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Why Anacor Is Poised to Pull Back

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, biotechnology company Anacor Pharmaceuticals (UNKNOWN: ANAC.DL  ) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Anacor and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Anacor facts

Headquarters (founded)

Palo Alto, Calif. (2000)

Market Cap

$224.6 million



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$10.7 million


CEO David Perry
CFO Geoffrey Parker

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)



$45.5 million / $25.7 million


Johnson & Johnson

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 40% of the 43 members who have rated Anacor believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this morning, one of those Fools, All-Star zzlangerhans, succinctly summed up the Anacor bear case for our community:

As predicted, in March the stock rebounded from the weak phase III performance of tavaborole with positive results from dose-ranging phase II trial of AN2728 in atopic dermatitis. But [$220M] is simply too much for a phase II drug in the crowded indication of atopic dermatitis. Anacor will certainly raise big before getting close to topline data from a phase III trial of AN2728, and approval of Valeant's efinaconazole in May will provide another nail for tavaborole's coffin.

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  • Report this Comment On April 08, 2013, at 7:35 PM, tonymagoo wrote:

    It looks like some of our star fools were incorrect on ANACOR. The Gates Foundation's grant and investment sure looks to be the booster charge that ANACOR needs until some Phase III additional data comes in for its high margin products. Until then, research will continue and may they find some additional wonderful treatments for the disease laden parts of our world.

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