Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC (NASDAQ: JAZZ) and Senesco Technologies (OTCMKTS:SVON) are both medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.
This table compares Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC and Senesco Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC||25.69%||22.75%||9.14%|
This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC and Senesco Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC||0||5||15||0||2.75|
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC currently has a consensus target price of $181.20, suggesting a potential upside of 28.97%. Given Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC is more favorable than Senesco Technologies.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC and Senesco Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC||$1.54 billion||5.48||$758.97 million||$6.45||21.78|
|Senesco Technologies||N/A||N/A||-$2.26 million||($0.24)||-1.00|
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC has higher revenue and earnings than Senesco Technologies. Senesco Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Risk & Volatility
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC has a beta of 1.05, indicating that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Senesco Technologies has a beta of 1.19, indicating that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
87.8% of Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC shares are held by institutional investors. 4.3% of Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 25.1% of Senesco Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC beats Senesco Technologies on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC
Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focusing on the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs in neurology and psychiatry. As of December 31, 2009, the Company markets two products: Xyrem (sodium oxybate) for the treatment of both cataplexy and excessive daytime sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy; and Luvox CR (fluvoxamine maleate) for the treatment of both obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder. Its marketed products and late-stage product candidate are Xyrem (sodium oxybate) oral solution, Luvox CR (fluvoxamine maleate) Extended-Release Capsules and JZP-6 (sodium oxybate). Its other product candidates in clinical development are oral tablet forms of sodium oxybate; JZP-8 (intranasal clonazepam); JZP-4 (elpetrigine), and JZP-7 (ropinirole gel).
About Senesco Technologies
Sevion Therapeutics, Inc. is a development-stage biotech company. The Company is engaged in building and developing a portfolio of therapeutics, from both internal discovery and acquisition, for the treatment of cancer and immunological diseases. The Company is engaged in the development and licensing of technology to discover and engineer monoclonal antibodies. The Company’s product candidates are derived from multiple technology platforms, such as cell-based arrayed antibody discovery, ultralong antibody scaffolds and Chimerasome nanocages. The Company has various antibodies in its preclinical pipeline. The Company’s antibody therapeutic candidates target the potassium channel, voltage dependent (Kv1.3) ion channel, which is essential in the pathogenesis of several autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. Other antibodies in its pipeline target cell surface molecules involved in cancer progression.
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