Comparing Ocera Therapeutics (NASDAQ:TZYM) & Biogen (BIIB)

Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) and Ocera Therapeutics (NASDAQ:TZYM) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

Biogen has a beta of 0.72, indicating that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ocera Therapeutics has a beta of 2.3, indicating that its stock price is 130% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Biogen and Ocera Therapeutics, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Biogen 0 10 17 1 2.68
Ocera Therapeutics 0 0 0 0 N/A

Biogen presently has a consensus target price of $342.62, indicating a potential upside of 10.36%. Given Biogen’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Biogen is more favorable than Ocera Therapeutics.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Biogen and Ocera Therapeutics’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Biogen $11.45 billion 5.73 $3.70 billion $16.31 19.03
Ocera Therapeutics N/A N/A N/A ($1.05) -1.63

Biogen has higher revenue and earnings than Ocera Therapeutics. Ocera Therapeutics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Biogen, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.8% of Biogen shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Biogen shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Biogen and Ocera Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Biogen 29.44% 38.51% 20.80%
Ocera Therapeutics N/A -215.86% -101.91%

Summary

Biogen beats Ocera Therapeutics on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Biogen

Biogen Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company focuses on discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering therapies to people living with serious neurological, rare and autoimmune diseases. The Company markets products, including TECFIDERA, AVONEX, PLEGRIDY, TYSABRI, ZINBRYTA and FAMPYRA for multiple sclerosis (MS), FUMADERM for the treatment of severe plaque psoriasis and SPINRAZA for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). It also has a collaboration agreement with Genentech, Inc. (Genentech), a member of the Roche Group, with respect to RITUXAN for the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and other conditions, GAZYVA indicated for the treatment of CLL and follicular lymphoma, and other anti-CD20 therapies. The Company’s product candidate includes OCREVUS; Biosimilar adalimumab; Aducanumab; E2609; BIIB074; BAN2401; Opicinumab; CIRARA; BIIB061; BIIB054; BIIB067, and BIIB068.

About Ocera Therapeutics

Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on acute and chronic orphan liver diseases. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of its clinical candidate, OCR-002, for the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy (HE). OCR-002 is a molecule, ornithine phenylacetate, which functions as an ammonia scavenger. It is conducting a randomized, placebo-controlled double blind Phase IIb clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of intravenous administration of OCR-002 IV formulation in reducing the severity of HE symptoms among HE patients. The Company also conducted a Phase IIa investigator-sponsored trial of OCR-002 in Spain in patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding associated with liver cirrhosis. It is developing an oral form of OCR-002 to provide continuity of care for HE patients, where the intravenous form is used for hospital-based acute care and the oral form for chronic maintenance care post discharge.

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