Sanofi (SNY) and Its Peers Critical Review

Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) is one of 116 publicly-traded companies in the “Pharmaceuticals” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Sanofi to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Sanofi and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sanofi 25.89% 25.34% 14.17%
Sanofi Competitors -2,882.26% -67.97% -8.92%

Dividends

Sanofi pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Sanofi pays out 28.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Pharmaceuticals” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.4% and pay out 69.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Sanofi has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sanofi’s peers have a beta of 0.90, suggesting that their average stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Sanofi and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sanofi 1 6 4 0 2.27
Sanofi Competitors 830 3724 6747 183 2.55

Sanofi currently has a consensus target price of $53.50, indicating a potential upside of 9.16%. As a group, “Pharmaceuticals” companies have a potential upside of 25.05%. Given Sanofi’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Sanofi has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

9.4% of Sanofi shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.3% of shares of all “Pharmaceuticals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Sanofi shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Pharmaceuticals” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sanofi and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Sanofi $43.62 billion $13.09 billion 12.50
Sanofi Competitors $8.20 billion $2.68 billion -0.95

Sanofi has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Sanofi is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Sanofi peers beat Sanofi on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Sanofi Company Profile

Sanofi is a healthcare company, focused on patient needs and engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of therapeutic solutions. The Company’s segments are Pharmaceuticals, Human Vaccines (Vaccines), and Other. The Pharmaceuticals segment comprises the commercial operations of various franchises, including Speciality Care (Rare Diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, and Oncology), Diabetes and Cardiovascular, Established Prescription Products, Consumer Healthcare and Generics, and research and development, production and marketing activities for all of the Company’s pharmaceuticals operations. The Vaccines segment is dedicated to vaccines and includes the commercial operations of the Company’s vaccines division Sanofi Pasteur and dedicated research and development, production and marketing activities for the Company’s vaccines operations. Its Rare Diseases products include Cerezyme, Cerdelga, Myozyme and Lumizyme, Fabrazyme, and Aldurazyme.

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