Critical Review: Neptune Wellness Solutions (NEPT) and Its Competitors

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Neptune Wellness Solutions (NASDAQ: NEPT) is one of 538 publicly-traded companies in the “Pharmaceutical preparations” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Neptune Wellness Solutions to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Risk and Volatility

Neptune Wellness Solutions has a beta of 1.7, suggesting that its stock price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Neptune Wellness Solutions’ peers have a beta of 1.32, suggesting that their average stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Neptune Wellness Solutions and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Neptune Wellness Solutions $21.56 million $13.67 million 20.76
Neptune Wellness Solutions Competitors $2.29 billion $254.29 million -2.09

Neptune Wellness Solutions’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Neptune Wellness Solutions. Neptune Wellness Solutions is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Neptune Wellness Solutions and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Neptune Wellness Solutions 0 0 1 0 3.00
Neptune Wellness Solutions Competitors 4252 12263 26562 913 2.55

As a group, “Pharmaceutical preparations” companies have a potential upside of 60.08%. Given Neptune Wellness Solutions’ peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Neptune Wellness Solutions has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Neptune Wellness Solutions and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Neptune Wellness Solutions N/A N/A N/A
Neptune Wellness Solutions Competitors -1,966.44% -103.95% -25.56%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

14.4% of Neptune Wellness Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.7% of shares of all “Pharmaceutical preparations” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.0% of shares of all “Pharmaceutical preparations” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Neptune Wellness Solutions beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Neptune Wellness Solutions

Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc., a health and wellness products company, engages in the extraction, purification, and formulation of value-added differentiated science based products. It develops turnkey nutrition product solutions in various delivery forms. The company offers specialty ingredients, such as MaxSimil, a patented ingredient that enhances the absorption of lipid-based nutraceuticals, and various other marine and seed oils. Its custom formulations are available in various delivery forms, such as softgels, liquid solutions, nutritional emulsions, and chewables. Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Laval, Canada.

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