Critical Comparison: Pfizer (PFE) & Immune Pharmaceuticals (IMNP)

Immune Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: IMNP) and Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) are both medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Immune Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Immune Pharmaceuticals 0 0 1 0 3.00
Pfizer 1 9 8 0 2.39

Immune Pharmaceuticals currently has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 455.56%. Pfizer has a consensus target price of $39.29, indicating a potential upside of 13.53%. Given Immune Pharmaceuticals’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Immune Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than Pfizer.

Dividends

Pfizer pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Immune Pharmaceuticals does not pay a dividend. Pfizer pays out 38.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Pfizer has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Immune Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 1.5, meaning that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pfizer has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.6% of Immune Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.1% of Pfizer shares are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of Immune Pharmaceuticals shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of Pfizer shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Immune Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Immune Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A -$32.66 million ($4.20) -0.13
Pfizer $52.55 billion 3.93 $21.31 billion $3.52 9.83

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

Profitability

This table compares Immune Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Immune Pharmaceuticals N/A -1,443.76% -117.17%
Pfizer 40.55% 26.86% 9.44%

Summary

Pfizer beats Immune Pharmaceuticals on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Immune Pharmaceuticals

Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the development and commercialization of targeted therapeutics in the fields of immuno-inflammation and immuno-oncology. The Company’s segment is acquiring, developing and commercializing prescription drug products. Its Immuno-inflammation product pipeline includes bertilimumab, a fully human antibody targeting eotaxin-1, a regulator of immuno-inflammation; a portfolio of immune oncology products, and NanoCyclo, a topical nanocapsule formulation of cyclosporine-A, for the treatment of atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Its immuno-oncology pipeline includes Ceplene, a small molecule targeting the Histamine-2 Receptor to overcome immunosuppression in Acute Myeloid Leukemia and other malignancies. Azixa and crolibulin are vascular disrupting agents. NanomAbs is a technology platform that allows the targeted delivery of chemotherapeutics into cancer cells.

About Pfizer

Pfizer Inc. (Pfizer) is a research-based global biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the discovery, development and manufacture of healthcare products. Its global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines, as well as consumer healthcare products. The Company manages its commercial operations through two business segments: Pfizer Innovative Health (IH) and Pfizer Essential Health (EH). IH focuses on developing and commercializing medicines and vaccines, as well as products for consumer healthcare. IH therapeutic areas include internal medicine, vaccines, oncology, inflammation and immunology, rare diseases and consumer healthcare. EH includes legacy brands, branded generics, generic sterile injectable products, biosimilars and infusion systems. EH also includes a research and development (R&D) organization, as well as its contract manufacturing business. Its brands include Prevnar 13, Xeljanz, Eliquis, Lipitor, Celebrex, Pristiq and Viagra.

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