KalVista Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KALV) and Ocera Therapeutics (NASDAQ:OCRX) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares KalVista Pharmaceuticals and Ocera Therapeutics’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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KalVista Pharmaceuticals has higher revenue and earnings than Ocera Therapeutics.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for KalVista Pharmaceuticals and Ocera Therapeutics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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KalVista Pharmaceuticals presently has a consensus price target of $27.00, suggesting a potential upside of 103.62%. Ocera Therapeutics has a consensus price target of $1.92, suggesting a potential upside of 12.09%. Given KalVista Pharmaceuticals’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe KalVista Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than Ocera Therapeutics.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
75.6% of KalVista Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.2% of Ocera Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. 49.1% of KalVista Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.2% of Ocera Therapeutics shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares KalVista Pharmaceuticals and Ocera Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Risk and Volatility
KalVista Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 3.05, suggesting that its stock price is 205% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ocera Therapeutics has a beta of 2.31, suggesting that its stock price is 131% more volatile than the S&P 500.
KalVista Pharmaceuticals beats Ocera Therapeutics on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About KalVista Pharmaceuticals
KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc., formerly Carbylan Therapeutics, Inc., is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule protease inhibitors for a range of diseases. The Company has developed a portfolio of small molecule plasma kallikrein inhibitors targeting hereditary angioedema (HAE) and diabetic macular edema (DME). The Company is developing a plasma kallikrein inhibitor, which is administered directly into the eye. The Company is engaged in advancing several product candidates developed from its portfolio into early clinical trials. The Company is progressing additional oral candidates towards regulatory preclinical studies. The Company’s HAE product candidate, KVD818, is an inhibitor of plasma kallikrein. The Company has initiated clinical testing of KVD818 in a Phase I clinical trial. It has completed an open-label single ascending dose Phase I trial in DME patients with KVD001.
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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