Head to Head Analysis: Cytokinetics (CYTK) versus Its Rivals

Cytokinetics (NASDAQ: CYTK) is one of 286 publicly-traded companies in the “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Cytokinetics to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Cytokinetics and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cytokinetics 0 1 9 0 2.90
Cytokinetics Competitors 857 3201 11604 231 2.71

Cytokinetics presently has a consensus price target of $17.90, suggesting a potential upside of 123.75%. As a group, “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies have a potential upside of 43.81%. Given Cytokinetics’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Cytokinetics is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

73.7% of Cytokinetics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.2% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 7.2% of Cytokinetics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.1% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Cytokinetics has a beta of 1.61, meaning that its stock price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cytokinetics’ competitors have a beta of 0.49, meaning that their average stock price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cytokinetics and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Cytokinetics $106.41 million $16.45 million -4.82
Cytokinetics Competitors $284.28 million $34.29 million 73.44

Cytokinetics’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Cytokinetics. Cytokinetics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


This table compares Cytokinetics and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cytokinetics -172.27% -62.64% -29.08%
Cytokinetics Competitors -5,313.56% -219.98% -40.02%


Cytokinetics beats its competitors on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Cytokinetics

Cytokinetics, Incorporated is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on discovering, developing and commercializing first-in-class muscle activators as potential treatments for debilitating diseases in which muscle performance is compromised and/or declining. It is focused on the discovery and development of small molecule therapeutics that modulate muscle function for the treatment of serious diseases and medical conditions. Its drug candidates, which are in clinical development include tirasemtiv, CK-2127107 and omecamtiv mecarbil. Its tirasemtiv and CK-2127107 are skeletal muscle troponin activators. It is developing tirasemtiv drug candidate for the treatment of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Company is developing CK-2127107 for the potential treatment of spinal muscular atrophy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and ALS. The Omecamtiv mecarbil is a cardiac muscle myosin activator, which is being evaluated for the treatment of heart failure.

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