Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is one of 93 public companies in the “Biotechnology” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC $1.54 billion $758.97 million 23.49
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC Competitors $223.74 million $57.84 million -0.73

Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC 0 3 16 0 2.84
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC Competitors 164 544 1200 16 2.56

Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC presently has a consensus target price of $182.84, suggesting a potential upside of 20.70%. As a group, “Biotechnology” companies have a potential upside of 122.92%. Given Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC 25.69% 22.75% 9.14%
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC Competitors -917.30% -187.05% -24.43%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.2% of Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.4% of shares of all “Biotechnology” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.3% of Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.6% of shares of all “Biotechnology” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC’s competitors have a beta of 1.14, meaning that their average share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC beats its competitors on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC Company Profile

Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focusing on the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs in neurology and psychiatry. As of December 31, 2009, the Company markets two products: Xyrem (sodium oxybate) for the treatment of both cataplexy and excessive daytime sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy; and Luvox CR (fluvoxamine maleate) for the treatment of both obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder. Its marketed products and late-stage product candidate are Xyrem (sodium oxybate) oral solution, Luvox CR (fluvoxamine maleate) Extended-Release Capsules and JZP-6 (sodium oxybate). Its other product candidates in clinical development are oral tablet forms of sodium oxybate; JZP-8 (intranasal clonazepam); JZP-4 (elpetrigine), and JZP-7 (ropinirole gel).

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