Auspex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ASPX) is one of 290 public companies in the “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Auspex Pharmaceuticals to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Auspex Pharmaceuticals and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Auspex Pharmaceuticals 0 0 0 0 N/A
Auspex Pharmaceuticals Competitors 1145 3453 11961 242 2.67

As a group, “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies have a potential upside of 40.28%. Given Auspex Pharmaceuticals’ peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Auspex Pharmaceuticals has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Auspex Pharmaceuticals and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Auspex Pharmaceuticals N/A -61.66% -50.55%
Auspex Pharmaceuticals Competitors -5,400.85% -161.62% -35.75%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Auspex Pharmaceuticals and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Auspex Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A -36.85
Auspex Pharmaceuticals Competitors $290.27 million $35.99 million 61.64

Auspex Pharmaceuticals’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Auspex Pharmaceuticals. Auspex Pharmaceuticals 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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

49.4% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 17.4% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are owned by 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.

Summary

Auspex Pharmaceuticals peers beat Auspex Pharmaceuticals on 6 of the 8 factors compared.

About Auspex Pharmaceuticals

Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of medicines for people with movement disorders and other rare diseases, including orphan diseases. Its pipeline includes product candidates to address unmet medical needs in hyperkinetic movement disorders, such as chorea (abnormal involuntary movements) associated with Huntington’s disease, an orphan disease, tardive dyskinesia and Tourette syndrome in the pediatric population, which is an orphan disease, as well as other orphan indications. Its lead product candidate is SD-809, which is a small molecule inhibitor of vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2). Its other programs include SD-560, SD-1077 and SD-254.

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