For Geron Corporation [GERN], Analyst sees a rise to $4. What next?


Geron Corporation [NASDAQ: GERN] gained 13.59% or 0.14 points to close at $1.17 with a heavy trading volume of 3749334 shares. The company report on March 17, 2022 that Geron Reports Inducement Grants Under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).

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Geron Corporation (Nasdaq: GERN) today reported that it has granted non-statutory stock options to purchase an aggregate of 320,000 shares of Geron common stock as inducements to newly hired employees in connection with commencement of employment with the Company.

The stock options were granted on March 16, 2022 at an exercise price of $1.03 per share, which is equal to the closing price of Geron common stock on the date of grant. The stock options have a 10-year term and vest over four years, with 12.5% of the shares underlying the options vesting on the six-month anniversary of commencement of employment for the respective employees and the remaining shares vesting over the following 42 months in equal installments of whole shares, subject to continued employment with Geron through the applicable vesting dates. The options were granted as material inducement to employment in accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4) and are subject to the terms and conditions of the stock option agreements covering the grants and Geron’s 2018 Inducement Award Plan, which was adopted December 14, 2018 and provides for the granting of stock options to new employees.

It opened the trading session at $1.03, the shares rose to $1.17 and dropped to $1.025, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for GERN points out that the company has recorded -17.61% loss over the past six months. However, it is still -18.18% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 2.07M shares, GERN reached to a volume of 3749334 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Geron Corporation [GERN]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for GERN shares is $4.20 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on GERN stock is a recommendation set at 1.60. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Robert W. Baird have made an estimate for Geron Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on November 02, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, B. Riley Securities raised their target price to Buy. The new note on the price target was released on February 18, 2021, representing the official price target for Geron Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $3, while Stifel analysts kept a Buy rating on GERN stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Geron Corporation is set at 0.07, with the Price to Sales ratio for GERN stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 270.57. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 3.08, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 0.57.

Trading performance analysis for GERN stock

Geron Corporation [GERN] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 6.36. With this latest performance, GERN shares gained by 10.38% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -17.61% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -33.14% 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 GERN stock in for the last two-week period is set at 60.53, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 66.41, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 56.07 for Geron Corporation [GERN]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 1.0768, while it was recorded at 1.0680 for the last single week of trading, and 1.3160 for the last 200 days.

Geron Corporation [GERN]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Geron Corporation [GERN] shares currently have an operating margin of -30400.40. Geron Corporation’s Net Margin is presently recorded at -29888.14.

Return on Total Capital for GERN is now -40.65, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is -40.10. Return on Equity for this stock declined to -43.70, with Return on Assets sitting at -34.67. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Geron Corporation [GERN] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 14.09. Additionally, GERN Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 12.35, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 10.98. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 13.67, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 11.98.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Geron Corporation [GERN] managed to generate an average of -$1,374,855 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 0.33 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.00.Geron Corporation’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 4.10 and a Current Ratio set at 4.10.

Geron Corporation [GERN]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

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 GERN. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Geron Corporation go to 5.00%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Geron Corporation [GERN]

There are presently around $135 million, or 44.30% of GERN stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of GERN stocks are: RA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, L.P. with ownership of 30,126,299, which is approximately 0% of the company’s market cap and around 0.17% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 25,217,979 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $25.98 million in GERN stocks shares; and VANGUARD GROUP INC, currently with $15.89 million in GERN stock with ownership of nearly 0.015% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Geron Corporation stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of March and at the time of the March reporting period, where 62 institutional holders increased their position in Geron Corporation [NASDAQ:GERN] by around 3,307,906 shares. Additionally, 51 investors decreased positions by around 5,812,212 shares, while 45 investors held positions by with 122,221,093 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 131,341,211 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. GERN stock had 17 new institutional investments in for a total of 438,096 shares, while 12 institutional investors sold positions of 229,851 shares during the same period.