Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) and Audentes Therapeutics (NASDAQ:BOLD) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Biogen and Audentes Therapeutics, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Biogen 0 9 20 0 2.69
Audentes Therapeutics 0 2 8 0 2.80

Biogen presently has a consensus price target of $367.22, indicating a potential upside of 37.43%. Audentes Therapeutics has a consensus price target of $35.38, indicating a potential downside of 9.64%. Given Biogen’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Biogen is more favorable than Audentes Therapeutics.

Risk & Volatility

Biogen has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Audentes Therapeutics has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Biogen and Audentes Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Biogen 20.69% 38.32% 20.72%
Audentes Therapeutics N/A N/A -52.37%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Biogen and Audentes Therapeutics’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Biogen $12.27 billion 4.61 $2.54 billion $21.81 12.25
Audentes Therapeutics N/A N/A -$90.23 million ($3.40) -11.51

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

88.9% of Biogen shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.0% of Audentes Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Biogen shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 47.3% of Audentes Therapeutics shares are held by company 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.

Summary

Biogen beats Audentes Therapeutics on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Biogen

Biogen Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers therapies for the treatment of neurological and neurodegenerative diseases worldwide. The company offers TECFIDERA, AVONEX, PLEGRIDY, TYSABRI, ZINBRYTA, and FAMPYRA for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS); FUMADERM for the treatment of plaque psoriasis; and SPINRAZA to treat spinal muscular atrophy. It also provides BENEPALI, an etanercept biosimilar referencing ENBREL; FLIXABI, an infliximab biosimilar referencing REMICADE; RITUXAN for the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and other conditions; GAZYVA to treat CLL and follicular lymphoma; and OCREVUS for the treatment of primary progressive MS and relapsing MS, and other anti-CD20 therapies. The company's Phase II clinical trial products comprise Opicinumab for MS; BAN2401 for Alzheimer's disease; BIIB092 for PSP; Natalizumab for Acute Ischemic Stroke and Epilepsy; and BG00011 for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Its Phase I/IIa clinical trial products consist of BIIB080 for patients with mild AD. The company's Phase I clinical trial products comprise Aducanumab for Alzheimer's disease; BIIB076, an anti-tau monoclonal antibody; and BIIB054 for Parkinson's disease. Biogen Inc. offers products through its sales force and marketing groups. The company was formerly known as Biogen Idec Inc. and changed its name to Biogen Inc. in March 2015. Biogen Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About Audentes Therapeutics

Audentes Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company, focuses on developing and commercializing gene therapy products for patients suffering from diseases caused by single gene defects. The company is developing AT132, which is in Phase I/II clinical studies for the treatment of X-linked myotubular myopathy (XLMTM); AT342 that is in Phase I/II clinical studies to treat crigler-najjar syndrome; AT982, which is in preclinical studies for the treatment of pompe disease; and AT307 that is in preclinical studies to treat CASQ2 subtype of catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. has a collaborative development agreement with Genethon to research, develop, manufacture, and commercialize products for the treatment of XLMTM; and license and collaboration agreement with the University of Pennsylvania to research, develop, sell, and import licensed products for the treatment of crigler-najjar. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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