Agenus Inc. (AGEN - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2018 adjusted loss of 24 cents per share, narrower than both the Zacks Consensus Estimate of loss of 38 cents and the year-ago loss of 32 cents.
The company generated revenues of 16 million, which include milestone achievements and non-cash royalties earned compared with $4.2 million in the year ago quarter. Revenues beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2 million.
So far this year, shares of Agenus have declined 46.4% compared with the industry’s decrese of 4.6%.
Agenus’ second-quarter research and development (R&D) expenses increased 13.4% to $29.3 million. General and administrative expenses increased by 16.6% to $9.5 million.
Agenus is progressing well with various pipeline candidates. The company is advancing its proprietary CTLA-4 and PD-1 programs in three studies designed to take advantage of accelerated pathways and targets a biologics license application (BLA) filing as early as 2020.
The company delivered on its partnership commitments with Merck (MRK - Free Report) and Incyte (INCY - Free Report) , with two programs in the clinic this year and a third expected before the end of 2018, each triggering a cash milestone.
The company filed three investigational new drugs (INDs) in 2018 and three additional INDs will be filed by the end of 2018. Among these is the company’s next gen CTLA-4, which is designed to deplete cancer-prone Tregs and improve T-cell priming.
Zacks Rank & Stock to Consider
Agenus currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
A better-ranked stock from the same space worth considering is Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD - Free Report) , carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Gilead’s earnings per share estimates have increased from $6.12 to $6.57 for 2018 and from $6.36 to $6.48 for 2019 over the past 30 days. The company delivered a positive earnings surprise in three of the trailing four quarters, with an average beat of 6.43%. The stock has rallied 8.9% so far this year.
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