Repligen Corporation (NASDAQ: RGEN) and Advanced Accelerator Applications (NASDAQ:AAAP) are both medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.9% of Repligen Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 37.5% of Advanced Accelerator Applications shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Repligen Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Repligen Corporation has a beta of 1.21, indicating that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Advanced Accelerator Applications has a beta of 0.66, indicating that its stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Repligen Corporation and Advanced Accelerator Applications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Repligen Corporation 15.61% 9.90% 5.93%
Advanced Accelerator Applications -33.83% -16.05% -11.18%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Repligen Corporation and Advanced Accelerator Applications’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Repligen Corporation $113.32 million 12.63 $29.54 million $0.51 75.14
Advanced Accelerator Applications N/A N/A N/A ($0.88) -76.84

Repligen Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Advanced Accelerator Applications. Advanced Accelerator Applications is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Repligen Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Repligen Corporation and Advanced Accelerator Applications, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Repligen Corporation 0 2 2 0 2.50
Advanced Accelerator Applications 0 1 4 0 2.80

Repligen Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $44.25, suggesting a potential upside of 15.47%. Advanced Accelerator Applications has a consensus target price of $56.50, suggesting a potential downside of 16.44%. Given Repligen Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Repligen Corporation is more favorable than Advanced Accelerator Applications.

Summary

Repligen Corporation beats Advanced Accelerator Applications on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Repligen Corporation Company Profile

Repligen Corporation is a bioprocessing company. The Company is focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of products used to improve the interconnected phases of the biological drug manufacturing process. The Company’s portfolio includes protein products, chromatography products, and filtration products. It provides Protein A ligands, a component of Protein A chromatography resins (media) used in the purification of virtually all monoclonal antibody (mAb)-based drugs on the market or in development. Its chromatography portfolio includes various products used in the downstream purification and quality control of biological drugs. Its OPUS pre-packed chromatography columns (PPCs) are used in the purification of clinical-stage biologics. Its filtration products include XCell Alternating Tangential Flow (ATF) Systems and Sius tangential flow filtration (TFF) cassettes. Sius TFF cassettes are used to concentrate clinical and commercial-stage biologic drugs.

Advanced Accelerator Applications Company Profile

Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. is a radiopharmaceutical company. The Company develops, produces and commercializes molecular nuclear medicine (MNM), diagnostic and therapeutic products. MNM uses trace amounts of radioactive compounds to create functional images of organs and lesions and to treat diseases, such as cancer. The Company has a portfolio of nine diagnostic positron emission tomography (PET) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) products. PET and SPECT are imaging techniques in molecular nuclear diagnostics (MND) with applications in clinical oncology, cardiology, neurology and inflammatory/infectious diseases. Its commercial products include Gluscan/Gluscan 500/Barnascan, FluoroChol, MIBITEC/Adamibi, DOPAVIEW, Leukokit, Neurolite, SomaKit and NETSPOT. Additional MND product candidates include Annexin V-128, a SPECT product candidate for the imaging of apoptotic and necrotic lesions with potential applications in a range of indications.

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