Contrasting Albany Molecular Research (AMRI) & Anacor Pharmaceuticals (ANAC)

Albany Molecular Research (NASDAQ: AMRI) and Anacor Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ANAC) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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This table compares Albany Molecular Research and Anacor Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Albany Molecular Research -5.93% -13.39% -3.42%
Anacor Pharmaceuticals -92.08% -133.71% -38.09%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.1% of Albany Molecular Research shares are held by institutional investors. 14.5% of Albany Molecular Research shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Albany Molecular Research has a beta of 1.17, suggesting that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Anacor Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 1.53, suggesting that its stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Albany Molecular Research and Anacor Pharmaceuticals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Albany Molecular Research 0 4 0 0 2.00
Anacor Pharmaceuticals 0 0 0 0 N/A

Albany Molecular Research currently has a consensus price target of $18.00, suggesting a potential downside of 17.20%. Given Albany Molecular Research’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Albany Molecular Research is more favorable than Anacor Pharmaceuticals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Albany Molecular Research and Anacor Pharmaceuticals’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Albany Molecular Research N/A N/A N/A ($1.43) -15.20
Anacor Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A N/A ($1.45) -68.41

Anacor Pharmaceuticals is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Albany Molecular Research, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Albany Molecular Research beats Anacor Pharmaceuticals on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Albany Molecular Research Company Profile

Albany Molecular Research, Inc. is a contract research and manufacturing company. The Company operates through Discovery and Development Services (DDS), Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), Drug Product (DP) and Fine Chemicals (FC) segments. The DDS segment includes activities, such as drug lead discovery, optimization, drug development and small scale commercial manufacturing. The API segment includes pilot to commercial scale manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates. The DP segment includes pre-formulation, formulation and process development through commercial scale production of complex liquid-filled and lyophilized sterile injectable products and ophthalmic formulations. The FC segment includes lab to commercial scale synthesis of reagents and diverse compounds. It supplies a range of services and technologies supporting the discovery and development of pharmaceutical products, the manufacturing of API and drug product for new and generic drugs.

Anacor Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on discovering, developing and commercializing small-molecule therapeutics derived from its boron chemistry platform. Its lead product development candidate is crisaborole topical ointment, approximately 2%, a non-steroidal topical anti-inflammatory phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE-4) inhibitor in development for the treatment of mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Its product, KERYDIN (tavaborole) topical solution, approximately 5%, is an oxaborole antifungal approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the topical treatment of onychomycosis of the toenails. It also has a pipeline of other internally discovered topical and systemic boron-based compounds in early-stages of research and development, which include AN3365. Its compound, AN5568 (SCYX-7158), is licensed to Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) for the treatment of human African trypanosomiasis.

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