Kite Pharma (NASDAQ: KITE) and Relypsa (NASDAQ:RLYP) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings and risk.

Profitability

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This table compares Kite Pharma and Relypsa’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kite Pharma -1,092.54% -59.15% -48.12%
Relypsa -1,601.53% -227.26% -115.06%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kite Pharma and Relypsa’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kite Pharma N/A N/A N/A ($6.90) -26.06
Relypsa N/A N/A N/A ($5.76) N/A

Kite Pharma is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Relypsa, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Kite Pharma and Relypsa, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kite Pharma 0 7 6 0 2.46
Relypsa 0 0 0 0 N/A

Kite Pharma currently has a consensus target price of $94.25, indicating a potential downside of 47.58%.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.7% of Kite Pharma shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.0% of Kite Pharma shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Kite Pharma beats Relypsa on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kite Pharma

Kite Pharma, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of cancer immunotherapy products to target and kill cancer cells. The Company offers engineered autologous cell therapy, which is an approach to the treatment of cancer. Its therapy involves modifying a patient’s T cells outside the patient’s body, or ex vivo, causing the T cells to express chimeric antigen receptors (CARs), or T cell receptors (TCRs), and then reinfusing the engineered T cells back into the patient. Its lead product candidate, KTE-C19, is a CAR-based therapy that targets the CD19 antigen, a protein expressed on the cell surface of B-cell lymphomas and leukemias. The Company is conducting a registrational Phase II clinical trial (ZUMA-1) of KTE-C19 in patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL), primary mediastinal B cell lymphoma (PMBCL), or transformed follicular lymphoma (TFL).

About Relypsa

Relypsa, Inc. is a United States-based biopharmaceutical company. The Company focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of polymer-based medicines. The Company’s technology platform includes a high-throughput chemistry process, enabling the Company to explore various potential polymer medicines for each disease it seeks to address. Its polymers are non-absorbed, meaning they act within the gastrointestinal tract and do not get absorbed into the bloodstream or other parts of the body. Its polymer technology may be able to address many health conditions in need of viable treatment options. Its VELTASSA (patiromer) for oral suspension is a commercialized medicine resulting from its polymer technology platform. VELTASSA is a potassium binder approved for the treatment of hyperkalemia. Available in powder form, VELTASSA is mixed with water and taken daily. VELTASSA’s spherical beads bind to potassium in exchange for calcium, primarily in the colon.

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