Critical Contrast: IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl (IPCI) and Marinus Pharmaceuticals (MRNS)

Marinus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: MRNS) and IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl (NASDAQ:IPCI) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Marinus Pharmaceuticals and IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Marinus Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A -$28.64 million ($0.93) -6.69
IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl $2.25 million 10.91 -$10.14 million ($0.35) -2.26

IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl has higher revenue and earnings than Marinus Pharmaceuticals. Marinus Pharmaceuticals is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Marinus Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 2.1, suggesting that its share price is 110% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

52.6% of Marinus Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.3% of IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl shares are held by institutional investors. 6.4% of Marinus Pharmaceuticals shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Marinus Pharmaceuticals and IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marinus Pharmaceuticals N/A -67.76% -55.65%
IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl -205.34% -2,062.11% -135.25%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Marinus Pharmaceuticals and IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marinus Pharmaceuticals 0 0 2 0 3.00
IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl 0 2 2 0 2.50

Marinus Pharmaceuticals presently has a consensus price target of $14.50, indicating a potential upside of 133.12%. IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl has a consensus price target of $2.53, indicating a potential upside of 219.62%. Given IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl is more favorable than Marinus Pharmaceuticals.

Summary

Marinus Pharmaceuticals beats IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Marinus Pharmaceuticals

Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company focuses on developing and commercializing therapeutics to treat epilepsy and neuropsychiatric disorders. Its clinical-stage product candidate, ganaxolone, is a modulator being developed in various dose forms, including intravenous, oral capsule and oral liquid, intended to provide more treatment options to adult and pediatric patient populations in both acute and chronic care settings. Ganaxolone acts on the GABAA receptor, a target in the brain known for both anti seizure and anti anxiety effects through positive allosteric modulation. The Company is developing ganaxolone for multiple epilepsy and other neuropsychiatric indications, including adjunctive, or add-on, therapy for the treatment of drug-resistant focal onset seizures; status epilepticus; Fragile X Syndrome, and PCDH19 pediatric epilepsy.

About IntelliPharmaCeutics Intl

Intellipharmaceutics International Inc is a Canada-based pharmaceutical company engaged in the research, development and manufacture of controlled-release and targeted-release oral solid dosage drugs. Its Hypermatrix technology is a multidimensional controlled-release drug delivery platform that is applied to the development of a range of existing and new pharmaceuticals. Based on this technology platform, it has developed various drug delivery systems and a pipeline of products, and product candidates in various stages of development, in therapeutic areas that include neurology and cardiovascular. Its pipeline of products includes Rexista Oxycodone, Regabatin XR, Generic Focalin XR, Generic Effexor XR, Generic Protonix, Generic Glucophage XR, Generic Seroquel XR, Generic Lamictal XR, Generic Keppra XR, Generic Pristiq and Generic Ranexa. Its generic product candidates also include Trazodone hydrochloride extended-release tablets and Carvedilol phosphate extended-release capsules.

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