Contrasting Hospira (HSP) and Cumberland Pharmaceuticals (CPIX)

Cumberland Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CPIX) and Hospira (NYSE:HSP) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Cumberland Pharmaceuticals and Hospira, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cumberland Pharmaceuticals 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hospira 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cumberland Pharmaceuticals and Hospira’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cumberland Pharmaceuticals $33.03 million 3.20 -$940,000.00 ($0.50) -13.44
Hospira N/A N/A N/A $2.39 37.64

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

Profitability

This table compares Cumberland Pharmaceuticals and Hospira’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cumberland Pharmaceuticals -20.55% -0.52% -0.39%
Hospira 12.15% 16.51% 8.65%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

34.5% of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. 38.0% of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals shares are held 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.

Summary

Hospira beats Cumberland Pharmaceuticals on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Cumberland) is a specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of branded prescription products. The Company operates through specialty pharmaceutical products segment. The Company’s product portfolio includes Acetadote (acetylcysteine) Injection for the treatment of acetaminophen poisoning; Caldolor (ibuprofen) Injection for the treatment of pain and fever; Kristalose (lactulose) for Oral Solution for the treatment of chronic and acute constipation; Omeclamox-Pak, (omeprazole, clarithromycin, amoxicillin) for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection and related duodenal ulcer disease; Vaprisol (conivaptan) Injection to raise serum sodium levels in hospitalized patients with euvolemic and hypervolemic hyponatremia; Hepatoren (ifetroban) Injection, and Boxaban (ifetroban) oral capsules for the treatment of patients with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD).

Hospira Company Profile

Hospira, Inc. provides injectable pharmaceutical drugs and infusion technologies and it develops, manufactures, distributes and markets biosimilars. The Company’s portfolio includes generic acute-care and oncology injectables, biosimilars, and integrated infusion therapy and medication management products. The Company conducts operations across the world and is managed in three segments: the Americas, which include the United States, Canada, and Latin America; Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), and the Asia Pacific, which includes Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Its portfolio of products includes Specialty Injectable Pharmaceuticals, which includes generic injectables, injectables and biosimilars, Medication Management and Other Pharmaceuticals. Its portfolio of products is used by hospitals and alternate site providers, such as clinics, home healthcare providers and long-term care facilities.

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