NephroGenex (OTCMKTS: NRXGQ) and Allergan PLC. (NYSE:AGN) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Profitability

This table compares NephroGenex and Allergan PLC.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NephroGenex N/A -211.97% -105.90%
Allergan PLC. -47.27% 8.00% 4.45%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

81.7% of Allergan PLC. shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Allergan PLC. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for NephroGenex and Allergan PLC., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NephroGenex 0 0 1 0 3.00
Allergan PLC. 0 7 11 0 2.61

NephroGenex currently has a consensus target price of $17.50, indicating a potential upside of 624,900.00%. Allergan PLC. has a consensus target price of $245.00, indicating a potential upside of 40.14%. Given NephroGenex’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe NephroGenex is more favorable than Allergan PLC..

Dividends

Allergan PLC. pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. NephroGenex does not pay a dividend. Allergan PLC. pays out -12.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares NephroGenex and Allergan PLC.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NephroGenex N/A N/A N/A ($2.32) 0.00
Allergan PLC. $14.57 billion 3.99 $14.97 billion ($22.59) -7.74

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

Volatility and Risk

NephroGenex has a beta of -0.98, suggesting that its stock price is 198% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Allergan PLC. has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Allergan PLC. beats NephroGenex on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

NephroGenex Company Profile

NephroGenex, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development of therapeutics to treat kidney disease. The Company has paused the clinical program of its product candidate, oral Pyridorin, for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy. The Company was primarily focused on the Phase III Pyridorin program, and other planned clinical and nonclinical studies and other work needed to submit Pyridorin for acute kidney injury (AKI), as well as the treatment of diabetic nephropathy in patients with Type II diabetes for regulatory approval in the United States and Europe. The Company has not generated any revenues.

Allergan PLC. Company Profile

Allergan, Inc. is a multi-specialty healthcare company. The Company focuses on developing and commercializing pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and over-the-counter (OTC) products. It discovers, develops and commercializes a range of products for the ophthalmic, neurological, medical aesthetics, medical dermatology, breast aesthetics, urological and other specialty markets. The Company operates in two segments: specialty pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The specialty pharmaceuticals segment produces products, including ophthalmic products for dry eye, glaucoma, inflammation, infection, allergy and retinal disease; Botox for therapeutic and aesthetic indications; skin care products for acne, psoriasis, eyelash growth and prescription and OTC skin care products, and urologics products. The medical devices segment produces medical devices, including breast implants for augmentation, revision and reconstructive surgery and tissue expanders, and facial aesthetics products.

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