Aphria (NASDAQ: APHA) is one of 33 publicly-traded companies in the “Medicinals & botanicals” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Aphria to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Volatility & Risk

Aphria has a beta of 2.12, meaning that its stock price is 112% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aphria’s competitors have a beta of 2.56, meaning that their average stock price is 156% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Aphria and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aphria 0 0 1 0 3.00
Aphria Competitors 136 361 409 14 2.33

Aphria currently has a consensus target price of $15.50, indicating a potential upside of 163.61%. As a group, “Medicinals & botanicals” companies have a potential upside of 89.87%. Given Aphria’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Aphria is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

11.3% of Aphria shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.6% of shares of all “Medicinals & botanicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 25.8% of shares of all “Medicinals & botanicals” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Aphria and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Aphria $405.96 million -$63.21 million -98.00
Aphria Competitors $218.50 million -$99.79 million -0.84

Aphria has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Aphria is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Aphria and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aphria -14.89% -2.05% -1.47%
Aphria Competitors -163.69% -267.59% -46.37%

Summary

Aphria beats its competitors on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Aphria Company Profile

Aphria Inc. cultivates, processes, produces, markets, distributes, and sells medical cannabis in Canada and internationally. The company offers pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis, adult-use cannabis, and cannabis-derived extracts and derivative cannabis products under the Solei, RIFF, Good Supply, Aphria, P'tite Pof, and Broken Coast brands. It serves patients and consumers through distributors and online. The company is headquartered in Leamington, Canada.

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