Contrasting Flamel Technologies (NASDAQ:AVDL) and Acura Pharmaceuticals (ACUR)

Flamel Technologies (NASDAQ: AVDL) and Acura Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ACUR) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, institutional ownership and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Flamel Technologies and Acura Pharmaceuticals’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Flamel Technologies $151.93 million 2.82 $60.49 million ($0.32) -32.41
Acura Pharmaceuticals $6.96 million N/A -$2.50 million ($0.83) -0.62

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Flamel Technologies and Acura Pharmaceuticals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Flamel Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00
Acura Pharmaceuticals 0 0 2 0 3.00

Flamel Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $16.00, suggesting a potential upside of 54.29%. Acura Pharmaceuticals has a consensus price target of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1,462.50%. Given Acura Pharmaceuticals’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Acura Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than Flamel Technologies.

Risk & Volatility

Flamel Technologies has a beta of 1.41, meaning that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Acura Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 2.12, meaning that its share price is 112% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

70.4% of Flamel Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.2% of Acura Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.1% of Flamel Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.4% of Acura Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Flamel Technologies and Acura Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Flamel Technologies -7.28% 14.49% 2.74%
Acura Pharmaceuticals 14.91% 112.19% 19.04%

Summary

Acura Pharmaceuticals beats Flamel Technologies on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Flamel Technologies

Flamel Technologies S.A. is a specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products, including controlled-release therapeutic products based on its polymer based technology. The Company has a balanced business model consisting of an Unapproved Marketed Drugs (UMDs) business with over two approved products in the United States, Bloxiverz (neostigmine methylsulfate injection) and Vazculep (phenylephrine hydrochloride injection) that are marketed; a branded pediatric business, and a branded business, focusing on the development of products utilizing Flamel’s drug delivery platforms. The Company owns and develops drug delivery platforms, including Micropump, LiquiTime, Trigger Lock and Medusa. The Company has two direct operating subsidiaries: Flamel US Holdings, Inc. and Flamel Irish Holdings, Ltd.

About Acura Pharmaceuticals

Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the research, development and commercialization of technologies and products intended to address medication abuse and misuse. The Company has discovered and developed three platform technologies, which can be used to develop multiple products. The Company’s Oxaydo Tablets (oxycodone HCl, CII), which utilizes the Aversion Technology, is an approved and immediate-release (IR) oxycodone product in the United States. The Company’s Impede technology products include Nexafed and Nexafed Sinus Pressure + Pain. Its third deterrent technology is Limitx, which is designed to retard the release of active drug ingredients when too many tablets are accidently or purposefully ingested. The Company’s Aversion and Limitx technologies are intended to address methods associated with opioid and its Impede technology is directed at the extraction and conversion of pseudoephedrine into methamphetamine.

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