Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. [KALA] stock Downgrade by Jefferies analyst, price target now $10

Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. [NASDAQ: KALA] plunged by -$0.17 during the normal trading session on Wednesday and reaching a high of $8.125 during the day while it closed the day at $7.82. The company report on December 19, 2020 that Kala Pharmaceuticals Reports Inducement Grant Under NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).

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Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:KALA), announced that the Company granted non-statutory stock options to new employees as inducement awards outside the Company’s 2017 Equity Incentive Plan in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).

The Company granted stock options to purchase up to an aggregate of 233,500 shares of Kala Pharmaceuticals common stock to forty-six new employees. The stock options were granted on December 15, 2020. The grants were approved by the Compensation Committee and were made as an inducement material to each employee entering into employment with Kala Pharmaceuticals in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4). The option awards have an exercise price of $7.63 per share, the closing price of Kala Pharmaceuticals’ common stock on December 15, 2020. The options have a ten-year term and vest over four years, with 25% of the original number of shares vesting on the first anniversary of the applicable employee’s new hire date and the remainder vesting in equal monthly installments over the following three years. Vesting of each option is subject to such employee’s continued service with Kala Pharmaceuticals through the applicable vesting dates.

Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. stock has also gained 3.30% of its value over the past 7 days. However, KALA stock has inclined by 3.85% in the 3 months of the year. Over the past six months meanwhile, it has lost -33.16% and gained 111.92% year-on date.

The market cap for KALA stock reached $442.06 million, with 56.03 million shares outstanding and 55.51 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 1.59M shares, KALA reached a trading volume of 2284857 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say about Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. [KALA]:

Jefferies have made an estimate for Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Hold, with their previous recommendation back on September 14, 2020. The new note on the price target was released on July 23, 2020, representing the official price target for Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $21, while Oppenheimer analysts kept a Outperform rating on KALA stock. On May 27, 2020, analysts increased their price target for KALA shares from 14 to 17.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. is set at 0.31, with the Price to Sales ratio for KALA stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 83.41. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 4.14, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 2.81.

KALA stock trade performance evaluation

Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. [KALA] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 3.30. With this latest performance, KALA shares gained by 6.11% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -33.16% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 98.98% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for KALA stock in for the last two-week period is set at 57.43, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 60.34, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 54.16 for Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. [KALA]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 7.46, while it was recorded at 7.68 for the last single week of trading, and 9.25 for the last 200 days.

Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. [KALA]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. [KALA] shares currently have an operating margin of -1452.49 and a Gross Margin at +53.11. Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at -1553.29.

Return on Total Capital for KALA is now -52.62, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is -56.58. Return on Equity for this stock declined to -140.12, with Return on Assets sitting at -50.28. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. [KALA] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 340.78. Additionally, KALA Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 77.31, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 65.57. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 336.31, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 76.30.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. [KALA] managed to generate an average of -$693,728 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 0.86 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.03.Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 8.70 and a Current Ratio set at 9.10.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. [KALA] stock

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. posted -0.63/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at -0.6/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company fail the estimates by a Surprise Factor of -5.00%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for KALA.

Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. [KALA]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $297 million, or 81.00% of KALA stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of KALA stocks are: RA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, L.P. with ownership of 10,874,613, which is approximately 0% of the company’s market cap and around 2.00% of the total institutional ownership; ORBIMED ADVISORS LLC, holding 5,465,030 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $42.74 million in KALA stocks shares; and FMR LLC, currently with $27.15 million in KALA stock with ownership of nearly -25.778% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of November and at the time of the November reporting period, where 58 institutional holders increased their position in Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. [NASDAQ:KALA] by around 2,127,589 shares. Additionally, 69 investors decreased positions by around 6,999,084 shares, while 29 investors held positions by with 28,828,278 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 37,954,951 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. KALA stock had 29 new institutional investments in for a total of 1,152,118 shares, while 33 institutional investors sold positions of 3,414,708 shares during the same period.

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