Recro Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:REPH) Lifted to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

Recro Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:REPH) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Tuesday, October 31st.

According to Zacks, “Recro Pharma, Inc. is a clinical stage specialty pharmaceutical company. It develops non-opioid therapeutics for the treatment of pain in the post-operative setting. The company is developing intranasal formulation of Dexmedetomidine (Dex) for the treatment of post-operative pain and cancer breakthrough pain; sublingual formulation of Dex for the treatment of chronic pain; and Fadolmidine (Fado), a product candidate to treat post-operative pain and neuropathic pain. Recro Pharma, Inc. is based in Malvern, Pennsylvania. “

A number of other research firms have also weighed in on REPH. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “buy” rating and issued a $11.00 target price on shares of Recro Pharma in a report on Friday, October 27th. Roth Capital set a $20.00 price target on Recro Pharma and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $12.63.

Shares of Recro Pharma (REPH) traded up $0.01 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $8.75. The stock had a trading volume of 42,600 shares, compared to its average volume of 118,921. The company has a quick ratio of 1.35, a current ratio of 1.59 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.50. Recro Pharma has a 12 month low of $5.81 and a 12 month high of $10.17.

Recro Pharma (NASDAQ:REPH) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, August 10th. The specialty pharmaceutical company reported ($0.48) EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.54) by $0.06. The company had revenue of $16.93 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $14.90 million. Recro Pharma had a negative return on equity of 60.01% and a negative net margin of 51.88%. research analysts predict that Recro Pharma will post -2.35 earnings per share for the current year.

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its stake in Recro Pharma by 3.0% during the first quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 17,200 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $150,000 after buying an additional 500 shares during the period. Bank of New York Mellon Corp bought a new stake in Recro Pharma during the first quarter valued at $156,000. KCG Holdings Inc. bought a new stake in Recro Pharma during the first quarter valued at $173,000. Rothschild Investment Corp IL bought a new stake in Recro Pharma during the second quarter valued at $141,000. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its stake in Recro Pharma by 183.4% during the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 21,784 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $197,000 after buying an additional 14,098 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 65.27% of the company’s stock.

About Recro Pharma

Recro Pharma, Inc is a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in developing products for hospitals and ambulatory care settings that is developing non-opioid products for treatment of serious acute pain. The Company’s lead product candidate is an injectable form of meloxicam.

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