Critical Contrast: Vitae Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VTAE) & Anika Therapeutics (ANIK)

Vitae Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VTAE) and Anika Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ANIK) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

Vitae Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 0.62, indicating that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Anika Therapeutics has a beta of 1.66, indicating that its share price is 66% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.6% of Vitae Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.3% of Anika Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. 14.8% of Vitae Pharmaceuticals shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.6% of Anika Therapeutics shares 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Vitae Pharmaceuticals and Anika Therapeutics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vitae Pharmaceuticals 0 0 0 0 N/A
Anika Therapeutics 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Vitae Pharmaceuticals and Anika Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vitae Pharmaceuticals -318,350.20% -53.70% -49.85%
Anika Therapeutics 30.44% 14.88% 13.78%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vitae Pharmaceuticals and Anika Therapeutics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vitae Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A N/A ($1.93) -10.88
Anika Therapeutics $111.36 million 7.87 $56.02 million $2.26 26.45

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

Summary

Anika Therapeutics beats Vitae Pharmaceuticals on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vitae Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Vitae Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biotechnology company. The Company is focused on discovering and developing small molecule drugs for diseases. It is engaged in developing a portfolio of product candidates through Contour, its structure-based drug discovery platform. The Company’s product candidates include VTP- 43742 for the treatment of psoriasis, as well as multiple other autoimmune disorders. The Company completed approximately two Phase I studies with VTP-43742. Its VTP-38543, a second product candidate is in a Phase IIa proof-of-concept clinical trial for the treatment of atopic dermatitis. Its VTP-36951 is for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, or Alzheimer’s. VTP-43742, the Company’s wholly owned clinical candidate in an on-going Phase IIa proof-of-concept trial in psoriasis, is an orally active small molecule inhibitor of Retinoic acid-receptor (RAR)-Related Orphan Receptor gamma-t (RORgt) activity for the treatment of various autoimmune disorders.

Anika Therapeutics Company Profile

Anika Therapeutics, Inc. is an orthopedic medicines company. The Company is engaged in developing, manufacturing and commercializing products based on its hyaluronic acid (HA) technology. The Company’s orthopedic medicine portfolio includes ORTHOVISC, MONOVISC, and CINGAL, which alleviate pain and restore joint function by replenishing depleted HA, and HYALOFAST, a solid HA-based scaffold to aid cartilage repair and regeneration. The Company’s therapeutic offerings consist of products in the areas, including Orthobiologics, which includes viscosupplementation and regenerative orthopedic products; Dermal, which includes wound care products; Surgical, which includes products used to prevent post-surgical adhesions, and Other, which includes the Company’s ophthalmic and veterinary products. The Company also offers products made from HA based on two other technologies: HYAFF, which is a solid form of HA, and ACP gel, an autocross-linked polymer of HA.

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