Zacks: Analysts Expect AveXis (AVXS) to Announce -$1.95 EPS

Wall Street analysts expect AveXis (NASDAQ:AVXS) to announce earnings of ($1.95) per share for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Zero analysts have issued estimates for AveXis’ earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at ($1.28) and the lowest estimate coming in at ($2.71). AveXis posted earnings per share of ($1.07) in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year-over-year growth rate of 82.2%. The company is scheduled to issue its next earnings report on Thursday, May 10th.

On average, analysts expect that AveXis will report full-year earnings of ($7.63) per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from ($11.79) to ($5.62). For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the company will post earnings of ($7.22) per share, with EPS estimates ranging from ($12.21) to ($1.85). Zacks’ EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that that provide coverage for AveXis.

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AveXis (NASDAQ:AVXS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 27th. The company reported ($2.55) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($1.64) by ($0.91).

Several brokerages recently weighed in on AVXS. ValuEngine upgraded AveXis from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd. BidaskClub cut AveXis from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd. Canaccord Genuity set a $110.00 target price on AveXis and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. Mizuho set a $147.00 target price on AveXis and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 14th. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $120.00 target price on AveXis and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and fifteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $123.90.

In other AveXis news, insider Brian K. Kaspar sold 15,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $118.07, for a total value of $1,771,050.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 1,792,147 shares in the company, valued at approximately $211,598,796.29. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CEO Sean P. Nolan sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, March 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $129.47, for a total value of $1,294,700.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 10,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,294,700. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 68,780 shares of company stock valued at $8,341,178. Company insiders own 18.60% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in AVXS. Perceptive Advisors LLC raised its position in shares of AveXis by 147.5% in the 3rd quarter. Perceptive Advisors LLC now owns 671,181 shares of the company’s stock worth $64,923,000 after acquiring an additional 400,000 shares in the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC raised its position in shares of AveXis by 52.2% in the 3rd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 1,027,221 shares of the company’s stock worth $99,363,000 after acquiring an additional 352,456 shares in the last quarter. Carillon Tower Advisers Inc. bought a new position in shares of AveXis in the 4th quarter worth approximately $24,033,000. Eagle Asset Management Inc. raised its position in shares of AveXis by 123.4% in the 4th quarter. Eagle Asset Management Inc. now owns 354,154 shares of the company’s stock worth $39,274,000 after acquiring an additional 195,626 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG raised its position in shares of AveXis by 42.7% in the 4th quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 303,901 shares of the company’s stock worth $33,630,000 after acquiring an additional 90,934 shares in the last quarter. 82.43% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

AVXS stock traded down $3.69 during trading on Wednesday, hitting $115.91. 308,255 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 329,955. AveXis has a 1 year low of $65.23 and a 1 year high of $138.46.

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About AveXis

AveXis, Inc, a clinical-stage gene therapy company, engages in developing and commercializing treatments for patients suffering from rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Its initial product candidate is AVXS-101, a gene therapy product candidate that has completed Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy Type 1.

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