Critical Contrast: Ocular Therapeutix (OCUL) and Alliqua Biomedical (ALQA)

Ocular Therapeutix (NASDAQ: OCUL) and Alliqua Biomedical (NASDAQ:ALQA) are both small-cap healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, valuation, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Ocular Therapeutix and Alliqua Biomedical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ocular Therapeutix -3,241.19% -126.31% -81.51%
Alliqua Biomedical -155.55% -110.42% -65.28%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

52.9% of Ocular Therapeutix shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.1% of Ocular Therapeutix shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.8% of Alliqua Biomedical shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Ocular Therapeutix has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alliqua Biomedical has a beta of 1.85, indicating that its share price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Ocular Therapeutix and Alliqua Biomedical, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ocular Therapeutix 0 2 4 0 2.67
Alliqua Biomedical 0 1 2 0 2.67

Ocular Therapeutix currently has a consensus target price of $20.67, indicating a potential upside of 320.91%. Alliqua Biomedical has a consensus target price of $10.10, indicating a potential upside of 405.00%. Given Alliqua Biomedical’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Alliqua Biomedical is more favorable than Ocular Therapeutix.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ocular Therapeutix and Alliqua Biomedical’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ocular Therapeutix $1.89 million 76.48 -$44.70 million ($2.27) -2.16
Alliqua Biomedical $18.24 million 0.55 -$28.24 million ($9.63) -0.21

Alliqua Biomedical has higher revenue and earnings than Ocular Therapeutix. Ocular Therapeutix is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Alliqua Biomedical, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Alliqua Biomedical beats Ocular Therapeutix on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ocular Therapeutix

Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of therapies for diseases and conditions of the eye using its proprietary hydrogel platform technology. Its lead product candidate, DEXTENZA (dexamethasone insert) for intracanalicular use, has completed Phase III clinical development for the treatment of ocular pain and inflammation following ophthalmic surgery. OTX-TP (travoprost insert) is in Phase III clinical development for glaucoma and ocular hypertension. Its earlier stage assets include OTX-TIC, a sustained release travoprost intracameral injection for the treatment of moderate to severe glaucoma and ocular hypertension, as well as sustained release intravitreal injections for the treatment of retinal diseases. These injections include the development of OTX-TKI, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, and, in collaboration with Regeneron an extended release protein-based anti-vascular endothelial growth factor trap.

About Alliqua Biomedical

Alliqua BioMedical, Inc. is a provider of advanced wound care solutions. The Company’s businesses include advanced wound care and contract manufacturing. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, such as AquaMed Technologies, Inc. and Choice Therapeutics, Inc. The Company is engaged in developing a suite of advanced wound care solutions that will enable surgeons, clinicians and wound care practitioners to address the challenges in chronic and acute wounds. The Company utilizes hydrogel technology through which hydrogels are manufactured by introducing a hydrophilic polymer into water to create a feed mix. The Company’s commercial wound care portfolio consists of over four product categories, such as Human Biologics; Antimicrobial Protection; Exudate Management and Contract Manufacturing. Human Biologics include BIOVANCE and Extracellular Matrix (ECM). Under Antimicrobial Protection, the Company offers SilverSeal.

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