Zacks: Brokerages Expect La Jolla Pharmaceutical (LJPC) to Announce -$1.25 EPS

Wall Street analysts predict that La Jolla Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:LJPC) will report earnings per share (EPS) of ($1.25) for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Zero analysts have made estimates for La Jolla Pharmaceutical’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is ($1.10) and the lowest is ($1.38). La Jolla Pharmaceutical posted earnings of ($1.44) per share during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 13.2%. The company is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 22nd.

On average, analysts expect that La Jolla Pharmaceutical will report full-year earnings of ($4.91) per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from ($5.05) to ($4.74). For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the business will post earnings of ($4.46) per share, with EPS estimates ranging from ($5.45) to ($3.10). Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that follow La Jolla Pharmaceutical.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on LJPC. BidaskClub lowered La Jolla Pharmaceutical from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday. Zacks Investment Research lowered La Jolla Pharmaceutical from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday. ValuEngine raised La Jolla Pharmaceutical from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Jefferies Group lowered La Jolla Pharmaceutical from a “buy” rating to an “underperform” rating and dropped their target price for the stock from $40.00 to $29.00 in a research report on Monday, February 12th. Finally, HC Wainwright began coverage on La Jolla Pharmaceutical in a research report on Thursday, December 21st. They set a “buy” rating and a $62.00 target price on the stock. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $57.00.

Shares of La Jolla Pharmaceutical (LJPC) traded up $0.91 on Monday, hitting $33.87. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 452,090 shares, compared to its average volume of 508,692. The firm has a market capitalization of $750.06, a PE ratio of -6.64 and a beta of 1.20. La Jolla Pharmaceutical has a 12 month low of $16.71 and a 12 month high of $41.36.

In other La Jolla Pharmaceutical news, COO Jennifer Carver bought 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 27th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $33.22 per share, with a total value of $33,220.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 4,500 shares in the company, valued at $149,490. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, major shareholder Life Sciences Maste Perceptive bought 175,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 14th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $32.72 per share, for a total transaction of $5,726,000.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have bought 177,000 shares of company stock worth $5,792,440. Corporate insiders own 25.47% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in La Jolla Pharmaceutical in the fourth quarter valued at about $276,000. LPL Financial LLC bought a new stake in La Jolla Pharmaceutical in the fourth quarter valued at about $434,000. Perceptive Advisors LLC increased its holdings in La Jolla Pharmaceutical by 57.1% in the fourth quarter. Perceptive Advisors LLC now owns 3,388,611 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $109,046,000 after buying an additional 1,231,600 shares during the last quarter. Jafra Capital Management LP increased its holdings in La Jolla Pharmaceutical by 238.5% in the fourth quarter. Jafra Capital Management LP now owns 30,000 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $965,000 after buying an additional 21,137 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Consonance Capital Management LP increased its holdings in La Jolla Pharmaceutical by 3.8% in the fourth quarter. Consonance Capital Management LP now owns 2,079,311 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $66,912,000 after buying an additional 76,792 shares during the last quarter.

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About La Jolla Pharmaceutical

La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of therapies to improve outcomes in patients suffering from life-threatening diseases. LJPC-501 is its formulation of angiotensin II for the potential treatment of catecholamine-resistant hypotension (CRH).

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