Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc (VRCA) Shares Decline Despite Market Challenges

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Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: VRCA)’s stock price has dropped by -7.73 in relation to previous closing price of 9.05. Nevertheless, the company has seen a loss of -8.74% in its stock price over the last five trading days. reported 2024-05-15 that Global pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial would be conducted jointly by Verrica and Torii Pharmaceutical; trial expected to begin in the 1 st half of 2025

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Additionally, the 36-month beta value for VRCA is 1.79. There are mixed opinions on the stock, with 1 analysts rating it as a “buy,” 2 rating it as “overweight,” 0 rating it as “hold,” and 0 rating it as “sell.”

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The public float for VRCA is 25.77M and currently, short sellers hold a 14.06% ratio of that float. The average trading volume of VRCA on May 24, 2024 was 191.60K shares.

VRCA’s Market Performance

VRCA’s stock has seen a -8.74% decrease for the week, with a 22.97% rise in the past month and a 61.20% gain in the past quarter. The volatility ratio for the week is 7.31%, and the volatility levels for the past 30 days are at 8.42% for Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc The simple moving average for the past 20 days is 4.76% for VRCA’s stock, with a 60.05% simple moving average for the past 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of VRCA

Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for VRCA stocks, with Needham repeating the rating for VRCA by listing it as a “Buy.” The predicted price for VRCA in the upcoming period, according to Needham is $10 based on the research report published on July 25, 2023 of the previous year 2023.

Jefferies, on the other hand, stated in their research note that they expect to see VRCA reach a price target of $10. The rating they have provided for VRCA stocks is “Buy” according to the report published on March 22nd, 2023.

RBC Capital Mkts gave a rating of “Outperform” to VRCA, setting the target price at $11 in the report published on February 13th of the previous year.

VRCA Trading at 21.96% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought VRCA to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -26.82% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 8.42%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 7.31%, as shares surge +25.56% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading +61.82% upper at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, VRCA fell by -8.74%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by +57.84% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $8.06. In addition, Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc saw 14.07% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further gains.

Insider Trading

Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at VRCA starting from PERCEPTIVE ADVISORS LLC, who purchase 115,774 shares at the price of $7.24 back on Dec 29 ’23. After this action, PERCEPTIVE ADVISORS LLC now owns 7,099,182 shares of Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc, valued at $838,204 using the latest closing price.

PERCEPTIVE ADVISORS LLC, the 10% Owner of Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc, purchase 126,116 shares at $7.08 during a trade that took place back on Dec 28 ’23, which means that PERCEPTIVE ADVISORS LLC is holding 6,983,408 shares at $892,901 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for VRCA

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • -8.38 for the present operating margin
  • 0.8 for the gross margin

The net margin for Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc stands at -9.06. The total capital return value is set at -1.59. Equity return is now at value -243.34, with -119.65 for asset returns.

Based on Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc (VRCA), the company’s capital structure generated 0.97 points at debt to capital in total, while cash flow to debt ratio is standing at -1.23. The debt to equity ratio resting at 29.01. The interest coverage ratio of the stock is -25.19.

Currently, EBITDA for the company is -62.39 million with net debt to EBITDA at 0.03. When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 39.46. The receivables turnover for the company is 1.17for trailing twelve months and the total asset turnover is 0.13. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 3.17.


In conclusion, Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc (VRCA) has seen better performance in recent times. Analysts have a bullish opinion on the stock, with some rating it as a “buy” and others rating it as a “hold”. It’s important to note that the stock is currently trading at a significant distance from its 50-day moving average and its 52-week high.

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