Contrasting Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AMPH) & Its Rivals

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AMPH) is one of 116 public companies in the “Pharmaceuticals” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Amphastar Pharmaceuticals to related companies based on the strength of its risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.


This table compares Amphastar Pharmaceuticals and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amphastar Pharmaceuticals 1.61% 2.42% 1.84%
Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Competitors -2,859.79% -63.63% -9.33%

Volatility & Risk

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 1.69, suggesting that its stock price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amphastar Pharmaceuticals’ competitors have a beta of 0.90, suggesting that their average stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

44.0% of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.7% of shares of all “Pharmaceuticals” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.1% of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of shares of all “Pharmaceuticals” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Amphastar Pharmaceuticals and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Amphastar Pharmaceuticals $249.62 million $17.41 million 230.15
Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Competitors $8.20 billion $2.68 billion -0.84

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Amphastar Pharmaceuticals. Amphastar Pharmaceuticals is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Amphastar Pharmaceuticals and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amphastar Pharmaceuticals 0 1 5 0 2.83
Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Competitors 836 3749 6774 185 2.55

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals presently has a consensus price target of $20.17, indicating a potential upside of 9.54%. As a group, “Pharmaceuticals” companies have a potential upside of 28.27%. Given Amphastar Pharmaceuticals’ competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Amphastar Pharmaceuticals has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


Amphastar Pharmaceuticals beats its competitors on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company focuses primarily on developing, manufacturing, marketing and selling generic and injectable, inhalation and intranasal products. The Company has two segments: finished pharmaceutical products and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) products. The finished pharmaceutical products segment manufactures, markets and distributes enoxaparin, Cortrosyn, Amphadase, naloxone, lidocaine jelly, as well as various other critical and non-critical care drugs. The API segment manufactures and distributes recombinant human insulin and porcine insulin. The Company also manufactures and sells insulin API. As of December 31, 2016, the Company manufactured and sold 19 products. As of December 31, 2016, the Company developed a portfolio of 15 generic abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) three generic biosimilar product candidates and six injectable and inhalation product candidates.

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