors should look into far more than just news, especially in the highly speculative biotechnology industry. Here’s what’s happing when it comes to Vermillion, Inc..

Performance Trends That We’ve Seen From VRML

While a single session decline, like what we’re seeing from Vermillion, Inc. may lead to fear in some investors, a single session move by itself shouldn’t be the basis of a decision to, or not to, buy a company’s stock. It’s always important to dig into trends just a single trading day. As it relates to VRML, below are the returns that we have seen:

  • Past 5 Trading Sessions – Over the last seven days, VRML has seen a price change amounting to -11.85%.
  • Past Month – The monthly returns from Vermillion, Inc. has been -3.04%.
  • Quarterly – In the past three months, the stock has produced a return of -45.53%
  • Past 6 Months – Throughout the past 6 months, investors have seen a performance that amounts to -57.84% from the stock.
  • Year To Date – Since the the first trading session of this year VRML has produced a return on investment of 61.60%.
  • Annually – Finally, in the last full year, investors have seen performance amounting to -28.71% out of VRML. Throughout this period of time, the stock has traded at a high price of -69.12% and a low of 79.49%.

Ratios That Are Notable

Looking at a few ratios associated with a stock can provide investors a look of just how risky and/or rewarding a pick may be. Here are some of the important ratios to consider when looking at VRML.

Short Ratio – The short ratio is a measure of short interest. The higher this ratio, the more investors believe that the value of the stock is going to fall. Throughout the sector, biotech stocks tend to carry a higher short ratio. However, we tend to see a lot of short squeezes in the sector. Nonetheless, in relation to Vermillion, Inc., it’s short ratio comes to 11.89.

Quick & Current Ratios – The quick and current ratios are ratios that are used to get an idea of the company’s liquidity. Basically, they measure the company’s abilities to pay for its debts when they come due with only current assets or quick assets. In the biotech space, several companies rely on the continuation of investor support, these ratios can seem bad. Nonetheless, some good picks in the biotech industry come with positive current and quick ratios. As it relates to VRML, the quick and current ratios come to 4.90 and 4.90 respectively.  

Book To Share Value – The book to share value ratio compares the the price of shares to the book value of assets that are owned by the company. In this particular case, the book to share value ratio works out to 0.18.

Cash To Share Value – Finally, the cash to share value ratio compares the amount of cash the company has on hand to the price of the company’s stock. Several early stage biotech companies struggle to keep cash on hand. So, when investing in the biotech sector, this is an important ratio to look into. In terms of VRML, the cash to share value ratio is 0.16.

What Analysts Say About Vermillion, Inc.

Although it’s not a smart idea to avoid doing your DD and blindly following the thoughts of analysts, it is a smart idea to use their thoughts when validating your own opinions when it comes to making investment decisions in the biotechnology industry. Here are the recent moves that we’ve seen from analysts with regard to VRML.

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Mar-29-16 Reiterated Canaccord Genuity Buy $4 → $2.50
Oct-25-12 Upgrade Ladenburg Thalmann Sell → Neutral
Mar-07-12 Downgrade Ladenburg Thalmann Neutral → Sell
Sep-16-11 Initiated Ladenburg Thalmann Neutral

Smart Money Follows Big Money

One thing that I have learned so far in my brief period alive, or somewhat alive has been that smart money tends to follow big money investors. So, investors that are trying to keep their investments relatively safe will pay close attention to trades made by institutional investors as well as those on the inside. So, what does the big money picture look like in regard to VRML? Here’s what’s happening:

Institutions own 27.20% of the company. Institutional interest has moved by 36.31% over the past three months. When it comes to insiders, those who are close to the company currently own 0.60% percent of VRML shares. Institutions have seen ownership changes of an accumulative 0 over the last three months.

What’s Going On With Share Counts?

Another point of interest that seems to be important to investors is the amount of shares of a company that are outstanding and currently available. At the moment, there are 103.92M shares of Vermillion, Inc. outstanding. Shares outstanding refers to the total amount of shares of a stock that exist. As far as the float goes, or the amount of shares that are actually available on the retail market, VRML has a float of 51.14M.

Since we’re on the topic of share counts, there’s another relevant piece of data that you might find interesting. That would be the short percentage of the float. Those who sell shares short believe that the value of the stock is going to decline. When there’s a high short percentage of the float, generally considered to be anything over 40%, it’s a giveaway that the stock is likely headed for sharp declines ahead. Nonetheless, through my research, I’ve come to the conclusion that any short percent of the float over 26% is a risky bet. When it comes to VRML, the short percent of the float is 4.52%.

What We’ve Seen In Financial Results

What have ween seen from VRML in terms of financial results?Here’s the information:

  • Analyst Expectations – As it stands, Wall Street analysts are expecting that VRML will generate earnings per diluted share that totals up to be 0, with 0 to be announced in the earnings report for the current quarter. Although this data is not tide to earnings, because we’re chatting on the topic of Wall St. analysts, Vermillion, Inc. is currently rated a 0 on a scale from 1 to 5 on which 1 is the worst possible analyst grade and 5 is the best possible.
  • 5-Year Sales – Over the last half decade, Vermillion, Inc. has generated a movement in sales volume that adds up to 3.50%. EPS over the past half decade have generated a change of 17.40%.
  • Q/Q – In terms of quarter over quarter earnings performance, or Q/Q data as it is generally represented in the human world, Vermillion, Inc. has created a earnings change by -28.80%. VRML has also moved the needle when it comes to sales volume that amounts to 57.10%.

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