Catalent (NYSE:CTLT) and Supernus Pharmaceuticals (SUPN) Head to Head Analysis

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Catalent (NYSE:CTLT) and Supernus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:SUPN) are both mid-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Catalent and Supernus Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Catalent 3.39% 20.42% 4.97%
Supernus Pharmaceuticals 24.17% 30.57% 15.50%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Catalent and Supernus Pharmaceuticals’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Catalent $2.46 billion 2.67 $83.60 million $1.59 28.50
Supernus Pharmaceuticals $302.24 million 8.48 $57.28 million $1.26 38.96

Catalent has higher revenue and earnings than Supernus Pharmaceuticals. Catalent is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Supernus Pharmaceuticals, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Catalent and Supernus Pharmaceuticals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Catalent 0 3 8 0 2.73
Supernus Pharmaceuticals 0 1 10 0 2.91

Catalent currently has a consensus price target of $49.71, indicating a potential upside of 9.72%. Supernus Pharmaceuticals has a consensus price target of $55.45, indicating a potential upside of 12.97%. Given Supernus Pharmaceuticals’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Supernus Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than Catalent.

Volatility and Risk

Catalent has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Supernus Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.8% of Catalent shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.5% of Supernus Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Catalent shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of Supernus Pharmaceuticals shares are held 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.

Summary

Supernus Pharmaceuticals beats Catalent on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Catalent

Catalent, Inc. provides delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics, and consumer and animal health products worldwide. It operates through four segments: Softgel Technologies, Biologics and Specialty Drug Delivery, Oral Drug Delivery, and Clinical Supply Services. The Softgel Technologies segment formulates, develops, and manufactures prescription and consumer soft capsules for use in a range of customer products, such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, unit-dose cosmetics, and animal health medicinal preparations. The Biologics and Specialty Drug Delivery segment formulates, develops, and manufactures small molecule and biologic drug products in prefilled syringes, vials and cartridges, blow-fill-seal unit doses, and injectable formats; develops biologic cell lines; manufactures biologic drug substances; and offers bioanalytical development and testing services. The Oral Drug Delivery segment formulates, develops, and manufactures oral dosage forms using proprietary and conventional drug delivery technologies, such as Zydis, OptiDose CR, OptiPact, OptiForm API and Solution Suite, Pharmatek SD Spray Drying, OptiMelt hot melt extrusion, Micron particle size reduction, and FlexDose; and provides stick pack formulation and filling, and analytical development and testing services. The Clinical Supply Services segment offers Manufacturing, packaging, labeling, storage, distribution, and inventory management for drugs and biologics clinical trials; FastChain demand-led clinical supply services; clinical e-solutions and informatics; and comparator sourcing services. The company serves pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and consumer health companies; and companies in other healthcare market segments, such as animal health and medical devices, as well as in cosmetics industries. Catalent, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey.

About Supernus Pharmaceuticals

Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of products for the treatment of central nervous system diseases in the United States. It offers Oxtellar XR, an extended-release oxcarbazepine for use in the treatment of epilepsy; and Trokendi XR, an extended-release topiramate, which is used for the treatment of epilepsy. The company's product candidates comprise SPN-810, a molindone hydrochloride that is in Phase III clinical trial for the treatment of impulsive aggression in patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); and SPN-812, a viloxazine hydrochloride, which is in Phase III clinical trial that is used for the treatment of ADHD. It also develops SPN-809, a viloxazine hydrochloride, which is in Phase II ready clinical trial for the treatment of depression. The company markets its products through wholesalers and pharmaceutical distributors. Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is based in Rockville, Maryland.

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