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Is There Now An Opportunity In Marinus Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:MRNS)?

Peter Morris

Marinus Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:MRNS), a pharmaceuticals company based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NasdaqGM in the over the last few months, increasing to $9.33 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $5.51. This high level of volatility gives investors the opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at an artificially low price. A question to answer is whether Marinus Pharmaceuticals’s current trading price of $5.51 reflective of the actual value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Marinus Pharmaceuticals’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change. Check out our latest analysis for Marinus Pharmaceuticals

What’s the opportunity in Marinus Pharmaceuticals?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my relative valuation model. I’ve used the price-to-book ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows, and its earnings doesn’t seem to reflect its true value. The stock’s ratio of 3.59x is currently trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 2.69x, which means if you buy Marinus Pharmaceuticals today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe Marinus Pharmaceuticals should be trading in this range, then there isn’t really any room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because Marinus Pharmaceuticals’s beta (a measure of share price volatility) is high, meaning its price movements will be exaggerated relative to the rest of the market. If the market is bearish, the company’s shares will likely fall by more than the rest of the market, providing a prime buying opportunity.

What kind of growth will Marinus Pharmaceuticals generate?

NasdaqGM:MRNS Future Profit Feb 23rd 18

Future outlook is an important aspect when you’re looking at buying a stock, especially if you are an investor looking for growth in your portfolio. Buying a great company with a robust outlook at a cheap price is always a good investment, so let’s also take a look at the company’s future expectations. Though in the case of Marinus Pharmaceuticals, it is expected to deliver a highly negative earnings growth in the next few years, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. It appears that risk of future uncertainty is high, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? MRNS seems fairly priced right now, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to reduce the risk in your portfolio. Is your current exposure to the stock beneficial for your total portfolio? And is the opportunity cost of holding a negative-outlook stock too high? Before you make a decision on MRNS, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on MRNS for a while, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. The price seems to be trading at fair value, which means there’s less benefit from mispricing. In addition to this, the negative growth outlook increases the risk of holding the stock. However, there are also other important factors we haven’t considered today, which can help gel your views on MRNS should the price fluctuate below its true value.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Marinus Pharmaceuticals. You can find everything you need to know about Marinus Pharmaceuticals in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Marinus Pharmaceuticals, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.


To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.