Amicus Therapeutics (NASDAQ: FOLD) and Pernix Therapeutics (NASDAQ:PTX) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation and earnings.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Amicus Therapeutics and Pernix Therapeutics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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Pernix Therapeutics has higher revenue and earnings than Amicus Therapeutics. Amicus Therapeutics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pernix Therapeutics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Amicus Therapeutics and Pernix Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Risk and Volatility
Amicus Therapeutics has a beta of 1.45, suggesting that its share price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pernix Therapeutics has a beta of 1.64, suggesting that its share price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Amicus Therapeutics and Pernix Therapeutics, as reported by MarketBeat.
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Amicus Therapeutics presently has a consensus target price of $19.50, indicating a potential upside of 33.38%. Given Amicus Therapeutics’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Amicus Therapeutics is more favorable than Pernix Therapeutics.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
16.4% of Pernix Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.4% of Amicus Therapeutics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Pernix Therapeutics shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Pernix Therapeutics beats Amicus Therapeutics on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
Amicus Therapeutics Company Profile
Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. is a biotechnology company. The Company is engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of a set of treatments for patients living with devastating rare and orphan diseases. Its lead product, migalastat HCl is a small molecule that can be used as a monotherapy and in combination with enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) for Fabry disease. Its pipeline also includes SD-101, which is a product candidate in late-stage development, as a potential first-to-market therapy for the chronic, rare connective tissue disorder Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). It is also leveraging its Chaperone-Advanced Replacement Therapy (CHART) platform technologies to develop ERT products for Pompe disease, Fabry disease, and potentially other lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs). The Company is also investigating preclinical and discovery programs in other rare and devastating diseases, including cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5) deficiency.
Pernix Therapeutics Company Profile
Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company focuses on identifying, developing and commercializing differentiated products that address unmet medical needs. It focuses on underserved therapeutic areas, such as central nervous system (CNS), including neurology and psychiatry, as well as other specialty therapeutic areas. Its products include Treximet, indicated for acute migraine; Zohydro ER with BeadTek, an extended-release opioid agonist indicated for the management of pain severe; Silenor for the treatment of insomnia characterized by difficulty with sleep maintenance, and Khedezla for major depressive disorder. It promotes selected non-core branded products, such as its cough and cold products, through co-promotion arrangements with third-party sales organizations, and distributes its generic products through its subsidiaries, Macoven Pharmaceuticals, LLC (Macoven) and Cypress Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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