Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc (ICPT) Major Shareholder Francesco Micheli Purchases 390,625 Shares

Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ICPT) major shareholder Francesco Micheli acquired 390,625 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 9th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $64.00 per share, with a total value of $25,000,000.00. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Large shareholders that own at least 10% of a company’s stock are required to disclose their transactions with the SEC.

Shares of ICPT traded down $2.36 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $69.24. 795,712 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 913,680. The stock has a market cap of $1,802.36, a PE ratio of -4.82 and a beta of -1.81. Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc has a 1-year low of $51.05 and a 1-year high of $135.59. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 21.71, a current ratio of 4.31 and a quick ratio of 4.31.

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Intercept Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ICPT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 14th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($4.43) EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($3.39) by ($1.04). The company had revenue of $37.69 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $39.01 million. Intercept Pharmaceuticals had a negative return on equity of 267.95% and a negative net margin of 275.18%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 173.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned ($4.84) EPS. research analysts anticipate that Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc will post -12.6 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on ICPT shares. Deutsche Bank started coverage on Intercept Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Tuesday, December 12th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $106.00 price objective for the company. Citigroup set a $74.00 price target on Intercept Pharmaceuticals and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 21st. Wedbush reissued a “buy” rating and set a $253.00 price target on shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Intercept Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Intercept Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $128.75.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of ICPT. Bank of New York Mellon Corp lifted its stake in shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals by 8.1% during the third quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 77,310 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $4,487,000 after purchasing an additional 5,761 shares in the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc lifted its stake in shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals by 48.2% during the third quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 8,856 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $514,000 after purchasing an additional 2,882 shares in the last quarter. Royce & Associates LP acquired a new position in shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals during the third quarter worth about $1,567,000. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC lifted its stake in shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals by 68.6% during the third quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC now owns 6,717 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $390,000 after purchasing an additional 2,734 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals by 292.0% during the third quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 7,582 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $440,000 after purchasing an additional 5,648 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 74.27% of the company’s stock.

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About Intercept Pharmaceuticals

Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics to treat non-viral, progressive liver diseases. The Company’s product candidates have the potential to treat orphan and more prevalent diseases for which there are limited therapeutic solutions.

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