Alkermes (NASDAQ: ALKS) and PAREXEL International (NASDAQ:PRXL) are both medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Alkermes and PAREXEL International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alkermes 0 5 5 0 2.50
PAREXEL International 1 5 2 0 2.13

Alkermes presently has a consensus price target of $64.50, indicating a potential upside of 1.70%. PAREXEL International has a consensus price target of $78.30, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Given PAREXEL International’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe PAREXEL International is more favorable than Alkermes.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Alkermes and PAREXEL International’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alkermes $745.69 million 13.08 -$208.44 million ($1.11) -57.13
PAREXEL International N/A N/A N/A $2.05 N/A

PAREXEL International has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Alkermes. Alkermes is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PAREXEL International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Alkermes and PAREXEL International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alkermes -20.12% -7.27% -5.05%
PAREXEL International 4.62% 19.95% 5.29%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.6% of Alkermes shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.5% of PAREXEL International shares are held by institutional investors. 5.3% of Alkermes shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of PAREXEL International shares are held by 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.

Alkermes Company Profile

Alkermes plc is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the researching, developing and commercializing pharmaceutical products that are designed to address medical needs of patients in therapeutic areas. The Company has a portfolio of marketed drug products and a clinical pipeline of products that address central nervous system (CNS) disorders, such as schizophrenia, depression, addiction and multiple sclerosis (MS). The Company’s products include ARISTADA, VIVITROL, INVEGA SUSTENNA, XEPLION, INVEGA TRINZA, TREVICTA, RISPERDAL CONSTA, AMPYRA, FAMPYRA, BYDUREON, Aripiprazole lauroxil, ALKS 5461, ALKS 3831, ALKS 8700, ALKS 6428, ALKS 4230 and ALKS 7119. The Company’s product platforms include injectable extended-release microsphere technology, LinkeRx technology, NanoCrystal technology and oral controlled release (OCR) technology. ARISTADA is an extended-release intramuscular injectable suspension for the treatment of schizophrenia.

PAREXEL International Company Profile

PAREXEL International Corporation (PAREXEL) is a biopharmaceutical outsourcing services company. The Company provides a range of expertise in clinical research, clinical logistics, medical communications, consulting, commercialization, and technology products and services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Its segments include Clinical Research Services (CRS), PAREXEL Consulting Services (PC) and PAREXEL Informatics (PI). The CRS segment includes various phases of clinical research from first-in-man trials, where a medicinal entity is tested on human subjects for the first time, through post-marketing studies, following approval by the presiding regulatory body. The PC segment provides technical expertise and advice in areas, such as strategy, drug development, regulatory affairs, strategic compliance and targeted communications services in support of product launch. The Company’s PI segment provides information technology solutions.

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