Comparing Innate Pharma (IPHYF) & Athersys (ATHX)

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Innate Pharma (NASDAQ: ATHX) and Athersys (NASDAQ:ATHX) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Innate Pharma and Athersys’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Innate Pharma N/A N/A N/A
Athersys -106.99% -61.52% -47.17%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Innate Pharma and Athersys, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Innate Pharma 0 0 2 0 3.00
Athersys 0 0 1 0 3.00

Athersys has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 222.58%. Given Athersys’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Athersys is more favorable than Innate Pharma.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Innate Pharma and Athersys’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Innate Pharma $49.74 million 6.26 -$54.68 million ($1.01) -5.36
Athersys $3.71 million 69.48 -$32.24 million ($0.29) -6.41

Athersys has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Innate Pharma. Athersys is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Innate Pharma, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Innate Pharma has a beta of 1.21, indicating that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Athersys has a beta of -0.65, indicating that its stock price is 165% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

19.0% of Athersys shares are held by institutional investors. 18.6% of Athersys shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Innate Pharma Company Profile

Innate Pharma S.A., a clinical-stage biotechnology company, discovers and develops therapeutic antibodies for the treatment of cancer in France and internationally. It offers IPH4102, an anti-KIR3DL2 humanized cytotoxicity-inducing antibody, which is in Phase I clinical trial for cutaneous T-cell lymphomas; Monalizumab, a checkpoint inhibitor that is in Phase II clinical trial to treat various cancer indications, as well as in Phase I/II clinical trial for the treatment of solid tumors; and IPH5401, a therapeutic antibody that binds and blocks C5a receptors expressed on subsets of myeloid-derived suppressor cells and neutrophils. The company also provides Lirilumab (IPH2102/BMS-986015), a human monoclonal antibody that blocks the interaction between KIR2DL-1,-2,-3 inhibitory receptors and their ligands; IPH52, an anti-CD39 antibody for immuno-oncology; IPH53, an anti-CD73 antibody for immuno-oncology; and IPH4301, an anti-MICA/B therapeutic antibody to treat oncology. The company has licensing agreements with AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novo Nordisk A/S, and Sanofi. Innate Pharma S.A. has a clinical trial collaboration with MedImmune. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Marseille, France.

Athersys Company Profile

Athersys, Inc., a biotechnology company, focuses on the research and development activities in the field of regenerative medicine. Its clinical development programs are focused on treating neurological conditions, cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory and immune disorders, and pulmonary and other conditions. The company's lead platform product includes MultiStem cell therapy, an allogeneic stem cell product, which has completed Phase II study for treating patients suffering from moderate and severe ischemic stroke; that is in Phase II clinical study for treating patients with acute myocardial infarction; and, which is in Phase I/II clinical study for treating patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome, as well as that has completed Phase I clinical study for patients suffering from leukemia or various other blood-borne cancers. It also develops MultiStem cell therapy to promote tissue repair and healing for animal patients, including those suffering from serious conditions with unmet medical need. The company has license and collaboration agreements with Healios K.K. to develop and commercialize MultiStem cell therapy for ischemic stroke in Japan; RTI Surgical, Inc. to develop and commercialize biologic implants for orthopedic applications in the bone graft substitutes market; the University of Minnesota to develop MultiStem cell therapy platform; and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to provide cell lines expressing well validated drug targets for compound screening and development. Athersys, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

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