Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in California. The company is most well-known as the maker of remdesivir, also known as Veklury, an experimental antiviral drug that may help treat the novel coronavirus.
In May, remdesivir was designated for emergency use authorization for treatment of COVID-19 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which means it's being used to treat patients in emergency situations. While the drug isn't fully approved by the FDA and its efficacy and long-term effects are still being studied, this designation has generated a lot of buzz for Gilead.
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How has COVID-19 affected Gilead’s stock price?
In March 2020, Gilead’s stock began to gain traction, leading to several notable price spikes in the spring and hitting a high of $83.99 in April 2020. But the stock began to fall off over the summer, experiencing a 25% decline it has yet to recover from as of October.
However, when President Trump received remdesivir as part of his COVID-19 treatment, Gilead’s stock rose 3% in the days that followed. How Gilead’s stock performs in the coming months will likely hinge on the efficacy of its experimental treatments.
What is remdesivir?
Remdesivir, sold under the brand name Veklury, is an antiviral medication — specifically, an investigational nucleotide analog designed to reduce viral activity in a variety of illnesses, including Ebola, SARS, Marburg, MERS and SARS-CoV-2 — the virus responsible for COVID-19.
Remdesivir is currently in international Phase 3 trials. Based on initial trial data, the medication has been approved by the FDA for Emergency Use Authorization in the treatment of patients hospitalized with COVID-19. But this authorization is temporary, may be revoked at any time and doesn’t guarantee the drug will officially pass the FDA’s submission, review and approval process.
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- Are GILD shares over-valued?
- Gilead Sciences's financials
- How volatile are GILD shares?
- Does Gilead Sciences pay a dividend?
- Have GILD shares ever split?
- Other common questions
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Gilead Sciences shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$67.43|
|52-week range||$55.33 - $71.85|
|50-day moving average||$67.98|
|200-day moving average||$65.93|
|Wall St. target price||$74.57|
|Dividend yield||$2.75 (4.02%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$0.24|
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Gilead Sciences price performance over time
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Is Gilead Sciences under- or over-valued?
Valuing Gilead Sciences stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Gilead Sciences's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Gilead Sciences's P/E ratio
Gilead Sciences's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 286x. In other words, Gilead Sciences shares trade at around 286x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
Gilead Sciences's PEG ratio
Gilead Sciences's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.497. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Gilead Sciences's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Gilead Sciences's EBITDA
Gilead Sciences's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $13.3 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Gilead Sciences's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Gilead Sciences financials
|Revenue TTM||$25.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||45.69%|
|Gross profit TTM||$21 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||11.48%|
|Return on equity TTM||1.33%|
|Market capitalisation||$86.1 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Gilead Sciences shares
There are currently 24.2 million Gilead Sciences shares held short by investors – that's known as Gilead Sciences's "short interest". This figure is 0.9% up from 24.0 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Gilead Sciences shares can be evaluated.
Gilead Sciences's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Gilead Sciences's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Gilead Sciences shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Gilead Sciences shares traded daily (recently around 6.9 million). Gilead Sciences's SIR currently stands at 3.52. In other words for every 100,000 Gilead Sciences shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3520 shares are currently held short.
However Gilead Sciences's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Gilead Sciences shares, or, against the total number of tradable Gilead Sciences shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Gilead Sciences's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Gilead Sciences shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0193% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Gilead Sciences shares, roughly 19 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Gilead Sciences.
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Gilead Sciences's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Gilead Sciences.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Gilead Sciences's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 22.15
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Gilead Sciences's overall score of 22.15 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 31st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Gilead Sciences is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Gilead Sciences's environmental score
Environmental score: 0.53/100
Gilead Sciences's environmental score of 0.53 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Gilead Sciences is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Gilead Sciences's social score
Social score: 12.97/100
Gilead Sciences's social score of 12.97 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Gilead Sciences is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Gilead Sciences's governance score
Governance score: 7.65/100
Gilead Sciences's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Gilead Sciences is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Gilead Sciences's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Gilead Sciences scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Gilead Sciences has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||22.15|
|Total ESG percentile||30.98|
|Environmental score percentile||2|
|Social score percentile||2|
|Governance score percentile||2|
|Level of controversy||2|
Gilead Sciences share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 37.12% of net profits
Recently Gilead Sciences has paid out, on average, around 37.12% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.15% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Gilead Sciences shareholders could enjoy a 4.15% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Gilead Sciences's case, that would currently equate to about $2.75 per share.
While Gilead Sciences's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Gilead Sciences may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Gilead Sciences's most recent dividend payout was on 28 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 June 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Gilead Sciences's shares ever split?
Gilead Sciences's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 27 January 2013. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Gilead Sciences shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Gilead Sciences shares which in turn could have impacted Gilead Sciences's share price.
Gilead Sciences share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Gilead Sciences's shares have ranged in value from as little as $55.3266 up to $71.8548. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Gilead Sciences's is 0.3955. This would suggest that Gilead Sciences's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Gilead Sciences overview
Gilead Sciences, Inc. , a research-based biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes medicines in the areas of unmet medical need in the United States, Europe, and internationally. The company provides Biktarvy, Genvoya, Descovy, Odefsey, Truvada, Complera/ Eviplera, Stribild, and Atripla products for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection; Veklury, an injection for intravenous use, for the treatment of coronavirus disease 2019; and Epclusa, Harvoni, Vosevi, Vemlidy, and Viread for the treatment of liver diseases. It also offers Yescarta, Tecartus, Trodelvy, and Zydelig products for the treatment of hematology, oncology, and cell therapy patients. In addition, the company provides Letairis, an oral formulation for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension; Ranexa, an oral formulation for the treatment of chronic angina; and AmBisome, a liposomal formulation for the treatment of serious invasive fungal infections. Gilead Sciences, Inc. has collaboration agreements with Arcus Biosciences, Inc.
Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of Gilead Sciences is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.095% of Gilead Sciences shares are held by insiders and 80.54% by institutions. How many people work for Gilead Sciences?
Latest data suggests 13,600 work at Gilead Sciences. When does the fiscal year end for Gilead Sciences?
Gilead Sciences's fiscal year ends in December. Where is Gilead Sciences based?
Gilead Sciences's address is: 333 Lakeside Drive, Foster City, CA, United States, 94404 What is Gilead Sciences's ISIN number?
Gilead Sciences's international securities identification number is: US3755581036 What is Gilead Sciences's CUSIP number?
Gilead Sciences's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 375558103
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