Lexicon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: LXRX) is one of 286 publicly-traded companies in the “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Lexicon Pharmaceuticals to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals -165.69% -111.68% -34.02%
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Competitors -5,313.56% -219.98% -40.02%

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals 0 1 4 0 2.80
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Competitors 857 3201 11604 231 2.71

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals currently has a consensus target price of $28.50, indicating a potential upside of 172.47%. As a group, “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies have a potential upside of 43.93%. Given Lexicon Pharmaceuticals’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Lexicon Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

50.2% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.8% of Lexicon Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.1% of shares of all “Bio Therapeutic Drugs” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Lexicon Pharmaceuticals and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals $83.34 million -$141.42 million -8.30
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Competitors $284.28 million $34.29 million 78.12

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Lexicon Pharmaceuticals. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals 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.

Volatility and Risk

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 0.08, indicating that its share price is 92% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals’ competitors have a beta of 0.53, indicating that their average share price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

About Lexicon Pharmaceuticals

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company focuses on the development and commercialization of breakthrough treatments for human disease. Its drug programs include XERMELO (telotristat ethyl), sotagliflozin, LX2761 and LX9211. It also has a number of additional compounds into various stages of clinical and preclinical development. XERMELO is an orally-delivered small molecule compound approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of carcinoid syndrome diarrhea in combination with somatostatin analog (SSA) therapy in adults inadequately controlled by SSA therapy. It is developing sotagliflozin, an orally-delivered small molecule drug candidate, as a treatment for type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. LX2761 is an orally-delivered small molecule compound that it is developing for the treatment of diabetes. LX9211 is an orally-delivered small molecule compound that the Company is developing for the treatment of neuropathic pain.

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