BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: BCRX) and Vaxart (NASDAQ:VXRT) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and profitability.
Risk and Volatility
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 1.19, meaning that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vaxart has a beta of -0.03, meaning that its share price is 103% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for BioCryst Pharmaceuticals and Vaxart, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals presently has a consensus price target of $9.58, indicating a potential upside of 31.28%. Given BioCryst Pharmaceuticals’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BioCryst Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than Vaxart.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
89.9% of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.1% of Vaxart shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.2% of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 44.8% of Vaxart shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares BioCryst Pharmaceuticals and Vaxart’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Earnings & Valuation
This table compares BioCryst Pharmaceuticals and Vaxart’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|BioCryst Pharmaceuticals||$25.19 million||31.70||-$65.78 million||($0.78)||-9.36|
|Vaxart||$8.90 million||2.49||-$29.40 million||N/A||N/A|
Vaxart has lower revenue, but higher earnings than BioCryst Pharmaceuticals.
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals beats Vaxart on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
About BioCryst Pharmaceuticals
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company, designs, optimizes, and develops small molecule drugs that block key enzymes involved in the pathogenesis of diseases. The company markets peramivir, an intravenous neuraminidase inhibitor, which is approved for uncomplicated seasonal and acute influenza in the United States and Canada under the name RAPIVAB, in Japan and Taiwan as RAPIACTA, and in Korea as PERAMIFLU; and Mundesine, an oral purine nucleoside phosphorylase inhibitor to treat cancer in Japan. It also develops BCX7353 and second generation kallikrein inhibitors, which are oral serine protease inhibitors targeting plasma kallikrein for hereditary angioedema; BCX9250 and BCX9499, which are activin receptor-like kinase-2 inhibitors for fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive; and Galidesivir, a RNA dependent-RNA polymerase inhibitor to treat RNA viruses. The company has collaborations and in-license relationships with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Seqirus UK Limited; Shionogi & Co., Ltd.; Green Cross Corporation; Mundipharma International Holdings Limited; and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina.
Vaxart, Inc., a clinical-stage company, focuses on developing oral recombinant vaccines based on its proprietary oral vaccine delivery platform. The company's platform delivers various recombinant protein antigens, such as those used in influenza, hepatitis B, and human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines, as well as other recombinant vaccines. Its development programs include oral tablet vaccines that are designed to protect against norovirus, seasonal influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus, as well as a therapeutic vaccine for HPV. The company is headquartered in South San Francisco, California.
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