Idenix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: IDIX) and Grifols, (NASDAQ:GRFS) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, risk, profitability and dividends.

Dividends

Grifols, pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Idenix Pharmaceuticals does not pay a dividend. Grifols, pays out 31.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Idenix Pharmaceuticals and Grifols,, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Idenix Pharmaceuticals 0 0 0 0 N/A
Grifols, 1 1 2 0 2.25

Profitability

This table compares Idenix Pharmaceuticals and Grifols,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Idenix Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A N/A
Grifols, 13.04% 17.96% 6.32%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Idenix Pharmaceuticals and Grifols,’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Idenix Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Grifols, $5.16 billion 5.80 $1.46 billion $0.90 24.32

Grifols, has higher revenue and earnings than Idenix Pharmaceuticals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

21.9% of Grifols, shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Grifols, beats Idenix Pharmaceuticals on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Idenix Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Idenix) is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of drugs for the treatment of human viral diseases with operations in the United States and France. As of December 31, 2012, the Company’s primary research and development focused on the treatment of patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV). In June 2012, the Company completed a three-day proof-of-concept study designed to evaluate 64 treatment-naive HCV genotype 1, 2, 3 or 4-infected patients. In July 2012, the FDA granted Fast Track designation for IDX719. The Company, as of December 31, 2012, was developing nucleotide polymerase inhibitors and NS 5A inhibitors to inhibits HCV replication, which include nucleoside/nucleotide polymerase inhibitors and NS5A Inhibitors. On January 25, 2013, the Company entered into a non-exclusive collaboration agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc for the clinical evaluation of all oral DAA HCV combination therapies.

Grifols, Company Profile

Grifols, S.A., a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, and distributes biological medicines on plasma derived proteins in the United States, Canada, Spain, rest of the European Union, and internationally. The company specializes in providing infusion solutions, nutrition products, and medical devices for use in hospitals and clinics. It operates through four segments: Bioscience, Diagnostic, Hospital, and Raw Materials and Others. The Bioscience segment manufactures plasma derivatives for therapeutic use, including the reception, analysis, quarantine, classification, fractionation, and purification of plasma; and sells and distributes end products. This segment offers plasma products, such as IVIG, Factor VIII, A1PI, and albumin; and intramuscular immunoglobulins, ATIII, Factor IX, and plasma thromboplastin components. The Diagnostic segment focuses on researching, developing, manufacturing, and marketing in vitro diagnostics products comprising analytical instruments, reagents, software, and related products for use in clinical and blood bank laboratories. This segment serves blood donation centers, clinical analysis laboratories, and hospital immunohematology services. The Hospital segment manufactures and installs products used by hospitals consisting of parenteral solutions, and enteral and parenteral nutritional fluids. The Raw Materials and Others segment sells intermediate biological products; and renders manufacturing services to third party companies. The company also offers engineering services. Its products and services are used by healthcare providers to diagnose and treat patients with hemophilia, immune deficiencies, infectious diseases, and other medical conditions. The company serves hospitals and clinics, group purchasing organizations, governments, and other distributors through sales representatives, marketing partners, and third-party distributors. Grifols, S.A. was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain.

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