XBiotech (XBIT) versus Athenex (ATNX) Head to Head Contrast

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

Profitability

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This table compares Athenex and XBiotech’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Athenex N/A N/A N/A
XBiotech N/A -46.91% -44.34%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Athenex and XBiotech’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Athenex $38.04 million 28.39 -$147.30 million ($2.32) -7.33
XBiotech N/A N/A -$33.15 million N/A N/A

XBiotech has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Athenex.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Athenex and XBiotech, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Athenex 0 1 5 0 2.83
XBiotech 0 1 1 0 2.50

Athenex presently has a consensus price target of $28.17, indicating a potential upside of 65.59%. XBiotech has a consensus price target of $13.00, indicating a potential upside of 142.99%. Given XBiotech’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe XBiotech is more favorable than Athenex.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

6.0% of Athenex shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.3% of XBiotech shares are held by institutional investors. 35.7% of XBiotech 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.

Summary

Athenex beats XBiotech on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Athenex

Athenex, Inc. is an oncology pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for cancer diseases and supportive therapies. The Company’s technology platform is organized into three categories, including Oral Absorption Platform, Src Kinase Inhibitors and Symptom Therapeutics. The Company offers Oraxol, an oral formulation of paclitaxel; Orateacan, an oral formulation of Irinotecan; Oradoxel, an oral formulation of Docetaxel, and an oral formulation of Topotecan for the treatment of various types of cancers. Its Src Kinase Inhibitors include KX-01 (KX2-391) and KX-02 (KX2-361) oncology drug candidates. The Company’s Symptom Therapeutics include CQ-01, which is used for the treatment of burn pruritus and scars; CQ-R1, which is used for the treatment of an irradiation-induced dermatitis, and an intranasal Granisetron used for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting.

About XBiotech

XBiotech Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in discovering and developing True Human monoclonal antibodies for treating a range of different diseases. It focuses on its lead product candidate, Xilonix (MABp1), which is derived from a natural human immune response. The Company has also developed a True Human monoclonal antibody discovery platform and manufacturing system. Xilonix is a therapeutic antibody, which specifically neutralizes interleukin-1 alpha (IL-1a). Its pipeline includes various human antibodies for treating diseases, such as cancer, vascular disease, inflammatory skin disease and diabetes. The Company has completed a Phase III study in Europe for the treatment of symptomatic colorectal cancer. It also investigated its lead product candidate in clinical trials for other inflammatory conditions, including vascular disease, type II diabetes, acne, psoriasis, pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) and hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).

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