Research Analysts Issue Forecasts for Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc’s Q1 2018 Earnings (AUPH)

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AUPH) (TSE:AUP) – Research analysts at Leerink Swann issued their Q1 2018 earnings per share estimates for Aurinia Pharmaceuticals in a report issued on Thursday. Leerink Swann analyst J. Schwartz expects that the biotechnology company will earn ($0.19) per share for the quarter. Leerink Swann also issued estimates for Aurinia Pharmaceuticals’ Q2 2018 earnings at ($0.18) EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at ($0.18) EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at ($0.19) EPS.

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Aurinia Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AUPH) (TSE:AUP) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March 15th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.04) EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.14) by $0.10. Aurinia Pharmaceuticals had a negative return on equity of 17.54% and a negative net margin of 16,855.24%. The business had revenue of $0.03 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $0.03 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted ($0.11) earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up .0% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of other brokerages also recently commented on AUPH. BidaskClub raised Aurinia Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. Seaport Global Securities reissued a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 price objective on shares of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Friday, March 16th. Zacks Investment Research raised Aurinia Pharmaceuticals from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. Cantor Fitzgerald set a $16.00 price objective on Aurinia Pharmaceuticals and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 15th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Aurinia Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating, seven have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $10.93.

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals stock opened at $5.41 on Monday. Aurinia Pharmaceuticals has a 52-week low of $4.41 and a 52-week high of $9.83. The company has a market capitalization of $479.94, a PE ratio of -4.70 and a beta of 2.30.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Franklin Resources Inc. boosted its holdings in Aurinia Pharmaceuticals by 33.2% in the fourth quarter. Franklin Resources Inc. now owns 1,664,400 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $7,540,000 after purchasing an additional 414,400 shares in the last quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. boosted its holdings in Aurinia Pharmaceuticals by 36.5% in the fourth quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 1,194,550 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $5,411,000 after purchasing an additional 319,639 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. acquired a new position in Aurinia Pharmaceuticals in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $3,261,000. Alyeska Investment Group L.P. boosted its holdings in Aurinia Pharmaceuticals by 1.8% in the third quarter. Alyeska Investment Group L.P. now owns 681,517 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $4,273,000 after purchasing an additional 12,171 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Hudson Bay Capital Management LP boosted its holdings in Aurinia Pharmaceuticals by 20.0% in the fourth quarter. Hudson Bay Capital Management LP now owns 450,000 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $2,039,000 after purchasing an additional 75,000 shares in the last quarter. 28.50% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc is a Canada-based clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company operating in the field of nephrology and autoimmunity. The Company’s primary business is the development of a therapeutic drug to treat autoimmune diseases, in particular lupus nephritis (LN). It is focused on the development of its lead compound voclosporin, a therapeutic immunomodulating drug candidate, which is a second-generation calcineurin inhibitors (CNI) to treat patients afflicted with LN.

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