What The Financials Tell Us About Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (AEZS)

Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ:AEZS) finished Tuesday with a subtraction of -$0.06 to close at $0.61, a downside of -7.90 percent. An average of 12,745,479 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a gain of $0.0164 in the past week. The last 20 days have seen an average of 4,004,435 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 2,195,682.

AEZS stock has decreased by -13.36% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $0.5767 on 10/06/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 02/08/21, shares of the company touched a low of $0.29 and a high of $3.62 in 52 weeks. In spite of this, the price is down -83.06% from the 52-week high.

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Valuation Metrics

Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (AEZS) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 34.65 for the broader industry and 31.71 for the sector. This means investors are optimistic about the stock’s future prospects. In the last five years, Aeterna Zentaris Inc.’s PE ratio has ranged between 29.11 and 2.281. The stock’s beta is 1.81. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 20.20, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 1.20.

The quick ratio of Aeterna Zentaris Inc. for the three months ended September 29 was 16.40, and the current ratio was 16.40, indicating that the company is able to meet its debt obligations. Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 0.00 and a total debt to equity ratio of 0.00 for the quarter ending September 29. On the profitability front, the trailing 12-month gross margin is 59.70% against a 5-year average of 70.3%. Aeterna Zentaris Inc.’s EBITDA margin for the year ending September 29 is -158.95%. Its gross profit as reported stood at $1.33 million compared to revenue of $3.65 million.

For investors, determining the potential profitability of the investment also depends on the performance of the company’s management. In the past 12 months, Aeterna Zentaris Inc.’s return on assets was -9.80%, compared to -29.9% over the last five years. For the broader industry, ROE averaged -68.79 over the past year.

Earnings Surprise

The analyst consensus anticipated Aeterna Zentaris Inc.’s latest quarter earnings to come in at -$0.17 per share, but it turned out to be -$0.02, a 88.20% surprise. For the quarter, EBITDA amounted to -$2.62 million.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (AEZS) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 05 October was 41.53%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with historical volatility in this time frame at 154.01%.

As of today, AEZS’s price is $0.7119 +2.75% or $0.0164 from its 5-day moving average. AEZS is currently trading -11.51% lower than its 20-day SMA and -29.58% lower than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is -18.98% below the SMA50 and +62.40% above the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 25.40% and 40.18%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 0.0828. With the 14-day stochastic at 9.21% and the average true range at 0.0704, the RSI (14) stands at 43.45%. The stock has reached 0.0102 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at 0.0304.

Analyst Ratings

Maxim Group reiterated its a Buy rating on Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ: AEZS), but raised their price target to $2, indicating a potential price increase of 227.87% for the stock.The consensus rating for Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (AEZS) among analysts is Buy. According to current brokerage recommendations, 0 brokerage firms advise that investors sell AEZS, while 0 suggest investors hold. There are 0 analysts who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 0 analysts, while 1 others rate it as a “buy”.

What is AEZS’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $4.50 and $4.50, with a median target of $4.50. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (AEZS) stock is $4.50.


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