Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: AVXL) is one of 93 publicly-traded companies in the “Biotechnology” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Anavex Life Sciences Corp. to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

Anavex Life Sciences Corp. has a beta of 0.77, meaning that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Anavex Life Sciences Corp.’s peers have a beta of 1.14, meaning that their average stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Anavex Life Sciences Corp. and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Anavex Life Sciences Corp. 0 0 3 0 3.00
Anavex Life Sciences Corp. Competitors 164 547 1210 16 2.56

Anavex Life Sciences Corp. presently has a consensus target price of $13.67, suggesting a potential upside of 233.33%. As a group, “Biotechnology” companies have a potential upside of 53.92%. Given Anavex Life Sciences Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Anavex Life Sciences Corp. is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Anavex Life Sciences Corp. and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Anavex Life Sciences Corp. N/A -95.68% -84.88%
Anavex Life Sciences Corp. Competitors -919.42% -189.81% -26.55%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

24.4% of Anavex Life Sciences Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.4% of shares of all “Biotechnology” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.6% of Anavex Life Sciences Corp. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 19.6% of shares of all “Biotechnology” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Anavex Life Sciences Corp. and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Anavex Life Sciences Corp. N/A -$15.61 million -10.51
Anavex Life Sciences Corp. Competitors $223.74 million $57.84 million -0.69

Anavex Life Sciences Corp.’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Anavex Life Sciences Corp.. Anavex Life Sciences Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Anavex Life Sciences Corp. Company Profile

Anavex Life Sciences Corp., is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of drug candidates. The Company’s lead compounds include ANAVEX 2-73, ANAVEX PLUS, a combination of ANAVEX 2-73 with donepezil (Aricept), ANAVEX 19-144, ANAVEX 1-41, ANAVEX 7-1037, ANAVEX 3-71, ANAVEX 1079, ANAVEX 1519 and ANAVEX 1066 being developed to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other central nervous system (CNS) diseases. The Company’s SIGMACEPTOR Discovery Platform produced small molecule drug candidates with unique modes of action. Sigma receptors may be targets for therapeutics to combat many human diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. When bound by the appropriate ligands, sigma receptors influence the functioning of multiple biochemical signals that are involved in the pathogenesis (origin or development) of disease.

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