Stemline Therapeutics, Inc. :STML-US: Earnings Analysis: Q4, 2016 By the Numbers : March 21, 2017

Stemline Therapeutics, Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Stemline Therapeutics, Inc. – Celgene Corporation, OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Agenus Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer Inc. and ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd. (CELG-US, OMED-US, SNSS-US, AGEN-US, JNJ-US, PFE-US and IMUC-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 0.30 million, Net Earnings of USD -10.01 million.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of -2.98% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings growth from operating margin improvements as well as one-time items.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:

2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30 2016-03-31 2015-12-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 0.3 0.3 0.24 0 0.21
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 45.59 45.59 95.09 0 0
Earnings (mil) -10.01 -9.92 -9.32 -9.05 -10.18
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 1.68 -7.47 8.19 -17.86 -46.85
Net Margin (%) -3343.04 -3314.36 -3935.04 N/A -4949.94
EPS -0.56 -0.56 -0.52 -0.51 -0.58
Return on Equity (%) -64.82 -57.22 -48.57 -42.91 -43.92
Return on Assets (%) -55.92 -50.47 -43.42 -38.56 -40.09

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

STML-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 45.59% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that STML-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by 0% and earnings by -0.87% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

It is important to examine a company�s cash versus earnings numbers to gauge whether its performance is sustainable.

STML-US‘s change in operating cash flow of -2.98% compared to the same period last year is about the same as its change in earnings this period. Additionally, this change in operating cash flow is about average among its peer group. This suggests that the company did not use accruals or reserves to manage earnings this period, and that, all else being equal, the earnings number is sustainable.

Operating Cash Flow Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Cash Flow based Earnings, Likely Non-cash Earnings, Low Cash Flow Base, Likely Undeclared Earnings


The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating (EBIT) margins from -5,012.58% to -3,382.46% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now -3,339.61% compared to -4,949.94% for the same period last year.

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

Stemline Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, which focuses on discovering, acquiring, developing and commercializing proprietary therapeutics that target cancer stem cells. It currently developing two clinical stage products: SL-401 and SL-701, as well as a pipeline of preclinical candidates that include SL-801. The SL-401 is a targeted therapy directed to the interleukin-3 receptor, or IL-3R, present on CSCs and tumor bulk of a variety of hematologic cancers. The SL-701 is an enhanced immunotherapy designed to activate the immune system to attack tumors. Stemline Therapeutics was founded by Ivan Bergstein on August 8, 2003 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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