Financial Review: United-Guardian (UG) & Inter Parfums (IPAR)

United-Guardian (NASDAQ:UG) and Inter Parfums (NASDAQ:IPAR) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Volatility & Risk

United-Guardian has a beta of -0.17, meaning that its share price is 117% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Inter Parfums has a beta of 1.3, meaning that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

United-Guardian pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. Inter Parfums pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Inter Parfums pays out 63.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Inter Parfums has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for United-Guardian and Inter Parfums, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
United-Guardian 0 0 0 0 N/A
Inter Parfums 0 2 4 0 2.67

Inter Parfums has a consensus target price of $67.75, suggesting a potential upside of 14.06%. Given Inter Parfums’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Inter Parfums is more favorable than United-Guardian.

Profitability

This table compares United-Guardian and Inter Parfums’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
United-Guardian 33.88% 39.67% 34.93%
Inter Parfums 7.74% 8.60% 6.37%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares United-Guardian and Inter Parfums’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
United-Guardian $12.97 million 6.31 $3.84 million N/A N/A
Inter Parfums $591.25 million 3.15 $41.59 million $1.33 44.66

Inter Parfums has higher revenue and earnings than United-Guardian.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

24.6% of United-Guardian shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.0% of Inter Parfums shares are held by institutional investors. 30.8% of United-Guardian shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 45.0% of Inter Parfums shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Inter Parfums beats United-Guardian on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About United-Guardian

United-Guardian, Inc. manufactures and markets cosmetic ingredients, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, medical lubricants, healthcare products, and specialty industrial products in the United States and internationally. It offers personal care products, including LUBRAJEL line of water-based moisturizing and lubricating gel formulations; LUBRAJEL II XD; ORCHID COMPLEX, an oil-soluble base for skin creams, lotions, cleansers, and other cosmetics; LUBRASLIDE and B-122 powdered lubricants for use in the manufacture of pressed powders, eyeliners, and rouges; KLENSOFT, a surfactant for use in shampoos, shower gels, makeup removers, and other cosmetic formulations; and LUBRASIL, a special form of LUBRAJEL in which silicone oil is incorporated into a LUBRAJEL base. The company's medical products comprise LUBRAJEL RR and RC lubricant gels for urinary catheters; LUBRAJEL MG to lubricate urinary catheters, pre-lubricated enema tips, and other medical devices; LUBRAJEL LC, LUBRAJEL FA, and LUBRAJEL BA, which are LUBRAJEL formulations for oral use; LUBRAJEL FLUID to lubricate water-soluble products; and LUBRAJEL TF, a medical lubricant. Its pharmaceutical products consist of RENACIDIN, a prescription drug to prevent and dissolve calcifications in urethral catheters and the urinary bladder; and CLORPACTIN WCS-90, an antimicrobial product to treat infections in the urinary bladder. The company's industrial products include DESELEX liquid, a sequestering and chelating agent for use in the manufacture of detergents; and THOROCLENS, a chlorine-based cleanser. United-Guardian, Inc. also conducts research and product development, primarily related to the development of cosmetic and personal care products. The company markets its products through marketing partners and distributors, advertising in medical and trade journals, mailings to physicians and to the trade, and exhibitions at medical meetings. United-Guardian, Inc. was founded in 1942 and is based in Hauppauge, New York.

About Inter Parfums

Inter Parfums, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, and distributes a range of fragrances and fragrance related products. The company operates in two segments, European Based Operations and United States Based Operations. It offers its fragrance and cosmetic products under the Boucheron, Coach, Jimmy Choo, Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin, Montblanc, Paul Smith, Repetto, Rochas, S.T. Dupont, Van Cleef & Arpels, Abercrombie & Fitch, Agent Provocateur, Anna Sui, bebe, Dunhill, Hollister, French Connection, and Oscar de la Renta brand names, as well as under the Intimate and Aziza names. It sells its products to department stores, perfumeries, specialty stores, domestic and international wholesalers, and distributors. The company was formerly known as Jean Philippe Fragrances, Inc. and changed its name to Inter Parfums, Inc. in July 1999. Inter Parfums, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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