Athersys (ATHX) and Affymax (AFFY) Financial Survey

Athersys (NASDAQ:ATHX) and Affymax (OTCMKTS:AFFY) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Athersys and Affymax, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Athersys 0 0 1 0 3.00
Affymax 0 0 0 0 N/A

Athersys currently has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 197.03%. Given Athersys’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Athersys is more favorable than Affymax.


This table compares Athersys and Affymax’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Athersys -106.99% -61.52% -47.17%
Affymax N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Athersys and Affymax’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Athersys $3.71 million 75.45 -$32.24 million ($0.29) -6.97
Affymax N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Affymax has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Athersys.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

18.9% of Athersys shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.6% of Athersys shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of Affymax shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Athersys has a beta of -0.61, suggesting that its share price is 161% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Affymax has a beta of 1.82, suggesting that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Athersys beats Affymax on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Athersys Company Profile

Athersys, Inc., a biotechnology company, focuses on the research and development activities in the field of regenerative medicine. Its clinical development programs are focused on treating neurological conditions, cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory and immune disorders, and pulmonary and other conditions. The company's lead platform product includes MultiStem cell therapy, an allogeneic stem cell product, which has completed Phase II study for treating patients suffering from moderate and severe ischemic stroke; that is in Phase II clinical study for treating patients with acute myocardial infarction; and, which is in Phase I/II clinical study for treating patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome, as well as that has completed Phase I clinical study for patients suffering from leukemia or various other blood-borne cancers. It also develops MultiStem cell therapy to promote tissue repair and healing for animal patients, including those suffering from serious conditions with unmet medical need. The company has license and collaboration agreements with Healios K.K. to develop and commercialize MultiStem cell therapy for ischemic stroke in Japan; RTI Surgical, Inc. to develop and commercialize biologic implants for orthopedic applications in the bone graft substitutes market; the University of Minnesota to develop MultiStem cell therapy platform; and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to provide cell lines expressing well validated drug targets for compound screening and development. Athersys, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

Affymax Company Profile

Affymax, Inc. does not have significant operations. Previously, it was developing drugs to enhance the treatment of serious and often life-threatening conditions in the United States. The company was founded in 2001 and is based in New York, New York.

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